What’s In Your Vegan Makeup Bag?

March 29, 2010 by Keri

Awhile back I did a What’s In Your Vegan Shower? post and I really enjoyed finding out what products you use and love!  The thing is, most of us are pros at knowing which foods are vegan and healthy, but when it comes to toiletries and household products, “natural” and “cruelty-free” products can be misleading.  A lot of ethically concerned people look for the cruelty-free logo to mean vegan, but it actually just means that the product wasn’t tested on animals, and sometimes you’ll even find “this finished product wasn’t tested on animals” which translates to “we have no idea who or what our ingredient suppliers have tortured, but we didn’t do it”.

As an ex-beauty product expert, I get a lot of questions from my friends about vegan beauty products.  Actually, I probably get more questions about that than about vegan food from those I know personally, so I thought I’d share the contents of my makeup bag!  I have a few other items also, but these are the ones I’m currently using.  If you use cosmetics, I’d love to know what you love!  (If not, I apologize for the femininity of this post, but I’m just keeping it vegan.  Next post is edibles, I promise!)

Vegan Beauty Products

Vegan makeup brushes can be tough to find.  My favorites are PRIORI’s Cruelty-Free blush brush (the first brush pictured), as well as their kabuki brush, and Eco-Tools and Inika Cosmetics eye brushes; I keep my favorites in a hemp brush roll by Eco-Tools for easy access.  I’ve never been one to wear much in the way of foundations and powders, but I do keep Lavera concealer around just in case.  Lavera is a foreign vegan brand that has recently become available at Target, and because of the availability, I also currently use their mascara.  My favorite lipstick is Urban Decay’s in Naked, but the Beauty Without Cruelty hot pink that my friend Sarah sent me is quickly becoming a staple.  I’ve also been loving the Inika vegan lip glosses she sent!

The eye shadows I have are from Inika, Emani, Beauty Without Cruelty, and Urban Decay.  Urban Decay has the highest quality shadows and liners in my opinion, but they aren’t an entirely vegan brand, although I appreciate that they mark their vegan products so they’re easy to find without having to pour over every ingredient.  Probably my favorite item of all of it is my Jane Iredale bronzer, also a gift, with four shade squared that can be combined in different ways to use as a bronzer, highlighter, and blush.  Well, that’s a little look inside my makeup bag.

What are your favorites?

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  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Keri!

    I agree. Urban Decay shadows and liners are the best vegan option, but it’s always a question of whether to support partial- or completely- vegan companies. I definitely think Urban Decay (like Lush) have made things easier by clearly labelling their vegan products:) I use their Urban Decay 24/7 liners and love the staying power and the creaminess of them. I like to carry the eyeshadow ‘Shag’ around with me too for touch ups when needed – it’s such a pretty, neutral colour!

    I’m still using my EcoTools brushes, and find that they’re soft, don’t shed, and last a really, really long time. I frequently take the blush brush with me because the handle means it’s not too big for my cosmetics bag.

    I’m impressed that Lavera has started selling at Target! Their skincare line (and particularly their suncare line) looks really intriguing, and seems to be popping up in a number of different stores around the world and online. I don’t know much about their makeup though.

    The Jane Iredale Moonglow Bronzer is one of the best vegan cosmetics around in my opinion. It can be used for so many different purposes that you’ve outlined above (as well as an eyeshadow I hear) and it’s really handy to just throw in a purse. It also give the skin a lovely ‘glowy’ look, and I think the lighter section is even better than the (much hyped) new highlighter that Inika have just come out with.

    x Sarah

    • Keri says:

      Thanks, Sarah! I had some trouble getting used to the EcoTools brushes because they apply differently than “traditional” brushes, but now that I’ve been using them for a long time I really like them (and I love the concept)! I just wish they had more- I could really use a fluffy eye or pencil brush!

      • Sarah says:

        You should definitely check out the new (-ish) 6 Piece Eye Brush Set from Eco Tools. I don’t think it’s available in Australia yet, but the blending and pencil brushes look pretty good! http://www.parispresents.com/product_p/et%201227.htm The set is selling on Ebay at the moment for $11.95 and free shipping!

        I know what you mean about getting used to the brushes: It seems with their powder brush it’s more of a ‘sweeping’ motion than ‘buffing’. I actually find the powder brush really good for applying bronzer because it diffuses the product so well. Because I’m so pale, this cuts out the post-application ‘blending’ I would have to do with some of my other brushes.

        There seems to be a new brush in the LE set that Alicia Silverstone has just done for EcoTools which is similar to the 187. I’m not sure how good they are (they’re not out in Oz yet) but I’m definitely going to be checking the set out! http://www.parispresents.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ET1232 This pack is also on Ebay for around $21.

  2. Rachel says:

    Lavera is not a vegan company, they use carmine (ground up bugs) in many of their products. The concealer is vegan though.

    A list of Lavera products that contain carmine:

    I recommend using Cruelty Free Face when shopping for makeup:

  3. Mineral Fusion from Whole Foods. One thought though, is that I heard a show on how incredibly harmful all of our mineral makeups are because the particles are so small and that builders actually wear masks when working with the same materials during projects. So even though I will not currently give up my mineral powder, I wonder about the safety of it. I guess a liquid or at least not loose powder would alleviate some of the problem.

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