In the past few years, my love for all things makeup and beauty-related has really taken off. I know that, unfortunately, a lot of makeup companies test their products on animals. So, I looked through my more “higher-end” collection. I did some research to find out what companies do not use animal testing, and came up with this list of products that live up to their hype AND are cruelty-free. With the added bonus that some of these companies are either entirely vegan or some of their products are just vegan!
Here are a few “high-end” products that are cruelty-free and worth the hype:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Cruelty-free, not completely vegan)
The first thing that I fell in love with was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I originally used the Brow Wiz pencil and I was a big fan of that. But I found that the pomade creates a much more natural look because I can control how much product I’m putting on. The great thing about this is that it’s perfect for oily-prone skin, lasts in humid conditions, and it’s waterproof.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon (Cruelty-free, not completely vegan)
I have used an extensive amount of crayon eyeliners in the past 5 years, but none of them compare to the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. It gives you the look of using a gel liner but making it easy applications of having it like a crayon liner with a sharpener on the end. The eyeliner also does not include parabens, sulfates, or phthalates – what more could you ask for!?
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (Cruelty-free & vegan!)
Like my eyeliner collection, my mascara collection is overflowing. I’m sure everyone has heard about Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara since it has been put on shelves with people raving about it claiming it to be one of the best mascaras ever. And you know what? They’re right! It’s free of parabens AND it separates and curls the lashes as you apply it. I have never used a better mascara than this one. And the best thing about it is that the mini size is only $12! If there is one mascara that you buy this year, make it this one.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (Cruelty-free, not completely vegan)
The holy grail of eyeshadow primers is Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. This primer doesn’t make your eyeshadow crease no matter how long you’ve had it on. I had the problem of creasing eyeshadow and it would drive me nuts. I went through so many different types of eye primers until I finally decided to spend the money on this one. And it was well worth every penny. It dries clear and blends incredibly so there is no way it would interfere with the eyeshadow you put on top of it.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (Cruelty-free & vegan – this one is also gluten-free!)
The final – and best – product is Too Faced’s Sweet Peach Palette. Not only are the shades beautiful, but it also smells like peaches. The palette includes 18 peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and purples matte and shimmer shades. It also comes with a how-to guide that shows some simple looks to recreate using these colors. These colors blend beautifully together, and they are the perfect spring/summer shades. The packaging is also a tin which makes it easy and safe to travel with because the risk of the shades cracking is minimized.
While it’s fun to experiment with our appearance, an animal should never be experimented on. Especially with toxic materials that can end its life. I think it’s important to make an effort to be smarter, better consumers, and be aware of what companies are doing – particularly when it’s not right in front of us.