Saturday, 9 February 2013

UPDATE: vegan/vegetarian make-up available on the high street


Updated 15th DECEMBER 2015

Righto. I did a rather lengthy blog on how I was making sure all of my make-up kit was vegetarian and vegan (read the full blog here). This isn't something I imagine I'll ever really stop looking at as these things change all the time, and I've updated the lists I made already.

This is an updated list of cruelty free make-up that is also suitable for both vegans and vegetarians. It's a pretty long list and it's nice to see cosmetics companies sitting up and taking notice of concerned consumers & not sacrificing their previous ethics for a quick buck! It's also good to see as it also makes life much easier on those looking for halal make-up. 

Logical Harmony - This site is a really great resource. They have all kinds of useful information ranging from product reviews to a detailing typical animal derived ingredients. They have a complied a list of cruelty free companies that have vegan options and there's a few high street retailers in there. Every company on the list has been contacted directly by Logical Harmony. 
See their list  here.

Now, like I said, most of these companies can also be found online and usually that is where they're full range of products is to be found.

'B' by Superdrug - Most of Superdrug's own brand products are suitable for veggies and vegans (see individual products for details). B is a skincare and make-up range and I think almost of, if not all, of the make-up is vegan. 
They're Full Coverage Foundation and B All mascara are fabulous!
Needless to say, B can be found in Superdrug.

Barry M-  All products are veggie friendly and their vegan products are marked as such in the individual product ingredients on their website.
Barry M can be found in both Superdrug and Boots.

Barbra Daly for Tesco - Tesco aren't the easiest to make contact with, so you can imagine my delight when I came across My Kind of Beautiful blog and find that she had done just that & provided a list of Barbra Daly make-up that's vegan! (see it here). I highly recommend the moisturising foundation.

Barbra Daly makeup can b found in larger Tesco stores.

Body Collection makeup - Another budget beauty. This one is a bit harder to find on the high street as it seems to pop up randomly, usually in sets at Christmas. I've seen it in Debenhams before during the festive season as well as B&M and pound shops. It's not bad quality either, especially when you consider its price, so if you come across it it's definitely worth checking out. A list of their products which are NOT suitable for vegetarians/vegans can be found on Love Thy Make-up, read it here. Body Collection can also be bought from this site.
(Thanks to Silly Sarah for bring this to my attention). 

Butter London Most know Butter London for their nail products. They are cruelty free and have a long list of vegan products. Admittedly most of their make-up can be found online, but their makeup is creeping in there and lip glosses are on the stands with the nail lacquer. 
Having said that, it is worth noting that the were using the Leaping Bunny logo without permission back in 2013!! How rude. See blogger Hotashi's post on it here. (Credit -  Je Taime by Hotashi).
Having said that, hopefully this is something Butter London will look to remedy by getting actual certification! 
The Plastic Diaries contacted them for a list of their vegan products (2014).
Butter London can be found in larger BOOTS stores.

Collection - Formally known as Collection 2000, this make-up has been a budget beauty favourite for many of us since our teen years. Good news is they now have a list on their website of items suitable for vegans and/or vegetarians! Find it here . (Thanks to Silly Sarah for bring this to my attention).
Collection make-up can be found in Superdrug stores.

GOSH - GOSH make-up is cruelty free and much of it is vegan. List here (credit:
GOSH can be found in most Superdrug stores

Illamasqua - Illamasqua have a good range of vegan products, they were kind enough to send me a list of their non-vegan make-up which was only 13 items long. They asked I don't print the list for legal reasons. However beauty blogger got a response from them detailing some products (link here) & My Kind of Beautiful has another (link here).
I have seen on Peta2 that they are in the process of compiling a list of their vegan products (ref - PETA 2 here)
Illamasqua can be found in Debenhams stores.

Lush - All their make-up vegan. Their Emotional Brilliance loose powder is great. 
All of their products are veggie and vegan items are clearly marked.
Lush stores can be found on most city centres as well as online

Make-up Gallery - Firstly, this make-up lives in Poundland! How good is that?! This brand received a lot of attention when it launched for offering good quality products for incredibly low price. It is cruelty free & the Vegan Womble has a list on their blog listing vegetarian/vegan options. Read it here. (Thanks to Silly Sarah for making me aware of this).
Make-up Gallery is available in most Poundland stores.

Miss Vegaloucious - If you're lucky enough to live in Glasgow you should def check this place out. If not, don't worry as they're now online!! (link here). They only sell veggie friendly make-up and most of it is vegan. Lots of different brands, some of which I'm unfamiliar with, but the ones I do know are impossible to get anywhere else in store. They have Yaby, OCC Liptars and Sugar Pill!! Not to mention a range of beautiful Bedellum brushes.
They are also working on their own brand products, I recently got a black eyeshadow and it's pretty fantastic.....

Models Own - Models Own used to be a staple of most BOOTS stores, but they do seem to be vanishing, bar the cosmetics tools and brushes. However, they do have other stockists dotted around the UK. 
All their products except lipsticks were once vegan (see), but this is no longer the case. They are good enough to mark their vegan products in their ingredients section. See it here.

Sleek - Sleek now mark which of their products are vegan and vegetarian in the ingredients section. The I-Devines are now vegans and pack a whole to of pigment in them. And at 8 quid a pallet they're well worth a try.
Sleek can be found in Superdrug and some branches of Paul's Hair.

Technic makeup - Almost the same as Body Collection, they seem to appear in stores randomly, especially at Christmas. Again Love Thy Make-up have a list of their products NOT suitable for vegetarians/vegans. Read it here.
Again, their products can be bought on this site.

Too Faced - Too Faced products are all cruelty free and they have a vegan list in the FAQ section of their website, read it here
Too Faced used to be located in larger Boots stores, but seems to be disappearing. I'll be keeping an eye out for other high street stockists to list.

Whole Foods Market - Whole Foods supermarkets are dotted all over the country, the Glasgow store is to be found in Giffnock. They have a small make-up but I don't know if they vary from store to store. They definitely have vegan approved make-up but it is pretty pricey Each brand marks it's products accordingly. 

Companies to beware

So this may be a bit of a downer, but i felt it important to add, as there are still A LOT of misconceptions out there.

Lime Crime - Lets start with a controversial one, why not!
Lime Crime are ever expanding and the have a lot of loyal fans, not least of all due to their Velvatine lip colours. They have claimed to be cruelty free and marked their products vegan for a long time,  they can even be found in the vegan section of Cocktail Cosmetics (although this will soon cease to be the case as they have pulled distribution and will only be able to be bought direct from their own site). But there is SOOOOO MUCH information now out there saying Lime Crime is are indeed NOT vegan as well as alluding to all sorts of shady shenanigans. Claims that they have bought cosmetics wholesale and simply changed the packaging, claims that they have threatened to sue bloggers for simply giving their products a bad review, claims that they're ripping off other brands....the list continues. 
There is some pretty nasty and personal stuff out there, most of it targeted directly at Lime Crime founder Xenia (aka Doe Deere) and quite unnecessary. However one blog which I believe to be reliable on this matter is Oh Dear Doe Deere. The writer of this, Nicola, has done her research!! This is one gal who knows whats she's taking about and strives to information unlike some of the other sites I've seen on the matter.
(Though the only high st store I have seen LC in is Miss Vegalusious, I still thought it still worth noting here).

Urban Decay - Urban Decay were once champions of the cruelty free and, bar one hick-up with the Vegan Eye Pallet, were much loved by followers of cruelty free. They had good products in a great range of colours and vegan items were clearly marked. Unfortunately in 2012 they were bought over by notorious animal testers L'Oreal. L'Oreal then decided to take them into China where animal testing is compulsory, carried out by the Chinese government. After a rather fierce consumer backlash they then turned on their heels and announced that they would no longer be entering the Chinese market.
While that is great news, they are still owned by animal testing giant L'Oreal. There are two schools of though on weather to still buy from companies like Urban Decay; those who feel that by purchasing their products that they are sending a message to companies like L'Oreal that they should change their ways as consumers want to shop 'cruelty free' and will not purchase from the mother company. And then there are those who will now consider Urban Decay to no longer be cruelty free until L'Oreal, and all companies under their umbrella, change their ways. I am of the latter, I want no part of them, regardless of their retaining their PETA and Leaping Bunny symbols.

Body Shop - This one breaks my heart. Again, pioneers of cruelty free (with all products vegetarian) and sending out the ethical message well before it was 'trendy', they were bought over by L'Oreal in 2006. They have never tried to take then into China, but other than that the above information applies.

Liz Earle - Almost the same again. All vegetarian products and they have maintained their Leaping Bunny status, but are owned by Avon. Avon are another one who denounced their cruelty free ways and decided China was the way to go (although they have not taken Liz Earle with them).

If you think there is any misinformation here, or that there are companies missing from the list, please LET ME KNOW!

 Thanks for reading, and always remember...Lady Bon loves you...


  1. I'm so glad that was a long list of things! Nice to see companies having morals :)

    A little bit Unique


  2. Is sleek cosmetics halal, really? I mean, is it free from alcohol or other haram materials?

  3. Hay Nabila.
    Isopropyl Alcohol is the alcohol used in most cosmetics, I'm lead to believe, from what I've read, that it's ok as it's considered a rubbing alcohol and not a stimulant. IPA should be listed in the ingredients section of the products. Info on other materials wasn't too clear, so I'm afraid it's check the ingredients list again.

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  12. Great list,do you know Collection now have a list of vegan items on their website and I sourced lists from M&S and Sainsburys and Poundland which now live on Technic?Body Collection have info on site,have feeling its rather old...x

    1. Oh, that's fantastic, thanks for the heads up!! I'll go investigate and update.

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    3. Glad to be of help! Body Collection and Technic...theres hundreds of their items all the time in Bodycare stores,where I live anyway...mostly at a £1! Thought of Tarte too,cant recall if all or some but def o vegan items,sold on QVC as well as in shops....Soap and glory have a few items of make up on their list on website...the bodycare/toiletries its nearly all.....Ted Baker says all items animal free(or maybe hairwax not that was it) going off memory here,should have made a long list!! Beautiful Movements has a few items out of the range vegan,all veggie I you want me to carry on!!!

    4. sorry ,should have said I am refering to vegan items nowadays! So veggie wise the ranges will be even wider of course...

    5. I need to take a look at the list again and update it for the end of this year it's been too long, I'll def have a look at the brands you suggested.
      I actually didn't include Soap and Glory as I felt the statement on their website was a bit ambiguous.

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  15. Thanks so much for putting this all together :) Sleek are my fave - the matte lip creams are amazing at staying on all day. If you have time please check out my blog, any feedback greatly appreciated! (relaxedrabbit.blogspot) xxx

  16. Liz Earle is now owned by Boots
    I am not sure if boots are cruelty free or vegan

    1. Thanks for the heads up. Need to look at the whole list again and update it.

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