Searching for the perfect vegan lipstick? We’ve got you covered.
I have a place in my heart for all variety of lip products—even ooey-gooey gloss! And while I probably use lip balm the most, my all-time favorite lip product is a classic tube of lipstick. Rarely does lipstick last as long as a stain (or even linger after your morning coffee), nor it is always the easiest to apply, but it’s so charmingly makeup-y that I don’t mind whipping out my chic little bullet and swiping on another layer.
Fortunately, prioritizing vegan and natural cosmetics hasn’t prevented me from finding absolutely amazing lipsticks, and usually, the formulas are far more nourishing than their conventional counterparts. Most natural vegan lipstick contains skin-loving plant oils that leave lips feeling plump and soft—rather than tight and dry. (If you’ve ever worn a lipstick that made your lips feel chapped and papery, you know a moisturizing element is an important quality!)
The following vegan lipstick options come from conscious cosmetic companies, and I think you’ll find their formulas pleasantly creamy, spreadable, and pigmented. Each vegan lipstick is bee-free, meaning no beeswax (a.k.a. cera alba). Many natural lipsticks contain beeswax, but you don’t have to worry about that here 😉 These formulas feature plant-based beeswax substitutes (like candellila wax), which lend the lipsticks that signature, well, waxiness. Now on to those lippies!
Committed to sustainable manufacturing and healthy vegan lipstick formulas, Axiology is one beauty company to keep on your radar. In addition to prioritizing natural and organic ingredients, the brand has partnered with the Orangutan Foundation and PETA and donates a percentage of their profits to these and other humane societies. The shade featured here is “Attitude,” a gorgeous magenta that’s perfect for summer. But don’t feel limited by traditional hues at Axiology—they also carry lilac and black!
Created in small batches with hand-selected vegan and gluten-free ingredients, Red Apple Lipstick creates luxury brand-quality color and texture without any unsavory additives. With cold-pressed sunflower seed oil, vitamin E, and shea butter, the formulas are creamy and moisturizing, making these lipsticks suitable for those prone to dry lips. The color featured here is “Barcelona.” I’m in love.
Packaged in a beautiful bamboo case, Elate lipsticks contain a moisturizing dream team—jojoba oil, shea butter, mango butter, and castor seed oil. The brand participates in the Just Beautiful Pledge, a pledge sponsored by Environmental Defence that helps consumers avoid products containing the 10 most toxic body-care ingredients. The pretty petal pink shade featured here is “Bloom.”
Designed to diminish the appearance of fine lines, this serum-infused vegan lipstick provides a semi-lustrous finish and leaves lips feeling soft and hydrated. The plant pigment blend is created with rose, moringa, and eclipta daisy. How dreamy does that sound? The color you see here is “Rosé.”
I’ve never been crazy about Zuzu’s packaging (why am I such a superficial packaging snob?!), but the lipstick itself wears beautifully, and the color I have (Allure) lasts quite a long time. Gabriel Cosmetics is Leaping Bunny-certified, Gluten-Free-certified, 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free-Certified, and Natural Products Association-certified. The color featured here is Vino de Amor—and it has date night written all over it.
Do you have a favorite vegan lipstick? Let us know in the comments!
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