Renowned British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury once said, “Red lipstick is instant glamour”, and we are sure she wasn’t wrong! Lipsticks, which were once an exclusive luxury for women, have now crossed gender boundaries and even men can now be seen trying them out to accentuate their facial looks. After all, who would mind adding a dash of lipstick to their lips to pep up a dull day? Lipsticks have no gender, right?
However, regular wearers of lipsticks are often selective about brands, and try to use clean brands that are not just free from chemicals, but also do not harm the environment. What they sometimes do not notice is that their lipsticks contain animal ingredients, mainly crushed insects. This might come as a shock for both vegetarians and vegans but sadly it is true. Most brands use red dye ‘carmine’ obtained from crushed Cochineal beetles to formulate lipsticks. Carmine has always been a cause of concern as over 1,000 insects have to killed to make one traditional tube of lipstick!
At a time where sustainable living is drastically replacing the traditional ways, the cosmetic industry is no exception. Vegan, cruelty free and sustainable beauty is becoming the norm as men and women are increasingly opting for such brands.
We all know how difficult it is to find vegan lipsticks since most brands, even though vegan, use beeswax in their lipsticks. To help you make a conscious choice, we have created a list of seven vegan-friendly lipstick brands infused with the goodness of all-natural ingredients, which are easily available in the India.
It is an Indie makeup brand with 100% vegan and cruelty-free range of lipsticks. Their ultra-comfort matte lipsticks are PETA-approved and incorporate vegan formulation. The range of lipsticks come in 10 exciting shades, covering all popular hues. The lipsticks are light weight and waterproof. The range is typically designed to complement Indian skin tones and can last up to 7-8hrs.
Paul Penders is a vegan and cruelty-free brand. Their natural lipsticks are part of their botanical vegan colour cosmetics range handcrafted with 22 organic herbs and plant oils. Their organic lipsticks provide a radiant look without the use of any harmful chemicals.
Fae Beauty is a clean and ethical makeup brand which is not just vegan and cruelty-free, but also free from harmful chemicals. Their buildable matte lipsticks are fragrance-free and come in different variants, designed for Indian skin tones. Their lightweight and hydrating formula glides easily on the lips adding a very slight sheen to it.
Spekta Cosmetics’ vegan and cruelty- free lipsticks are hydrating and do not fade out easily. They have recently launched a range of shimmer lipsticks infused with Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Cocoa Butter.
Plum is a PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free brand. Though they do not offer lipsticks, their vegan lip balms with 100% natural and organic ingredients are worth a try. The candy melt range of lip balms come in four different shades in refreshing variants.
It is a PETA-certified vegan and cruelty-free brand that offers super saturated lipsticks, and their Maxx Matte Liquid Lipsticks are bestsellers. These lipsticks will glide on your lips like butter and will nourish your lips at the same time. They have a huge variety of shades which complement Indian skin tones.
Tinge claims to be India’s first handmade cosmetic brand with 100% vegan and cruelty- free cosmetics. Each lipstick is handcrafted by seasoned make-up artists to suit individual needs. Their lipsticks are free from parabens, sulphates, and cruelty! Not just this, they run an offer through which a customer can return empty containers for refills and get a 15% off on the purchase of the same liquid lipstick. A total win-win!
So, the next time when you are thinking of buying a lipstick, spare a thought for the voiceless and go for these ethical brands instead!