Veganism has become rather hip over the last couple of years, which is awesome for spreading awareness; but sometimes, we get so lost in the hipness of a beauty trend that we forget to see its greater impact. Having a beauty arsenal filled with the best vegan products money can buy is not only good for your persona but also extremely beneficial to the planet and your skin.
What Is Vegan Beauty?
Vegan beauty products are made from plants, minerals, and safe synthetic materials. You will not find any animal-derived ingredients in these items.
Get this: If everyone in the world gave up animal products, it would have the same positive effect on the environment and our health as if everyone in the world stopped driving cars. It's that big of an issue. So replacing your products with vegan alternatives, even if it's just a few items, can amount to something incredible.
But when it comes to beauty products, you don't want to have to sacrifice effectiveness. You don't want to give up gorgeous packaging or luxurious scents either. The good news is that you don't have to, and these chic, powerful products are proof.
Keep scrolling to discover 22 luxurious vegan products you have to try!
Ethique is revolutionizing the way we wash our hair with their Hydrating Shampoo Concentrates ($9). In hopes of abolishing plastic waste, the brand created boxes of specially formulated concentrates that you simply snap into pieces and pop into a heat-proof container with boiling water. Before you know it, you’ll have 350g worth of liquid shampoo that you can easily pour into a bottle you already own.
Thanks to Nailtopia, you can now remove your nail polish without increasing your environmental footprint. The brand’s Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover ($13) is not only 100% vegan, but also includes avocado oil to soften cuticles and strengthen nails. Vegan and biodegradable? Gimme, gimme!
These Sunny Side Up Nail Stickers ($8) are just what you need to brighten up your day. Created by Deco Miami, the tiny vegan and cruelty-free sticker sheets inspired by emojis are not only adorable but easy to use for a stylish mani on the go.
Unruly brows, meet your match. This Brow Creation Gel ($20) from Meloway Makeup is lightweight and specially formulated to instantly dry matte. Besides being 100% vegan and cruelty-free, the brow gel is packed with quality ingredients—including keratin to thicken the brows and argan oil to brighten the skin—making it a must-have for your makeup bag.
Despite not being a vegan brand, Glamnetic is setting the trend with their Lucky Lash ($30) that is made from the highest quality synthetic fibers. We seriously love that the luxurious vegan lashes come with a special magnetic case for safe-keeping to ensure you can use the lashes up to 40 times.
Cover FX is where clean beauty and high performative products meet. We were especially excited to find out that we can get glammed up—while reducing our carbon footprint—with the brand’s best-selling Custom Enhancer Palette ($42) that is infused with Vitamin C to help protect against free radicals.
Vegan nail polishes definitely have their perks. Besides being great for the environment, they do wonders for your nails—especially when they feature nourishing ingredients like retinol that boasts moisturizing benefits and anti-aging properties. Known for its posh aesthetic, Emma Beauty recently launched Mucho Gusto ($6), a nail polish that’s PETA-certified, filled with retinol, and even fast drying.
Some of the benefits of vegan beauty products include being friendly to sensitive skin. Designed to target this demographic in need of all-natural ingredients, Manna Kadar Cosmetics created a must-shop collection. Our fave product is The Face Perfection Collection ($60), which features a face contour palette, blush, highlight that excludes palm oil to avoid deforestation.
There’s nothing more exciting than finding a beauty brand that’s been vegan since its inception. For this, Lime Crime gets a thumbs up from us. The beauty brand is certified vegan and cruelty-free by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. We sincerely adore their Red Rose Matte Lipstick ($20) that glides on as a liquid and dries matte. Did we mention the french vanilla-infused lipstick is touch and kiss-proof? *Adds to cart*
Lenny Kravitz has been vegan since 2016, so we were not surprised when the rockstar performer announced his decision to co-found Twice. The vegan toothpaste brand was inspired after he took a charitable trip to the Bahamas to help residents who were lacking proper dental care. We suggest trying the Twilight Toothpaste ($7) that boasts ingredients like aloe vera and lavender to soothe inflammation, reduce pain, and overall enhance your oral wellness. 10% of the proceeds go to Glo Good Foundation to further help those in the Bahamas.
This affordable and chicly packaged brand got its start on Etsy, but we predict it's going to be one of the biggest natural skincare brands of 2017. The products' organic and 100% vegan formulas yield impressive results, and the streamlined packaging deserves a design award. The floral toner is a standout—it's packed with hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a myriad of essential oils to hydrate and balance the skin.
This gentle, lightweight eye cream belongs in everyone's (even those who typically don't like eye cream) skincare arsenal. It is silky, absorbs fast, and contains effective ingredients like hyaluronic acid and de-puffing cucumber. Plus, at $46, it is half the price of many comparable eye creams on the market.
Odacité is all about effective anti-aging without the toxins, and the brand offers an extensive line of "serum concentrates" aimed at doing just that. These potent vials of product target everything from breakouts and clogged pores to hyperpigmentation. The deep wrinkle serum is a favorite. Simply mix a few drops into your moisturizer day and night, or apply it directly to the skin for a more intense treatment.
A countdown of the best vegan skincare products would not be complete without this Byrdie-beloved moisturizer. The product is formulated with certified organic and fair-trade ingredients like blue tansy, camellia oil, and shea butter. The balm melts on contact, and just a tiny bit works wonders to hydrate the skin and reduce redness. It's a must for those with dry and sensitive skin types. Actually, it's a must for everyone.
The Icelandic founder of Root Science created her incredibly chic skincare line for the "modern purist." Everything from the stark, minimal packaging to the simple, effective ingredients reflects that manifesto. The brand's newly released Tonic has quickly become my standby face mist—I spray it on throughout the day, and its antioxidant-, mineral-, and phytonutrient-rich formula keep my skin moisturized and protected.
Anti-pollution skincare had a huge spike in popularity last year, and for good reason. Sometimes we overlook the negative effects that environmental stressors and pollution can have on our skin. This decadent clay mask works to combat aging signs triggered by the environment. Powered with antioxidants, probiotics, and white clay, it repairs skin and clears clogged pores, leaving your face ultra-smooth.
More proof that vegan skincare can be modern and luxurious. These high-tech eye masks use peptides and antioxidants to cool and hydrate the delicate under-eye area while increasing blood flow to reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Herbivore Botanicals is arguably the perfect skincare brand: The range of products is extensive, the formulas are effective, it's available all over the place, and the packaging is so chic it hurts. Plus, it's vegan and 100% natural.
It's hard to choose a favorite product from the line, but for now, we'll recommend its unique face oil for oily skin types, which balances moisture levels without clogging pores.
YTTP is a new vegan favorite for the Byrdie team, but the brand already has us smitten. Half our editors have replaced all their other cleansers with this one, which contains antioxidant-rich superfoods like kale, spinach, and green tea. The product has a convenient pump dispenser and foams up slightly but without the use of any harsh detergents. It works astoundingly well to remove makeup and grime without leaving your skin dry or stripped.
More antioxidants! What can we say? We can't get enough of them. This moisturizer from tried-and-true organic brand Juice Beauty is the ideal day cream. It's super hydrating but not too heavy and comes with a slew of good-for-you ingredients like vitamin C, peptides, and hyaluronic acid. For a more concentrated dose get the Antioxidant Serum, ($48).
It's surprisingly hard to find a vegan lip balm, so this S.W. Basics gem is a real find. It comes in peppermint and geranium scents, but I'm partial to the original, unscented salve, which I also use to heal dry skin and minor cuts.
We're on a constant hunt for the perfect cleansing balm—one that will dissolve any and all makeup while leaving our skin baby soft. This brand-new release from natural brand Hush + Dotti is loaded with essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, lavender, and carrot seed to detoxify, soothe, and firm the skin. The product not only cleanses but also leaves the skin brighter and more youthful.
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