By Paola Bakker
Web Content Contributor
Over the past few years, I’ve really tried to make a conscious effort to stop using makeup brands that still test on animals. It’s 2019, gosh darn it. My pretty face isn’t more important than the animals.
While my entire makeup collection isn’t completely cruelty-free, since I’m still trying to use up some products and find comparable replacements, it’s still something I’m committed to making steps towards. To help you out with making these same steps, here are some really amazing makeup products that happen to be cruelty-free! Not to be dramatic, but I’d probably cease to exist without them.
I’ve already talked a bit about my love for Glossier, but oh man, I love this brand and their products. The Cloud Paints are truly a standout item, for me, though. As someone who loves blush, I probably over-apply this product, but I really can’t get enough. The shades are heavenly (I own four – Beam and Storm are my favorites), it blends like a dream and buildable enough to create a natural flush or a bold blushing look. I personally love to add a bit to the bridge of my nose to get that sunburnt look (It’s cute, okay).
Sometimes I think about all the money I’ve spent on eyeshadow palettes in the past, and oh man, it hurts. It hurts because this is pretty much the only palette that I reach for these days. If you love warm tones like oranges, reds and pinks, you’ll love this palette. The formula is buttery smooth, extremely pigmented and very blendable. Applying eyeshadow and coming up with a look is so easy with this palette that I don’t even bother with my other eyeshadows.
Milk Makeup KUSH Fiber Brow Gel (*Vegan)
I’m a person with a naturally furry face that I must spend time and money taming, thanks to my hairy father’s genetics. With that comes some pretty furry brows. I don’t really have a need to fill mine with a pomade or pencil, but this tinted brow gel does the trick. I use the shade Dutch, and it naturally fills in my brows while maintaining a great shape.
e.l.f. Brushes (*Vegan)
There are so many drugstore makeup brushes available on the market, but I really think that e.l.f. brushes are high up there based on their quality and price. I religiously use their stipple brush for pretty much everything. If I could only have one brush, I would undoubtedly choose that one.
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (*Vegan)
I’ve gone through my fair share of concealers. I’ve had hereditary dark undereye circles for my entire life, and trust me, they’re dark. I’ve come to accept them over the years, but I definitely don’t mind using some (an understatement) concealer to cover them up.
Shape Tape has enough coverage for me to cover my dark circles with just a few drops, it’s blendable and – wait for it – it doesn’t crease! Cue the Hallelujah choir. Every concealer has excessively creased on me, except for this one. I’m definitely not praising Tarte as a brand, though, as they have had a few scandals in the past, so keep that in mind.
This is the first high-end highlighter I ever bought from Sephora back in high school, and… I still have it and use it almost everyday (Gross, I know, but it was $38!). If that doesn’t tell you something about its pigmentation, though, I don’t know what does. I use the shade opal, and I find it suits my medium-light complexion perfectly. It adds a strong glow, but it still doesn’t look unnatural. Think wet, not sparkly.
Real Techniques Brushes (*Vegan)
Another amazing brand that offers top quality brushes. They’re a bit more expensive than e.l.f., but dang, those brushes are soft. I’ve also personally never had problems with shedding, like some other inexpensive brands – cough, Morphe. No matter the product, you really can’t go wrong with this brand’s brush range. My personal favorites are the Miracle Complexion Sponge and Setting Brush.
Another product I’ve loved since high school. These lip liners remind me of MAC liners that I used to love, which were far overpriced and also not cruelty-free. These are not only cruelty-free, but cost $4. Be sure to apply lip balm a few minutes before applying them, but once you do, they glide on and stay on. My favorite “my lips but better” shade is Peekaboo Neutral.
Since brands continue to make non cruelty-free products, it is our job as consumers to purchase ethical makeup. Unfortunately not everything on this list is also vegan, but I hope to soon find some vegan alternatives for these products, or even better, I hope these brands commit to solely using vegan ingredients.
Featured image by Paola Bakker.