9 Awesome Foundations You Probably Didn't Realize Are Vegan

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It's 2019—we've made huge strides in the obstacle course of equality (though we've still got a long, long way to go), science and technology have afforded us the ability to treat more diseases and make our day-to-day infinitely easier, and yet, despite all the knowledge we're surrounded by and the perspectives we've gained, humans are still testing cosmetics on animals. In the name of a makeup product, this doesn't seem necessary. In fact, it isn't—in 2013, a ban on animal testing for cosmetics and the marketing of cosmetics tested on animals went into effect in the European Union, and several other countries have also followed suit. And yet, animal testing is still a huge problem, especially in China, where many beauty companies sell product.

But for those brands that are fully cruelty-free, their products will be labeled as "vegan." We've highlighted these brands before and we've outlined specific products like nail polish and makeup brushes, but today we're focusing on the best vegan foundations. You'll see brands you've known and loved for years that you'll be pleased to know are animal-friendly, as well as more under-the-radar stars.

Read on for our picks of the best vegan foundations.

Best Overall: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

We love this buildable medium- to full-coverage foundation for its ability to still make the skin appear luminous while covering any and all discoloration.

Best Budget: The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

This matte, full-coverage, breathable foundation is enriched with community trade organic tea tree oil from Kenya for clearer looking skin. It's sweat- and water-resistant, too, and at this price, we'd say it's worth a test drive.

Best Sheer Coverage: Lilah B. Flawless Finish Foundation

Flawless Finish Foundation

Perfect for tossing in bags and drawers, this flip-open foundation pod is filled with a weightless powder to gently even out skin tone. So gentle, in fact, that it also has aloe and agar to soothe the skin and impart a radiant glow.

Best Medium Coverage: Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Foundation

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Foundation

Medium coverage and demi-matte, this formula creates a flawless finish that's convincingly natural.

Best Full Coverage: Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

You can depend on 12 hours of coverage with this foundation that is matte but not flat that's powered by the brand's signature Amazonian clay for performance that won't budge.

Best for Oily Skin: Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation

Natural Finish Foundation G20 1 oz/ 30 mL

Perfect for oily skin, this water-based foundation leaves a luminous, gently blurred finish on the skin so you can cover without actually, you know, covering.

Best BB Cream: Coola Rösilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30

Coola Rösilliance Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30

This mineral BB cream acts like a foundation, smoothing out skin inconsistencies while also packing a cool 30 SPF.

Best Shade Range: Stellar Limitless Foundation

Stellar Limitless Foundation

Founded by Indian-born TV personality Monika Deol, Stellar's large focus is on medium shade ranges and touts itself as offering "addictive colors and sensual textures," much like this silky-smooth formula.

Best Matte: Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation

Milk Makeup Blur Liquid Matte Foundation

There's no need for primer when you use this pore-erasing weightless foundation that tricks the eye, diffusing light for a soft-focus finish.

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