I’m sharing some cruelty free beauty splurge or steal recommendations today. I often get asked which I prefer, so I’ve noted my favorites below. All products purchased by me.
Beauty Splurge or Steal
1. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer $52/$72 (splurge) vs. Nyx Angel Veil Primer $15.99 (steal)
Both of these primers have a brightening effect on the face. They have very similar ingredients. The Hourglass is water resistant and offers SPF 15. I recently splurged on the 2 oz tube of Hourglass. Both of these are great. The Hourglass is vegan.
Hourglass Ingredients – Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina. (plus has Zinc Oxide 4.20% and Titanium Dioxide 2.45%)
Nyx Ingredients – Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane , Polysilicone-1, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Nylon-12, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Laureth-12, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil $21 (splurge) vs. Nyx Micro Brow Pencil $9.99 (steal)
ABH comes in 9 colors vs. Nyx in 8. I like ABH Granite and Nyx Black. The ingredients are very similar, though not identical. Both of these pencils are .003 oz of product, so very tiny! That’s why I prefer the Nyx. The Anastasia is vegan. I’m unsure about the Nyx.
Anastasia Brow Wiz Ingredients – Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil/Hydrogenated Huile Végétale, Zinc Stearate, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).
Nyx Micro Brow Ingredients – Polyethylene, C12-15 Alkyl Ethylhexanoate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Ozokerite, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, C20-40 Alcohols, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Candelilla Cera/Cire De Candelilla, Zinc Stearate, Microcrystalline Wax/Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcrystalline, Dimethicone, Sorbitan Tristearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Caprylate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, 77492, 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 77510).
3. Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray $30 (splurge) vs. Nyx Dewy Setting Spray $7.99 (steal)
These two are similar, though I do think that the UD has the edge because it lasts for 12 hours and is supposed to have time release properties to prevent your makeup from settling into fine lines or smudging. Chill is 4 oz vs. Dewy’s 2 oz. Both of these are great for dry skin, but Chill is my favorite. Chill is vegan.
Urban Decay Chill Ingredients – Aqua (Water/Eau), Alcohol Denat, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, PVP, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perflouroisobutyl Ether, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, Caprylyl Gylcol, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Aloe Barbandensis Leaf Extract, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, N,2,3-Trimethyl-2-Isopropyl Butamide, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Fragrance, Poloxamer 407, Menthyl Methacrylate Cross Polymer.
Nyx Dewy Ingredients – Aqua, Butylene Glycol, AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Methylpropanediol, Phenoxyethanol / Ethylhexylglycerin, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Disodium EDTA.
4. Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer $20 (.35oz) (splurge) vs. Jesse’s Girl Eyeshadow Primer $5.99 (.16oz) (steal)
These both have very similar ingredients. I prefer the TFSI packaging to the Jesse’s Girl, since the TFSI is a squeeze tube. This is my Holy Grail eyeshadow primer.
Too Faced Ingredients – Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glyceryl Triethylhexanoate, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Isopropyl Lanolate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Jesse’s Girl Ingredients – Isododecane, Polyethylene, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethicone, Beeswax, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-40 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Trihydroxystearin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride
5. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (splurge) $19 vs Jesse’s Girl Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $6.99 (steal)
Both of these are .02 oz each. The KVD comes in 2 colors and the Jesse’s Girl in 4. The ingredients are fairly similar. The KVD version is vegan. I think both are good. I like the Jesse’s Girl more than the KVD.
Kat Von D Ingredients – Water, Ammonium Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene, Glycol, Alcohol, Beheneth-30, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Methylparaben, Polygylceryl-3 Disiloxane Dimethicone, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Carbon Black.
Jesse’s Girl Ingredients – Water, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Black 2, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-21, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Dilaureth 10 Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylparaben, Disodium EDTA
6. Face Atelier Zero Minus White Mixer $38.08 (splurge) vs. Manic Panic Dreamtone Virgin White Mixer $9.93 (steal)
Both of these are pure white, 1 oz and vegan. They’re both great to lighten your foundation to be a perfect match. I prefer the Manic Panic.
Face Atelier Ingredients – CYCLOMETHICONE, AQUA, GLYCERIN, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, HEXYL LAURATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE, MICA, QUATERNIUM-18 HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CELLULOSE GUM, NYLON-12, TRIBEHENIN, LAUROYL LYSINE, TRISTEARIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), MICA (CI 77019), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Manic Panic Ingredients – Water, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Myristate, Propylene Glycol, Stearate SE, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Jojoba Oil, Triethanolamine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate and Tetrasodium EDTA.
I splurge on the Hourglass primer, Urban Decay spray and Too Faced eyeshadow primer, all of which last me a very long time. I get steals with the Nyx brow pencil, Jesse’s Girl liquid eyeliner and Manic Panic white mixer.
Which would you choose? What are your favorite beauty products to splurge or steal?
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