10 Of The Best Vegan Beauty Products Our Team Thinks You Should Try ASAP!

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Our team has found the best vegan beauty products around & we think they’re worth every penny!

woman holding up two beauty products in bedroom

Our team has shared it all from the best mascaras, best makeup removers, and even all the latest & greatest beauty hacks, so we realize in a market full of amazing products, it’s still extremely overwhelming! And if living a vegan lifestyle is important to you, nailing down the perfect product can be even more cumbersome.

That’s why we’re sharing some of our absolute favorite vegan beauty products to help narrow down your search. Better yet, there’s something for everyone & every budget on our list!

honey bee on flower with pollen all over it

What does “vegan beauty product” mean?

I don’t want to overcomplicate this so simply put, it means the product does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. This even includes ingredients such as beeswax or honey! 

*Note that this doesn’t mean the same thing as “cruelty-free” although, in many cases, 100% vegan beauty products are typically cruelty-free too.

Here are the best vegan beauty products our team loves:

1. Chelsey says this eye cream duo has diminished her fine lines & dark circles.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

hand dipping coola stick into eye cream container

Get farm-to-face quality with this clean skincare! Made with organic ingredients and plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° Complex, you’ll not only see results but feel them instantly too!

Here’s what Chelsey said about her Coola eye cream:

“My skin feels amazing when I use this stuff! I can definitely tell when I skip a day and overall it has really helped with fine lines and dark circles. The day cream I only use if I’m going to be in the sun and it makes my skin feel so soft!”

2. Emily and Cass basically love everything from The Ordinary line.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

row of the ordinary products sitting on counter

Literally, every beauty product from The Ordinary line is 100% vegan, from their skincare to their affordable makeup. So if you’re looking to totally revamp your entire routine, you won’t want to look any further.

In fact, two of my Hip sidekicks are completely infatuated with the brand and haven’t stopped raving about all their favorites since they started using them! And for the price, you simply can’t and won’t want to overlook all of these gems!

the ordinary skincare and makeup on table

Here’s what Emily said about all her Ordinary favorites:

“I love trying any and all skincare I can get my hands on, but The Ordinary has stuck with me for years! I think the product quality is superb and the price is unbeatable! Not only are they vegan, but they’re SO transparent about everything else that goes into their formulas, so I’m never second-guessing what I’m putting on my face.”

woman holding up amber bottle of retinoid in bedroom

“The Retinoid + Squalane has been my favorite anti-aging product thus far. I truly see it helping smooth out fine lines but without any irritation I would get when I would try out retinol products. (Retinoids are typically less irritating than retinols.) The squalane is seriously hydrating too. I recommend using this for bed though, as it will make your skin look a tad oily and the retinoid can reduce your skin protection when you’re out in the sun.”

hands holding the ordinary foundation

“The foundation is also AMAZING and for under $7, it’s wild that it works so well. I’ve never had an issue trying to color match with their shades since they list out the undertones, and I’ve recently switched [by accident] to the serum formula versus the coverage formula, and I love it so much more for summer! It’s a bit thinner and sheer-er so it’s lightweight for all-day wear. I really can’t rave about these products enough and have tried at least a dozen different offerings from their line. If you haven’t given them a look yet, you’re missing out!”

Cass on our team is equally as obsessed with literally every single thing from The Ordinary. Here’s what she had to say about them:

woman squirting serum on palm of hand with picture of the ordinary beauty products

“When it comes to trying out different skincare products, this girl has seen and done it all. Snail mucin? Yes, please. Bee venom? Yep, bring it. I’m also a HUGE fan of skincare so while I’d never claim to be an expert, I’m fairly confident that I know more than most.

I also know that the secret to great skin doesn’t come from throwing your paycheck at your problems. That’s why I will forever sing the praises of The Ordinary and would recommend it to pretty much anyone regardless of their specific skin concerns. The O’s à la carte approach to skincare as well as their too-good-to-be-true price points make it SO easy to tailor a routine to suit your specific needs and their packaging is a minimalist’s dream.

But, if you don’t know your alpha-arbutin acid from your Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate Solution 20% in Vitamin F, it can seem a bit overwhelming to get started. That’s where their regimen builder really comes in handy. And the best part is, you won’t go broke creating a skincare routine that actually works! No, the Ordinary is not the only skincare brand I buy or love, but a few of their products, like their Retinols/Retinoids, Rose Hip Oil, and exfoliators are always in heavy rotation in my skincare routine.

Trying to pick a favorite is like trying to pick a favorite child, I just can’t. But if I had to suggest one item from the whole line, it would be their Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion. Seriously, if you’re in your mid-thirties and up, add to cart and thank me later because time marches on friends, but it doesn’t have to march across your face.” – Cass 

Read Cass’s full love letter to The Ordinary skincare line.

3. Kaitlyn loves this vegan mascara for making her super straight lashes pop!

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

woman smiling holding blue tube of thrive causemetics mascara beauty products

This award-winning mascara not only makes your lashes look dramatically longer but it’s also powered by plant stem cell technology so it conveniently encourages & supports longer, healthier-looking lashes. It’s also 100% vegan, cruelty-free, fragrance-free, and is dermatologist recommended! Could a mascara even get any better?!

Here’s what Kaitlyn loves about her Thrive Causemetics mascara:

“This is my FAVORITE mascara ever! I have super straight lashes so I have always worn falsies, but this has been the only mascara to actually work and make my lashes pop!”

4. Collin & I are loving this vitamin C serum that makes our skin feel super glowy… and this is coming from people who are not normally into skincare routines.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

woman holding uncommon beauty vitamin c serum

  • Buy it at Uncommon Beauty – $62
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If you recently caught Collin’s big love letter to her new skincare routine from the popular Uncommon Beauty line, then there’s a chance you already scooped up some of their amazing products as I did.

While two out of their five skincare products are vegan, we especially love the Uncommon James Pineapple Peptide Nectar. It’s basically a magical vitamin C serum that makes your skin feel so refreshed every morning.

hand holding corner of pineapple peptide nectar serum in bathroom

It also helps brighten and protect your skin, delivers protection against environmental aggressors while restoring a youthful glow, diminishes wrinkles, firms skin, creates a more even skin tone, retains moisture, and decreases skin roughness – what’s not to love?!

Make sure you check out Collin’s full review on the Uncommon Beauty line!

5. The Winky Lux matte lipstick is one you’ll want to wear every single day.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

close up of woman putting on dark red lipstick

If you’re a sucker for a great matte lipstick, this one is super moisturizing so you’ll be saying goodbye to crumbly, dried-out lips! Best of all it’s vegan and stays on my lips for hours!

It has a super lightweight, mousse-like texture with amazing pigments for your lips – I don’t even feel like I’m wearing it at all (definitely not something I can say about other lip products!) Plus, it’s packed with vitamin E and natural vanilla so it’s luxe and refreshing when you put it on.

Read my full review on the Winky Lux Lipstick!

woman holding box full of winky lux lipstick

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6. This universal eyebrow pencil is the best vegan beauty product I use daily & it matches any hair color seamlessly.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

close up of woman doing eyebrows with gold winky lux unibrow pencil

While I’m on a roll with Winky Lux and some of my personal favorite vegan beauty products, I need to take a minute to rave about their universal eyebrow pencils. They’re so good, they needed their own section. In fact, if you caught my review about these, I shared how they are actually better than Anastasia Beverly Hills’ amazing pencils and more affordable to boot (and, of course, vegan)!

hand holding a winky lux box with gold eyebrow pencil

The Winky Lux Uni-Brow Precision pencil is a cinch to use, never dulls, never needs sharpening, and I’m completely dumbfounded how the color is universal and matches my hair color seamlessly! Because of its universal multi-pigment formula, it can match almost any hair shade out there! Speechless, I tell ya! This is totally one vegan beauty product every eyebrow filler needs to try!

7. Grab this vegan self-tanner to feel sunkissed & glowy all year round. 

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

woman holding up mousse and lotion self tanner

If there’s one thing I love about beauty care products, it’s when a company truly cares about ALL of the ingredients they’re putting in each bottle. That’s why I was super impressed when I discovered Beauty by Earth because they vow to never put toxic chemicals in their products!

I recently tried their vegan self-tanner which is also gluten-free, made in the USA, and the butter & oils in their formula are all organic! Plus, all of their products are free from parabens, sulfates, fillers, synthetic dyes, and synthetic fragrances!

Make sure to read my full review of this vegan self-tanner. Plus, you won’t want to miss seeing all my before & afters!

before and after of woman wearing self tanner

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8. Our recipe blogger Lina has silky smooth hands & claims this vegan hand lotion to be the best of all.

*Cruelty-free (unless required by law) & 100% vegan.

woman putting lotion on palm of hand

Having to wash her hands multiple times a day from recipe making, my Hip sidekick, Lina, couldn’t be more obsessed with this AHAVA vegan hand lotion which keeps her hands silky smooth and smelling incredible at all times.

It makes skin feel incredibly soft, absorbs quickly, and never leaves you feeling greasy or sticky. The scent is light & feminine and according to Lina, it smells like absolute heaven! Judging from all the positive reviews on Amazon, I know this should be the only lotion vegan trendsetters should consider.

Don’t miss Lina’s full review on this vegan lotion and see how she added it to a cute gift basket for her mom!

woman putting on ahava hand cream

Here’s what Lina said about her vegan hand lotion:

“I personally love the smell of this lotion and the results I get year-round. I keep one bottle of AHAVA next to my bed and also have one downstairs to use during the day. I know it’s kind of a splurge item, but I definitely feel like it’s worth it and AHAVA-MAZING!” 

9. Emily loves this vegan facial toner to keep her skin hydrated & fresh.

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

hand holding a bottle of mario badescu facial spray

The most important thing to look for in toner is a solution that’s alcohol-free and if you’re here, we know you want vegan too. The clear winner among them all is Mario Badescu Rose Water Mist because it’s both light AND hydrating, and extremely budget-friendly!

Here’s what Emily said about her facial toner:

“I honestly thought toner was a waste of money until I felt the refreshing mist from a quick spritz of rose water! It perks up your skin to help rejuvenate that healthy glow – I love it!” 

10. It doesn’t matter which of these concealers you buy because they’re both vegan & amazing! 

*Cruelty-free & 100% vegan.

woman using tarte shape tape concealer

If you’ve ever had sleepless nights, you know that concealer is a life-saver when it comes to giving anyone a fresh face, but the key is finding one that’s the right shade, stays on all day, and doesn’t crease. Luckily, our team loves both of these vegan options that are in anyone’s budget!

Here are Emily’s thoughts on the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer:

“I’ve tried TONS of concealers – cheap, mid-range, and expensive. It’s one thing I normally don’t ever leave the house without. The day I splurged on Tarte’s Shape Tape was the day my makeup game went up 100 levels. It’s silky smooth and never creases in my under-eye or around my nose (where I tend to get a little redness). I can’t imagine ever going back to anything else and it’s worth the splurge!

Here are Angela’s thoughts on her favorite vegan concealer by e.l.f.:

“The e.l.f. Camo Concealer is the ultimate dupe compared to Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer. It holds up just as well, stays on all day, and is a fraction of the cost!”

Our team shared other beauty favorites we’ve been using for years!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. Maggie

    For hair, I would add AVEDA’s hair care line to a list of “worth it” vegan products. I am with you on loving many skin products from the Ordinary–The Buffet with Copper Peptides is amazing for older skin. I also really like their ferulic acid & reservatol serum–it tingles for a second, but it really brightens well. Their products consistently out-perform much more expensive products.

    Summer tip: try putting your Mario Badescue rosewater spray in the fridge! The chilled spray on your face on a hot day is heavenly!

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