The rumors are true: M.A.C. Cosmetics is still paying for cruel, painful tests on animals. I really just don’t get it. There are so many progressive brands that create and sell products without torturing and killing animals like bunnies and mice. So, M.A.C., what’s the holdup? It’s 2017—get your shit together.
Until then, here are 9 cruelty-free cosmetic brands that you can feel good about buying instead of M.A.C.:
1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
If you used M.A.C.’s eye shadow before you found out that the brand is bad news for animals, check out Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Loose Colour Concentrates. These shadow pigments are infused with light-reflecting mica—fancy AF, and I most definitely want it all up on my eyelids.
2. Too Faced
A lot of Too Faced’s makeup is infused with cocoa, so if you’re wearing its Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, I may try to lick your face. And just when you thought the cruelty-free company couldn’t get any better, it recently collaborated with Kat Von D—which brings me to number three …
3. Kat Von D Beauty
Oh, Kat, how I love you and the way that you inspire beauty without torturing terrified animals. This woman never in a million years thought that she’d run her own cruelty-free makeup brand, and now she’s basically the queen of fierce animal-friendly cosmetics. Which makes me think that I should start doing something other than eating massive amounts of vegan pizza in my underwear while writing about makeup … nah.
4. Urban Decay
I can’t give this brand enough love. Every time I walk down the Urban Decay aisle at Sephora, my eyes fill with tears—partly because of the plethora of cruelty-free options and partly because I know that I’m about to drop every last dollar I have on the newest products, despite my vow to get only one thing. You definitely need a few of its Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliners. Your (night)life will never be the same.
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Not only does Sugarpill refuse to perform messed up tests on animals, it also has vegan lip products in delicious scents like pumpkin spice and doughnut. (If you’re detecting a makeup-food combo obsession, it’s because there is one.)
It seems like everybody and their mother is talking about contouring these days, but with so many different shades of powders and creams, it’s easy to be intimidated by this trend. Never fear—Stila is here to save the day with it super-simple, easy-to-use contour kit! Oh, and its products have the PETA cruelty-free bunny logo, so you know they’re legit.
7. Anastasia Beverly Hills
Where would my eyebrows be without Anastasia’s Brow Wiz retractable eyebrow pencil? Nowhere—they’d be nonexistent. People would think that I was born brow-less. Seriously. So thank God for Anastasia’s cruelty-free cosmetics—am I right?
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My eyelashes are average. They’re not super-short, but there’s certainly nothing special about them—they pretty much look the same no matter what kind of mascara I wear. But when I applied tarte’s tarteist Lash Paint Mascara for the first time, I was shocked. It seriously makes my lashes look eyemazing. (I just made myself cringe.)
If you’re a wannabe minimalist like me, you should get your hands on Smashbox’s liquid blush gel. You won’t have to worry about carrying around extra tools like brushes. I just smear some on my cheeks with my fingers, and I’m ready to go.
Tell your friends and family why you’re not into M.A.C. Cosmetics so that they can make compassionate choices when it comes to makeup, too!