I want to talk to you today about Vegan Make Up. Now one thing I found particularly difficult since going Vegan last April was finding the perfect foundation (go figure, food was easy peasy!). It took me an entire year to get comfortable buying a foundation, confident it didn't have animal products in. I've tried them all so you don't have to.
Even if you aren't Vegan, Vegetarian or currently choosing Cruelty-Free, this is a great place to start to reduce your carbon emissions, help care for the planet and of course save animals, because no animal should die to be made into a blush or foundation.
Looking online at each brand's Vegan lists (a big long list of products they sell that are or are not suitable), I was fed up! I would spend countless hours wandering the high street to come back empty handed.
If you are fed up of lists of products you can't use or trying to figure out what is suitable, then this blog is for you! You can use all these products. <3
I have saved you the hassle of searching!!!
I'm keeping it simple here for you and sticking to only a select few, beginner friendly foundations.
Collection Colour Match
Now, before you think Collection?! I used this when I was at school...
Relax, its freaking awesome. Great for my acne-prone skin, this has helped me out on those days that going outside was difficult to face and when I was so new to vegan makeup that I didn't want to waste a ton of money on finding the right one.
The coverage is medium and buildable, but I don't need more than a few drops to cover everything. You will need a concealer as well if you like full coverage. It looks totally Matte to me, but to prevent the tacky feeling always set it with powder. Don't confuse this foundation with the similar Colour Match Matte Foundation from the same brand as it's not Vegan and this is way matte enough!
Collection Colour Match Foundation £3.99, Superdrug. Worth taking advantage of their 3 for 2 to get all the shades to use for contouring/when you have a tan.
Collection Perfection Foundation
In my pre-vegan years I had a fascination with the 16 hour wear Rimmel foundations (remember the red top?), so this one is a good replacement for you if you like long wear. It is however, thicker and needs more work to blend.
One thing about this foundation I should share is that whilst I preferred it to the Collection Colour Match, looking back it really didn't wow me. Their concealer of the same range is brilliant and I'm never without it, so I did expect more.
Avoid this if you are a little on the dry side, it gets cakey.
£5.99 in Superdrug/Boots
Barry M Flawless Matte Finish
It is definitely not as flawless as the label suggests as the coverage is a light medium. After it has settled in, don't get me wrong it is fairly matte but with my oily skin that powder will be in my bag all day when I'm wearing this. With oily skin, I wouldn't wear it for anything special. The new medication I'm on has reduced my oiliness so this is much more suitable for normal/dry skins and I have even tried it with a dry beauty blender so there isn't additional moisture added.
If you have normal skin (you lucky thing!) and you usually go for a sheer look, it would be a good idea to try this if you want to try something with a little bit more coverage without feeling heavy.
There are only 2 shades available in Hemel Superdrug, Ivory & Nude. The nude looks dark in the lighting, but actually it's pretty perfect for me on a daily basis and I'm quite fair, so try it on in the shop and go outside for a piccy.
I originally bought the Ivory and it's very very pink toned. Generally I mix the 2 together (in a contour formation) just so I can use the Ivory one up and tone the warmth down.
Golden skintone: Nude
Pink skin tone: Ivory
Barry M Flawless Matte Foundation £5.99 Superdrug
E.L.F. FLawless Finish Foundation
This is full coverage, life-saving foundation for anything you need to hide.
This is the best affordable foundation for covering blemishes and uneven skin tone. It can feel quite greasy even though its oil free, so powder powder powder.
If its coverage you need, I would suggest combining it with their Maximum Coverage Concealer.
I discovered it online and was amazed when it arrived that it came in a lovely glass bottle, with nice packaging. For the price, it is impressive. For anything, its impressive. I love this! Plus, you could leave it on your counter and it looks more expensive than it is, I always get asked about it and nobody has heard of it before. Tehe.
Remember though that with this one, the fuller coverage means you need to be super vigilant with makeup removal and skincare routine. It just doesn't like to come off haha.
Flawless Finish Foundation, £7.50 E.L.F.
Note that whilst E.L.F. has lots of amazing low-priced products, there are some naff ones like the blemish control concealer and the lengthening mascara. But for those prices, who cares? I will try anything once.
GOSH Foundation Drops
Super sheer, lightweight, but it is buildable so will even out skin tone. Just don't use more than a drop or two at a time, build slowly. I find applying it with fingers or a stippling brush the best way to work it onto the skin, because it doesn't like sculpting or buffing brushes.
If you have good skin, this will make you look even more flawless! Perfect for everyday.
Gosh Foundation Drops, £12.99 Superdrug.
Superdrug B. Confident CC Cream
BUT I don't recommend this for sensitive skins or anywhere near the eye area. Every time I was wearing it I was getting really stingy watery eyes. If you are using it on its own, it's fine, but it looks odd when used with any makeup that comes into contact with it like powder or blush, as it goes a bit cakey and the only thing I find it useful for is covering redness.
Check out my swatches below, you will see when I test them all on my arm and this CC Cream doesn't even want to absorb and sits on top of my skin and then slides off!!
Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this blog post and whether you would like me to do more Vegan Make Up Blogs!
Love Hollie xx
RCMA VK18 Palette (Research Council of Makeup Artists)
Having all the shades I need when I do makeup bookings in one place has really narrowed down my collection. It was excessive. I'm talking 20-30 foundations I was hauling around. Now I just use this.
For personal use, you can buy large pots of any shade from their vast collection. I really do suggest you get the hydration yellow lotion as it is the perfect base and no other primer works as well with it.
This foundation has a very light, I'm not wearing anything, feel. However, it packs a punch with more pigment than all other foundations I've come across, both vegan and non-vegan.
From their website:
'All made with at least 50% pigments to waxes and oils so that a very little goes a long way on the skin and produces as "skin color" rather than a heavy coat of makeup. Most commercial liquid foundations have a ratio of about 18 to 23 percent of pigment to the liquid and, in general, theatrical foundations normally run between 30 to 35 percent of pigments to waxes and oils.'
I can tell you, its all true. I have covered acne breakouts with barely half a cm of product for a full face.
Suitable for all skin types
Tarte Amazonian Clay
I heard so many great reviews for this foundation and I have to say I'm a bit miffed as to why. It is not really brush compatible. If I use a brush, half of it is sucked into the brush and disappears forever...If I use my fingers it spreads so far and so opaque (I know, since when has that been a bad thing right?), that I always use far too much and need to use the brush to suck it into its black hole. I always end up with brush lines, no matter what brush or amount of foundation I use.
The texture reminds me of a cross between Collection Perfection and Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse.
I guess you could say it feels like clay...! (Surprise surprise Hollie!)
Verdict: Not for me, I won't be buying again
Skin types: Not even sure!!! It's such a strange feel!!! It confuses the hell out of my skin. Really sample this one if you are going to buy, I think it's like marmite.