Vegan makeup has always been on our beauty lust list. Amazing quality, super impressive variety and cruelty free? We've rounded up the best vegan beauty buys you'll love...
The argument for using vegan beauty products is compelling: not only do they contain no animal products, making them suitable for vegans and those who wish to avoid using animal byproducts, but they also cut out all scope for animal testing.
Does the animal testing thing sound like it shouldn’t be happening anymore in your reckoning? Think again: animal testing is, unfortunately, still rife, with every brand selling into China being beholden to their laws that insist on any products manufactured outside of China to be tested on animals. With it being such a big marketplace, many brands wishing to cash in on retailing in China outsource testing to hang onto their ‘anti animal-testing’ label.
It’s a minefield, with brands purposefully obfuscating details to avoid upsetting those for whom animal testing is a big no-no. If concerned, getting your hands on a vegan product is the way forward. We’ve put a bunch through their paces so that you can rest assured in the knowledge that no bunnies were hurt in your quest for bigger lashes - and that you won’t have to compromise an inch on performance…
Top 5 Vegan Make-Up Brands To Know:
1). Hourglass. This cult US brand offer vegan-friendly formulas that perform outstandingly. The powders are especially brilliant.
2. Kat Von D. Need make-up that performs seriously well and never budges? Go for Kat's stuff - it does precisely what it says on the tube and really sticks around.
3. Urban Decay. You'll find Urban Decay make-up in every pro kit because they do colours so very well. We'd recommend investing in one of their eyeshadow palettes.
4. Tarte. Like your make-up to treat your skin while it's also lighting up your features? Tarte is for you; the vegan brand always include skincare in the mix so that your foundation keeps your skin healthy while unifying.
5. Real Techniques. Nic and Sam are emphatic about the importance of having vegan brushes on the market - and have proven that there's absolutely no need to use animal fibres to get great performance.
2. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette, £39.50
The Naked eyeshadow series has made it into every pro make-up artist’s kit for a reason - they’re stupendously high quality, blend easily, and make light work of defining eyes. We love this palette because it makes defining eyes a doddle and would look as great on a teen as it does on a octogenarian.
3. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, £16
If eyeliner is your thing, get this one pronto - it is the deepest, darkest black, doesn't budge, and the felt tip makes it super easy to draw the line of your choosing.
4. INIKA Certified Organic liquid Mineral Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid, £29.50
You know how lots and lots of organic foundations are a bit pants because they don’t spread on very well? Not so this one - it slides on like a dream and is especially suited to dehydrated skin thanks to the hyaluronic acid content.
5. Spectrum Pearly Queen The Bombshell Brush Set, £79.99
If you need any convincing that vegan, cruelty-free brushes can outperform natural-bristled brushes, invest in these - they’re brilliant, fluffy, and deposit make-up perfectly.
6. The Hero Project Glow Drops, £24
Vitamin C does marvellous things for skin, mopping up scavenging free radicals and fortifying against damage. This dry oil contains a dose of vitamin C whizzed into skin-softening oils, making it a perfect night treat if your skin looks dull.
7. Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter, £14.95
Determined to smell fresh and citrussy, moisturise your skin AND remain cruelty-free in one swoop? Meet your new best friend. This thick body butter will make even the most parched of limbs feel nourished again.
8. Nanshy Make-up Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap, £10.95
9. Ecoya Lotus Flower Hand & Body Lotion, £19
Proving that a product can be both vegan and luxe as can be, this lotion is silky, absorbs speedily, and smells heavenly. Massage it on nightly for super soft skin.
10. EcoTools Recycled Retractable Kabuki Brush, £12.99
Narrowing down the huge range of brilliant wares EcoTools sell was tricky, but this stood out for being so damn handy and brilliant - it buffs on cream blush as well as a powder bronzer, and is super lightweight.
11. Obsessive Compulsives Lip Tar, £9.20
These super highly-pigmented lip colours will go on and stay put for hours on end, plus they come in a huge variety of shades.
12. Real Techniques Bold Metals Tapered Blush Brush, £19
This blush brush is the perfect size to distribute a little peach on your cheeks, plus it doubles up as an ideal powder brush.
13. Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon, £14
Creamy and highly-pigmented, we love to use this all over lips and chase it with a little lip balm for a glossy, juicy whack of colour.
14. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder, £40
This vegan-friendly powder refracts light for a luminous - but not greasy - complexion. Swipe it onto the high points of your face for an understated highlight that looks entirely natural.
18. Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile Soap, £10.49
This multi-tasking liquid soap is not only vegan but also organic and fairtrade, too. No wonder it's a favourite of eco-conscious celebs like Natalie Portman and Drew Barrymore. We like to use ours to wash make-up brushes, in the shower, and - at a pinch - on stains and spills.
Available at Dr Bronner | £10.49