Here’s another makeup conundrum to add to the list: to be cruel, or not to be cruel? These days, it’s right up there with glossy vs. matte and loose powder vs. liquid.
There are lots of companies that are committed to being cruelty-free, which means that they don’t test their products on animals. And while it may seem that only the more expensive brands (think Aveda and LUSH) advertise their kind-to-animals status, many drugstore brands are equally committed to ethical production standards. Check out a few modest, cruelty-free products:
Physicians Formula: These products are super-cheap and cute. We like their eye shadow compacts (which are never more than $10).
The variety of colors in the Mineral Wear Quad Eye Shadow Palette in Earth Minerals are great alone or mixed together ($8.95, drugstore.com).
Black Radiance: Staple products for frugal Black girls, now we can shop for Black Radiance stuff without any guilt.
Their bronzers, like the Mosaic Bronzer Multi-Use Powder, are all available in easy-to-wear warm colors (so necessary because most of us have warm undertones in our skin) for really reasonable prices ($4.99, walgreens.com).
Burt’s Bees: Not only is this company committed to being cruelty-free, they make all-around 100 percent natural products.
Your best bet is with one of their moisturizers, since that is what this brand is known for. Try their Beeswax Moisturizing Day Creme to dispel annoying, winter ash ($15, burtsbess.com).
Revlon: Yes, one the oldest cosmetics companies is also cruelty-free. Nearly everything they sell is a go, but we particularly like their lipgloss.
The Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Pearl Plum is a universally flattering shade of rose ($6.99, drugstore.com).
Wet n’ Wild: Surprising, but true. All of Wet n’ Wild’s colorful products are cruelty-free.
We love to get fun nail colors from this brand, like the Shine Nail Color in Bijou Blue ($0.99, walgreens.com).
For a full list of cruelty-free companies, visit PETA Cosmetics.
– Whitney Teal