Imaginary Challenge: Cruelty-Free Products

Welcome to a brand new series that involves me doing next to nothing with my actual makeup collection, but a lot with my imaginary one. And not my imaginary, every single makeup item in the world collection, but a possible ‘let’s see’ version of what I already have. I’m not sure what other kinds of things I can do with this, but I’m hoping it can be a once in a while series on here.

Alright, so what is cruelty-free? Generally speaking, a company’s products will be cruelty-free if they don’t test their products on animals nor are the ingredients tested on animals. You could go farther and say that a cruelty-free company doesn’t pay anyone to test on animals on their behalf either. They’re are a few certifications for cruelty-free status, that adorable little bunny on product labels is one by Leaping Bunny and the other is PETA-Approved. There are other companies that don’t have either of these two certifications that are cruelty-free as well.

All my information was retrieved from here, the Cruelty Free Kitty website, a super informational website about cruelty-free and vegan products. I would highly recommend checking out that website if you want more information, it’s a truly great resource.

So using the list compiled on Cruelty Free Kitty, here is what my current makeup collection would look like if I went cruelty-free.

If I went cruelty-free, I’d still have quite the collection. Considerably less eyeshadow and a small amount of general face products like brows, concealers, and bronzer/contours. Blushes, I would basically have my entire collection minus 2 singles.

Broken down by numbers, I would have:

  • 1 foundation
  • 1 concealer
  • 1 colour corrector
  • 1 powder foundation
  • 5 highlighting products
  • 4 bronzer/contour products
  • 2 setting powders
  • 3 brow products
  • 3 mascaras
  • 1 eyeliner
  • 1 cream shadow
  • 2 eyeshadow palettes
  • 1 single eyeshadow
  • 1 glitter eyeliner
  • 3 blush palettes
  • 12 blushes
  • 4 lip liners
  • 2 lipglosses
  • 2 lip primers
  • 2 lip exfoliators
  • 12 deluxe size lipsticks
  • 9 lipsticks
  • 5 lip crayons

Crazy enough, I totally have enough cruelty-free products to do my full face. There are definitely products that I would like to have, like for brows I would only have a powder and a pomade, whereas I like to use a pencil, but overall I could actually do it.

This was a really neat little challenge! Going cruelty-free in the future is probably not something that I will do, although my thoughts on that may change, but it is nice to see some of my favourite brands are already cruelty-free. I will say, there is very little drugstore makeup that is cruelty-free, which is annoying, but that would be a big deterrent against impulse purchases while picking up stuff from the drugstore.

And now I challenge you to do this. Go through your collection and see if you can do a full-face using only cruelty-free products already in your collection. I’d love to see them.


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