It’s 2021 and it’s high time that you get familiarized with self-care. However, as this practice goes, it’s also time to be mindful of what brands we patronize. One might think that the bigger the brand, the better its social responsibility, right?
Well, as this PETA article goes on to tell, some of the biggest brands such as Clinique and Maybelline are still testing their products on poor, hapless animals. This is after they advertise that their ingredients are technically vegan (Yep, your foundation might be vegan but it was still tested on an animal!).
Animal ingredients in lipsticks and eyeshadow are actually much more common. Some beauty products are made with animal fat, beeswax, and carmine— a deep red pigment made with insects that are found in your favorite shade of red lipstick. (Read: What you can do to help save the most trafficked mammal in the world)
So for your next beauty haul, My Pope Philippines lists five brands that are cruelty-free (meaning no tests have been done on animals), vegan, or both!
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands: CoverGirl
Beauty giant CoverGirl is committed to being cruelty-free. None of its products or ingredients have been tested on animals, neither by the brand nor its suppliers. In 2018, CoverGirl became the largest makeup brand to be awarded a Leaping Bunny approval for making cruelty-free products available at an accessible price point. Their products are available in retail locations and in your favorite beauty stores, which sets a new standard for the beauty industry.
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands: Fenty Beauty
Pop icon and musician Rihanna’s makeup line needs no introduction— it set the standard for diversity and inclusion in the beauty industry. In fact, it released 50 shades of foundation to cover all skin types and tones. It also has a vegan skin-care line. Its brand’s policies say that it doesn’t test products and ingredients on animals nor does it allow suppliers to animal-test on its behalf. Way to go, Rih! (Read: Online Store ‘My White Cart’ Is Your New Go-To for Self-Care Needs!)
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands: Too Faced
Despite being acquired by Estée Lauder in 2016, Too Faced is still cruelty-free. Founder Jerrod Blandino has assured the public that the brand is still sticking to its values and core fun, Instagram-friendly makeup that’s never tested on animals. It has also expanded its vegan options with its sought-after mascara and its foundation that comes in 35 shades.
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands: E.L.F.
If you haven’t tried E.L.F. you are completely missing out. Not only are its shades so pretty, it also nails the following that every girl wants for their makeup haul: cruelty-free, vegan, and inexpensive! Its second-skin foundation and bright glitter eye shadows are just under $20. It has also replaced beeswax and lanolin with synthetic alternatives and is now 100% vegan.
Cruelty-Free Beauty Brands: Glossier
Glossier might be on the pricier side, but trust, it’s totally worth every penny! Its base formulas grant your no-makeup makeup dream and their eye shadows, blushes, and tints give the perfect sheer flush of color. Plus, the packaging is so cute! It also nabbed the Leaping Bunny certification so you’re sure that it wasn’t tested on animals.