If it is goat hair, then it can be cruelty-free as they don't kill the goats for their hair...same as cashmere, angora, etc.
I contacted tarte on feb. 22, 2013 and they said that all of their brushes are synthetic.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
I'm wondering if Tarte changed the way they made this brush. I contacted Tarte directly yesterday 12/12/2012 and was assured the bristles are synthetic. When I purchased this it was labeled "cruelty free" which is why I bought it. The goat hair comments here made me think I got an animal hair brush (which I am against) so I gave it away to my cousin. Then I heard conflicting info and decided to contact Tarte for myself. They told me it is 100% synthetic.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
I just called Tarte today, because I had one of these before and I swear the bristles were different.. I don't remember them being all shiny and crinkled at the base like the ones I see now.. I also don't like the new handle, it seems.. cheaper.. the bamboo doesn't feel as strong/sturdy as it used to with the older brushes. Anyway, I mainly called to ask about the bristles because I read on here that a girl said they were made of goat hair.. and I swear the one I had before was, but these bristles just seemed too shiny to be real.. anyway, the girl said that they haven't changed the product at all and that 'they are still made of goat hair'. So apparently it isn't synthetic - which I didn't want anyway.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
(East Coast Transplant)
I thought it was weird that Sephora didn't list what the bristles were made of because they are usually really good about that.
So I emailed Tarte to find out if the bristles on the brush were synthetic or real. I got response back from their customer service department stating that the bristles are made of goat hair, but that no animals are harmed in the making of their brushes. Hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
I can't compare with the other brush but this brushes hairs are synthetic. it has this unnatural shine that isn't common in natural hair. the bamboo is the handle and it's really lightweight. i haven't had it for very long but right now it's really really soft. you can use this with powder or liquid and the brush won't absorb the product but so it will put it on your face.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
(Hazlet, New Jersey)
Bamboo does refer to the handle only. I've already thrown away the packaging so I can't remember if it's natural or synthetic bristles. But I can tell you it is THE SOFTEST foundation brush I have ever used. Honestly, it kind of feels like rabbit....
And if the bristles are synthetic they've done an amazing job.
I've only used it with Tarte's Amazonian Clay foundation, which to me isn't liquid, although I'm sure it's classified as that. I used to use Make Up Forever's HD liquid foundation and in comparison, Tarte's foundation is more like a cream. But it works flawlessly with that product.
Hope this helps you out.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
It's definitely synthetic. Tarte is a cruelty-free brand.
I'm kind of surprised that Sephora didn't indicate this in the product description. It's good you asked. I did my research before purchasing it as well. I wont ever use animal fur for any purpose.
answered 4 years ago
(Los Angeles, CA)
The bristles are super soft, but I think it's natural hair, I don't think it's synthetic. I wish it was synthetic though. It is a great brush, and it's actually made to apply the Tarte "Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Coverage Foundation". It also works great to apply powders and bronzers. And yes, the bamboo is the handle.