Guest Post by Ruby Buckley- O’Sullivan
I first became aware of the horrendous practice of animal testing when I was around 10 years old. The fact that this is still a common practice astounds me. The continued use of ingredients like carmine, lanolin and other animal derivatives makes shopping for good quality makeup a difficult task. To be surrounded by flashing ads and hyped up reviews of the latest products in the beauty community, only to find out it isn’t vegan is a little disappointing. So that’s why I decided to test out and review some of the most raved about products – that just so happen to be vegan as well – in order to give a definitive list of the best makeup for animal lovers everywhere. I decided to split it into categories of type of product as it will make finding that perfect product easier. In each category there will be a mix of high end and drugstore makeup too in case some would rather not break the bank for beauty.
Charlotte Tilbury – Colour Chameleon in the colour bronzed garnet £19
Charlotte Tilbury is probably the most luxe brand on this list but the quality is unbeatable. I love the idea of an eyeshadow crayon, (no chance of fallout), and Charlotte Tilbury executed it perfectly. From the box it was delivered in to the sleek design of the product itself. I was also very impressed with the delivery time, I ordered online and it arrived a day later. As for the product itself: absolutely stunning! Holy moly, the crayon just glides on and the pigmentation is sublime. I found the product was very true to colour and rather than being waxy, (like a lot of eyeshadow crayons currently on the market) it was creamy. This allowed it to blend effortlessly – a super easy smoky eye in 30 seconds! I did find that it ‘dried’ a little too quickly which ended with a few harsh spots that didn’t blend as well. However, this wasn’t too big of a problem and was quickly fixed with a bit of a redraw. To conclude, although the price didn’t make me too happy, the product was absolutely worth it. I have a feeling this product will become a staple for me.
E.l.f. – Baked eyeshadow palette £12.50
Elf has been a firm favourite brand in the vegan community because of its affordability. Therefore, I was very excited for this product to show up on my doorstep. However, I was not at all impressed with the delivery time. The first time I ordered, it never arrived which meant I had to reorder. That then took over a week to arrive. Something to bear in mind if you would like to order Elf cosmetics and you are not a US resident. Don’t order from the official website as it will take a while. Despite this, I was happy with the product. A variety of 10 beautiful neutral shades makes this palette incredibly versatile. I think this is perfect if you are just starting out with makeup as it has a range of wearable colours and it isn’t expensive. When I first went to swatch and use the colours, I did find that the pigmentation wasn’t as strong as I had hoped. If you are a fan of sheer, more natural looking makeup, this will appeal to you. But personally I wish the colours were stronger as they are beautiful tones. I also had a slight problem with one of the lightest colours feeling chalky which made it difficult to apply. This could just be the batch I got as I haven’t seen anyone else complaining of a similar problem but this might be something to bear in mind. Overall, this palette was beautiful with a beautiful price – perfect for school or any time where you would rather look natural.
Inika- Loose mineral eye shadow in the colour autumn plum £16
Inika is the most natural brand here. Their products are all completely vegan and the brand tries to keep the ingredients as natural and skin friendly as possible. The price is a bit steeper than others, for one small pot of their loose mineral eyeshadow you pay £16. However, this was not so much of an issue for me as the tiniest dab of this product creates a flawless perfect look, you really don’t need to use much. The colour selection they have is amazing, with something to suit most complexions. I didn’t find the product dusty at all, although I did end up with a lot of fall out. This is inevitable with loose powders, so I wasn’t surprised. Personally, I don’t usually go for this formula for this reason, but if I had to pick a loose eyeshadow, Inika would have to be the one as they are so easy to blend and look beautiful. I have also taken a liking to the sleek, minimalistic packaging and travel friendly size of the pots. I did find that using my fingertip rather than a brush applied the product better and made for a smoother end result, (if anyone is interested, I was using the Spectrum Collection brushes which are not only vegan, but gorgeous). Another problem I had was the product wearing off quite quickly. I wish the eyeshadow was more long-lasting. I think this problem could be quickly fixed with an eye primer which would help the pigment stick.
Too faced – Natural Eyes Palette £32
Toofaced is arguably one of the most well known and most raved-about brands. Their products have a cult following and the natural eyes palette is a must-have. I love the formula, the range of colours, the pigmentation, the versatility of these beautiful shades. The darkest shade in this palette, Sexpresso, was not as pigmented as the other shades but I can look past this as otherwise the palette is perfect. The shadows are almost buttery, super easy to blend and also long lasting. I can apply my eye makeup in the morning and it will still look flawless when I go to take it off at night. Given all of this, I think the price is absolutely worth it. You get 9 incredible shades with excellent colour pay off and wear. I have also tried other eyeshadow palettes from this brand which are just as excellent so if you prefer brighter, bolder colours you can expect the same amazing quality.
Tarte- Tease Palette £18
Tarte is another excellent vegan brand. I’d say their products are mid price range and pretty natural. I loved this palette purely because it consists mostly of pink and purple toned shades which I was missing in my current collection. Out of everyone, these shades would probably suit those with green eyes best or warmer, more olive toned. Neither of those are me, I am very fair but this palette proves its versatility because it suited me very well. I also loved the slim, travel friendly packaging which makes it perfect for a handbag. I wouldn’t say these eyeshadow were as soft and as easy to blend as Too Faced, but definitely just as pigmented. This was another product with excellent colour pay off. It definitely lived up to the excellent reviews. I think this will be a palette I reach for often.