6 Cruelty-free foundations to try!

June 30, 2015 Beauty Edits Face Makeup
cruelty free foundations

When I went to pump out some of my NARS Sheer Glow yesterday, I realised how little was left in the bottle. So I set out to find a few foundations to test out before taking the plunge and buying the full sized bottle.

Personally I like a bit of a dewy finish so with that in mind, I scoured the internet for all the cruelty-free liquid foundations that I could get online or in stores.

The following are all foundations that have been received well by make up lovers across the internet, so hopefully whichever one I choose works out for me too!

JAPONESQUE Luminous Foundation

$36 USD / $47 AUD (beautybay.com)

This brand somewhat flies under the radar in the cosmetics world, so I was a bit surprised that BeautyBay stocked their products.

It’s a liquid foundation designed for a balance between dewiness and flawless coverage. It currently comes in quite 10 different shades!

FACE Atelier Ultra Foundation

$48 USD / $55 AUD (beautybay.com)

FACE Atelier is a cruelty-free make up brand hailing all the way from Canada. Their Ultra Foundation is the star of the line with its highly pigmented, buildable coverage with a natural skin finish.

Its silicone-based formula is suitable for women of all works of life. You can even purchase shade adjusters to help you get just the right shade for your complexion.

There are currently 12 shades and 4 adjusters available.

Le Métier de Beauté Classic Flawless Finish Foundation

$68 USD / $55 AUD (beautybay.com)

This is a light-weight, light-diffusing foundation that evens out your complexion and gives your skin that luminous, natural finish.

Le Métier de Beauté claims that this creamy formula is easily blendable and long lasting. I feel I should also give this one some merit for being dermatologist tested!

There are 11 shades available from this line.

KohGenDo Maifanshi Aqua Foundation

$62 USD / $77 AUD (luxola.com)

Quite evidently the most expensive of this lot at $62 USD, but I’ve heard too many good things about this one to leave out. It’s also quite hard to find luxury brands that aren’t tested on animals!

Created to mimic the ‘post-facial’ glow to of your skin, with mineral powders that brighten skin and minimise pores.

There are 7 shades available from this line.

Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

$42 USD / $52 AUD (mecca.com.au)

With the least number of shades but still more affordable than many, I thought I’d throw this one into the mix. This one’s a bit different to the others in the list because it’s a serum-foundation.

As with Josie Maran’s other products on the market, this one also harnesses the benefits of 100% argan oil to hydrate and balance the skin. My only worry is that, being oil-based, it will become shiny quickly on my combination skin

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Make Up

$39 USD / $56 AUD (mecca.com.au)

I thought I’d sneak this one in, even though Urban Decay is owned by L’Oreal who truly are the ones profiting from cruelty-free brands like UD and NYX! :(

A good friend actually recommended their concealer from the same line, but I’ve yet to try it in stores. What sucked me in to include this one is their promise of a lightweight, light-diffusing finish that creates a radiant complexion.

There are 18 shades available.


I intend to get my hands on some samples of the above in the next week to see which one’s best suited for my skin.

If you’ve tried any of the above, do let me know your thoughts! Or if you have any other cruelty-free foundation recommendations, please let me know too :)

Much love,

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