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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