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Makeup Brush Hair Types, Part III: Sable

Sable is the most durable and soft hair used in makeup brushes. They should be viewed as an investment since they'll last a lifetime if you take proper care of them. There are three types of sable brushes: Kolinsky is the highest quality, then red sable and then just plain sable.

Sable is popular because its brushes are very resilient, they snap back and they have pointy tips. The hair on sable brushes is long with a fine pointed tip and a thick middle so that it naturally creates a conical shape.

Kolinsky Sable is amazingly soft, golden brown and is commonly found in expensive designer brushes such as this Tarte All-Over Eyeshadow Brush ($24, pictured left). It comes from species of mink found in Russia and China and has the longest length of any of the sable categories (2.25 inches).

the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
If you ask the sales staff they should be able to tell you what kind of hair is used. I use Shu Uemura brushes, and they have the softest and best quality brushes out there. Not cheap, but I believe good brushes is part of good make up application. My eyeshadow and blusher brush is a kolinksky brush and it is so soft, and easy to blend!
tati33 tati33 10 years
hey bella do you know which hair type is used for the sonia kashuk brushes?
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