Hi my loves! So today I’m back with another post on cruelty free makeup and beauty, and this time I’m going to be talking all about the best cruelty free and vegan* mascara picks that you have to try. In 2021, there are now more awesome vegan friendly makeup and beauty brands than ever before, so the selection is insane.
*Some of the products on this list contain beeswax, so if you strictly avoid products derived from bees then avoid these mascaras. If something does contain beeswax then I will denote that under the product description for it.
With so many choices, it can be hard to make a decision without wasting time and money, since you risk potentially picking up a mascara that you don’t like. So today I’m throwing all of the best cruelty free mascaras that I’ve tried into one list to make it super easy to find one that you love!
Mascara is one of my favorite makeup products because when you lengthen and volumize your eye lashes, your eyes instantly look brighter and more awake, which helps cut down on applying other makeup products and saves you time in the morning! It’s definitely one of my must have products if I only have a short amount of time to do my makeup in the morning.
I could on and on about all of the reasons why, but the main reason is that animals are kept in cages for their entire lives and typically never see sunshine or the outside of a testing lab. It’s an extremely harsh and cruel environment (not to mention the fact that they have to endure chemical burns on a regular basis) and it’s not “only” rodents that companies test on, it’s cats, dogs, and rabbits too.
Because you’re here reading this, you are most likely already aware of all of that, so thank you for looking into cruelty free and vegan mascara today! If you have a family member or friend who isn’t aware of the realities of animal testing, you could share this post with them to help inform them of why it’s so important to avoid buying products that are tested on animals.
How Is The Term Cruelty Free Defined?
In this post, the term cruelty free is going to be defined as any company or brand that does not conduct animal testing of any kind themselves, does not hire or commission any other companies or third parties to test either individual ingredients or finished products on animals on their behalf, and does not sell their products in any countries or markets where animal testing of cosmetics is required by law.
A large majority of the brands included in this post have also received the cruelty free certification from an organization like PETA or Leaping Bunny.
Keep scrolling to check out the best cruelty free mascara options I’ve found so far:
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I had to put this one right at the top because out of all of the amazing products on this list, this one is the highest rated and most loved on Sephora’s website! It has a clean formula that works to lift, lengthen and volumize your lashes without any clumping or flakiness.
It’s smudge resistant and contains a vegan tree berry wax, which helps the brush grip every single lash and build volume!
This one is higher end and the price reflects that, but it’s well worth it. The Caution Extreme Lash mascara is great for lifting and lengthening as well as giving the impression of “spider lashes” that we all want from a mascara.
The brush design of this one is so cool because it’s actually two brushes in one, and I think that really helps with getting the product to coat evenly and getting every single lash.
This is such a great brand because they really promote minimalism and taking care of your skin first rather than covering yourself up with too much makeup. They’re all about letting your natural beauty shine through, which I think is so great.
Lash Slick has a really nice precise brush that allows you to evenly coat each and every lash without any clumping! I find that this mascara is best for lengthening. It is water resistant but not water proof – so it isn’t hard at all to remove it with water when you’re washing your face at the end of the day before bed.
It’s described by Glossier as “the perfect everyday black mascara” and I could not agree more.
**Side note: this cruelty free mascara is of course NOT tested on animals, but if you are completely vegan and avoid all products derived from bees then this one isn’t for you, since it contains beeswax.
This mascara comes in the cutest pink tube, and makes your lashes look super thick AND it lengthens pretty well too. They have a water proof version as well as a regular non water proof one (that one is linked above).
Too Faced is such a great vegan friendly brand and they keep making hit product after hit product, you really can’t go wrong with shopping from them! This amazing cruelty free mascara is one of the top selling beauty products in its category in the whole country!
This product is amazing if you want a formula that contains nourishing ingredients that will help you get gorgeous, fuller looking lashes even when you’re not wearing it! Your lashes will be soft and silky and not brittle and crumbling when you use this.
Ingredient List: Water (Aqua/Eau), Glyceryl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Acrylates Copolymer, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline), Ethylhexylglycerin, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Bht, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).
Marc Jacobs is one of the only luxury fashion brands with a beauty line that is cruelty free, and I support that 100%.
The curve of the brush works well for getting the center lashes, which are typically the hardest to reach. And, as you can probably guess from the name, it’s amazing for adding volume and lift to your lashes.
Tarte is one of my favorite beauty brands overall because of the fact that they’re proudly cruelty free, and I always find that they have some of the cutest products and packaging in Sephora!
Their Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara is great for volumizing, and I recommend you try this one if you have sensitive skin and tend to experience irritation because it is free of irritants like triclosan and mineral oil.
Pixi is another favorite brand of mine – they are extremely vegan friendly and their products are so affordable!
Their Lash Booster mascara is so great for lifting and volumizing, and the formula is free of pthalates, parabens, and sulfates, so this is another one that is great for those with sensitive skin! It’s also water resistant and smudge proof.
I’m late to the Fenty party but I just discovered this mascara and it’s amazing. This one is again water resistant but not fully water proof, which I actually prefer because it honestly is the biggest pain to remove waterproof mascara and when you do a lot of the time your lashes fall out!
It’s a very dark shade of black – so if that’s what you’re looking for this is 100% for you!
It’s also great for curling your lashes, so you might be able to skip using your lash curler in favor of only using this!
This cruelty free mascara from RMS Beauty is certified “Clean At Sephora”, which means that it doesn’t contain many of the typical potentially harmful ingredients that are in a lot of cosmetics these days!
This mascara is very buildable if you like doing a couple of coats, it has a really smooth formula and so it doesn’t clump or flake!
This mascara is relatively new and is also Clean At Sephora. It’s amazing for volumizing and making your lashes look super thick and luxurious! Also, it contains castor oil, which can be very beneficial for strengthening your lashes and helping them grow longer.
This mascara has amazing reviews on Sephora’s site, and I see why! I noticed after using this for a few weeks that my lashes seemed to be a little bit longer naturally, and it’s because this one also has ingredients to condition and strengthen your lashes so that they grow longer (keratin and shea butter).
Definitely pick this one up if you’re trying to get your lashes to be longer on their own and without mascara!
This is a really affordable drugstore cruelty free mascara option from NYX that I’ve actually been using and loving for the past couple of months. I find that it has a really smooth formula that lifts and separates my lashes with no clumping! It’s very volumizing and has a matte black formula, so it makes your lashes look like they’re still your own natural lashes but better!
This is a relatively new brand at Sephora, and this product has amazing reviews on their website. It also has the “clean at Sephora” stamp of approval, so you know its formula doesn’t contain many of the typical harmful ingredients and irritants that are found in a lot of beauty products!
This product is amazing for lengthening and separating lashes without any clumping or flaking. It has a smudge proof formula which also contains fatty acids that nourish and hydrate your eyelashes, so it’s a really great everyday type of mascara!
This product has a non clumping formula that is super easy to apply and is great for creating dramatic and intense eyelashes for a special event or a night out! I think that the brush size and shape on this one are perfect for really coating each individual lash and blending the product out.
This product comes with a cute little black tin pencil case which is super chic! The mascara itself gives you that false lashes look without all the extra effort, and is best for volumizing and thickening your lashes. It’s super easy to remove, and it contains peptides which support and encourage eyelash growth over time! It’s also certified organic and sulfate and paraben free.
This completely vegan and cruelty free brand’s mascara contains olive and sunflower oils which help give your lashes amazing volume. The formula is smudge resistant and long lasting, and the brush on this one helps your lashes keep their curl throughout the day!
This clean at Sephora product does exactly what the name suggests, and it contains shea butter to nourish your lashes – which potentially helps them grow longer! It is actually one of the best rated mascaras on this entire list, so a ton of other people love it and there’s a really good chance that you will too.
**Side note: this mascara contains responsibly sourced Australian beeswax.
This one is actually the first pediatrician approved mascara and is designed for tweens and teens to use (but can be used by adults too of course)! It has an hourglass shaped applicator that coats your lashes evenly and gives them a natural looking fuller appearance.
It comes in really cute packaging and is also ophthalmologist AND dermatologist approved.
Why Should You Buy Cruelty Free Mascara?
I could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but the main reason is that animals are kept in cages for literally all of their lives and most never even get to see sunshine or the outside of the testing lab. It is an extremely harsh and cruel environment (not to mention the fact that they have to endure chemical burns on a regular basis) and it’s not “only” rodents that companies test on, it’s cats, dogs, and rabbits too.
But because you’re here reading this, it’s pretty likely that you’re already aware of all of that, so thank you so much for looking into the best cruelty free and vegan mascaras today! If you have a family member or friend who isn’t aware of the realities of animal testing, you could share this post with them to help inform them of why it’s so important to avoid buying products that were tested on animals.
Thank you for checking out my picks for the best vegan friendly and cruelty free mascara! Is there one that I missed that should be on this list? Let me know what you think, and if you liked this post you can always share it on Pinterest! I also post a lot of similar content on my Instagram, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested as well 🙂
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy! Until next time xx
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