"Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself, to consider how my choices affect others."
Vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics can be tricky to find.
But, once found, you will experience many benefits of adjusting to a vegan-based beauty regime.
However, with a long list of ingredients to check, the task can become difficult, disturbing, and time-consuming.
Many of the products you use on a daily basis may contain ingredients like Uric Acid from cows or gelatine derived from pigs.
Yet, with a recent surge in women wanting to be extra careful about their makeup, more and more brands are reconsidering their principles.
As such, the brands are creating a separate line for vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics, to make shopping less of a complicated task.
But, to make it even more simple for you, here are a few picks by DESIblitz.
Benefits of Vegan and Cruelty-Free Cosmetics
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Includes fewer chemicals
- Have never been tested on innocent animals
- You refuse to contribute to Animal harm
- Safe from harmful or allergic skin reactions
- Give a healthier skin
- You feel good!
Kat Von D
The celebrated rock star and tattoo artist from Miami Ink, Kat Von D, has created her very own line of vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
In an interview with Mercy for Animals, the artist says:
“I wasn’t yet vegan when I started KvD Beauty almost 10 years ago, so reformulating preexisting non-vegan makeup products has been a great thing. I love being able to show not just makeup junkies, but other brands, that conscious ethical changes are important, realistically doable, and profitable.”
She further adds:
“Veganism changed me. It taught me to look past myself, to consider how my choices affect others. The animals, the people around me, and the planet we live on. To me, veganism is consciousness.”
The most popular purchase is the ‘Shade And Light’ face contour palette for £37.
The colours are varied enough for any Desi complexion. Notably, they could also be used as eyeshadows.
Kat Von D has even gone as far to create #VeganAlert for all products that are indeed vegan:
“100% cruelty-free forever,” says the brand.
A high-end brand, Cover FX, is 100% vegan and has 40 shades of their Pressed Mineral Foundation.
Unfortunately, some brands can be very limited in colour or just focus on lighter shades, making it more difficult to match Asian skin tones.
But, with Cover FX shades, ranging from pink to golden, neutral to blue undertones, it is easy for any Desi to find their colour.
In addition, it is ideal for those looking for a foundation and a powder combination. With its oil-absorbing feature, the coverage can be built up.
Along with no Animal-derived ingredients, the product also avoids:
“Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, Fragrance, Gluten, Mineral Oil, Talc,” says the brand.
A brand for edgy girls, and lovers of an ideal smoky eye makeup.
Urban Decay also offers vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics, certified by Leaping Bunny, a cruelty-free programme.
Praised for their makeup setting spray, which really does lock all your makeup into place, you can always count on Urban Decay.
In addition, their ‘NAKED Palettes’ are also very popular. The ‘NAKED BASICS Eye-Shadow Palette’ is perfect for Desi girls on-the-go. The impressive six shades are warm and neutral browns, for a natural look.
The palette will look classy when pulled out of your handbag!
Check out all the Urban Decay vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics here.
Of course, Lush would be mentioned, best known for their handmade delicious smelling bath bombs, and love for animals.
Although they have a small range of makeup products, they still stock an array of cosmetics. For the face, eyes, and lips, in a variety of colours, for all occasions.
DESIblitz found that their lip scrubs are the most loved and yummiest purchases. In flavours like chocolate, bubblegum and even popcorn, what’s not to love?
Lip scrubs are the perfect remedy to add some moisture to dry lips.
Grab your favourite flavours here!
A well-loved drugstore brand, NYX, offering all vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
However, many buyers find this difficult to believe, considering that they were taken over by L’Oreal, who are yet to join the cruelty-free lists. Rest assured, NYX is fine to use.
The most popular products for NYX are their ‘Soft Matte Lip Creams,’ named in homage of cities all over the world. Even if you can’t be a world traveller, your lips can!.
The colours perfect for Desi skin tones include Sao Paulo, Madrid, and London!
Grab your favourite country lip colour now, ranging from Dubai to Paris!
100% synthetic with vegan brushes, Too Faced have leapt into making, not all, but some vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
Top products, popular amongst makeup artists include the ‘Hangover Primer’ and the ‘Better Than Sex Mascara.’
DESIblitz tip: To maintain healthy eyelashes, prep them with coconut oil before applying the mascara.
Shop here and select your vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
Owned by the coveted Esteé Lauder, the BECCA brand is the Queen of skin and dewy finishes.
A majority of products are vegan-friendly. Yet again, a few use a pigment that is not. So be on the lookout.
Their ‘Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter,’ in the shade Opal, has the most stunning soft, and golden glowy appearance, extenuating your features.
Buy it here and add that vegan shimmer to your cheeks!
Remember, these are only 7 out of many brands that have joined the vegan-friendly bandwagon, or were simply there all along!.
The FAQ sections of brand websites, the shop staff, or makeup blogs, will advise you on the vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
Additionally, take a look here for Leaping Bunny certified brands.