Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links.
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 Budget: 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.
To see more options, check out our roundup of the best drugstore foundations.
Best Sheer Coverage: Lilah B. 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.
Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best drugstore powder foundations article.
Best Medium Coverage: Urban Decay Weightless Foundation
Medium coverage and demi-matte, this formula creates a flawless finish that's convincingly natural.
Read reviews and shop for the best foundations for mature skin.
Best Full Coverage: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour 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.
Take a look at our picks of the best full coverage foundations available today.
Best BB Cream: Coola Rösilliance BB+ Cream SPF 30
This mineral BB cream acts like a foundation, smoothing out skin inconsistencies while also packing a cool 30 SPF.
Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best foundations with SPF.
Best Shade Range: 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.
Check out our guide to the best vegan foundations for women of color.
Best Matte: 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.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best oil-free foundations that won't clog pores.