Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Do you like the little makeover it’s had and the new site name? Exciting right? For my first post since changing my site around, I thought I’d give you the next post in my Cruelty Free brand’s series. I’ve already done a post for Superdrug which might have been the easiest, but I’ve always found it harder to shop at Boots for cruelty free makeup until NYX came along. Before that, most Boots were just filled with Rimmel, L’Oreal and Max Factor who all test on animals, so hopefully this guide makes things a little easier for the both of us!
As always, I’ve listed it A-Z with a few featured brands at the start then A-Z after that.
I was surprised to find that BeautyBlender is sold at Boots as I thought it was only sold in obscure places and online but apparently not! The BeautyBlender is a must have for your kit if you don’t have anything similar. I have the Real Technique’s Complexion Sponge but plan on trying this next as it’s meant to be even better and it blends out your makeup beautifully without any brush marks!
Bare Mineral’s are a more high end brand that make mineral based products which are meant to be a lot better for your skin. Whilst I’m yet to try their makeup, I’ve heard a lot of good things about their foundations and base makeup so definitely give them a try if you have the budget to!
On their website, Carmex state “founder Alfred Woelbing believed animal testing to be uselessly and needlessly cruel, and that stance against animal testing has remained a part of our culture.” So straight away they’re in my good books. I’ve always assumed they tested on animals so it’s awesome to know they actually have an amazing stance against it as I’ve heard their products are amazing too. They specialise in lip products to make them silky smooth and soft.
Makeup Obsession is a brand owned by TAM Beauty who also own Makeup Revolution and Freedom, both sold at Superdrug. They specialise in affordable products and makeup obsession is no exception to this. They are one of the lesser spoken about brands from TAM Beauty but they have a wide range of eyeshadows available through Boots which look fantastic for the price!
NYX might be one of my favourite affordable cruelty free brands at the moment, and they’re hugely popular amongst everyone else too. Since arriving to the UK and arriving in Boots stores across the country, they have blown up in popularity and whenever I visit a NYX stall, there’s always something sold out in store, mostly their glitters which are said to be great. I also love their glitter primer and prismatic eyeshadows, alongside their Bright’s palette which is similar to the Morphe 35B.
Stila used to be cruelty free for a while then tried to sell in China but pulled out as they wanted to remain cruelty free which is awesome. This means you can buy their Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow’s. A huge mouthful and a name I can never remember without googling it, but they’re highly raved about in the beauty community recently and look AMAZING. I need every single colour. They are essentially glitter eyeshadows that save you the work of using glitter and glitter primer and do it all in one, making glitter cut creases super easy.
I feel Soap and Glory can be under appreciated in the makeup world sometimes and I was actually surprised when I found out they were cruelty free and had makeup, but the makeup I’ve tried is actually really good. My favourite products are their brow pencils and the supercat eyeliner pen.
Before this post, I didn’t even know if Smashbox was sold in England or not, never mind in Boots so this is a great discovery! They recently released some beautiful eyeshadow palettes too, including the Cover Shot bold palette which includes 6 brightly coloured eyeshadows, a glitter shadow and a translucent shadow. It has everything you need to create a variety of looks and is compact in size so perfect for travelling with.
Other brands include:
- Barry M
- Burts bees
- Duo lash glue
- Elegant Touch
- Eco Tools (v)
- Eye candy
- Fibre Brow (v)
- KISS Nails
- Makeup Drop silicone sponge
- Natural Collection
- Nails Inc
- No 7.
- Real Techniques
- UNE Natural Cosmetics
- WAH London
Online, there are contradictive statements on No7 and Sally Hansen, so I emailed them, and their responses are below. From the responses, I judge No7 to be cf and Sally Hansen to not be.
No7 Email Response
Sally Hansen Email Response
I believe that although they state they want to end animal testing, the truth of the matter is they still sell in China. You can say that you’re in talks to try end animal testing all you want, the fact is you’re still conducting animal testing to sell in China. There are many companies that have pulled out from selling in China which speaks a lot louder than being “involved in dialogue”, which could mean anything and clearly has done nothing so far.
If there’s anything I’ve missed do let me know! What’s your favourite from the list? Are there any surprises? Let me know in the comments!
Till next time,
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