Deep down, beneath all the shimmer and glitter of our beauty industry lies something inhuman: animal testing. Many of our little furries are used every year to test make-up and hair essentials. The tests are gruesome; Google some videos on animal testing and you’ll never use a product that’s tested on animals again. There’s a silver lining though; cruelty-free products have slowly and steadily made their way to India!
More and more brands have taken a pledge against animal testing and going the extra mile to ensure that their end product is completely cruelty-free. Knowing that your make-up and beauty products have not been tested on animals is a great feeling, look for the Leaping Bunny or PETA’s bunny logo to be sure your beauty buys they’re cruelty-free. Here are some of our favourite cruelty-free products and brands that should be added to your cart immediately!
The Body Shop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet
This silky soft moisturiser packs a punch of moisture to your skin. It’s lightweight and water based making it perfect for those hot summer months and people with extremely oily skin. It’s enriched with Vitamin E that provides constant hydration to your thirsty skin.
Nykaa MATTE-ilicious Crayon Lipstick Next Level Nude
Cruelty-free lipstick? Yes, please! This matte lip crayon has an amazing silky matte formula that glides on like a dream and stays put for 5-6 hours. I have one of these in my office drawer that ensures my pout is perfectly dressed for work every day.
Nyassa Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil
This cold pressed oil has so many topical applications. You can use it on your skin, hair, nails and even in your face masks. Sweet almond oil is rich in Vitamin E that acts as a natural moisturiser and skin softener. It helps dry, irritated, scaly skin, prevents wrinkles, and improves skin elasticity.
L.A Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Liquid Foundation
This L.A Girl foundation has a stunning satin finish giving your skin a healthy glow. It offers a medium, natural coverage and works best for people with normal to dry skin. Psst: This one’s a drugstore dupe to its high-end counterpart the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Foundation!
Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30
This sunscreen has an SPF of 50 to keep your skin matte and oil-free all day long. It’s especially recommended for people with acne prone skin since it is oil-free and has ingredients like zinc gluconate, caffeine, niacinamide, biotin and yeast extracts to help regulate oil production and soothe inflammation.
NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
This primer is oil-free, minimises shine and has a velvety soft feel. It blurs imperfections and extends the wear time of your make-up. An absolute cult favourite, this primer is also known to be a dupe for its high-end variant the Benefit Pore-fessional Primer.
Soulflower Lemongrass Haldi Soap
This handmade soap contains natural ingredients like Lemongrass and Haldi. It’s safe to use on your face and all over your body. The ingredients will help with eczema, acne, dry skin and leave you with soft, smooth, silky skin free of impurities and inflammations. PS: It smells yum!
Tarte - Shape tape contour concealer
This full coverage concealer covers up any kind of redness, darkness or scars. It has a matte finish that won’t sink into or accentuate your pores, fine lines and wrinkles. It instantly brightens and conceals any imperfections and sets into a matte finish. You need to try this one if you haven’t!
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder
This beaming highlight is all you need to look LIT in all the right places. Dust some on your cheekbones, collarbones, brow bone, cupid's bow and along the bridge of your nose. It has a silky smooth pearlescent formula that won’t accentuate any texture.