Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 3–Eye Brushes

Welcome back for the third and final installment of my series on vegan cruelty-free makeup brushes! In today’s post, I’ll be focusing on the best eye brushes I’ve found since I fell in love with makeup a few years ago. In the first two parts of this series, I discussed complexion brushes and cheek brushes.

Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup BrushesWhile I enjoy trying all kinds of different makeup brushes, eye brushes have always been my favorites. There are many types that perform unique functions, and others that are great multitaskers that can create a full eye look.

A lot of eye brushes are designed for people with large eyes, but it can sometimes be difficult to find the right brushes for small or hooded eyes. Since I have somewhat small partially hooded eyes myself, I would definitely recommend the brushes in this post to anyone else that would similarly describe their eyes.

In the next couple of sections, I’m going to outline the qualities of good makeup brushes, as well as the reasons I prefer vegan makeup brushes over ones made with animal hair. If you already read my posts about complexion and cheek brushes, you might want to skip ahead to my favorite and most-used eye brushes.

Qualities of a good makeup brush

Makeup brushes can make a huge difference in application. A good brush might make you realize that you actually enjoy a product that you thought you’d never use, while a poor quality brush may have the opposite effect. So what qualities does a brush need to be “good?”

  • Soft bristles
  • Durable construction
  • Does not shed
  • Comfortable handle
  • Blends products easily and evenly

All of the makeup brushes mentioned in this series share these qualities.

Vegan makeup brushes vs. Natural animal hair brushes

My primary reason for buying vegan (synthetic) makeup brushes rather than natural animal hair brushes, is that I don’t want to support animal cruelty. However, there are several other reasons that synthetic brushes are superior!:

  • Synthetic brushes hold up better over time, even with frequent cleaning
  • Filaments (bristles) aren’t as porous as animal hairs and therefore don’t absorb as much product
  • Easier to clean
  • Hypoallergenic; animal hairs can cause allergic reactions
  • Often more affordable

This list of eye brushes is considerably longer than my lists for complexion and cheek brushes, so I will do my best to keep my notes on each brush brief!

Please note that some of these brushes are only available for purchase in sets (I will be sure to provide that information). I wish they were all available for sale individually, but I still wanted to include them all anyway since these are the eye brushes that I feel most strongly about. All of these brands are high quality and I wouldn’t dissuade you from purchasing any of the sets mentioned (especially because they are all affordable!). 

All brushes will be listed roughly in the order that I would use them when doing a full eye look, starting with eyeshadow primer.

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Eyeshadow primer – Real Techniques 306 InstaPop Crease Brush

Available for sale in the InstaPop Eye Duo set which also includes the 305 InstaPop Shade brush.

Product description on The instapop eye brush duo is designed for full coverage shadow application.

Most people apply eyeshadow primer with a finger, but I prefer to apply it with a brush. Many different types of brushes would get the job done, but this one is perfectly shaped to gently pat the primer over the eyelid and up into the crease. This brush, as well as the InstaPop shade brush that it is paired with, has a very unique shape. They are both cut at an angle for concentrated application. 

While I primarily use this brush for applying my trusty Milani Eyeshadow Primer, it has many potential uses. It works well with liquid and powder eyeshadows alike. Also, because of its shape it can be flipped up or down for different applications, like applying eyeshadow on the lower lash line.

Setting eyeshadow primer – EcoTools Large Shadow Brush

Available for sale in the Daily Defined Eye Kit which also includes Angled Crease, Accent Shadow, Detail Liner, and Liner Smudge (you’ll see this one again later) brushes.

Product description on The Daily Defined Eye Kit is designed  to create your favorite eye looks. Apply shadow to lid with the Large Shadow brush.

If I don’t need the tackiness of eyeshadow primer so much, but I want maximum blendability, I’ll set my eyeshadow primer with a matte shade close to my skin tone before going in with other shades. A large eye brush like this one from EcoTools is perfect for that purpose because you don’t need precision for setting eyeshadow primer. Since this brush is on the large side, it picks up enough product to set the eyelid and all the way up to the eyebrow if needed.

Crease – Profusion ES3 Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on Use the Pointed Crease Eyeshadow Brush to apply a soft definition of shadow along your crease.

One of the most important parts of a full eye look is the crease, because eyeshadow applied to that area allows for a smooth transition between the shade applied to the eyelid and any additional shades that may be applied beyond the crease. I almost always begin my eye looks with a medium-tone shade in the crease because that makes the rest of the eye look easy. Good blending is important no matter which shade is used, and this Profusion brush does a great job at blending. The bristles are mobile enough to easily blend away any harsh lines, in order to achieve the “soft definition” mentioned in Profusion’s product description.

While this brush is intended to be used as a crease brush, I sometimes use it for full eye looks (wiping off the bristles between shades). I start out using it in the crease and slightly above, then use it to apply eyeshadow to my eyelids, sometimes a deeper shade in the outer corner, and it’s even small enough to be used for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line in some cases (only for less intense shades since this isn’t an ultra-precise brush). This is a real “workhorse” brush and may be my favorite of the bunch!

Crease – Real Techniques 300 Deluxe Crease Brush

Available for sale in the Eye Shade + Blend set which also includes the 301 Base Shadow brush. 

Product claims on Our eye shade + blend is paired for easy two-color shadow application. Proven prestige performance.

You’re probably wondering why I’ve included a second crease brush. You don’t absolutely need more than one crease brush, but I wanted to recommend this one too because the style and performance of this brush are much different from the previously mentioned Profusion crease brush. This one from Real Techniques is larger, very rounded, with densely packed bristles. I don’t use this one as often, but it’s great for use with crease shades that aren’t very pigmented, or if you want to pack on very intense color in the crease.

Outer corner/detail – Profusion ES6 Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on Use the Small Pointed Eyeshadow Brush for a more precise blend along the crease or smaller areas.

If you have small or hooded eyes, one of the most difficult types of eye brush to find is one for working in extra small areas where you only want to add a tiny amount of product, like the outer corner. This Profusion brush works perfectly for those kinds of tasks. I primarily use it for applying deep shades in the outer corners of my eyes because the small pointed shape allows me to concentrate color precisely where I want it without applying too much. This brush would also work well in the inner corner, on the lower lash line, or in the crease.

Eyelid – Profusion ES2 Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on Use the Firm Blending Eyeshadow Brush for soft shading and blending out harsh lines.

For eyeshadow application on the eyelid, brushes that are flat instead of rounded, work best. I’m not sure if you can tell in this photo, but the Profusion Firm Blending Eyeshadow brush is pinched at the end of the ferrule (the rose gold part of the brush connecting the handle to the bristles) to give it a nice flat shape. A lot of flat eyeshadow brushes are very stiff and don’t pick up very much product. This one is fluffy and picks up a good amount of product, making it easy to sweep color across the eyelid. 

Bonus tip: Fingertips often work just as well if not better than brushes when applying eyeshadow to the eyelid. 😉

Blending – Profusion ES1 Large Blending Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on Use the Large Blending Eyeshadow Brush to blur harsh lines and blend shades.

Profusion hit the nail on the head with this product description. This brush is large, round, and fluffy, which makes it just the right size and shape for blending out edges and blending shades together. I primarily use this brush above my crease to make sure there aren’t any harsh lines from where I initially applied my crease shade(s).

Lower lash line – Profusion ES7 Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush

Product description on Use the Flat Precise Eyeshadow Brush for easy smudging of shadow and liners.

This is a unique little brush and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen one quite like it from any other brands. Profusion’s Flat Precise Eyeshadow brush is very flat, dense, and the bristles are quite short. The stubby shape of this brush makes it ideal for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line. It fits right in under the eyelashes to apply color. For diffused color on the lower lash line, a variety of larger fluffier brushes could be used, but for intense color right along the lashes, this brush is a great option. It would also work well for smudging eyeliner on the upper or lower lash lines.

Eyeliner – Profusion EL1 Angled Eyeliner Brush

Product description on Use the Angled Eyeliner Brush to create precise, crisp lines.

If your brush collection is missing a precise eyeliner brush, then I encourage you to order this Angled Eyeliner brush from Profusion ASAP! I have always struggled with eyeliner, and was never able to do winged eyeliner at all…until I got this brush! I still need a lot more practice, but I can’t believe how much easier this brush makes eyeliner application. I’ve only used it with dark powder eyeshadow and liquid eyeshadow (applied as eyeliner), but I think it would work great with gel eyeliner too. The brushes are very flat, narrow, dense, and short, which allows for the most precise application of any eyeliner brush that I have ever tried. This one is a big winner in my book!

Inner corner – EcoTools Liner Smudge Brush

Available for sale in the Daily Defined Eye Kit which also includes Large Shadow (this is the brush recommended for setting eyeshadow primer), Angled Crease, Accent Shadow, and Detail Liner brushes.

Product description on The Daily Defined Eye Kit is designed  to create your favorite eye looks. Add definition across lash line with the Detail Liner brush and blend colors with the Liner Smudge brush.

While I’m sure this brush works well for its intended purpose of smudging liner, I have never actually used it that way. I exclusively use this brush to apply shimmers to my inner corner for added brightness. The bristles on this brush are quite short and rounded, making it fit perfectly in the inner corner. This brush also picks up a good amount of product considering the small size, so it makes for easy and quick application. 

Eyebrows – Profusion EB1 Angled Eyebrow Brush

Product description on Use the Dual-Ended Angled Eyebrow Brush to groom and carve out the perfect brow.

I usually avoid dual-ended brushes, but I really like the design of this eyebrow brush. One end is a spoolie which can be used to comb and shape brow hairs, and the other end is a brush very similar to the Angled Eyeliner brush. The difference between the Angled Eyeliner brush and the brush end of the Angled Eyebrow brush is that the bristles of the Angled Eyebrow brush are a bit longer, allowing for more movement. I use this brush to apply my favorite brow product, e.l.f. Lock on Liner and Brow Cream, which is a pomade. This brush allows for optimal control and precise application. If you find that most eyebrow brushes are too large and difficult to use, this brush from Profusion may be just right for you.

When I was going through all of my eye brushes to choose which ones I would most highly recommend, I was shocked to find that almost all of them are from Profusion Cosmetics! That’s because I’ve only had these brushes for a couple of months. However, I’ve used them all many times and they’ve replaced a lot of former favorites in my collection. 

I actually ordered every eye brush that Profusion offers since they are so inexpensive. I believe there were only two or three that didn’t make it on this list, and that’s just because I didn’t care for the style of those brushes. They are all very high quality, and so beautiful too! If you’re interested in several of the Profusion brushes that I mentioned in this post, you may want to purchase the Eye Essentials set which includes five eye brushes for the price of four. That set includes four of the brushes in this post: Pointed Crease Eyeshadow, Small Pointed Eyeshadow, Firm Blending Eyeshadow, and Flat Precise Eyeshadow. It also includes the Flat Shader Eyeshadow brush.

While Profusion Cosmetics dominated the “eye brush” category, the Real Techniques and EcoTools brushes I mentioned are excellent too! I would highly recommend all three of these brands for their brushes and other tools. They are all very affordable while maintaining high quality standards.

Did you see any of your favorite eye brushes mentioned in this post? Are there any that you would recommend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading about all of my most recommended vegan and cruelty-free eye brushes! I hope you had a chance to read my posts about complexion and cheek brushes as well. If not, make sure you check them out to learn about some other excellent brushes!


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4 thoughts on “Vegan Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes Part 3–Eye Brushes

  1. Hi Miss Lauren, I’m happy to tell you that the brushes that you mentioned in your blog are brushes that I can actually get here in Australia 🇦🇺 and have many Real Techniques eyeshadow brushes amongst my collection, they perform just as well as any high priced ones out there, finally something that is available to me here in Australia 🇦🇺 without having the extra cost of purchasing online with the exchange rate and shipping costs…Best Review EVER 😊💕💕

    Kindest Regards
    Janelle 😍

    • Hi Janelle! I know you have a difficult time finding a lot of products in Australia, so it makes me very happy that the brushes in this blog post are available to you!! I don’t actually own any high-end brushes, but I can’t imagine that any would be superior to Real Techniques brushes. They are so well made! It’s amazing how affordable they are. I’m so glad you enjoyed this review!! 🙂


  2. I’m back again Lauren, I forgot to mention that the eco tools brushes are much more expensive here in Australia 🇦🇺, you’ll pay usually over $20 AUD for one brush compared to the Real Techniques brushes that are much more affordable here. I always knew that I lived in the wrong country to keep up with my makeup and skincare addiction Lol 😂.

    Best Wishes and Kindness
    Janelle 💜💜🐶💙

    • Hello again! 🙂 It surprises me that EcoTools brushes are so much more expensive than Real Techniques over there. They’re very similarly priced here. I’m sorry to hear that! Overall, I think Real Techniques is a little bit better than EcoTools anyway. 😉 Yes Australia definitely doesn’t seem to be the best place to be for accessibility to a lot of beauty brands…hopefully once it’s safe to travel again, you can visit the U.S. or another country that has a lot of good shopping opportunities!


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