One of the biggest struggles I hear from compassionate shoppers is finding affordable makeup that is both cruelty-free and vegan. Yes, there is a difference between cosmetics labelled as cruelty-free and vegan. ‘Cruelty-free’ implies the ingredients and finished products were not tested on animals meanwhile ‘Vegan’ products do not contain any animal ingredients.
There are some great cruelty-free drugstore brand lists and similar resources available online but not one specifically catered for only vegans. It’s probably because it’s a much shorter list but you may be surprised that although a brand isn’t considered 100% vegan, they do offer some options that are animal-free in addition to being cruelty-free of course!
Here you will find a list of drugstore makeup brands that are either 100% vegan or brands that carry some vegan options as well as to how you can find those Vegan options. At the very bottom of this post, I also list drugstore makeup brands that are NOT cruelty-free and continue to test on animals and therefore should be avoided. Finally, I mention brands that are cruelty-free BUT not vegan-friendly and is probably best to avoid.
But let’s start with the Cruelty-free brands that are either 100% vegan or offer some vegan options!
List of Vegan Makeup Drugstore Brands
Below is a list of cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands that do not test on animals with vegan options!
Wet N Wild
Makeup Academy – MUA
Some makeup brands claim to be cruelty-free and do not test on animals however they may use ingredients derived from an animal. Common non-vegan ingredients used in cosmetics include honey, beeswax, milk protein, lanolin, and carmine.
It is difficult to tell if an ingredient came from an animal or a vegan source just by reading a product’s ingredient list because manufacturers and companies are not required to disclose this on the label. However most vegan-friendly brands will usually tell shoppers which products or ingredients to avoid as they contain animal by-products.
Unfortunately some cruelty-free brands choose not to disclose this information, as a result, I am unable to warrant any of their products as being vegan.
NYX Cosmetics – owned by L’Oreal (a company that does test on animals), state they are unable to give out generalized ingredient information.
Burt’s Bees – owned by Clorox (a company that does test on animals), uses milk, lanolin, honey, royal jelly and carmine in some products and claim that since many of their products are produced on shared lines, they don’t call them “vegan”.
Flower Beauty – claims “While our brand is cruelty free, our production centers are not certified vegan meaning there could be trace amounts of animal bi-products in the product.”
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