Vegan Eyeshadow & Glitter
Until recently, vegan and cruelty free eyeshadow was hard to come by (especially in glitter!). Lanolin, made from sheeps’ wool, is a key ingredient in many popular eyeshadows and palettes. Lanolin gives eyeshadow a lovely, creamy texture, and vegan eyeshadow formulas have quite the job keeping up with this tried-and-tested ingredient. What’s more, other non-vegan ingredients like crushed bug shells and even charred animal bones can be used to give eyeshadows intense pigmentation. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, some of the best-rated eyeshadows out there are ‘accidentally vegan’, so I thought it was about time I shared some of my favourites with you.
All three of the glitter-packed eyeshadow palettes on my list are totally cruelty free and vegan. The only disclaimer I have is that one of the cruelty free brands are owned by a non-cruelty free parent organisation. I feel like a broken record saying this, sometimes, but it is important. Here’s why I still buy products from cruelty free brands that are owned by animal testing parent companies. On with the show!
NYX Cosmetics Glitter Goals Cream Pro Palette
NYX Cosmetics Glitter Goals Cream Pro Palette was my first thought for this list, because it has a good assortment of glittery colours that all compliment each other. There are six bright colours on the left of the palette that can serve a whole range of looks, and the four more neutral colours on the right can provide a base and compliment any one of them. Genius.
NYX are a new brand to me – I only recently learned that they’re cruelty free. You can select on their website to only shop their vegan formulas, so it didn’t take me long to discover this amazing vegan and cruelty free glittery eyeshadow palette.
e.l.f. Retro Paradise Glitter Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f is a brand I come back to again and again, but for good reason. I have tried a tonne of their eyeshadow palettes (and if you’re looking for a little more ‘shimmer’ than ‘glitter’ I would totally recommend any of their baked eyeshadows. e.l.f’s Retro Paradise Eyeshadow Palette is new to their range and it’s something I’m looking forward to trying. (Read: I haven’t tried it yet!).
You can check out swatches on their website so I’m fairly confident that the formula of these colours will be similar to their other eyeshadows. Although they’re not as thick and pigmented as other brands, they are still good quality and show up well – including the glitter. They also have a barely-there feel and don’t crease or fade. Personally, I think their vegan and cruelty free eyeshadow formula is great, but if you’re looking for a thick, bold look this palette may not be the one for you!
Pixi Glitter-y Eye Quad
I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to learn that the Pixi Glitter-y Eye Quad was vegan. You can tell just from looking that this formula is creamy, pigmented and packed with glitter, and it does not disappoint. These eyeshadows contain the level of glitter I would expect to have to use glue for! I also absolutely adore the colours I’ve shown above, Blue Pearl, but they also do a quad of neutral/rose gold glitter eyeshadows called Gold Lava and a red/violet quad called Rose Bronze. I am obsessed. I want them all. In fact, these make me want to try every single piece of vegan makeup Pixi sells. Watch this space!