Since turning cruelty free I have tried some really great products but I have also tried some which, much as I hate to slag off anything vegan or cruelty free, have just been terrible! I also find some companies have one thing which is amazing but then is really let down by the rest of the range, Barry M is an example of this, love the nail varnish and mascara but the rest is just a bit too cheap for me and my skin. As most of the cruelty free brands are generally not those which you will have used before I thought it may be helpful to create a list of the brands that, so far, I have found to be the best. I have told you where you can get it too, so hope my ramblings are of use! This list is not all the cruelty free brands out there but are ones which I have tried and am happy to recommend. There are plenty other brands for me still to try so look out for another post on this in a few months!
If you are on a tight budget you really cant go wrong with Barry M. Sure I am not a huge fan of their foundation or pressed powder, but I have bad skin and need the expensive stuff! Try it for yourself and see how you go, plenty of people love their cheap staples. Another big plus is you can get these products anywhere, even the supermarket.
Best products: Nail varnish and Mascara
Vegan: Mostly, all vegan products marked with a vegan sign
Another cheaper and easily accessible brand. It can be bought on the high street and has a big range. I have tried a lot of their stuff now and have not found anything I don’t like.
Best products: Primer, Foundation Drops and Mascara
Vegan: Mostly, the full list of what is vegan at the end of this page, they send you it when you enquire which is very helpful!
This make up is expensive, there is no denying it, but some people swear by it. Sadly the foundation has not been good for my skin, but again for many it is! The eyeshadow is lovely and really high quality. They have a lot of products I would like to try, but as they are so expensive it may take a while for me to get to it!! This brand is stocked in departments stores so relatively easy to find on the high street.
Best products: Eyeshadow
Vegan: Mostly, marked on the packet
I love that these guys do something a bit different, they do some really crazy colours and big eyelashes! I have only tried a few products but am loving what I have especially nail varnish and eyeshadow. Again they are really high quality, they feel luxurious to use! I have found lots of their products in TK Maxx, so even better when you get them cheaper! Otherwise, I think this is an online only brand, I have certainly never seen it anywhere else.
Best products: Nail varnish and Eyeshadow
Great, relatively cheap brand. They are also free of parabens, synthetic perfumes and dyes, so if you want to buy from a brand which is vegan, cruelty free and better for your skin, this is it! Only online but they do samples of some of their products which is really helpful.
Highlighted products: Mascara and Blusher
Vegan: Mostly, a list of products which are not vegan is below
I really love this stuff, the primer and foundation are perfect for my skin. They have a full range which is often compared to MAC on cruelty free forums. I will be getting more Sara Hill products in the near future, very excited to try them! Again this is only available online, but I got samples of the foundation to get the right colour.
Highlighted products: Foundation and Primer
Vegan: The only non vegan products are little pop and lip/eyeliners as they contain a small amount of beeswax
Thanks for reading and if you have any make up brands you rate, let me know in the comments below!
Vegan Products Lists:
Gosh – Vegan
The products in this list can be used by both vegans and vegetarians as they do not contain any ingredients derived from animals or produced by animals.
GOSH products (and shades) mentioned below do not contain any ingredients or derivatives of animal origin. Shades or shade names mentioned in brackets after a product group will be suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Product categories or shades not mentioned may contain ingredients which are not suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
2 in 1 Nail Hardener
Amazing Length’n Build Mascara (Black (not waterproof), Dark Brown, Electric Blue)
BB Skin Perfection Kit (01 Light & 02 Medium)
Boombastic XXL Swirl Volume Mascara
Defining Brow Gel
Eye Brow Pencil
Eye Liner Pen (Liquid)
Forever Lip Shine (001, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009 & 010)
Gel Look Top Coat
Giant Sun Powder
Intense Eye Liner Pen
Intense Lip Colour
Kiss Me! Moisturizing Lip Balm: (02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 & 08)
Kohl/Eye Liner (Black, Expresso & White)
Long Lasting Brow Pen
Long Lasting Eye Liner Pen
Long Lasting Lip Marker
Matt Duo Eye Shadow (Brown Base, Melting Pale, Green Zone & Dark’n Dusky)
Mineral Colour Pigments
Mono Eye Shadow (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16)
Nail & Cuticle Oil
Nail Lacquer – Frosted
Nail Lacquer – Special Ed.
Natural Touch Foundation
Precious Powder Pearls
Prime’n Refresh Eye Roll-on
Quattro Eye Shadow (Q56)
Smokey Eye Liner (01, 02 & 05)
Smokey Eyes Palette (01 & 02)
The Ultimate Eye Liner (01, 02 & 03)
Velvet Touch Eye Liner Waterproof (Black Ink, Truly Brown, Hypnotic Grey, Metallic Brass, Pretty Petrol, Woody Green, Lemon Soda, Blue Moon, Alligator, Silver Screen, Sky High, Pure Natural, Classic Grey, Rebellious Brown, I Sea You & Renaissance Gold, Carbon Black)
Velvet Touch Eye Primer
Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Anti-Wrinkle Eff.
Velvet Touch Foundation Primer Classic
Velvet Touch Lip Liner Waterproof
Velvet Touch Lip Primer
Volume Lip Shine
X- Ceptional Wear Make–Up
Xtreme Liquid Gel Eye Liner (001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 008 & 009)
Lily Lolo – Vegan
90% of our products are vegan friendly, however we have a small selection of shades which contain Carmine: (Pressed Blush – Burst Your Bubble & In The Pink, Pressed Eye Shadow – Peekaboo, Mineral Blush – Candy Girl, Clementine, Flushed, Ooh La La, Surfer Girl, Sunset, Goddess & Beach Babe, Mineral Eye Shadow – Gold Digger, Golden Lilac, Black Sand, Lip Gloss – Bitten Pink, Scandalips, Cocktail & English Rose, Lipstick – Passion Pink, Parisina Pink, Intense Crush, Demure, Romantic Rose, Love Affair, French Flirt, Scarlet Red, Temptation & Desire. Lip Pencil – True Pink & Ruby Red.
All our Lip gloss, Eye Brow Duo & Lipstick shades also contain Cera Alba (Beeswax), whilst our Lipstick also contains Lanolin.