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Synthetic brushes are definitely better. No animals are harmed in the process of creating them, they are incredibly soft nowadays, last forever, and they work well with all types of products (cream, powder, or liquid). There is no reason to buy something that contributes to animal cruelty, especially something of a cosmetic nature.

I only use synthetic brushes for ethical reasons as well as because I simply think its weird taking animal hair and putting it on my face. Some people say that they’re not as soft but that’s not true to every brush (I personally have not ran across any scratch brushes so far). Also just as you said they’re are even some scratchy natural brushes too.

I personally prefer synthetic brushes because they are cruelty free. I also find them to be softer and less irritating than natural brushes.

Synthetic. Natural bristles are scratchy and irritating; yes, this includes expensive ones that get awesome reviews. My skin dislikes natural bristles.

While it does depend on the feel of both brushes, if I had two exactly the same feeling brushes but one was synthetic and the other natural, I would choose the synthetic. The only reason is that I feel synthetic have a longer life span, especially if I use hand soap instead of “special” brush soap.

synthetic if possible. Because they are cruelty free, don’t see why an animal should die to make a brush.

It depends on the usage. For powder, I prefer natural hair. For liquids and creams, I prefer synthetic.

natural- especially for eyeshadow and powder products. but I can’t imagine not using a synthetic brush for my foundation and concealer…. that would just be weird

It depends on what I am using. I prefer natural brushes when I am using powder based makeup (i.e. setting powder, blush, mineral makeup, etc) and synthetic makeup when I am using liquid or cream based makeup (i.e. concealer, liquid foundation, lipstick, etc.) since it absorbs less product and I can use more harsher cleanser to clean them and disinfect them.

I love synthetic brushes. Companies have advanced and make synthetic brushes feel like natural hair today. There is really no need for me to buy natural hair brushes.

I have both (I think…it is so hard to tell, sometimes) and like both. I go more by how well they work than by what they’re made of.

for powder – synthetic. My latest discovery is a wonderful Make Up For Ever HD kabuki!!!
for shadows – naturals brushes would do fine…

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