Top 10 Cruelty Free Cosmetic Brands

Being against animal cruelty and working on becoming a vegetarian or vegan in the near future, I decided to do some research on cosmetic brands. I was surprised to see that most of my favorites are not cruelty-free. Luckily, I found some brands that are very well cruelty-free, and I decided to make a list of them for anyone else looking for cruelty-free cosmetics. All of these brands have been confirmed through PETA and Cruelty-Free Kitty. If you add something, please make sure it is cruelty-free to keep the list accurate. The whole point is to help others find some cruelty-free brands!
The Top Ten
1 NYX Cosmetics

NYX is a brand that consistently performs at a great price.

A note about cruelty-free: whether or not a brand tests its products is one question, but all of the ingredients that are in cosmetics were approved through animal testing. So, every company's products are still the result of testing. Otherwise, we wouldn't have known if that ingredient was safe. I don't know. It's just where the lines kind of blur, you know?

They have some lovely lipsticks and some nice-quality makeup, if you ask me.

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2 LUSH Cosmetics

Lush is popular, but their products have far too much fragrance to possibly be good for the skin. They also contain plenty of scientifically proven irritants like lavender, tea tree oil, and eucalyptus, all of which break down skin cells and will cause permanent damage over time.

I had a dermatology phase. I'm sure they have some good products, but just shy away from fragrance in general - it's really bad for the skin.

Wow, am I obsessed with LUSH. Their bath bombs, facials, and soaps smell lovely and are very good on the skin. This company is also completely vegan and, you guessed it, 100% cruelty-free.

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3 Younique Younique is a multi-level marketing company based in Lehi, Utah. Younique's products are distributed solely by "presenters", who purchase the products to resell them. Their business model has been met with both praise and criticism, with the products' poor quality often derided. Younique is also often considered to be a pyramid scheme.

Absolutely the right type of makeup, not just for high class or those who want to be like makeup artists.

Younique is for so much more than just makeup. Domestic violence and sexual abuse are the leading causes of "ugly" emotions. I am a part of a bigger plan than just makeup. I have been a representative for 2 years. Beauty is only as deep as one's scars. When there is a product on the market that just enhances natural beauty and nourishes the skin, why would you put something on your face that no one can pronounce?

Younique helps women and girls of all ages who have been victims of the abuse mentioned above. Makeup that makes your skin porcelain smooth and provides aid during a "not so pretty" spot in one's life makes for a smooth look!

Best makeup hands down!

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4 Urban Decay
5 Milani Cosmetics
6 Wet' N' Wild

Definitely a go-to when I'm giving gifts because they're affordable, cute, and most importantly, don't test.

7 Motives Cosmetics

It's not only cruelty-free. It uses ingredients of the finest quality and is fully mineral-based. I personally love it. It feels light and natural.

I love Motives. It's the best I have tried so far.

9 Too Faced
10 Tarte
The Contenders
11 Physicians Formula
12 Elf

I have seen this as cruelty-free, but I did see on CrueltyFreeKitty that some of their brushes do indeed use animal hairs, which is a reason it's low on the list. I have heard that their makeup doesn't test, though. Just make sure to always do your research!

ELF's brushes have never exceeded $1, and I know the more expensive studio line has all synthetic bristles (great brushes, by the way). It just seems unlikely that ELF would sell real animal hairs, so I wouldn't worry.

13 Hard Candy
14 Jeffree Star Cosmetics
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