A cruelty-free plea: To the universe (and any beauty brands who might be reading)

Thanks so much to all of you who responded to my query last week regarding whether you’d be interested to see a post about my cruelty-free cravings… Namely, those products that I sincerely wish would go (or go back to) being completely cruelty-free.

Now, some of my picks may be a bit controversial.  Most of them are products I have from back before the brands were bought out by a parent company that tests on animals.  I understand, and respect, the decision to continue supporting these brands to show the parent companies that there is $ to be made in cruelty-free wares.  But, for me, it’s a no-go.  As always, I refer you to Logical Harmony and the other fabulous sites in my blog roll for full updates…

Now, on to my picks!

1) Benefit Boxed Powder in Dandelion: I ❤ this blush.  It’s a lovely, light neutral that gives the perfect flush to my fair-to-light skin.  And, I swear, it seems to minimize the look of pores!  PLEASE go cruelty-free Benefit!  Happily, until then, I have found a couple of similar products, which you can see on the right.

Top: Silk Naturals in Flirt and Petal Bottom: ELF Studio Blush in Sweet Retreat
Top: Silk Naturals in Flirt and Petal
Bottom: ELF Studio Blush in Sweet Retreat
Benefit Boxed Powder in Dandelion
Benefit Boxed Powder in Dandelion

2) Urban Decay Eye Shadow in YDK: This is easily one of my all time favorite shadows.  Color, texture, wearability, longevity.  This shadow has it all.  I loved it so much in the Naked 2 palette that I went out and bought a single as well.  Alas, this was before UD was purchased by L’Oreal.  Now, I have to dole it out to myself in miserly little increments in a sad attempt to make it last as long as I can.  Sniff Sniff.  I do have a few palettes with somewhat similar shades, which are pictured below.

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: YDK= 3rd shade from the right
Urban Decay Naked2 Palette: YDK= 3rd shade from the right
Make Up Academy Undress Me Too Palette
Make Up Academy Undress Me Too Palette
Milani Runway Palette in Designer Browns: bottom two shades
Milani Runway Palette in Designer Browns: bottom two shades
Physician's Formula
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner for Hazel Eyes: 2nd shade from bottom

3) NYX Blush in Taupe and Raisin : I know the cult favorite is Taupe, but I’m a total sucker for Raisin, it’s sooo good as a sculpting blush.  I have yet to find anything close to it, so I console myself with the fact that I do have one more back up compact that I bought, again, before NYX was purchased by L’Oreal.

NYX Powder Blush Taupe and Raisin
NYX Powder Blush Taupe and Raisin

4) Bite Beauty Lip Stick in Pepper: Who wouldn’t love the downright delicious formula of these lipsticks, and Pepper really is my perfect mauvey MLBB (see my nude lips post for some alternatives).  Alas (I need to find a synonym for alas), Logical Harmony reports that Bite’s parent company tests on animals.  Now, there may some good news on this front.  Kat Von D was recently certified cruelty-free by Logical Harmony, and the release included info that the parent company, Kendo, also doesn’t test.  I believe Kendo also is the parent co. for Bite, so maybe that means Bite’s status will shift as well???  I’ll keep you posted and also keep up with Tashina at Logical Harmony for full details 🙂

peppercomplete


5) Tarte: The final heartbreaker.  I have a ridiculous quantity of their products, below are just a few of my favorites in terms of color and longevity of wear, for which I have yet to find a good replacement.

Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, Emphasyes Inner Rim Brightener, LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed
Tarte 12-hour Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener, Lip Surgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed

So, consider this my own personal Jedi mind-trick attempt to bring these brands back to the cruelty-free fold 😉  Oh, and, if you know of any more good dupes, or even reasonable facsimiles, please let me know!

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

***All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are no longer or never were cruelty-free.

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9 thoughts on “A cruelty-free plea: To the universe (and any beauty brands who might be reading)

  1. I totally feel your pain! I love Clinique’s lash power mascara. It took me years to find one I liked, to then realise that they test on animals was awful. They are changing their processes and claim to be cruelty-free, but they are not approved by Peta because they market in China. Sigh. It’s so frustrating. Finding a new mascara is such a laborious (and expensive) task! Butttt…I’m taking it on! Thanks for your post!

    Sarah

    madebyholmes.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! I know mascara is very individual, but a couple of the mascaras I really like include my tried and true Jordana Bestlash Extreme Volumizing (fabulous and cost-friendly) and I’ve also recently discovered and have been very much enjoying the Lily Lolo mascara 🙂

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