Get this: We ladies eat anywhere between four to six pounds of lipstick in our lifetime. Every day we chow down on things like artificial dyes, sodium lauryl sulfates and carmine (which comes from the shell of female beetles). As Cher Horowitz would say, “Ugh, as if!” This is why vegan lipsticks are such a big deal – they’re made without the use of toxic chemicals, help reduce soil and water pollution and aren’t tested on animals.
And not only will you be helping out the environment and oodles of furry creatures along the way, you’ll look fabulous doing it!
Below are seven must-have vegan lipsticks to add to your arsenal.
1. Natural Infusion Lipstick by Beauty Without Cruelty
BWC Cosmetics was founded in England almost 50 years ago by an animal welfare organization. Their Natural Infusion Lipsticks are 100 percent vegetarian, 100 percent natural and come in a wide variety of colors. (beautywithoutcruelty.com, $23)
2. Amazonian Butter Lipstick by Tarte
Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick was inspired by the colors and all-natural ingredients found in the Amazon. Their formula glides on smoothly, hydrates and smooths lips and contains a hint of mint to give your lips a fuller appearance. Each lipstick shade is housed in its own adorable (and eco-friendly) packaging. (tartecosmetics.com, $16)
3. PureMoist Lipstick by Jane Iredale
Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick is just as luscious as it sounds: It comes in 24 vibrant shades that saturate lips for long-lasting color. The moringa oil moisturizes, the orange peel wax, avocado and sunflower seed oils condition, while vitamins A, C and the coffee seed extract offer antioxidant protection. (janeiredale.com, $28)
4. Vegocentric Lippies by Lippy Girl
I’m not sure what I like more: The name of the lipstick or the lipstick itself. Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lippies are 100 percent vegan, bee-free, gluten-free and chemical-free. They’re long-lasting, won’t bleed and come in 100 percent recyclable aluminum tubes. (lippygirl.com, $24)
5. Mineral Mineral Lipstick by e.l.f.
Mineral Mineral Lipstick by e.l.f. is of the budget-friendly variety that seriously gives you your money’s worth: It’s long-lasting, glides easily onto lips and keeps your lips hydrated. It’s mineral-based with no parabens, preservatives or chemical dyes, and comes in several bold colors. (eyeslipsface.com, $5)
6. Mini Lipstick Set by Zosimos Botanicals
The Zosimos Botanicals Mini Lipstick Set is my favorite of the bunch: It’s a no-muss, no-fuss way of shopping for lipsticks. The set includes 14 vegan lipsticks in a wide array of colors, including Cocoa, Dahlia, Mulberry, Onyx, Redbud and Terracotta Spice to name a few. Plus they’re mini, so they won’t take up your entire clutch purse on your next girls’ night. (zosimosbotanicals.com, $70)
7. Lip Locked Lipstick by Manic Panic
Manic Panic Lip Locked Lipstick can be summed up in one word: Wow. They come in several rock star shades from a matte to shimmer finish. The formula diminishes fine lines and creases while moisturizing your lips. All you need is one application for the perfect amount of color. (manicpaniccollection.com, $8)