Updated on September 1, 2021

Vegan Refillable Lipsticks | Low-Waste + Sustainable Makeup

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I recently discovered some cruelty-free makeup brands that offer refillable lipsticks where a single lipstick case can be reused countless times with any of the brand’s interchangeable lipstick refills.

They’re super easy to swap in and out and best of all, they will save countless single-use lipstick cases from going into the landfill.

Note: the lipstick refills may or may not be recyclable once used up, so they’re not a zero-waste solution but more of a low-waste lipstick option for those that prefer a traditional lip-stick over using lipstick tins.

So, if you’re into this low-waste refillable lipstick system, I found 4 cruelty-free & vegan lipsticks available in refillable cases that may interest you!

Valdé Beauty

Valdé’s refillable lip collection features richly pigmented shades and formulas that are clean, cruelty-free, and vegan. Created to exact standards, Valdé™ Armor™’s ingenious design is constructed to allow their refillable lipstick, balm, and liquid formulas to interplay between any Valdé Vessel, current and future.

Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim Refillable Lipsticks

Hourglass Ultra Slim Refillable Lipsticks

Proving that makeup can be both sustainable and luxurious, Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipsticks features a sleek gold applicator and ultra-slim applicator that provides control and precision for accentuating, contouring, and defining your lips. The gold applicator can be used with any of Hourglass’s 40 shades of cruelty-free & vegan lipsticks ranging from nudes, mauves, pinks, berries, and reds, costing $22 for each lipstick refill. Also sold at Sephora.

LUSH Refillable Lipsticks

Currently only available in the UK, LUSH offers a plastic-free and vintage-style refillable lipstick case made from partially recycled aluminum and brass that can be used to fit any of their 38 shades of cruelty-free & vegan Naked Lipstick Refills. Buy the lipstick case separately for only £8 and choose from their wide selection of vegan lipstick refills in various shades ranging from bright reds, matte pinks to satin dark nudes for £10/each!

“Simply push your naked lipstick refill into the case and secure by pinching the sides. Voila – makeup packaging that won’t end up in landfill.” – LUSH

Zao Organic Refillable Lipsticks
Zao Organics

Zao Organic Refillable Lipsticks

Zao Lipsticks are made with vegan, natural, and organic ingredients, and they come in an eco-chic refillable bamboo lipstick case. Zao Organic Refillable Lipsticks offer a matte or satin finish with a total of 9 organic shades to choose from. If you prefer a moisturizing lip balm with a tint of color, Zao’s Satin Lipstick is the way to go as it’s enriched with organic shea butter that moisturizes, soothes, and repairs the lips.

Note: Kjaer Weis also makes refillable lipsticks and they’re a cruelty-free brand. However, their lipsticks are not vegan as they contain beeswax and carmine.

Why Refillable Lipsticks?

Have you ever counted to see how many tubes of lipsticks you own? My personal lipstick collection includes well over 30+ cruelty-free & vegan lipsticks, and that’s not including the countless lipsticks I’ve thrown away over the years past their expiration.

In an effort to green up my makeup stash and beauty routine, I was surprised to learn some recycling facilities do not accept little containers including lipstick tubes that often get screened out or caught in the facility’s disposal stream where they will often end up in the landfill.

Considering that lipsticks only last 8-12 months and the average woman owns over 40 makeup products, that’s a lot of single-use lipsticks that get thrown away and ending up in the landfill.

The zero-waste option are solid lipsticks that come in aluminum tins that can be recycled. But if you prefer your lipstick in a tube rather than a tin, then your next best option are refillable lipsticks.

They’re super easy to swap in and out and best of all, they will save countless single-use lipstick cases from going into the landfill.

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