Affordable Cruelty-Free Lipsticks

Lipsticks are my go to make-up products. Red is my signature colour. I adore a red lip. There is nothing like finding the best red and nude lipstick and shade for your skin tone. I own a few high end lip products which are my holy grails but I really enjoy using my affordable drugstore alternatives too. With the demand for cruelty-free beauty products higher than ever many beauty brands have increased and expanded their offering and we’ve seen a rise in cruelty-free brands within the beauty industry. Most of my make up and skincare are both vegan & cruelty-free. Some aren’t 100% vegan but they are 100% cruelty-free. You will often find these terms together but in reality they mean different things. Cruelty-free means that no animal has been harmed and no testing occurred during the development of the product whereas vegan means that the product does not contain any animal-derived ingredients/byproducts. I’d like to share some of my affordable drugstore favourites with you which are not only kind but also very good quality (pigmented & long lasting) for the price. These are all available from Superdrug in case you were wondering where did I pick them up from.

REDS:

I’m wearing red lipstick a lot. For my skin tone I definitely prefer the ones with bluish or slightly orange undertone. I quite like a matte liquid lipstick too. My absolute superstar is ‘Firestarter’ from B. Cosmetics. I’ve tried so many horrible matte liquid lipsticks which either have a very dry and flaky or awfully sticky texture. This one is perfect because it’s very pigmented but also moisturising enough for your lips. It has a slight pink/purple in it but if you put multiple layers on it eventually builds up very nicely.

Colour: 9/10

Packaging: 10/10

Price: 10/10

Another big favourite of mine is ‘Merlot’ from B. Cosmetics. This is a beautiful non-drying bright red matte lipstick. I love merlot anyway, but I love this one even more.

Colour: 10/10

Packaging: 8/10

Price: 10/10

If you are looking for a classy red with some high-end feel to it then I’d recommend trying out ‘Stilleto’ from Revolution Pro. It is a satin matte lipstick, yet extremely creamy and easy to apply. The colour and pigmentation of this one is insane, probably one of the nicest reds I’ve ever worn on my lips.

Colour: 10/10

Packaging: 6/10 (unfortunately the lid inside was broken)

Price: 10/10

NUDES:

I find it particularily difficult to find a great nude lipstick which isn’t too pink or isn’t too pale/beige. My nude lipsticks are essentials in my make-up bag as I can wear them anytime with everything. They are simple and natural hence no wonder why they say: “they are the bread and butter of the lipstick world.” As I’m wearing such minimal make up anyway it is often the easiest for me to throw on a nude lip for the day ahead. I’ve been wearing these a lot lately at home just to feel a bit more put together and I’m very satisfied with the feel and the look of them on my lips.

The most pigmented and long lasting out of all of them is ‘Cashmere’ from Revolution Pro. It is such an elegant matte nude/beige which won’t dry out your lips. For my usually simple and minimalistic outfits this one is an absolute winner.

Colour: 10/10

Packaging: 6/10 (this one wasn’t broken but I could possibly do with a better packaging)

Price: 10/10

I really enjoy Naked Talent from Soap and Glory too. This is a lot more glossy, pink and less long lasting but I find this one a great and affordable dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic Pillow Talk. Not all of their shades are vegan friendly, so don’t forget to check their website if this is something that is a requirement for you. It makes your lips a bit more plumped, silky and smooth.

Colour: 8/10

Packaging: 8/10

Price: 10/10

My every day nude is ‘Pillow Talk’ from B. Cosmetics. This company knows how to make good lipsticks. Pillow Talk is part of their Luminous Silk Lipstick range and it has a soft feel with an impressive colour payoff. (It is on the lower side in terms of pigmentation) I wouldn’t recommend using it on dry lips though. Their formula contains jojoba seed oil which helps with extra hydratation however I’d make sure thay your lips are fully moistuirised before using this one.

Colour: 9/10

Packaging: 8/10

Price: 10/10

Overall my views on the packaging is that it could be a lot better, especially in the case of Revolution Pro. B. Cosmetics has a sleek and simple black packaging so I have nothing specific to add on that but I guess it’s fair to say that for the price they are all very high quality lipsticks and they are all worth buying.

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