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Shiseido is NOT a cruelty-free corporation, they DO test on animals when required by law and the brand, as well as, some of their subsidiary brands (like NARS) are sold in mainland China and are required by law to test on animals.
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Shiseido does own two cruelty-free brands, bareMinerals and BUXOM.
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Cruelty-Free & Vegan Makeup – Affordable Drugstore Brands (2019)

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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 labeled as cruelty-free and vegan. ‘Cruelty-free’ implies the ingredients and finished product 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 to learn that although a brand may not be considered 100% vegan, they do offer some products that are suitable for vegans.

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, 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.

But let’s start with the Cruelty-free brands that are either 100% vegan or offer some vegan options!

List of Affordable Cruelty-Free and Vegan Makeup

List of Vegan Makeup Drugstore Brands (2019)

Below is a list of cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands that do not test on animals with vegan options!

  1. Ardell Lashes
  2. B.100% Vegan
  3. Barry M
  4. BH Cosmetics
  5. Catrice
  6. ColourPop
  7. CoverGirl *owned by Coty
  8. EcoTools100% Vegan
  9. ELF Cosmetics100% Vegan
  10. Emani100% Vegan
  11. Essence
  12. Eylure
  13. Flower Beauty
  14. GOSH Cosmetics
  15. Jordana
  16. L.A. Girl
  17. Lottie London
  18. Makeup Academy (MUA)
  19. Makeup Revolution
  20. Milani
  21. Mineral Fusion
  22. NYX Cosmetics *owned by L’Oreal
  23. Pacifica100% Vegan
  24. Physicians Formula
  25. Pixi Beauty
  26. Real Techniques
  27. theBalm

List of 100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free Drugstore Makeup Brands

The following 5 drugstore makeup brands are both cruelty-free and 100% vegan, meaning these companies do not test on animals and none of their products contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

ELF Cosmetics – 100% Vegan Makeup

e.l.f. Cosmetics 

All of ELF makeup and beauty products are 100% vegan.

e.l.f. cosmetics is one of the most popular affordable professional makeup brands. ELF offers an extensive range of inexpensive, high-quality makeup and skincare products for around $1-6/each.

ELF is sold in most drugstores including Target, London Drugs, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Superdrug.

What I recommend: 16HR Camo Concealer, Flawless Finish Foundation, Matte Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

Pacifica Beauty – 100% Vegan Makeup

Pacifica

All of Pacifica’s makeup, skincare, and perfume are 100% vegan.

Pacifica is a 100% vegan and sustainable makeup brand. They offer beauty and skincare products that are formulated without parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, phthalates, and FD&C color.

Pacifica Beauty products are sold at some drugstores including Target, Ulta, Walmart.

What I recommend: Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara, Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation, Pink Nudes Mineral Eyeshadows

EcoTools – 100% Vegan Makeup Brushes

EcoTools

All of EcoTools makeup brushes, sponges, applicators, and bath accessories are 100% vegan.

EcoTools makes 100% vegan and affordable animal-free makeup brushes with quality soft bristles, sleek bamboo handles, and recycled aluminum ferrules.

Available at most drugstores including Target, Ulta, London Drugs, Walmart, Superdrug, Walgreens

What I recommend: Total Perfecting Blender, Start the Day Beautifully Kit Makeup Brush Set

Emani Cosmetics – 100% Vegan Makeup

Emani

All of Emani cosmetics are 100% vegan.

Emani Cosmetics is known for their talc-free, paraben-free, vegan cosmetics that do not contain any harsh chemicals or petrochemicals. Emani products are suitable for the most sensitive and problematic skin. In addition, Emani is committed to minimizing their carbon footprint in all areas of their business; using certified recycled, biodegradable paper, non toxic ink, recyclable packaging and packing materials.

Available at select drugstores including Target and London Drugs.

What I recommend: Hydrawear 12HR Foundation, Flawless Matte Foundation, Prismatic Lipstick Duo Tone Shades

B. by Superdrug – 100% Vegan Makeup

B.

All of B. cosmetics and skincare are 100% vegan.

B. is a vegan beauty brand exclusive to Superdrug. B offers a range of high-quality makeup and skincare products at an affordable price.

Only available at Superdrug.


List of Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands With Vegan Makeup Options

Below is a list of cruelty-free drugstore makeup brands with some vegan options, meaning these companies do not test on animals and although not all of their products are suitable for vegans as some may contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products, but they do offer some vegan products.

Milani Cosmetics – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Milani

Some of Milani makeup is vegan (but not all).

Milani cosmetics and beauty products, including face makeup, nail color and a full range of top-quality makeup products, for women of any age, style or skin tone. Some of Milani cosmetics are vegan, find Milani vegan product list here.

Available in-store at Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Shoppers Drug Mart.

What I recommend: Primer Perfection Face Primer, Baked Blush, Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer

NYX Cosmetics – Cruelty-Free Makeup

NYX Cosmetics

Some of NYX’s makeup and beauty products are vegan (but not all).

NYX Cosmetics is cruelty-free however NYX is owned by L’Oreal, a parent company that does test on animals in 2019. Some of NYX makeup products are vegan, find a list of NYX vegan products here.

Available in most drugstores including Target, Walmart, London Drugs, Walgreens, CVS.

What I recommend: Micro Brow Pencil, Matte Bronzer, Lip Lingerie

Physicians Formula – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Physicians Formula

Some of Physicians Formula makeup, skincare, and beauty products is vegan (but not all).

Physicians Formula is widely available at most drugstores and they’re known for their dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free makeup. Some of Physicians Formula makeup and skincare are vegan, find an updated list of Physicians Formula vegan products here.

Available in stores at Ulta, London Drugs, Shopper Drug Mart, Walmart, Walgreens.

What I recommend: Murumuru Butter Bronzer, The Healthy Foundation SPF 20

CoverGirl – Cruelty-Free Makeup

CoverGirl

Some of CoverGirl cosmetics are vegan (but not all).

CoverGirl became Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free in 2018 however it should be noted that CoverGirl is owned by Coty, a parent corporation that is still testing on animals when required by law in 2019. Not all of CoverGirl makeup is vegan, but CoverGirl does offer some vegan products, which you can find a list here.

Available at most drugstores including Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walgreens, Ulta.

Pixi Beauty – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Pixi

Some of Pixi cosmetics, makeup and beauty products are vegan (but not all).

Pixi offers a range of natural cosmetics and beauty products with innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients. Some of Pixi products are vegan, for a full list of Pixi vegan products, find it here.

Available in store at Target, Walmart, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

What I recommend: Endless Silky Eye Pen, MatteLast Liquid Lip, Large Lash Mascara

Makeup Revolution – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Makeup Revolution

Some of Makeup Revolution’s makeup, beauty, haircare, and skincare range is vegan (but not all).

Makeup Revolution is an incredibly affordable makeup brand known for its eyes and face palettes but they have an impressive and growing range of makeup, skincare, and beauty products. Some of Makeup Revolution products are vegan, you can also find a list of Makeup Revolution vegan products here.

Available in stores at Ulta, London Drugs, and Superdrug.

What I recommend: Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer, Banana Powder, Vivid Baked Highlighter

Essence – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Essence

Some of essence makeup are vegan (but not all).

Essence cosmetics is a popular EU-based drugstore makeup brand dedicated to bringing affordable, fun, and high quality products into the serious world of cosmetics. Some of essence makeup are vegan, find a list of Essence vegan products here.

Available in some drugstores including Shoppers Drug Mart and Ulta.

What I recommend: Pure Nude Highlighter, Satin Touch Blush, Superfine Eyeliner Pen Waterproof

Barry M – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Barry M

Some of Barry M makeup is vegan (but not all).

Barry M is Britain’s leading cruelty-free makeup brand, creating the finest quality, on trend and cruelty-free makeup since 1982. Barry M is a great affordable makeup brand for UK shoppers. Not all of their products are vegan but they clearly label which ones are on their website under each product description, or find a full list of Barry M vegan makeup here.

Available at Superdrug.

What I recommend: Nail Polish, Matte Me Up Lit Kits, Makeup Setting Spray

Flower Beauty – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Flower Beauty

Some of Flower Beauty makeup and cosmetics are vegan (but not all).

Flower Beauty was created by Drew Barrymore, this cruelty-free beauty brand offers luxury, high-quality makeup, and professional brushes at an affordable price. Some of Flower cosmetics are vegan, find a list of Flower vegan products here.

Available at Walmart, Superdrug, and Ulta.

ColourPop – Cruelty-Free Makeup

ColourPop

Some of ColourPop cosmetics are vegan (but not all)

ColourPop offers the best quality formula makeup at drugstore prices. You can find a list of ColourPop’s vegan products on their website here.

Available at Ulta.

Mineral Fusion – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Mineral Fusion

Some of Mineral Fusions’ makeup and skincare is vegan (but not all).

Mineral Fusion products are at a higher price point compared to other drugstore makeup brands but they also claim their products are free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artificial colors, and synthetic fragrances. All of Mineral Fusion products are 100% vegetarian, and most are also 100% vegan – full list of Mineral Fusion vegan products here.

Available in store at Walmart, London Drugs, Target, Ulta

What I recommend: Eye Shadow Trio, Lipstick, Concealer Duo

L.A. Girl – Cruelty-Free Makeup

LA Girl

Some of LA Girl cosmetics are vegan (but not all).

LA Girl Cosmetics is an affordable luxury cosmetics brand. Some of LA Girl cosmetics are vegan, find a list of LA Girl vegan products here.

Available in select drugstores including Walmart, Ulta.

What I recommend: Pro Coverage HD Foundation

BH Cosmetics – Cruelty-Free Makeup

BH Cosmetics

Some of BH Cosmetics are vegan (but not all)

Proudly born and raised in the City of Angels, BH Cosmetics is a constantly evolving innovative beauty brand dedicated to bringing you the best in cruelty-free cosmetics. BH Cosmetics is all about affordability and inclusivity and encouraging the community of beauty enthusiasts to make the most out of makeup. View a list of BH Cosmetics vegan products here.

Available at Ulta.

Catrice – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Catrice

Some of Catrice makeup products and cosmetics are vegan (but not all).

Catrice is an EU-based cruelty-free cosmetic and makeup brand offering a range of modern makeup collections. Some of Catrice makeup are vegan, find a list of Catrice vegan products here.

Available in some drugstores including Shoppers Drug Mart, Ulta.

Jordana Cosmetics – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Jordana

Some of Jordana cosmetics is vegan (but not all).

Jordana Cosmetics isΒ based in the U.S. and their line of makeup isΒ extremely affordable (lipsticksΒ start atΒ $1.99!). But only some of Jordana’s beauty products are considered vegan, find a list of Jordana vegan products here.

Available in-store at Walmart, Walgreens.

MUA – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Makeup Academy – MUA

Some of MUA’s makeup is vegan (but not all).

Makeup Academy (MUA) is a UK-based affordable cruelty-free makeup brand, their products are great for all skin types for every occasion. Some of MUA products are vegan, view a list of MUA’s vegan products here.

Available exclusively at Superdrug.

theBalm – Cruelty-Free Makeup

theBalm

Some of theBalm cosmetics is vegan (but not all).

theBalm offers some vegan makeup products for face, eyes, and lips. Find a list of theBalm vegan products here. theBalm is known for their talc-free and paraben-free formulations and retro packaging!

Available in-stores at Rexall.

What I recommend: Schwing Liquid Eyeliner, Mary-Lou Manizer, Meet Matt(e) Ador. Eyeshadow Palette

GOSH Cosmetics – Cruelty-Free Makeup

GOSH

Some of GOSH cosmetics is vegan (but not all).

GOSH cosmetics is a Denmark-based cosmetic brand, offering an extensive product range that enables consumers to find precisely the product that matches their individual style and wishes. You’ll be happy to hear that most of GOSH products are indeed vegan-friendly! For a full list of GOSH vegan products, check it out here.

Available in-store at Superdrug.

Lottie London – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Lottie London

Some of Lottie London makeup is vegan (but not all).

Lottie London is a UK-based affordable makeup and nail brand. Some of Lottie London makeup is vegan, find a full list of Lottie London vegan makeup products here.

Available at some drugstores including Target, Ulta, and Superdrug.

Real Techniques – Cruelty-Free Makeup

Real Techniques

All of Real Techniques’ makeup brushes, spongers, applicators, and accessories is vegan.

Real Techniques has a cult following for their synthetic and vegan makeup brushes that are sold in just about any drugstore at a reasonable price.

Available at most drugstores including Target, Ulta, London Drugs, Walmart, Superdrug, Walgreens

What I recommend: Miracle Complexion Sponge, Everyday Essentials Brush Set.

Ardell – Vegan-Friendly Lashes

Ardell Lashes

All of Ardell Lashes are vegan, however it is not known which of Ardell makeup is vegan.

Ardell is a popular drugstore brand with a growing selection of cruelty-free and synthetic false lashes. Their lashes are made without animal-hair.

Available at most drugstores.

What I recommend: Ardell Demi Wispies

Eylure – Vegan-Friendly Lashes

Eylure Lashes

All of Eylure lashes are animal-free and vegan.

Eylure lashes is a UK-based false eyelash cosmetic brand offering a range of lash styles for every occasion. All of Eylure lashes are made from materials that were not derived from animals, making them all vegan!

Available at some drugstores including Walmart, Target, Walgreens, and Ulta.

What I recommend: Luxe Silk Marquise Multipack, Texture No. 117 Triple Pack


Drugstore brands to avoid that test on animals

Avoid these brands as they continue to test on animals.

  • Maybelline
  • Max Factor
  • Neutrogena
  • New York Color (N.Y.C.)
  • OPI nails
  • Pure Ice nails
  • Revlon
  • Rimmel London
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sinful Colors

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33 Comments
  • anonimo
    October 8, 2016

    Hi Vicky,
    Thank you so much for this post first and foremost, for taking out the time to research all of these brands. However, when I looked at a few products from Jordana and Wet n Wild which have a “list” of vegan products, I found most of them to be not vegan. Please let me know if a product is considered vegan and/or cruelty free if it contains:
    1. squalane: which is derived by the hydrogenation of squalene, which is derived from the liver of sharks. Approximately 3000 sharks are required to make 1 ton of squalene. The vegan alternative is phytosqualene derived from plants. Squalane is used as an emollient/moisturizer and is found in the Jordana Blush
    2. Lanolin oil: Wool-grease. Obtained by boiliing sheep wool. It is found in all of their lipsticks, eyeliners, and lip gloss
    3. Carmine: Obtained from carminic acid which is obtained by boiling cochineal beetles alive until they’re dead and liquid! Some methods of producing carmine dye include adding egg whites, fish glue or gelatine which are again animal sourced ingredients and are neither vegan nor cruelty-free!! Carmine is used in ALL bright red colored foods and makeup!! Sometimes the dye will not even show up as carmine, these companies will mask it up with complicated names like “E120” or Red xyz number!
    It is becoming frustratingly difficult and expensive to stay vegan!

    • Vicky Ly
      October 8, 2016

      Heya! Yes, I’ve heard there may have been some non-vegan items listed on the Wet N Wild vegan product list… I’m not sure how often the list is updated so product formulations may have changed and the list can be inaccurate at times. But I haven’t heard any customers say anything about Jordana’s vegan list.

      I just want to mention a few things about the ingredients you noted..
      1. Yes, as you said.. squalene can be derived from shark liver or from plants. Manufacturers are NOT required to disclose which source squalene was derived from so it’s always best to ask the company directly. In this case, I’m going to send an email to Jordana asking about the squalene in their blush.

      2. Lanolin is a very common ingredient in cosmetics and skincare products. As you mentioned, any product that says it contains lanolin should NOT be considered vegan.

      3. Manufacturers are actually required to label if a product may or may not contain carmine now because a lot of people are allergic to carmine so they have to clearly state it on their list of ingredients. Although, like you said, carmine can have multiple names .. almost all cosmetics sold in the US and Canada will also make sure to say “carmine” on the list in addition to using the scientific name for carmine.

      You may have also noticed carmine listed as an ingredient under “may contain”. This confuses a lot of customers because if carmine is listed under “may contain” it doesn’t necessarily mean that the product contains carmine. As I mentioned earlier, people who are allergic or sensitive to carmine cannot use any products that may have come in contact with the ingredient. So companies who manufacture multiple products on the same equipment or machinery will include carmine under “may contain” for those who are highly sensitive. Also, companies sometimes use the same label across multiple colors or shades of cosmetics… so only one shade of lipstick or eyeshadow may contain carmine whereas the other shades don’t and therefore are considered vegan.

      I totally agree with you, it can be a little frustrating to have to read every ingredient list to determine for ourselves if something is vegan or not but I think it’s definitely worth it in the end to know that the products you choose to buy are not harming or hurting any animals! =)

      • Madison bowman
        October 21, 2016

        I just emailed Jordana because they put out a vegan list but when you look at the ingredients on the products most contain carmine so we will see what they say!

  • Emeline Walker
    September 20, 2016

    Ok, so I love Rimmel London’s BB cream, but hearing that they are not cruelty free breaks my heart. Is there a lightweight BB cream brand you can recommend? I hate foundations, I’ve been using BB cream for about 5 years now.

  • Stephie
    September 18, 2016

    Elf cosmetics has parabens in them i could not possibly understand how they can be vegan. I though the whole purpose of being vegan to eradicate all products that are harmful to the human body.

    • Vicky Ly
      September 20, 2016

      Hi Stephie,
      I understand where you’re coming from and the points you made. Yes, elf cosmetics are not natural by any means nor do they promote their products as being natural.

      Since there isn’t a standard definition for the term “vegan” — the label can mean something different to each of us. For me, living a vegan lifestyle means to buy and only support products that do not harm animals. So buying cosmetics that (1) do not test on animals and (2) do not contain any animal-derived ingredients is most important to me when it comes to defining a vegan lifestyle.

      I try my best to also buy products that are local, palm-oil free, all-natural, organic, recyclable, etc… But for me, my first priority is to support and promote a cruelty-free lifestyle that doesn’t hurt animals and this list is doing just that! =)

      This list is to show consumers that cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics CAN be affordable. If natural products is a priority to you, then I also listed brands like Mineral Fusion, Pacifica, and PIXI that tend to contain more natural ingredients.

  • Sarah
    September 15, 2016

    Physician’s Formula is awful at replying. I asked them about their blush and they wouldn’t give me a straight answer. I had to harass them a second time specifically asking them to name any ingredients that are not vegan before they would answer me.

    I won’t support them anymore. They’re not interested in being transparent.

  • Sherami Fernando
    September 11, 2016

    Hi Vicky, my name is Sherami Ferando and I’m a vegan as well and I loovee your website. I find it super helpful and easy. But I did want to mention one thing, I researched the ingredients in Orly nailpolishs and I found that some of the older versions have pearl. Also, even the current polishes have guanine in it so the brand isn’t 100 vegan in the nailpolish section. I’m sorry if I’m just telling you somrthing you already know, I saw that you said that Orly’s “regular” nail polishes are vegan and I didn’t know what was considered regular or not but I thought I’d mention it anyways. But anyways, thanks so much for your helpful info.

    • Vicky Ly
      September 12, 2016

      Heya Sherami! So glad to hear you’re enjoying my blog!! =)

      That’s very interesting.. I just sent them an email asking if any of their current nail polish contains guanine or pearl. I was originally told by ORLY that their nail polish are considered vegan so I’m not sure if this was a mistake on their part or they might have reformulated their nail polish since then!

      Arghs! It also doesn’t help how they don’t list any of their ingredients on their website! I will definitely be looking into this and I hope I get a clear answer about WHICH of their polishes are vegan! Thanks so much for reaching out and letting me know! =D

    • Vicky Ly
      September 13, 2016

      Hi again Sherami!

      I heard back from ORLY and they told me that none of their nail polish including their cremes, shimmers, and sheer shades contain guanine or pearl. They also kindly sent me a list of their ingredients.. I checked it over and I don’t see guanine as an ingredient! YAY.

      They said that it’s possible you may be looking at an ORLY ingredient list from pre-2005. But rest assure, all ORLY current nail polishes do not contain any animal derived ingredients!

  • Voodoo Blonde
    September 10, 2016

    I’ve just checked Physicians Formula FAQ site regarding vegan options, and it says:
    “Are your products vegan? We do not claim vegan as some of our products may contain ingredients like beeswax, carmine and lactic acid (from milk). We recommend checking the ingredient listing of each product prior to purchase.” Seems like they saw either this post or some other similar one. I’ve send them a Facebook message regarding a product containing lactic acid. They’ll probably say it’s not vegan (the Touch of Glow Foundation), but I kinda hope it is.

    • Vicky Ly
      September 10, 2016

      I also really wanted to try their Touch of Glow foundation before too! Really hope they get back to you with a clear answer! =)

      When I originally reached out to them a year ago, the girl I was speaking to seemed very helpful at first and said most of Physicians Formula products doesn’t contain animal derived ingredients and that I should read the ingredients to see if they’re suitable for vegans and to let her know if I had any questions.

      I went through all of my Physicians Formula products that I had bought and listed out a few ingredients that could be derived from animals or vegetable sources and when I asked if these were animal ingredients.. she stopped emailing me back! =( I tried to follow up with her and the company but no answer!

      That’s why I really hope they get back to you! Fingers crossed!!

  • Erynn Irene
    August 30, 2016

    Just started looking into vegan and non-cruelty makeup options. I don’t always use makeup but decided that for the times I do I wanted something I was comfortable wearing. I never even considered cruelty free as something I should do because it’s not something that is promoted. It wasn’t until I saw JKissa on Instagram and started following her (she is a makeup artist who is AMAZING and just made the final switch to a cruelty free makeup artist) that I thought about it and how much it truly bothered me. So, here I am looking at all these different websites, and yours has stood out to me the most. Now you have inspired me to look into vegan options as well. πŸ™‚ I have tried to stick to organic/ 100% natural brands for a long time since I have bad reactions to chemicals, but reading quite a few of your posts are making me look at more. So I guess in some ways this is a thank you for having the site and keeping it updated and getting a bunch of great info that I feel is actually useful.

    • Vicky Ly
      August 31, 2016

      Aww, THANK YOU. =) thank you, thank you!

      You have no idea how happy it makes me when I read a comment like yours! It is because of caring consumers like you who really inspire me to continue to be a voice for animals by creating these resources! So it means the absolute world to me to hear that they were actually useful to you!! =D

      Keep up the amazing work your doing on going cruelty-free and if you ever have any questions, you know where to find me, Erynn! =)

  • Robin Price
    August 24, 2016

    Vegan for almost 2 full years and this is an amazing list Well done. As much as I want to try Kat Von D and other brands I simply cannot afford it.

  • Amirah Zulkefli
    July 8, 2016

    You have no idea how life-saving this list is! I’m a new vegan, and currently swapping out my cruelty and non-vegan make up. It is REALLY difficult to get any vegan products where I live, and again, some brands claim to vegan but not cruelty-free, vice versa. Thanks to your list, I can actually get ethical make up that is in line with my values! I spend hours today trying to find vegan and cruelty free make up & I end up feeling defeated with the confusion of the terms. Luckily, I have a nearby drugstore that sells GOSH. Will definitely look into it. Once again, thank you so much! Your blog is a lifesaver!

    • Vicky Ly
      July 8, 2016

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear this came in handy for ya!! =) I know the feels girl, if only manufacturers could label their products to say this contains “crushed up bugs, fish liver oil, fat from slaughtered animals” That way it would make it super easy for everyone to avoid them!!

      I will admit that finding vegan products at the drugstore is a bit harder than say, shopping at Sephora! Because drugstores always carry well-known brands from Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, etc who all tests on animals. But I’m sure the drugstores are realizing that vegan products are hot on the market now and therefore they’re carrying more and more cruelty-free brands!

      Keep it up girl and please let me know what you end up getting anything from GOSH cosmetics! My local drugstore only gets a small variety of their products so I’d love to hear your thoughts on their products! =)

  • Edith
    February 18, 2016

    Love this! Drugstore is the best and there is suprisingly so much variety for vegan and crueltyfree make up. WetnWild is my fave, their matte lipsticks are so much better than MAC!! :))
    http://thehappyvegangirl.com/

    • Vicky Ly
      February 19, 2016

      There’s so many hidden gems when it comes to vegan drugstore options!! I have yet to try Wet N Wild’s matte lipsticks but I’m definitely gonna try them out after you recommending them!! =D

β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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