These Makeup Brands Are Totally Cruelty-Free

When news of Estée Lauder’s acquisition of Too Faced broke yesterday, some of us couldn’t help but marvel at the $1.45-billion price tag. (It's the most expensive buy to date from the company, after all.) However, others worried about the brand’s widely appreciated cruelty-free status: Would it remain intact under the Estée umbrella?

Too Faced cofounder Jerrod Blandino put the concern to rest, immediately telling WWD, “We will not be animal testing, we will not be going into China, we will not be made to fold into a corporate culture that we do not have. [Estée Lauder Companies] love and respect what we have created and are just going to support us and lift us up, without changing us in any way but great.”

Not only have customers found that reassurance comforting, but the discussion also gives a new reason to continue supporting the cause. After all, what better way to spark change than by showing mega-conglomerates just how lucrative cruelty-free cosmetics can be? However, some have addressed frustration in how to identify if something is truly cruelty-free. There are multiple labeling systems, along with a bevy of carefully worded brand statements against animal testing that actually allow for the practice in some instances. So even for those looking to support these brands, they’re not always easy to find.

To help navigate the waters, we've rounded up some of our favorite cruelty-free beauty brands for you. Ahead, find brands (some independently owned, some owned by a parent company) that don't engage in animal testing with either raw or finished materials and products. They also don't contract other parties to test on animals on their behalf, or sell any products in countries where animal testing is required. Some are drugstore brands, others luxe — but they’re all offering the kind of pigment payoff that’s certifiably lust-worthy, no matter where you stand on the issue.


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RMS Beauty
This indie beauty brand has a massive cult following, thanks to skin-friendly formulations that use organic, virgin coconut oil and other naturals as their base. The range has quickly become a safe haven for those looking to reduce toxicity in their beauty routines. Makeup artist and founder Rose-Marie Swift has said her ultimate goal is to run a brand that is cruelty-, GMO-, nano-, soy-, and gluten-free.

RMS Beauty
Swift Eye Shadow, $20, available at RMS Beauty.
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RMS Beauty Magic Luminizer, $38, available at RMS Beauty.
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RMS Beauty Lip Shine, $25, available at RMS Beauty.
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Wet N Wild
Who knew that one of our go-to drugstore makeup brands is cruelty-free? All the more reason to love it: This super-affordable line and its parent company, Markwins International, are even endorsed by PETA as being cruelty-free.

Wet n Wild
6 Piece Brush Set, $10, available at Wet n Wild.
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Wet n Wild Au Naturel Palette, $7, available at Wet n Wild.
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Wet n Wild Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter, $5, available at Wet n Wild.
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Ellis Faas
We’ve long appreciated this brand — which was created by legendary makeup artist Ellis Faas — for its universally flattering lipsticks, eyeshadows, and foundation. Even better, since its inception, the independently owned, Amsterdam-based company has been cruelty-free; it tests on “supermodels only.”

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Skin Veil Foundation, $90, available at Ellis Faas.
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Ellis Faas Hot Lips, $35, available at Ellis Faas.
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Ellis Faas Eye Lights, $42, available at Ellis Faas.
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Antonym Cosmetics
We don't know what we love more: The beautiful (and sustainable) bamboo boxes that house Antonym’s powder blushes, foundations, and eyeshadow quads; the brand’s ridiculously soft (and vegan) brushes; or the fact that everything made by the company is eco-minded and cruelty-free.

Antonym Cosmetics Certified Organic Quattro Eyeshadow, $39, available at Antonym Cosmetics.
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Antonym Cosmetics Kabuki Brush, $26, available at Antonym Cosmetics.
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Antonym Cosmetics Certified Organic Baked Blush, $36, available at Antonym Cosmetics.
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Essence Cosmetics
This German-based drugstore brand doesn’t only say no to animal testing, it also practices transparency in explaining how and why: Like other brands on this list, it does not sell in China (where animal testing on cosmetics is required) and does not use any raw materials tested on animals.

Essence Cosmetics
Rock 'n' Doll Duo Stylist Eyeliner Pen, $3, available at Essence Cosmetics.
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Essence Cosmetics How to Make Brows Wow Make-Up Box, $10, available at Essence Cosmetics.
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Essence Cosmetics All About Eyeshadow Palette, $5.49, available at Essence Cosmetics.
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Cover FX
Makeup artists
swear by this line’s vast range of foundation shades and customizable options, which make skin tone-matching a breeze. And editors can’t get enough of the brand’s skin-care boosters. But there’s more to love: It’s also free of parabens, mineral oil, fragrance, talc, and gluten — as well as cruelty-free and PETA-approved.

Cover FX
Custom Cover Drops, $44, available at Cover FX.
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Cover FX Correct Click, $18, available at Cover FX.
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Cover FX Blotting Powder, $24, available at Cover FX.
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Chantecaille
Lots of luxury brands are owned by big conglomerates, but not this one. Instead, it's woman-owned, vegan, cruelty-free, and free of any animal byproducts. What’s more, it develops products that support animal conservation, like this year’s lion cause.

Chantecaille
Lion Palette, $85, available at Chantecaille.
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Chantecaille Mermaid Eye Color, $34, available at Chantecaille.
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Chantecaille Matte Chic Lip Color, $39, available at Chantecaille.
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