It’s no secret that companies in the beauty industry test their products on animals. There is no reason for this. Imagine how many animals’ lips and mouths are ruined during testing. Would you like acidic formulas and skin-burning chemicals applied to your face – so someone else can reap the benefit? The commercial beauty industry paves the way for animal cruelty.
According to PETA, the following companies test their products on animals: Revlon, Pantene, Maybelline, Clinique, Head & Shoulders, Nars, L’Oreal, Estée Lauder, Mac, Benefit, Lancôme, Max Factor, Chanel and Sephora Brand.
CrueltyFreeKitty lists even more brands that test their products on animals. It shocked me to find some brands I personally didn’t even know tested on animals. Which is sad, because I bought some of those brands for years. There is no excuse for testing on unwilling animals. (this article is written by olsonblog for Working Mother)
Here are several all-natural finishes and top vegan brands that are way better- and are a lot healthier than traditional brands and lip products.
1. Liquid Lipsticks
Liquid lipsticks apply to lips like lip gloss. However, they dry to a matte finish. These finishes range from similarities to mousse, all the way to incredibly dry. Our lips require extra moisturising during colder months. Liquid lipsticks shine in all their beauty when they’re applied to exfoliated/moisturized lips. I enjoy wearing liquid lipstick because…
Application is easy, and require one coat for opaque pigment perfection. Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte lipsticks come in 40 dramatic tones. Their formula is a pricier than most – because high price often means high quality ingredients.
2. Matte Lipstick
Matte lipsticks do not shimmer, nor are they glossy. In simple words: matte lipsticks are for you when you want to make a statement on dinner dates or going out for ladies’ night. One benefit you probably know is that matte lipsticks last super long (without feeling sticky). One downside to matte is they dry out after a few hours. A quick moisturizing balm (before putting on the lipstick) takes care of this, making your lips look extra fresh, soft and inviting. LipSense vegan lipstick colors doesn’t look different compared to traditional, manufactured lipstick. But your lips simply look healthier wearing vegan lipstick because the products don’t have harmful chemicals.
BH Cosmetic Color Lock fits the matte bill. It makes your lips look richer, creamier and doesn’t smudge. It’s made with Triple Butter Complex (plus Shea), and coconut and mango butters.
Another excellent matte option is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipstick. Although it’s liquid lipstick, finishes are matte and smooth. Shades such as Chestnut Rose and Fawn Nude make your lips look poutier and fuller. Because most mattes dry out, Kat Von D’s Everlasting Lipstick is made with vitamin E and Sunflower seed oil, keeping your lips looking alive and moisturized.
Manic Panic’s matte lipsticks are also a phenomenal choice. Their colors include classic dark red, matte white or midnight blue (and a whole host of more). Luckily, Manic Panic’s formula comes with moisturizer, keeping your lips rejuvenated throughout the day/evening.
3. Shimmering Lipstick
NYX Glam Lipstick Aqua Luxe is a top-brand vegan shimmering lipstick. If you want your lips to appear more plump and full, shimmering lipsticks are the way to go. (Making them ideal for you if you have thin lips.) These sticks have opalescent finishes, making them a nice choice for evening outings or work. Luckily, dozens of hues are at your disposable here – each of them with a color that shimmers. (Such as Jet Set, Pink Jewel, and Razzle Dazzle to name a few.) This is because vegan shimmer lipsticks are made with cosmetic-grade glitter or mica that simply shimmer (hence the name).
Applying E.L.F. Baked Highlighter makes you a walking bold statement. This is because this highlighter gives your lips a pearly finish, making your lips look younger and more vibrant. How? It’s made with vitamin E, jojoba, grape and other natural ingredients that nourish your skin.
4. Sheer Lipsticks
I love sheer lipstick. They make me feel elegant and “complete” without a dramatic look. Sheer lipsticks simply make you look like you crawled out of bed with the sexiest, no-work lips. In as subtle (yet powerful) and neutral a finish as possible. One downside to sheer lipsticks is they transfer easily, due to their high-oil content. So they’re not ideal for meals or evenings out where you may be eating or drinking. NARS Sheer Lipstick is such a stick that fulfills my needs for a natural look with an ultra-smooth shine.
5. Mineral Lipsticks
Vegan mineral lipsticks use natural minerals and plant-based wax. (Such as soy, mica, and silica plus more). These minerals are then swished with naturally occurring pigments and is then heat-treated. Personally, this feels healthier on my lips than traditional lipsticks. Why? Because they use chemical wax and manufactured materials (like carmine, beeswax, mineral oil, or parabens for starters). The lack of these “human-made” materials prevents skin reactions or irritation. Mineral lipstick finishes include matte, shine, sheer and glossy.
Pacifica’s Devocean Lipstick is a mineral lipstick that requires little reapplication, and doesn’t feather after a few hours. Mineral Fusion’s Lipstick is also a great mineral lipstick. It’s made without gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors or fragrances, and is free of phthalates. Your lips will stay hydrated due to its mixture of vitamins C and E, shea butter and jojoba seed oil. (As well as red and white tea.) The lipstick does not smudge and resists feathering over time.
Given the extremely-wide range of colors and finishes, there’s no shortage of ways for you to express yourself using vegan lipstick. All “vegan” means, is that these lipsticks were made using all-natural products and weren’t tested on animals. What you’ve just read are products that keep your lips looking beautiful and you feeling good, knowing what you’re wearing didn’t hurt creatures.
However, as people become more consciously aware of what’s happening to harmless animals (who are often kept in cages), people stop buying from commercial brands and choose vegan brands. This cultural shift is inspiring, and can be considered a movement in the beauty industry. Don’t you want to be a part of making a difference? Use vegan lipstick today.