Cruelty Free Beauty Products for Responsible and Glamorous Animal Lovers, Part I

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Publish date:
May 16, 2015
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Welcome to Part One of my "Best Of" Cruelty Free Cosmetics Round Up!

Animal testing in the beauty industry is an ugly reality. Happily, I've found a handful of (Gasp! Affordable!) cruelty free brands that make amazing products without harming our fuzzy fellow mammals.

As with organic and natural makeup, cruelty free cosmetics fall under a wide range of certifications, not all of which are created equally. The brands below have been certified by groups like PETA, Logical Harmony, and the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics.


Everybody knows how amazing the beautyblender brand is (including Spondee, who has eaten TWO of my sponges) but not many people know brand makes brushes as well as sponges and a great solid cleanser.

If you're thinking, DUH, Amber! Of course these fine makeup brushes are cruelty free, please note: these brushes are cruelty free, synthetic, and non-porous, which means (for my skin, at least) fewer breakouts and less irritation.

Even if you already have brushes you love that work for you, I recommend giving the solid cleanser a try. While it's a bit pricey, it has an incredible shelf life. I try to wash my brushes at least once a week and the solid cleanser I got with my first beautyblender has lasted over 4 months.

beautyblender products have been certified cruelty free and 100% vegan by PETA and Logical Harmony.

e.l.f. cosmetics

The cleverest acronym-named beauty brand is also one of the animal friendliest with all products certified by PETA as cruelty free and many certified as 100% vegan.

All e.l.f. products are hyopallergenic and non-comodogenic and the specific ingredients of each product are listed on the company's website. BONUS: e.l.f. includes bees on its list of animals it does not test products on:

We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.

e.l.f products are the stuff of Pinterest hack legend and the brand offers a huge range of epically affordable and, quite frankly, ingenious makeup tools and accessories (makeup remover pens, anyone?) but my absolute favorite is the e.l.f. brow kit (IT'S ONLY THREE DOLLARS, PEOPLE). It gives better, more natural results than many of the expensive pencils and kits I've tried.

Some of my other tried and true favorites include e.l.f. makeup remover wipes, makeup brush shampoo, and baked eyeshadow palette.

e.l.f. cosmetics have been certified cruelty free by PETA. You can read more about the brand here.

Too Faced

While tumbling down the dark, dark rabbit hole of animal testing, the bright light at the bottom of it all was Too Faced.

Too Faced shadow palettes are the best palettes of all time. Hands down. I've loved them since high school and, in fact, I still have my the peach fuzz shadow I received a million billion years ago. The best thing about them, in terms of cruelty free beauty, is that many of their shadows can be used as highlighters and bronzers.

The Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is the most versatile. I use the Coconut Creme shade under my eyes, the Butter Pecan, Caramel and Pink Sugar as a highlighter, and Mousse and Bon Bon as a bronzer. At $49, it is one of Too Faced's more expensive product, but having a single sweet smelling palette for major multitasking that is also cruelty free is an investment I feel good about.

Besides being a 100% cruelty-free brand, Too Faced is also a partner of The Best Friends Animal Society, which runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Too Faced is certified cruelty free by PETA. You can read more about the brand and see a full list of their animal bi-product free makeup here.

Are you already a ride or die fan of these brands? Can you guess what brands I'll be covering next week? Tell me everything you know about cruelty free cosmetics in the

Tune in next week for Part II of my cruelty free makeup round up (because no one wants to read 1000 words about makeup on Saturdays) AND look for more articles from yours truly starting TOMORROW on Sundays at 3:00.