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Cruelty-Free Drugstore Makeup Finds

The following article was written by PETA guest writer Liza N. Chung.

Did you know that you can shop for cruelty-free beauty brands right at your local drugstore? It’s true! I do it all the time. In fact, there are some really great finds right in your own neighborhood, just waiting to be discovered. If you are ever unsure about which brands are cruelty-free, PETA has made it easy for you by compiling this helpful list of brands that don’t test on animals. You can also look on the back of a product’s package for the cruelty-free bunny logo.

Here are some of my favorite cruelty-free drugstore makeup finds:

BB Creams and Tinted Moisturizers

These multitaskers provide SPF, skin care, and coverage in one convenient tube:

e.l.f. Studio Tinted Moisturizer

Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream


Nothing brightens up the face like a little blush:

e.l.f. HD Blush

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Eyeshadow Collections and Kits

I’ve found some great eye kits complete with nude matte shadows, shimmery shadows, and blush right at my local Walgreens, and even my local grocery store carries a few of these pigmented palettes:

NYX Bohemian Chic Palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection #738 Comfort Zone (by Markwins Beauty Products)

Lip Products

Lipsticks and glosses alike, these picks can help you get a sexy pout:

e.l.f. Essential Luscious Liquid Lipstick (My favorites are Ruby Slipper, Baby Lips, and Cherry Tart.)

e.l.f. Glossy Gloss (Try Pink Candy for the perfect bubblegum-pink shade)

e.l.f. Mineral Lipsticks

What are your favorite cruelty-free drugstore finds?

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  • Karen says:

    what’s the deal with covergirl? Ellen is a covergirl and a big animal supporter. It’s not on either list, though…hmmmm

  • Rachel says:

    I dont care for ELF because what i got was horrible! I love Covergirl and Maybelline. But i might try the others im just VERY cautious about new makeup

  • produtos estetica says:

    I love elf, Almay and maybelline.

  • chrissy says:

    Carmine, found in many lipsticks and eyeshadows, is derived from carminic acid produced by some scale insects (namely the cochineal)! Carminic acid is used by them as a deterrent for predators; to obtain this powdered scale insect bodies are first boiled…scary to know that a great deal of companies use this as a dye in certain foods, and in various cosmetics…for instance, even a classy company like Marcelle, which is a proclaimed cruelty free company, uses carmine in some (not all) of its lip-products. Make sure you read your labels as they may contain animal derived products!!!

  • AMWag says:

    The majority of wet n wild is both vegan and gluten free.

  • Isabel says:

    I would like to know if LOREAL Paris does test on animals ?

  • NYX says:

    NYX doesn’t bother my eyes. I love elf, Almay and maybelline. Some people said that smashbox is hypoallergic. But they are wrong, I tried smashbox and they make my eyes itch!!!!

  • Liz Downey says:

    Is CVS nuance brand by Salma Hyek cruelty free? CVS claims it is, but it is not on your list. ?

  • Maura says:

    I am going cruelty free. Thanks for these options! I have some wet n wild stuff, are all of the wet n wild products cruelty free?

  • Judy says:

    Can anyone tell me which cosmetics are cruelty free PLUS good for sensitive skin? I’m super allergic to a lot of products, especially eye shadow/color.

  • suzanne swanson says:

    Began cruelty free makeup

  • Cindy says:

    I had no idea wet-n-wild and nyx were cruelty free o.0 nice to know

  • Lori says:

    I know that elf does not test on animals, but do any of their products contain animal ingrdients?

  • gosia says:

    Does anybody know something about chanel/Bourjois? i am sure i saw Chanel on cruelty-free list some time ago and now i can’t find it anywhere.. i am in love with bourjois and chanel, but if they are testing the relationship is over!

  • Evie K says:

    Kathy, I think it’s China law to test on animals IF that product is to be sold… IN CHINA. I was researching Mary Kay Cosmetics just a few days ago and that was basically what I got from why they went to a does not test list to does test.

  • Melanie says:

    I also love E.L.F. The products are so affordable and wearable. I recently bought the chubby lip pencil. The color is great and long-lasting, and bonus: it smells/tastes like root beer. Salma Hayek’s Nuance line is also very good and claims not to test on animals. I am waiting to see if PETA verifies this claim.

  • Casey says:

    E.L.F. liquid eyeliner for $1. I tried it, thinking liquid liner would be a challenge to use, and now I LOVE it!!! I’ll never go back.

  • patty says:

    I tried the ELF brand, very affordable and cruelty free!! great buy!!

  • CRK says:

    ARBONNE is a vegan product, they use absolutely NO animal by-products nor have they ever ever ever tested on animals. It is also free of a ton of other harmful ingredients often found in skincare/cosmetic items. You can only get it in the states, canada, australia and UK and is ordered online but let me tell ya it is WELL worth it and it is the best vegan product I have ever used on my skin hands down. They also have numerous other products like cosmetics, shampoo/conditioner, soaps, protein supplements etc…

  • Lori says:

    Just cause a company doesn’t test on animals, doesn’t make them cruelty free. Check the ingredients and you will see beeswax, carmine etc. These products aren’t vegan!! Also they are crap with mineral oil (refined crude oil) being the first ingredient in most of the lip products, parabens and other chemicals. You get what you pay for and most drug store cosmetic are garbage!!

  • maxie818 says:

    the salma hayek line does have a rabbit on the package, they are cruelty-free yes/no?

  • Oksana Renee Jones says:

    I prefer natural cosmetics but can’t always afford them. An elegant drugstore brand, available in Canada (not sure about elswehere) is Marcelle…they make effective facial care products and sophisticated, stylish makeup as well. For body care, including deodorant, I buy Nivea. I used to purchase Revlon until I recently learned they began manufacturing in China where animal testing is mandatory. I have thus stopped buying Almay which is owned by Revlon. On the higher price end I like Benefit, fun packaging and great quality if you can spend more. On the cheaper end Annabelle offers a full range of makeup, including some really dazzling colors especially suited for nighttime looks. Especially when it comes to eye makeup, which you have to toss every 3 months, it’s a cost effective brand and a way to stock up on shades without breaking the bank. They even make a non-comedogenic, paraben free BB cream with SPF! And when I can’t afford my cherished Badger lip balms I go for Bonne Bell lipsmackers. I mean who could resist an animal-friendly lip moisturizer that tastes and smells like Coca-cola?!

  • kathy says:

    Wet n wild eye shadows are made in china
    .. A country that mandatory does animal testing. What do you say ? How can wet n wild be on the “does not test” list??

  • paula shortell says:

    This would be great if the drugstores here sold that kind…i have called a few skincare companies and they claim to be cruelty free but it is not on there bottles…hhmmm fishy fishy..could u name some canadian cosmetic companies that r cruelty free?

  • EYG says:

    Paul Mitchell hair care products have been putting “Not tested on animals” for many years, way before it was “cool.” I have always liked his products.

  • Patti says:

    Now my question is are any of these gluten free? It’s very important that lipstick especially is gluten free. Thnx ;)’

  • Elise K. says:

    If you go to Walmart, Hard Candy is a good brand that doesn’t test on animals.

    If you go to a more upscale place to buy your makeup, watch out for Urban Decay. They WERE cruelty free, but just got bought out by L’oreal, who does lots of animal testing.

  • MissyMoo says:

    I love e.l.f. brand!!! They have wonderful products, and they are VERY affordable!

  • chander kumar soni says:

    very good.

  • Allison says:

    I LOVE E.L.F!!! They have the best products and the prices are awesome. I recommend their products to everyone I know. Way to go!!!

  • Silver Sage Health & Nutrition says:

    This is such great news for folks looking to be cruelty-free while staying on a budget!

  • Linda says:

    Though E.L.F. is a ‘cruelty-free’, very good, inexpensive product line, it is not available in ‘drugstores (Target carries a few items). Their website makes purchasing items extremely easy, though.