There are so many makeup companies that still practice harmfully on animals. Even some of the makeup companies you know and love that you thought were vegan are not at all! Make sure you know which makeup companies are cruelty free by reading all about the best cruelty-free cosmetics you need to know about!
Make Up Trends In Today’s Society: Kylie Jenner’s Lip Kits Are NOT Vegan Friendly!
The current trends in makeup seem to be dramatic eyebrows and bold lips. Kylie Jenner’s lip kits are taking center stage and hogging more than just the spotlight. They have been out of stock seconds after being re-stocked online. The reality TV star and social media icon has announced her brand as cruelty free, but not exactly vegan friendly.
MAC users, beware!
To some beauty brand gurus they were shocked to find out that MAC Cosmetics actually continues to practice testing on animals in order to reach other markets. While MAC does have products available in some colors that are vegan, they still are not verified to be cruelty free.
What Does Vegan MakeUp Mean?
For those who are unaware of what vegan guidelines are for makeup, that means no animal products at all and that also includes animal testing. Dedicated vegans like myself won’t even buy from companies that are owned by a higher power that still condones animal testing within other brands.
Harmful Products That Hurt Animals You Are Probably Using or Even Consuming
Animal products can hide in all forms of products without you even noticing. Most eye shadows and red hued products are formulated with cochineal, which is a literal crushed bug, in order to create the red pigment without having to use dyes.
This ingredient is actually more common than you thought; sometimes it falls under a different name other than cochineal, but also “crimson lake” and “natural red 4.” Surprisingly enough you can also find this ingredient in your strawberry flavored drinks at Starbucks, so vegans and vegetarians beware.
Six Cruelty-Free Cosmetics You Need To Know About!
Instead of having to look up every ingredient in your beauty product haul and having to double check whether or not the company practices cruelty free ethics, you can just keep your eye out for these six brands that live by their morals and are working towards changing the cosmetic world.
e.l.f. Cosmetics is known for being an affordable drug store makeup brand that holds up their end of great bargains. They stand by being cruelty free, but the list of vegan products that they sell is a shorter list, including:
Eyelash & Brow Wand
Brow Comb + Brush
Smudge Eye Sponge
Clear Brow & Lash Mascara
Long-Wear Lipliner Pencil
Brightening Eye Liner
Plumping Lip Glaze
Super Glossy Lip Shine
Clarifying Pressed Powder
Shimmering Facial Whip
UD is a sworn to the grave cruelty free company, that has made sure to give vegan options to their customers as well. Their list is quite extensive so don’t worry about having to give up your favorite nail enamel color, especially since all Urban Decay nail polish is vegan, along with a large majority of their other products. You can find the details of all of the vegan options here.
Too Faced is known for their amazing brow enhancing products, but they should also be well known for their list of vegan items that they offer. You may not have even realized that they were vegan to begin with. Too Faced is 100% cruelty free and dedicated to making sure that they offer vegan options to satisfy all of their customers.
Finally an affordable, vegan and cruelty free company that distributes products that are actually desirable. Pacifica is a brand that holds multiple hue and product options that are completely vegan and cruelty free. They even are available at a cheaper cost than the average Kylie Lip Kit.
The OCC brand is a completely vegan and cruelty free company, with all of their products built on the platform of using only vegan ingredients. So there is no worry or list of what you can and cannot use. You can use it all! Even though the options may fall shorter than the wide selection of other brands, the quality does not.
Kat Von D shows what she truly believes in. Kat has played her vegan morals into her cosmetics line by offering not only cruelty free items, but also vegan products. Note: the Kat Von D line is owned by a parent company that does test on animals.
Bonus Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Brands!
Smaller independent brands are the companies that support having completely vegan products at lower costs. If you want to branch out and try products that aren’t from staple companies I suggest you give them a go. Odds are you won’t be disappointed.
Black Moon Cosmetics
Green & Gorgeous Organics
Jeffree Star Cosmetics
And remember: you get to choose what product you buy, the animals don’t get any other option!
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Double major in communication arts and environmental studies, who plans on pursuing a career in journalism.