On the lookout for great vegan cosmetics? Update your stash with these exceptional picks
Many of us have tried and enjoyed a variety of vegan foods, but have you considered vegan beauty? To put it simply, vegan cosmetics are free from all animal-derived ingredients and by-products, such as honey, beeswax and lanolin. (Keep in mind that cruelty-free and vegan aren’t interchangeable terms: a cruelty-free label indicates that the product and its ingredients weren’t tested on animals at any stage of production, but it might contain animal-derived ingredients.) Whether you’re a committed vegan or just looking to reduce your usage of animal products, there’s a wealth of cosmetic options available that not only skip the animal-derived ingredients but also deliver major staying power. Check out these picks from the Thoughtful Choices at Shoppers Drug Mart™ lineup.
A foundation with skincare benefits
For a light-as-air finish that actually improves your skin with wear, try a foundation filled with nourishing botanical ingredients, like Physicians Formula Organic Wear® Silk Foundation Elixir. With organic jojoba and coconut oils for an extra dose of dewiness, botanical cactus flower to seal in moisture and organic aloe vera to soothe the skin, this foundation delivers an airbrushed finish with buildable coverage.
An all-day powder
Not only is COVERGIRL Clean Fresh Healthy Look Pressed Powder vegan, it’s also free of common irritants like parabens, sulfates, phthalates and talc (a mineral often found in powder formulas). Instead, it includes tapioca and aloe vera powder to absorb excess oil and blur pores. Available in a range of flattering shades, it’ll deliver a soft-focus, non-cakey, mattified effect that really lasts.
A lightweight blush
For a gorgeous flush, reach for Quo Beauty Featherweight Cream Blush, which glides onto skin seamlessly with its creamy texture. The formula is sheer, luminous and quick drying. Pro tip: Dot on gently with your fingers for a barely-there effect. For a deeper wash of colour, apply generously with your fingers and blend into skin with your favourite vegan-bristle blush brush.
A lash-loving mascara
PACIFICA Vegan Collagen Fluffy Lash Mascara works double duty to save the day. It boasts a plant fiber-infused formula to add substantial length to your lashes, while the vegan-based collagen supports lash health. Wiggle the brush from root to tip and enjoy fabulously fanned-out-lashes.
Add a burst of colour to your lips with Quo Beauty Mini Lipstick. These adorable pint-sized lipsticks swipe on with ease, thanks to the ultra-creamy, comfortable-to-wear texture. From nude tones to deep reds, there’s a head-turning shade for every occasion.
A super-precise eyeliner
Whether you’re partial to a razor-sharp cat-eye or a laid-back smoky smudge, Quo Beauty One Stroke Gel Liner will help you add drama in a flash. With highly pigmented shades and an easy-glide formula, it allows for exceptional control with minimal effort.