During Drugstore Week, we discussed some cruelty-free brands at the drugstore that I enjoy. So, I figured today we can take a look at some of the high end brands I love that don’t test on animals. Keep reading to see what they are.
Now, as we’ve discussed before, cruelty-free can be a matter of perspective. Some brands that are classified as cruelty-free are owned by parent companies that are not. For example, Too Faced is a brand that doesn’t test on animals, but they’re owned by L’Oreal, a brand that tests on animals and sells in China. Deciding if this classifies them as cruelty-free or not is a matter of choice. As with the first cruelty-free post I did, I used Cruelty Free Kitty as a reference point for what brands are or aren’t cruelty-free. Below you’ll find some of my favorite high end, cruelty-free brands.
It’s no secret that I LOVE Becca Cosmetics. If you were to look at my entire makeup collection (sidenote: let me know if that’s something you guys would like to see), you’d see that it is full of various Becca products. I did an entire post about my favorite products from this brand, so I won’t go on too much. Becca Cosmetics was acquired by Estee Lauder in 2016, a company that tests on animals. Therefore, some may consider them cruelty-free and some may not. I’ll leave that for you to decide on your own.
Anastasia Beverly Hills makes one of just about everyone’s holy grail palettes, the Modern Renaissance. The brand is also known for their brow products and glow kits, aka highlighter palettes. They just released a new limited-edition eyeshadow palette (image below) that I’m considering picking up called the Prism palette. I didn’t get the Subculture palette (we won’t even get into why I passed on it. I don’t need the shade.), so I’m definitely interested in this one.
First Aid Beauty is a skincare brand that is fairly new to my collection, but they’re quickly becoming a go-to for me. They make my current favorite moisturizer, the Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($30). I typically don’t spend that kind of money on skincare, but I got mine for half price at Ulta, and I’m so glad I did, because this stuff is pretty awesome. It hydrates my skin and controls my oil at the same time. I’ve also been using their Facial Radiance Pads ($30). They can be a little intense with the tingle they provide as they chemically exfoliate your skin, but I’m into it.
Pur Cosmetics is a brand that, although I don’t have a ton of products from, I truly enjoy everything I’ve tried from them thus far. Their lip glosses are awesome, and I just reviewed their newly released Pro x Etienne eyeshadow palette today. My most used product from Pur that I can’t live without, especially in the summer, is their Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Blotting Stick. While the product is small in size, it packs a big punch. You can use it under or over your makeup, and it does exactly what the name implies. I have two backups of this. That’s how much I love it.
There are a ton of other cruelty-free brands out there worth trying. Let me know if you’d like a part two to this post, and I’ll happily do that for y’all.
What are your favorite cruelty-free high end brands? Let me know in the comments below.