I’m a creature of habit. If I find a product I really love, I stick to it. For the past couple of years, I’ve been trying out a good deal of products and I’ve certainly found some gems.
These 10 products are the ones I reach for again and again, because they’re the best I’ve found. They’re the ones that made me go, “Dayuuum!“
Here they are, in no particular order.
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I’m obsessed with this foundation, and I can’t believe the price point. The bottle says “Luminous Makeup Nude-Skin Feel” and they 100% nailed it. I love the dewy finish, it blends into the skin so seamlessly, and it has good lasting power too for a dewy foundation. 10/10 would recommend.
I don’t wear primer often, but when I do, it’s Marc Jacobs Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. It brings a little bit of glow while being super hydrating, and the sleek white-and-frosted-glass packaging just brings me joy, man. It also contains squalane.
Available from Sephora.
3. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer ($35)*
Do I have to apologize for including Shape Tape? I just haven’t found a better concealer. A little bit goes a long way as it has high coverage, but it also has a light and liquiddy consistency. This means it’s high-coverage without being cakey, and I think that’s its main strength. A tiny amount will take care of any blemish or undereye discoloration.
Available from Tarte with 30 shades to choose from.
4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($64)*
I majorly hit pan on my Ambient Powder and I recently bought the trio as a replacement. These powders are simply the best if you’re looking for a way to set your makeup without completely mattifying it. They’re beautiful and luminous.
Available from Sephora with several shades and formats to choose from.
I’m not a fan of the left shade (Sunset) because its formula is kinda chalky and less pigmented, but the right shade (Taupey Plum) is purr-fection. I love the buildable and blendable formula, the gorgeous rusty plum color, and the finish. I’ve been reaching for it a lot this year, and it’s nice to have one single eyeshadow instead of a whole palette when traveling. These are also made in the USA.
Available from Amazon.
6. Rituel De Fille Lipstick ($24)
I’m a big fan of Rituel De Fille’s lipsticks. I love their formulas, and the shades they come up with are always so beautiful and unique. Their Enchanted Lip Sheer in Whitethorn is a lovely day-to-day MLBB. It’s a neutral-pinky matte shade with just the right moisture, and it’s also also long-lasting. The fact that their formulas are clean is also a huge plus.
Available from Rituel De Fille.
Is it just me, or does the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow kinda look like an IIlluminati item? Regardless, the packaging is just as gorgeous as the product. I’ve been using both the contour and highlight shades quite a bit, so I didn’t want to show you the busted pans. Feel free to check out my full review if you’d like closeups. Tl;DR perfect formulas and shades.
Available from Sephora in Light/Medium and Medium/Dark.
8. Au Naturale The Anywhere Multistick ($35)
My go-to blush for about a year now. These are really easy to work with and I apply them with my fingers. The result is so natural-looking. They blend into the skin with their glowy formula, and they’re perfect for any natural, glowy, or daytime lewk. Destiny is a peachy tone that works well with warm skin tones, and Awaken is pinky-neutral. I use both depending on my mood.
Definitely check out my full review with swatches.
Available from Au Naturale with 10 shades to choose from.
9. Ecobrow ($26)
Ecobrow is Dip Brow’s younger sister who goes to Coachella and uses natural deodorant. When I first tried Ecobrow, I wasn’t blown away. It’s not as intense as Dip Brow. But it grew on me. Out of all my brow products, I’ve been reaching for it the most this year. Now that I find Dip Brow to be “too much”, I like that Ecobrow is easier to work with and more forgiving.
However, I did not like the Ecobrow brush and I use it with Anastasia’s brow brush instead. It’s my brow combo of choice.
Available from Amazon.
10. Milk Makeup Kush Mascara ($24)
I love mascaras with big fat wands, so naturally I was drawn to Kush. It’s great at volumizing without clumping in one single coat, and it’s also intensely black. The tube has a good weight to it and it feels luxurious. If you like Better Than Sex and big volumized lashes, you might enjoy this one too.
Available from Sephora.
Thank you for reading! These were my absolute favorite makeup products of all time. If you’re looking for cruelty-free products to try, I hope this list gave you some ideas!
*Brands with an asterisk are owned by a parent company that tests on animals, although they are cruelty-free themselves.
What are your top favorite cruelty-free makeup products ever? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let me know.
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.