Move over, Smith’s Rosebud Salve! There’s a better lip balm in town. It’s more moisturizing, doesn’t contain nasty chemicals, and has a heavenly scent. It’s Lush’s Honey Trap! Yum.
Edit: I was informed that Rosebud Salve might not have distributors in mainland China, therefore being cruelty-free. I’ll update when I have more news.
Make Up For Ever’s HD setting powder is a praised by makeup artists because of its lasting powder and mattifying effect. Too Faced makes a highly comparable pressed powder that’s very finely-milled. Great for oily skin and during the summer. Get this holy grail powder here!
Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation has been raved about for providing a full coverage that lasts. I think Tarte’s Amazonian Clay does a better job at this, as I said in my review. Tarte’s foundation is fabulous and you even get more bang for your buck.
Guerlain’s Meteorites, the beautifully-packaged shimmering pearls that are used as a highlighter, have recently been surpassed by Hourglass’s Ambient Lighting Powders. They’re getting so much well-deserved hype — and they’re cruelty-free! Try Diffused Light for the perfect glow.
Benefit’s Hoola bronzer is a classic: unlike many bronzers, it’s not orange and has a matte finish, making it the perfect contour for pale to medium skin tones. Luckily for us animal-lovers, Illamasqua’s Hollow is an amazing contour shade. And since it’s a cream pigment, it gives you more control and lasts longer. Hint: I’m pale and this is the contour I personally use!
Benefit’s Benetint, the cheek-and-lip tint that was originally created as a nipple tint (no joke!), has a lovely cruelty-free dupe: The Body Shop’s Lip and Cheek stain is cheaper and gives you the same lively pop of color. It’s a best-seller too!
Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner has been praised for refusing to budge. But not many people know that Milani has been making a liquid liner with extra-tough lasting-power for years. Their Eye Tech Extreme Eyeliner is a cruelty-free secret weapon for anyone who wants perfect wings that stay put all day. If you’re lucky enough to find it in a store, grab it! They’re seriously always out of stock. You can also find them on amazon for around 10$. Not a bad deal considering Stila’s is double that price.
Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat has been a cult highlighting conealer for years. Milani’s inexpensive dupe is equally amazing for just a fraction of the price. You can find it at your local Walmart, Walgreen’s, CVS, or buy it online.
Clinique makes the infamous Chubby Stick, a moisturizing lip balm in the shape of a big pen. Equally hydrating and praise-worthy is Tarte’s LipSurgence™ Skintuitive Lip Tint. It only comes in one shade but it mixes to your own lip color to create a unique, personalized natural shade. It’s also hydrating without being overly glossy. Get this limited edition best-seller while you can!
If there is such thing as a cult eyeshadow, it’s Stila’s Kitten. Because it’s such a versatile shade that works with most skin tones, it’s on every beauty blogger’s list. There are a few options available for animal-lovers who seek this shimmering nude shadow (wet n wild’s walking on eggshells, ELF’s Mineral Eyeshadow in elegant), but the best dupe I’ve found is theBalm’s Stand-Offish. It’s part of their Nude ‘Tude palette, which includes a multitude of beautiful highly-pigmented neutral shades. It’s an underrated palette that’s worth checking out.
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Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.