Vegan lipsticks we love

Thursday, 28 September 2017

You might think your bubblegum pink or fire engine red lippie-wearing-days are over when you choose to live green, but fret not. There’s a pretty great selection of colours and lipstick brands that’ll make your transition to a vegan lifestyle way organic.

Not-so-fun fact? It turns out, most red lipsticks are made from a red dye called Carmine (a combination of crushed and boiled female Cochineal insects – and you said you didn’t like ‘creepy crawlies’). Other ingredients include beeswax and wool wax (a wax secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-bearing animals). Granted that’s some and not all lipsticks, but it’s a definite ick-factor to be considered.

The truth is, until now, many of us probably didn’t give the ingredients of cosmetics a second thought. After all, you’re only applying it to your face… and finding the perfect colour to suit your skin tone is hard enough! To be honest, if it’s a perfectly packaged, well-known brand that lasts way after eating second breakfast, we’re usually sold.

Luckily, now that beauties are being more #woke and beauty with a conscience is trending, brands are taking note and stepping up. And if you’re interested in a more conscious lifestyle, it’s good to know there are options out there.

Vegan lipsticks you can feel good about using

Brands like Lush, Wet ‘n Wild and Smith & Cult offer vegan lipsticks that will allow you to live green and still enjoy a hint of colour and a pep in your step thanks to their colours that pop – without the whole endangering species aspect.

We’ve been adding greener alternatives into our beauty routine and Lush is a pretty great go-to. Besides the array of cruelty-free lotions and scrubs, the vegan lipsticks and balms are pretty nourishing too. They contain ingredients like candelilla wax, organic Jojoba oil and rose wax – and you’ll be spoiled for choice with the matte, long-lasting and glossy finishes.

Smith & Cult is more of a splurge buy, but the lippies look ultra glam and you’ll no doubt feel like a celeb who just-so-happens to be saving the planet one lipstick at a time. Smith & Cult is vegan, gluten and paraben-free, and also 8-free (formulated without bad guys like Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Triphenyl Phosphate). Shop these fab lippies, here.

If you’re searching for a more budget-friendly option, Wet ‘n Wild is a trusted beauty brand that’s vegan and cruelty-free, and it’s also good for the environment and your wallet. Score! Easily accessible and available at Clicks stores, they have a wide selection of on-trend shades, finishes and nourishing balms to choose from.

 

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Belinda Van Tura

    What a great read, quite enlightening, I really never gave the ingredients any thought. I’ve been using Wet ‘n Wild and it certainly is easy on the pocket and as an added bonus the environment as well. :-)

    11 hours ago •

  1. Kelly Hansen

    I am a huge d=fan of Wet n Wild not only because their range is of high quality and is affordable but because they are ‘vegan’ and support a green, organic lifestyle – something we should all start being more supportive of!

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Demishka Maharaj

    The Wet n Wild range is amazing. They are affordable products but of such excellent quality.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Sebabatso Mofokeng

    Wet n Wild has always been my go to product. Highly affordable and really good as well. Very good article.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    I really do think we should be more aware of the ingredients in our beauty products.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Fana_kw Karani-wookey

    Very informative. Thank you.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. KhanyiN Ngcobo

    Wow this article really inspired me to be into this vegan lifestyle! I’m glad wet n wild is vegan, I’ll try it out cause it affordable.

    2 weeks ago •

  1. Dikeletjo Mothiba

    the Wet n Wild is the best. Long lasting wear.

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Humaira Motala

    Glad to see more and more products like these!

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Chandni Jivan

    This looks amazing.. and I love all the shades

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Perfect for a day or night out with the girls.

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    These colors will suit any skin type .

    3 weeks ago •

  1. Fayyaadhah Bux

    Would love to try one of these out .

    3 weeks ago •

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