Easiest Cruelty Free Swaps

Hey guys!

As a lot of you may know, I’ve been very interested in being as cruelty free as possible, both diet and makeup/skincare wise. Being on a budget has presented some challenges in finding certain products to replace some non-cruelty free favourites so I wanted to share with you the easiest products that you can swap for cruelty free alternatives. Whether or not being cruelty free is your end goal, it is always important to try to do as little damage as possible so I felt like regardless of your makeup ambitions, this will be a good post for everyone on their makeup discovery journey! I hope that you enjoy!


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I’m going to share some of my most favourite lines of lipstick from cruelty free brands. This isn’t every amazing cruelty free brand, I’ve not tried everything. However, from what I’ve tried, these are excellent and if my collection was stolen or destroyed, I would buy all of these again.

1. Lipstick

I think that the most obvious product that you can swap out is lipstick. So many brands are making killer lipstick formulas and a lot of them do out perform the non-cruelty free brands!

For traditional bullet-style lipsticks, I highly recommend:

  • Essence Cosmetics lipsticks (matte, cream, sheer, whatever, you honestly cannot go wrong with Essence)
  • Milani Cosmetics Moisture Mattes and Color Statement lipsticks
  • Sash Cosmetics lipsticks (great colour range, super comfortable and highly pigmented)
  • NYX lipsticks (any line of traditional lipstick except the round lipsticks (which may have been discontinued))
  • Vani-T Mineral Colour lipsticks
  • Inglot lipsticks (amazing range of colour and finish)

For liquid lipstick, I’d recommend:

  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks (newly cruelty free!)
  • The Balm Meet Matte Hughes

And for a lip accompaniment, I’d recommend the Essence lip liners because they’re only about $2 and they’re pretty dang good!

2. Eyeshadows

I think this one is another pretty obvious category for fantastic cruelty free options!

For palettes, I’d recommend:

  • Sleek i-Divine Palettes
  • Morphe palettes (they have an amazing range and for the price, the products are pretty good!)

For single shadows, I’d recommend:

  • Makeup Geek single shadows
  • Inglot shadows

For pigments, I’d recommend:

  • Shiro Cosmetics
  • Femme Fatale Cosmetics
  • Inglot Cosmetics

3. Bronzer, Blush, and Highlight

With highlighting being so popular at the moment and the market being so saturated with them, you’ve got a lot of cruelty free options to choose from! The same can be said for other cheek products!

For bronzer, I’d recommend:

  • Physicians Formula (Bronze Booster)
  • Too Faced Chocolate Soleil range

For blush, I’d recommend:

  • Milani Cosmetics (rose blushes and baked blushes)
  • ELF Cosmetics
  • The Balm
  • Essence Cosmetics

For highlighter, I’d recommend:

  • Sleek Cosmetics highlighting palettes
  • ELF Cosmetics Baked Highlighters
  • The Balm (Mary Lou)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills

I tend to find foundation, concealer and liner are the hardest to find good swaps for. I would also add mascara to this list for someone like me who predominantly shops in a drugstore price range. Foundations at the drug store that are cruelty free have a terrible colour range, and even if the range could work, the formula doesn’t tend to hold up, specifically in Australia. I feel like base products and liner is so personal and we all have different wants and needs so it’s hard to recommend anything unless you’ve got normal skin and you’re in a light to medium colour range. I feel like there really isn’t anything great for pale people and anything darker than tanned skins.


Anyway, I hope that you were able to find this post helpful so you can explore more of your options that are readily available. These are definitely the easiest types of products to swap out so if you’re trying to transition slowly or you’re just trying to pick kinder options, definitely check these out!

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4 thoughts on “Easiest Cruelty Free Swaps

    • I’ve tried lots of different Essence mascaras and my favourite so far is the Princess one but I don’t feel like any cruelty free drugstore mascara does as well as the non cruelty free ones at this point!


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