Ethical instalment : Cruelty free and vegan make up brands

Cruelty free make up isn't new, neither is vegan make up really - but in the last 3 years there has been an overwhelming demand for more of it.

Of course this is in correlation with rise of people adopting vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, but it also comes as more and more information hits the internet about what is really in your make up bag.

Who knew that you applied foundation with horse hair every morning or that it was animal fat sitting on your lips for 18 hours and who knew that to get that really deep red pigmentation thousands of insects had to be crushed alive? 

So how do you avoid these gruesome truths? Can vegan and cruelty free make up be affordable?

Yes, yes it can. I've found some of the best and most reasonably priced make up out there - see below

Bare Minerals doesn't test on animals or work with any manufactures that do so. 

The brand's products are mostly vegan but its natural haired brushes use goat and pony hair. However, there are synthetic alternatives available.

I use the complexion rescue tinted moisturiser when its too hot or sticky to wear a full face of foundation and it's great for hydrating and covering imperfections!

Not only is Becca Cosmetics cruelty free, the brand also says it is participating in research to show that cruelty-free methods are more relevant and reliable than animal testing - YAY!

The aqua luminous perfecting foundation has even won awards!

Hourglass prides itself on its blend of "ethics and aesthetics". 

Many of its products are developed without parabens, sulfates and gluten (for anyone allergic), and they are never tested on animals. 

Its brushes are also vegan and a list of all vegan Hourglass products can be found on the brand's website - here

The strobe lighting powder is popular in a lot of make up tutorials and looks great for waking up a day to day make up routine!

Barry M has never tested on animals and is committed to ending animal testing worldwide. 

Many of its products are vegan and are marked as such on its website.

The new coconut infused nail paint is meant to be great for nail growth and health.

Charlotte Tilbury doesn't test on animals and nor do its suppliers. 

The brand isn't completely vegan as it uses carmine (a bright-red pigment made from insects), but it has vegan options.

I might treat myself to this lipstick on pay day - its matt and gorgeous!

A large number of Kat Von D products are vegan, including brushes. The brand has a “vegan alert” label on its website and recently announced it is reformulating all its products to make them vegan - now thats progress.

The lock it setting powder is vegan and sounds promising.

Nars isn't completely vegan but the brand is "continually evaluating alternatives to animal-derived ingredients" and has replaced many ingredients with vegan substitutes. 

The brand doesn't test on animals and neither do its suppliers.

If you need a new blush - this one might just do it with 5/5 star ratings and a lot of youtuber fans!

NYX Cosmetics is cruelty free. It has been acknowledged by animal rights organisation PETA as being dedicated to remaining so, and awarded for its commitment to not selling its products in China.

If you wanted to give the new metallic lip trend a go - they have a new collection just for that : Cosmic Metals Lip Cream

Pixi uses only natural and non-toxic ingredients. 

Its products are also cruelty free and although the brand isn't completely vegan, it does sell many vegan products.

Their makeup fixing mist sounds great and has 4/5 star ratings online!

Many Too Faced products are completely vegan, including its brushes which are synthetic rather than made from animal hair. The brand is also cruelty free and now ships to the UK - eeek!

Plus Sweet Peach is back and I really want to try the sweet peach eye shadow collection...

Urban Decay is committed to ending animal testing. 
The brand doesn’t allow others to test animals on its behalf and it requires suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in its products aren't tested on animals either. 
It's certified by both PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program as cruelty free.

I can't wait for the 'First Hit Travel Kit' to come back in to stock!

Pur Cosmetics offers a range of vegan products. Most are also free of parabens and gluten, for anyone allergic. The company is also completely cruelty free.

Yeah, sometimes £30 sounds a lot for a little bit of colour on your face but in the long term if it is better for your skin and you conscience you can hardly complain right?  


Jess xx


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