Thursday, 19 May 2016

7 Cruelty Free Alternatives For Popular Makeup Brands

The quality of high end, or well established drugstore, makeup is absolutely superb; the packaging is heavenly, the latest trends are must-haves as makeup keeps evolving and the variety of looks you can create with a single palette are endless. I used to think that nothing compares to the swatch of MAC's 'Gold Deposit' highlighter or the flawless finish that Benefit's 'Porefessional Primer' gives me.  However, after researching these makeup brands, their parent companies and others like them, I was shocked to discover how many actually tested on animals. As a result, I was inspired to share alternatives with you all, in hope that we can consider buying cruelty-free products every time we go shopping. 

For those who love L'Oreal

I was obsessed with L'Oreal eyeshadows at one point and I mean obsessed. Luckily, I discovered two alternative brands that were similar, within the same price range and best of all, cruelty free. The first brand is Milani

For those of you who are familiar with Milani, you'd know that the products are of great quality for the price. If you're not familiar with Milani, you should definitely check them out! I highly recommend the Baked Blushes, Lip Cremes and the 2-in-1 Cover & Conceal Foundations which will give you a flawless finish every time!

The next brand is Pixi
I discovered them by watching one of my favourite youtubers (@siena_mirabella). The Glow Mud Cleanser is one of my favourite products - it's a deep pore cleanser that creates a gorgeous canvas for your makeup by exfoliating your skin and leaving you with a dewy glow. Additionally, I love their 'Flawless Beauty Primer' which is definitely a holy grail. It's such a lightweight primer that gives you a lovely luminescent glow! After trying these products out, I can confirm they should be on your makeup shopping list next time you want to try something new. 

If you like Benefit or MAC Cosmetics,
As much as I love Benefit and MAC, they are sadly not cruelty-free. However, there are other wonderful high end alternatives like Too FacedAnastasia Beverly Hills and theBalm Cosmetics

I adore theBalm's packaging! I love how the brand invented different characters for different makeup looks. There is a very vintage feel to their products, similar to Benefit Cosmetics. The most hyped about products include the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter, the Bahama Mama contour powder and of course, the buttery shadows in the Nude Dude eyeshadow palette which includes 12 gorgeous colours.

The thing I love most about Too Faced is how beautiful the packaging is. As we all know, how something is presented influences whether or not we'll purchase it. Too Faced products are outstanding and I love that they have palettes for your face as well as eyes. Not only that, but they also offer a large variety in their products from their Melted liquid lipsticks to the famous Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palette. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills
I love this brand because they products are unique and diverse enough to suit ALL skin tones. The quality is out of this world!
There's the Contour Cream Kit, Dip Brow Pomade and of course the most hyped about editions - the Glow Kits, which I have yet to get my greedy little hands on. 

If you've ever wanted to 'Get The London Look', you'd be surprised to know that Rimmel London is not a cruelty-free company. Personally, I was pretty sad about this when I switched to cruelty-free makeup because I adored their mascaras. However, Wet n Wild and NYX quickly became my next favourites. 

NYX 'Smokey Eyes' palette and soft matte lip cream in 'Cannes' have become  my winter go-tos. I love their setting spray and satin finish lip pencils. Don't even get me started on the Lip Lingeries!

Wet n Wild
I love the Wet n Wild brow kits, the 'Precious Petals' highlighter and of course the 'Walking On Eggshells' eyeshadow trio. My favourite thing about the Wet n Wild products is that a little seriously goes a long way - they're SO gloriously pigmented!

This is the first of many new posts that I will be calling the Conscious Shopper Series as I'd like to inform you about cruelty-free products and fair-trade clothing. Let me know which cruelty-free brands are your favourites and which products you recommend!

~ Miah ~ 
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