I hadn’t planned on doing a Favourites type post for last year but having watched and read a few similar pieces I thought it might be fun and insightful to share the best vegan-friendly beauty finds that came out of 2016 for me personally. It also seemed like a nice opportunity to hype up some of the fabulous brands I discovered along the way, who I am excited to continue supporting over the next 12 months and beyond.
This won’t be a particularly long post as I’ll just be listing two of my favourite makeup products under three categories – face, eyes and lips. I wanted to keep it limited to my absolute favourites so I don’t start banging on about every little thing in my cosmetics bag!
So, as they like to say in the land of the ‘Tube, let’s just get started.
F A C E
Strangely, I was kinda disappointed with this CC cream to begin with, mainly because I thought it was the wrong shade for me having ordered it online. However, it turned out to play an essential role in my makeup routine, especially over the warmer months. I took to wearing it on its own on days when it was just too hot to consider foundation. It provides a dewy, sheer coverage which can be complemented by adding a concealer and bronzer, and scores extra points for having SPF properties too. This CC Cream was the first of Pacifica’s cosmetics range that I’ve tried, and I’m looking forward to branching out and purchasing some more treats from them in the future.
Bottom line | Summer makeup kit staple for dewy, light coverage
Tropic has been one of the best brands I’ve discovered recently, with an offering of high quality and well performing skincare and beauty products, including this brilliant palette. The palette includes a bronzer, blush and highlighter, all of which I’ve almost exhausted over the last half a year. The selling points for me are the matte bronzer, the lightweight packaging, the versatility of the shades (I’ve used this palette through summer, autumn and winter) and the colour payoff. It’s been great to find a natural makeup product which delivers such excellent results, and I’m continuing to enjoy using this palette on a regular basis.
Bottom line | Versatile, high quality palette suitable for year-round use
E Y E S
This is a pretty recent discovery, but I loved them so much that they just had to be included! I picked up three eyeshadows from LoveLula a few months ago and was so impressed by the high pigmentation and colour payoff of them all. These shadows have been my go-to recently when I’ve wanted to create a high impact eye look, whether it be an upside-down smokey eye or something simpler, but equally intense. And the fact that PHB have such strong ethics with regard to animal ingredients and the environment just makes me more fanatic about their range.
Bottom line | Fierce shades from an independent company with fabulous ethics
Another wonderful makeup product from Tropic! This quad, featuring gorgeous cool-toned shadows in some of my favourite colours, is perfect for creating the witchy looks of my dreams. I often have difficulty finding a palette which I love every single shade of, so it made me very happy to have 4 fabulous shadows to work with right here in one place. Like the PHB eyeshadows, the Tropic ones are highly pigmented and easy enough to work with, offering impressing longevity and colour payoff without the chemical nasties.
Bottom line | A portable palette with 4 beautiful shades to create looks with
L I P S
If you’re into liquid lipsticks, then I would highly recommend trying out some of the lip tars available from vegan and cruelty-free indie brand OCC. They have such a wide range of colours to choose from, and cater really well to the alternative wiatch I really am inside. So if you’re looking for a corpse-like greige, a garish blue or an inky black, OCC will more than likely have something for you. Their lipsticks are affordable, long-wearing and can be mixed to create yet more imaginative looks. Go wild!
Bottom line | Extensive range of affordable and high quality liquid lipsticks
This is not just a 2016 favourite – this may well be my all-time favourite lipstick. The shade is absolutely perfect for me, and everything that I was looking for when I found it. The formula is velvety and matte, without being excessively drying (especially when used over a lip oil). It lasts well after eating and still looks good once it’s faded. I only lament the fact that Dose of Colors products are not easily available in the UK. One day!
Bottom line | Gorgeous shade, effective formula, favourite lippy ever
So that’s that! I hope you found this insight into my faves from last year interesting at the least, and if it has given you some ideas of which brands to look to for your vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic needs then that’s even better! I really hope that 2017 is the year where makeup lovers worldwide begin to truly understand the cruelty involved in producing and testing much of what we put on our faces, and begin to move away from buying into brands who value profits higher than animal welfare. Cruelty has no place on my face, nor should it on yours.
What were your favourite beauty buys of last year? Let me know in the comments below!