Cruelty Free and Vegan Eyeshadow
It has taken me a long time to find good quality vegan eyeshadow. When I went cruelty free I built up my makeup collection pretty much from scratch. Because of this I had a lot of hit a misses and had to learn as I go figuring out what was vegan and what wasn't. So I've put together this guide to help you out!
Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands
Firstly you'll want to find the cruelty free makeup brands to start off with. Not all of their products will be vegan but it's good to know that you've at least got the cruelty free status down. For drugstore / high street cruelty free makeup you can look out for brands like Makeup Revolution, Gosh, NYX and Sleek for some good palettes. A lot of cult high-end eyeshadow palettes, like the Naked and Chocolate bars, aren't vegan but drug store brands will dupe them and just so happen to be vegan.
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Cruelty Free High End Makeup Brands
If you've got a little more budget then some cruelty free brands to look out for are Too Faced, Kat Von D, Hourglass, Becca, NARS, Urban Decay and The Balm. *Note not all parent companies are cruelty free.
Cruelty Free Indie Makeup Brands
This is where I struck gold. There are some absolutely amazing indie products that have become such cult brands that I feel strange listing them as indie. These brands are cruelty free and offer some amazing quality vegan cosmetics. Thought you liked MAC? Try Makeup Geek. Brands to look out for are Makeup Geek, Juvias Place, Nabla Cosmetics and Jeffree Star (a controversial one).
Now we've got some brands to select from, how can you tell if they're vegan?
Ingredients That Aren't Vegan
- One of the most common eyeshadow ingredients that stop them from being vegan is Carmine. Carmine, sometimes referred to as Cochineal, is basically crushed insects to give the red pigment. You'll notice it in brown, red and pink shades.
- Another ingredient you might find is Lanolin. This is an oil taken from sheep.
- Cera Alba is a sneaky one. It means Beeswax. Sometimes you'll see it written as Cera Alba and sometimes Beeswax so be aware. Sometimes a synthetic version is used so you could see the word synthetic next to either, in which case it's safe!
There are lots of other ingredients you'll want to look out for but these tend to crop up the most in eyeshadow. Check my resources page for an easy list of non-vegan makeup ingredients.
Vegan Eyeshadow Palettes
Some of my favourites, particularly for those carmine free warm tones are:
- The Nubian Palette by Juvia's Place - 100% recommend
- Nabla Cosmetics build your own palettes (as far as I have seen, all of their eyeshadow singles are vegan friendly. - please double check on each eyeshadow though.)
- Makeup Geek Vegan Bundle. (A selection of Vegan eyeshadows to get you started.) - The individuals are so cheap and the same quality, if not better, as MAC.
Cult Vegan Eyeshadow Palettes
Some more cult items to look out for:
- Jeffree Star Androgyny palette + Beauty Killer
- Kat Von D Pastel Goth
- The Balm Meet Matte
- Makeup Revolution dupes - perhaps controversial but if you're wanting the Naked Palettes but don't want crushed beetles on your eyelids, try out the Makeup Rev dupes. They're pretty good quality and pretty cheap. I definitely endorse buying dupes when the real stuff isn't vegan.
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