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10 Best Cruelty Free Drugstore Beauty Brands

10 Best Cruelty Free Drugstore Beauty Brands

It’s a Beauty Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve got the 10 Best Cruelty Free Drugstore Beauty Brands of 2015 to share with you, along with some product recommendations too. This post contains a mix of press samples and products purchased by me.

10 Best Cruelty Free Drugstore Beauty Brands

1. Burt’s Bees
Burt’s Bees has a wide range of skincare, hair care, and lip products available. They just came out with a new line of lipsticks that I really want to try.

Catrice Eyeshadows swatches and thoughts

2. Catrice
We just recently got Catrice Cosmetics at Ulta and I’ve been happy with both the Liquid Metal and Velvet Matt eyeshadows that I’ve tried.

3. ecoTools
I’ve loved ecoTools for almost 10 years. Their essential eyes set has been a staple of mine for years. The new eye enhancing duo set looks promising too. (v)

4. e.l.f. Cosmetics
e.l.f. has really upped their game in the past year. Between their brushes, blushes, and skincare, you can find basics for just about everything from them. Most products are vegan.

5. Jesse’s Girl
I love the Jesse’s Girl waterproof liquid eyeliner pens. They also make great nail polishes, eyeshadow primer and eye dusts.

Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Swatches

6. Nyx Cosmetics
I’ve had a lot of love for Nyx this year. Between their Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks, the micro brow pencils that are great dupes for the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencils, and the Dewy Spray, I’ve been really happy with Nyx. Now if they could only make some pale foundation!

7. Prestige Cosmetics
They have some gorgeous duochrome eyeshadows in their Total Intensity eyeshadow line. They also have pretty metal eyeshadows.

8. Real Techniques
I love my Real Techniques base eyeshadow brush. The LE eyeliner set is great and I’m glad I bought it. I’ve used it a ton. Plus, they’re almost all purple. You know how I love purple. (v)

9. Pacifica
Pacifica is an all vegan brands and they offer everything from perfume to eyeshadow to body products.

10. Sonia Kashuk
Sonia Kashuk offers a great line of products. I think the dewy luxe lip & cheek balm is very pretty. They have some nice beginner eyeshadow palettes. I loved their Rising Star Brush holder so much I bought 2. They also have a nice metal lash comb.

There are certainly more cruelty free drugstore beauty brands out there! Wet n’ Wild, Mineral Fusion, Not Your Mother’s, Milani, Cake Beauty, It’s a 10, Marc Anthony, J. Cat Beauty,  Pixi, Pop, Acure Organics, 100% Pure, Ardell, Aubrey Organics, Beauty Without Cruelty, Boots No7, derma e, and Nuance by Salma Hayek just to name a few.

Who were your favorite cruelty free drugstore beauty brands this year?

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  • I had to have that brush holder too! Love it! I wish so much I could have gotten the Sonia Kashuk L.E. Linda Mason/Art of Beauty Brush Roll…I looked everywhere for it with no luck. I just got SK Knock Out Beauty Brush Roll (too many brushes, not enough storage!). It’s really great for only $13.99!

    So happy that Milani is CF! I love their lipsticks, their Bella Eyes singles, their eyeliners…pretty much everything they make, lol. I really want to try one of their new Everyday Eyes eyeshadow palettes. The packaging is gorgeous and I’m sure the shadows will be great!

  • I tried a couple of the Catrice mascaras and didn’t like them. I have a few of the blushes but haven’t tried them yet, hopefully I’ll do better with those!

  • Thanks much for sharing Catrice I’ve seen it, looks great to try. My faves are of course NYX, I love the Pore Filler primer, it’s a go to inexpensive dupe for any pore minimizing primer.Matte Lipsticks are great from NYX, also their contour stick! and that concealer stick pencil great for anything. I really like Mineral Fusion as well, they have more at Target now in cruelty free than ever which is great! Thanks for the tip on the Eco Tools I’m going to grab that shadow brush set it’s like 5 bucks, awesome! What face brushes if any do you like from Real Tech/Eco Tools? Will try ELF again since you said they’ve upped their game-cool! Desert Essence is great for skin, also Burt’s Bees has upped their skincare game for sure!

    • I really like the Mineral Fusion SPF 15 and SPF 40. I do like Real Techniques and ecoTools! I use the ecoTools duo fiber and touch up brush. I like the Real Techniques contour, cheek highlighter and fan brush.

      • I’ll have to try those MF SPF’s! Ok awesome, thanks for the brush advice I’ll definitely check those RT brushes out, I need contour and cheek and big powder! )out, they have them at ULTA! And Eco Tools sound great-we are doing a service opportunity with my church where we are doing makeup.makeovers for a place called Genesis House(they help homeless women here in LA with children get back on their feet, and so I can grab a couple different packs of Eco Tools so we can have fresh brushes for them, my friend working with me used to work for ULTA so she’s trying to get some more stuff for them, and between her and I we have good kits 🙂

  • My favorites are NYX, elf, and Real Techniques for sure. Awesome products at great prices. Thanks for the helpful list. 🙂

  • I meant to post this under your pale foundation swatches the other day, but did you know that Hard Candy makes a really pale foundation? I was pretty surprised. Flower Cosmetics also has several nice products. The downside for both lines is that you have to set foot in Walmart to see them. *shudder*

    • I’ll have to go look for it, thanks for the tip! I haven’t tried Hard Candy in a while, but I know they had great blushes. I just hate going to Walmart.

      • Yes I hate Walmart, not just because of the experience, to many people pushing and shoving, even not on holidays, and also because of how they treat their employees don’t pay them fairly they are below poverty level compared with other stores, so for that reason I won’t shop there.

  • My favourite cruelty free DS brands are: Milani (great lipsticks and eye shadows); NYX, Elf and Eco Tools. I only wish that Milani and Sonia Kashuk would set up shop here in Australia. These are all great brands.

  • Great list! I haven’t tried Catrice or Prestige yet. I really want to try the Catrice Liquid Metal shadows. Everyone seems to love them.

    My favorite CF drug store/drug store priced brands are: e.l.f., Wet n Wild, Hard Candy; Real Techniques, Nyx, Sonia Kashuk, ColourPop, bhCosmetics, Makeup Revolution, Freedom Makeup London, and Sleek. Pacifica is my favorite for fragrances, and scented lotions and body butters.

  • I just heard about the Burt’s Bees lipsticks. Where’ve I been? And I also just read about Catrice coming to Ulta. I was at my local Ulta yesterday, and I didn’t run into Catrice but I didn’t know about it. I hope it will be in the store and not just online like Japonesque!

  • Burt’s Bees, sadly, have a parent company called Clorox, who do conduct animal testing.
    Out of the ones you mentioned, Catrice are an absolute fave. There’s also Essence – their mascaras, in particular, are the bomb!

    Happy Holidays, you pretty thing! ^^

    • Thank you! I choose to support companies like Burt’s Bees and Nyx, who are cruelty free, even when their parent company is not, because I believe it will lead to the eventual elimination of animal testing. Essence! I love them, forgot to mention them! I love their mascaras.

  • NYX will be releasing foundation mixers! I don’t know when, but a (fellow) Canadian Youtuber (Bailey Van Der Veen/ BaileyBeautyXO) who works at the new NYX store in Toronto used the white in one of her last makeup tutorials. I couldn’t find any info on them, so I’m assuming it has yet to be released! Not ideal to always have to mix, but I’m always excited about the potential of drug store prices foundation mixers!

    • Awesome, that would be great! Yes NYX is my fave overall brand at the drugstore, Mineral Fusion too has great foundation, it’s a little bit pricier than NYX, they sell it at Target.

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