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13 high-end cruelty free makeup products that you need to try

We're all guilty of watching countless reviews of high-end makeup to see what's worth buying.

With most products being way out of your budget, you have to make careful decisions of which MAC lipstick to splurge on. Shop wisely - don't buy all of these at once, because you'll have to live off Pot Noodles for the rest of the year!

Too Faced - Better Than Sex Mascara 

The Better Than Sex Mascara has been talked about for a while now, and for a good reason. This mascara is vegan, as well as cruelty-free, and we're all for supporting ethical brands these days. This product curls your lashes perfectly, adds more volume and length—with absolutely no clumps. The length you want depends on the number of coats you apply—one coat tends to give you a more natural finish for those days when you just can't be bothered with a full face of makeup.

Kat Von D - Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D is known for her Everlasting Liquid Lipstick collection. She has 42 shades available, ranging from bright reds to nudes to blacks. Her entire brand is vegan and cruelty-free, so what's not to love? The thin lipstick tube provides you with a whole 6.6 grams of product and comes with amazing pigmentation and stay-on power. Reviews say that the lipstick does not budge, so you can eat burgers without having to worry about reapplying your lipstick after each bite. The formula is also really lightweight, therefore you can easily forget that you're even wearing anything on your lips! One downside of this product is that it often looks like a different colour when it dries, and looks a different colour in the tube - so make sure to at least look at swatches online if you can't get down to swatch it personally, just so you know what to expect.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics - Velour Liquid Lipstick 

With 32 shades available in the UK at the moment, there is something for everybody. Not only are the lipsticks vegan-friendly and gluten-free, but the formula of the lipsticks is lightweight and long-lasting, with a bold pigment available from each one of the different shades. It's not drying on your lips, but it does dry pretty fast, which means it's perfect for when you're on the go and need that matte finish as soon as possible. You get 5.4 ml in the tube, but when you consider the amount you need to apply to your lips, it's definitely going to last you a long time. The only downside to these lipsticks is that they are only available online, therefore you will have to rely on other people's swatches to choose the right shade for you.

Becca - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed

Do you need a vegan and cruelty-free highlighter in your collection? Becca's Shimmering Skin Perfectors are your answer. This product is described as a "buttery pressed powder, this finely milled illuminator lends skin a beautiful, backlit lustre without a trace of tell-tale glitter". It comes in seven different colours, so you're bound to find one that suits your skin tone. It's easy to build and intensify the colour - so this highlighter is perfect for both everyday use or for a night out. The pigmentation is high quality, so you only need a small amount, meaning it will last you forever.

Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer 

This product is perfect if you're looking for a Photoshop filter in real life. It's a transparent primer that makes your skin appear significantly smoother, as well as making your foundation last that little bit longer. As well as being cruelty-free, this primer is ideal for all skin types. It also acts as a barrier between your skin and the environmental pollutants—what more would you want?

Benefit - 'The POREfessional' Primer 

This is the UK's number one best-selling primer, and we can see why. Within seconds, it minimizes the visibility of your pores and smooths down fine lines for beautiful, soft skin. The formula is oil-free and translucent, therefore it's perfect for most skin types. The tube provides you with 44ml of product, which is above average, and you only ever need the smallest amounts, even on your most problematic areas. A great use for this, aside from using it underneath foundation, is to put it on your lips before applying liquid lipstick—this stops the appearance of lines on your lips, and makes the lipstick feel even lighter and even less drying!

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Dipbrow Pomade
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Brows frame your face, so obviously you want them to look good. The Dipbrow Pomade is vegan as well as cruelty-free. There are 11 shades available, and each shade can be made lighter or darker, depending on the application of the product. The glass pot itself contains four grams, however, you need the slightest amount in order to have perfect looking brows. While you do need a brush to apply this product, meaning that extra costs are involved, this product will last you a good while. Even when the product dries out (because it's exposed to air each time you use it), a simple hack to bring it back to life is to add a tiny drop of baby/facial oil and mix it in together.

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution Lipstick 

These are the most expensive lipsticks on this list, but they're definitely worth the money, for sure. The lipsticks are available in ten different shades, and while they're made to suit every skin tone, they only range from nudes to reds, meaning that you won't be able to find bold colours from Charlotte Tilbury just yet. The lipstick itself comes with 3.5 grams of moisturizing product—it's not drying, colours apply smoothly, and the packaging will make you feel like a queen.

Morphe - 35 Shadow Palette 

This one is super cheap if you consider what you get—which is 35 gorgeous eye-shadows. There are quite a few palettes available, each one varying in terms of the main colours in the palette. Whether you want more purples, nudes, pinks, or colours, Morphe will have the palette for you. Morphe as a brand is cruelty-free, however, their shadows are not vegan, as they contain lanolin. The buttery shades are super easy to blend making this palette a must-have for makeup lovers. Here's a tip: wet your brush to achieve a more intense colour with the shimmery shades—or even use them as a highlighter.

Makeup Geek - Eyeshadows 

While one of these will not break your bank, they can be a bit pricey if you do decide to make your own palette from scratch. Eyeshadow prices depend on if you want them to be foiled, duo-chrome or normal finish eyeshadows. Makeup Geek is a brand that is proud to be vegan and cruelty-free, and with their cheap prices per shadow, it's a win-win really. Some of the shadows are not as pigmented as others and can have quite a lot of fallout, however, all are really buttery and easy to blend. Make sure to look at swatches online to see which colour pay off is the best in your opinion, because this brand is not available in-store.