8 of the Best Cruelty + Vegan Free Makeup Products


Posted on January 07 2019

8 of the Best Cruelty + Vegan Free Makeup Products

Caitlin Bea image via Axiology

If you think that vegan and cruelty free makeup is all “crunch and granola” you will be surprised to learn about these 8 “best of” make up products.

Today, more women than ever want to switch to cruelty free (no animal testing) and vegan (no animal by products or ingredients) cosmetics. From luxury brands like Axiology to LVX, there are more cruelty free and vegan choices than ever. A recent study shows that the vegan cosmetics market size will be worth $20.8 billion in 2025 with a compounded annual growth rate of 6.3%. 

As an added bonus, many products now use natural, clean, plant based ingredients that are toxin free while providing nourishing treatments. Since your skin is your largest organ, absorbing over 60% of what you put on it, nontoxic ingredients ensure you are not exposures to potentially harmful chemicals.

Because beauty brands do not need to disclose if they test on animals, it’s very hard to know when purchasing if beauty products are actually cruelty free or not. If a brand sells its beauty products to China, they are required to submit to animal testing, and some brands are cruelty free but their parent company may not be. Animal products and byproducts are commonly used in many beauty products but many people do not know their name on the ingredients listed on the back of the packaging for example lanolin, carmine, tallow, musk, beeswax, milk and honey.

If you are in a store or already have purchased an item, and are not sure if a beauty product is cruelty free, scan the barcode with the Cruelty Cutter app by partner Resuce + Freedom Project nonprofit. 

Check out a selection of the very best cosmetics that are cruelty free and vegan.

Axiology Lipstick

Glaieuls image via Axiology

Axiology's deeply nourishing lipstick combines all-natural ingredients to keep lips soft including organic avocado oil, organic coconut oil, and organic grape seed oil.  We’re partial to The Goodness, a blush-pink shade. Cruelty free and vegan.


100% Pure Blackest Creamy Long Last Liner

This creamy long lasting formula glides on your eyelids to beautify and define your eyes while nourishing your skin with Vitamin E. 100% Pure is known for using fruit pigments, eco-friendly packaging, sustainable production. Cruelty free and Vegan.


Antonym Cosmetics Blush & Eyeshadow

image via Antonym

Start your day with radiant cheeks for an instant, youthful glow. Then choose from eye shadow palettes each with four beautiful shades featuring a lasting, smooth formula created with light accentuating pigments. The unique bamboo eco packaging is to die for, and they’re nontoxic too with natural ingredients and organic certified by ECOCERT. Cruelty free and Vegan.


Uniful Beauty Vegan Mascara

This exclusive collaboration with vegan subscription box Love Goodly adds volume to your lashes with a classic vegan, nontoxic, and cruelty-free mascara in black. Perfect for women with sensitive skin, you'll find this fast becoming your favorite too! Cruelty free and Vegan.


MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50

A softly tinted, vegan, life-changing 100% mineral sunscreen provides maximum UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. Oil free, the silky, sheer formula blends weightlessly, matching your skin tone, giving skin a fresh, healthy glow. Comes in nude or natural tan. All MyChelle products are vegetarian, and many vegan (like this one), and always cruelty-free, and free of chemicals like parabens, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, petroleum, GMOs, and gluten. Cruelty free and Vegan.


Hurraw! Lip Balm

Fitfood.spain image via Hurraw!

So pure you could eat it! Hurraw! lip balms are all natural, vegan, made from premium raw, organic and fair trade ingredients. Our personal favorite flavor is black cherry. Cruelty free and Vegan.


LVX Nail Polish

vegan_miam image via LVX

A luxurious nail polish featuring a smooth finish and high shine. With a superior long-wear formula, LVX is 7 toxin-free so you can avoid harsh chemicals.  Our all-time favorite shades are Greige and Santal. Cruelty free and Vegan.


Bellapierre HD Makeup Primer

Developed to treat dryness, fine lines, excess oil, and enlarged pores this silky-smooth formula glides on to provide a fresh, flawless complexion. Bellapierre is a nontoxic beauty brand with 100% minerally based cosmetics. Cruelty free and Vegan.

Join the movement today and go cruelty free!

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