This post is long overdue but I wanted to make sure I tested all of the makeup and beauty products that I recently purchased before writing about them!
Now, I know a lot of people don’t really think about what happens to their cosmetics before they purchase them, but if you buy from companies that test on animals you should, at the very least, understand what this means.
Well, this is what it looks like
If you’re interested in seeing more photos about what animal testing for cosmetic purposes looks like click here (link is also where I found the above photo) because I don’t have the heart (or stomach) to include more of these photos myself. In my opinion, it is totally unnecessary for these products to be tested on animals, and by purchasing cruelty free brands you can help stop animal testing worldwide. The sad truth is that most makeup at stores like The Bay, Sephora and common drug stores is tested on animals. I even thought I was using all cruelty free brands such as M.A.C (which used to be my favourite brand), Smashbox, and Stila until I realized that they were now authorizing the sale of their products in China, which now has a mandatory animal testing law for all cosmetics. If you’re wondering how to tell if a company is cruelty free or not, email them or go to their website and check. If you find something like this: “Stila does not test any of our products on animals, nor do we ask others to do so on our behalf, unless it is required by law in countries where our products are distributed,” it may sound good but the part about testing when required by law STILL MEANS THEY’RE TESTING ON ANIMALS. Companies have a choice to sell in China, and if they agree to it they do so knowing their products will be tested on animals.
So what can you do? Well, you can start by checking out the AMAZING vegan lifestyle blog Logical Harmony and looking at her Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List, which is very comprehensive and always up to date. You’ll probably be surprised at how many brands that you thought were cruelty free are not on this list. However, there are still plenty of alternatives that you can even purchase at Sephora that do not allow animal testing. My recommendation try one product from a line that you’re interested in to see if you like it before buying an entire product line. Ok, now on to my current beauty favourites….
It took a while for me to brand shop and find items that I will continue to purchase in the future and I love to try new products so I’m sure I’ll be updating this list often. I’ll be reviewing makeup, face products and hair and body products at every opportunity.
Today’s post will be discussing makeup!
This review will focus on the brands Tarte and Too Faced. Both of which can be purchased at Sephora in Canada and in the USA.
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Cream:
What it is: A light-to-medium-coverage, oil-free tinted moisturizer.
What it is formulated to do:
- Ultralight, water-based formula to provide coverage while banishing imperfections
- Features SPF 20 sun protection
- Comes in eight shades
Thoughts: I personally think this BB cream is pretty great. It lasts all day and gives a nice dewy look. I also didn’t notice much of a scent, which I definitely prefer. One thing to note is that since it’s a BB cream (and not foundation), it provides only light coverage. If you’re used to a foundation-like coverage you may be disappointed with how light this is. I’m not a huge fan of foundation so this was perfect for me!
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer:
What it is and what it is formulated to do: A full-coverage concealer that won’t crease, flake, or leave you needing more. In addition to promoting healthy skin, this concealer is also ideal for masking discoloration and imperfections such as acne, blemishes, redness, scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles.
Thoughts: I found that it provided the full coverage it promised (I was using it for under-eye circles) and lasted all day (i.e. 12 hours). While I did enjoy how long it lasted, and I would purchase it again, I noticed that it takes a couple of minutes to dry once you apply it. I would recommend apply the product, waiting a few minutes, and then blotting the area with a tissue before applying powder. My main criticism is that the tube felt like it was only half full, which is a big negative when you’re paying a good amount of money for this product.
Tarte Powderful Amazonian Pressed Powder:
What it is and is formulated to do: A mineral-based pressed powder. This whisper-light mineral pressed powder allows skin to breathe while treating it with soothing vitamins and minerals.
Thoughts: This powder also lasted all day (even with an hour at the gym)! It seems like Tarte really knows how to formulate their products so they will stay on for 12 hours or longer. I really appreciated how light this powder was and the fact that I didn’t have to use very much to cover my face (I’m using a big powder brush to apply). However, like the BB cream, if you’re used to a full coverage you may be disappointed with the light coverage this provides. Personally, I prefer a lighter coverage and will absolutely be purchasing this again in the future.
Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes 4-in-1 (Waterproof) Mascara:
What it is formulated to do: Our lights, camera, splashes™ 4-in-1 mascara could be considered a push-up bikini for your lashes—a 4-in-1 (lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning) mascara
Thoughts: While I didn’t dislike this product, I don’t think I would purchase it again. I had to put on four coats to get the oversized lash look I love and it took a very long time to dry. I sneezed about 10 minutes after applying and it wasn’t pretty. Considering the price point on this mascara, I expected more. However, I appreciate that they have created a waterproof cruelty free mascara, something that is nearly impossible to find in my experience. The hunt continues for a waterproof mascara that dries quickly and provides thick, voluminous lashes without more than two coats!
Now moving on to Too Faced!
Too Faced La Vie En Rose Blush:
What it is formulated to do: Brighten and accentuate cheeks with this powder blush and give your cheeks an instant lovely lift. Slightly shimmering, sheer pigments are universal and can be used on a variety of different skin tones.
Thoughts: I have been looking for the perfect pink blush for a very long time and I have finally found it with this product. I am a big fan of a bright pink cheek and this blush provides the concentration of colour I am looking for and is super flattering on my skin tone. My ONLY criticism is that I have to re-apply throughout the day since it’s a powder and not a cheek stain. Totally worth it though for this colour!
Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo:
What it does: Inspired by Too Faced’s original Candlelight powder, this formula offers a more ethereal glow by using “Photolite” technology which diffuses harsh light, giving your skin a soft, youthful luminosity.
Thoughts: I love this product! I’ve been told that my face looks like it’s “glowing” multiple times when wearing this. I also really like the two different colours for different areas of the cheeks and face. I highly recommend this product for every day use. Once again, the only criticism is that I find myself re-applying the powder in the afternoon (generally after the gym).
Too Faced Powder Pouf Brush: The above items (La Vie En Rose blush and Candlelight Glow) were applied using the cutest cruelty free brush EVER! This brush is made with all natural fibres, is super soft and is also made by Too Faced.
Too Faced Shadow Insurance:
What it is: An eye shadow primer guaranteed to go the distance. Your eye shadow will last longer and will never crease.
Thoughts: I bought this product in the “Candlelight” colour because of its lovely glow. This is another product that I love and will be purchasing again, if I ever need to. A little goes a LONG way. I apply it from my lids all the way up to my eyebrows since it has a beautiful shimmer and really opens the eyes. You can even wear this alone since it does have a slight pigment to it and really sparkles. When it is used as a primer it does exactly what it claims to do; I have never experienced any shadow creasing and it allows me to wear my shadow all day without even worrying about re-applying.
Too Faced “Perfect Eyes” Waterproof Eyeliner:
What it is formulated to do: A creamy, long-wearing eyeliner that glides on with the ease of a liquid liner and locks down for eight hours of budge-proof, smudge-proof wear.
Thoughts: This eyeliner really performed! I purchased the product in black, and used it in my lower lash line, where eyeliner pretty much never lasts longer than an hour for me. However, this lasted for much longer and was very easy to apply. I actually went to the bathroom at one point to re-apply (since I usually have to with lower liner), and was happily surprised that I didn’t need to. I will be purchasing this product again in the future for sure!
Stay tuned for more reviews, and if you have a makeup product you would like to see reviewed on here or you would like to review yourself as a guest blogger, please contact us!
Also: If you happen to know of the perfect cruelty free waterproof mascara, please contact me immediately!