by - September 30, 2017

The cruelty-free and vegan makeup and beauty market is huge and only getting bigger. There are some great brands out there and I honestly don't know how they compare with horrible companies who do test on animals/don't have a clear cruelty-free policy as I've not used most brands like L'Oreal and Rimmel etc for years.

I love budget makeup and I'm always on the lookout for new products. A few years ago I decided to go cruelty-free and this year I decided that I would only purchase vegan products.

I think many people don't even realise animal products or by-products are in their make-up and beauty because really...why the flip do we need animals in our make-up? People are surprised when you explain some of the ingredients. It is, however, becoming so much easier to find great quality, and often cost-effective vegan and cruelty-free products. Something a lot of people (myself included) don't realise straight away is that cruelty-free doesn't necessarily mean vegan. I learned this when joining a great Facebook group called Beauty Beyond Cruelty, which is a fabulous group you should definitely join.

I still use my old products which aren't vegan as there is no point wasting what has already been bought but I won't re-buy them.

Many brands have clear animal testing policies and are clearly marked cruelty-free but finding vegan make-up can be a little harder - companies like NYX (who I have always loved) can't confirm their products or ingredients are vegan due to having several different suppliers which change. They were my go-to brand up until I found this out and I've been edging further from them ever since.

Makeup Revolution and Freedom Makeup, owned by TAM Beauty and sold online and at Superdrug are cruelty-free and recently have started adding to their website which products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. AMAZING! This makes it all so much easier and will hopefully help more people make a conscious decision to think more about what we're putting on our faces.

I recently wanted to try a highlighter by them, recommended very highly by my friend Caz, but couldn't get to the shops so thought I'd treat myself to an online shop - lo and behold, they were also running an offer that if you spend £30 or more, you'd receive a free "Mystery Bag of products worth £25 or more". HELLO, who doesn't love a freebie? The mystery bag is from across the whole TAM Beauty range and website, and I obviously wouldn't be guaranteed any vegan-friendly products, but these can be gifted on (luckily my sister is a make-up addict so it will make Christmas a bit cheaper).

Here are some of the products I purchased and a little about them and how I'm finding them, I did also order a few other bits which I've not tried yet and my mystery bag has been delayed.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter - Golden Lights - £3

This is the highlighter Caz recommended - oh my glowww. It's £3 and hands down probably the best highlighter I've ever used. I'm a fan. Buy it.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Bronze Bronzer - £3

I thought this would be a normal bronzer size, it's like as big as my face, I kid you not. It's matte and a nice light-mid bronzer shade, which is perfect for my pale skin as it isn't too dark and gives me a nice colour to my cheeks. It is very buildable so if you are more tanned you could definitely use it too. I often find bronzers have too much shimmer, but this is perfectly matte.

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow - Mountains of Gold - £1 
Gold eyeshadow is my jam. I struggle to find palettes that are compact enough to fit in my daily makeup bag and this single eyeshadow is perfect for me. It's really pigmented and really shimmery. For £1 I couldn't really say no, if it was shit, it really wouldn't be the end of the world. I was really impressed with how great this is for the price tag.

Freedom Makeup London Duo Eyebrow Powder - Dark Brown - £2 (rrp £4) 
I am forever changing what I use on my eyebrows, but I do always prefer an eyeshadow/eyebrow powder. Finding a good matte single eyeshadow can prove difficult without costing more than a few quid, so I'll change to wax or pencil. However, I saw this little gem and couldn't resist. It's very small but has a lighter shade and a darker shade (I'll be honest, I don't understand this), both shades suit me, so it's nice to have an option of how dark to go. It doesn't come with a brush, but it does have a tiny mirror in it. It was half price and well worth it. I'll definitely be sticking with this.

Freedom Makeup London FE104 Eyebrow Brush - £2 

As the eyebrow powder didn't come with an eyebrow brush and I needed to bulk up my order I got this little guy. It's quite soft and usually, I like my eyebrow brushes a bit sturdier, however, it's doing me really well and works well with the powder. Definitely worth the £2.

Makeup Revolution Pro E103 Eyeshadow Blending Brush - £1.99 

I actually already own this brush, but I'm experimenting with more eyeshadows and colours lately so thought I'd grab another. It's quite good for precision as well as blending. My eyeshadow skills are not fab, so I'm not sure how people who are more skilled might find this, but the reviews on the website all sing its praises too, so my judgment can't be that bad.

Are there any other products from Makeup Revolution or Freedom make-up that people have tried and liked? How do you feel about animal testing and products that use animal products and by-products?

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