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There is currently a spotlight on cruelty-free drugstore makeup, particularly since Covergirl recently became cruelty-free, and therefore I thought that I would feature a few brands worth purchasing as stocking stuffers, or for yourself as budget friendly makeup picks for the holidays.Catrice Cosmetics ($1.99-$14.99 from Catrice and Ulta): Catrice Cosmetics is unquestionably one of my very favorite drugstore makeup brands because they have make luxurious makeup at an affordable price point. Their powder products boast remarkably finely-milled textures, beautiful pigmentation and lovely colors. From their eyeshadow palettes to their face palettes, you are guaranteed high quality products that are such a pleasure to use. The quality is indistinguishable from department store luxury makeup– save for their more modest packaging.
Like all great stories, ours begin with a group of fearless females on a mission: to prove it’s possible to create an innovative brand of luxury-inspired makeup at excellent prices. Founded by Christina Oster-Daum, we first opened our doors in Germany in 2004 and since then, our ever-expanding global presence in over 50 countries proved what we always knew – makeup wearers everywhere crave high quality makeup at prices that make sense.
Catrice also has a nice range of primers and setting sprays.
Catrice makes wonderful brow products, mascaras and gel eye liners.
Catrice Lipsticks, Lip Glosses & Lip Liners come in wonderful range of formulas and textures, and while they have a wide selection of colors that will suit everyone, they also have wonderfully whimsical trendy shades that will appeal to everyone who wants to wear fun colors. This cruelty-free German beauty brand has wonderful products that appeal to all age ranges, and they make perfect stocking stuffers.Hard Candy ($5.00-$10.00 from Hard Candy and Walmart): Hard Candy is a wonderfully whimsical, youthful and at times edgy cruelty-free beauty brand that really makes playing with makeup fun. From their glittery eyeshadows, to their bold matte liquid lipsticks, they perfectly embody what's trending without taking themselves too seriously. Hard Candy has a cult following for a reason, and even if you don't wear bold makeup, they have products that you will love and use repeatedly. Their lip glosses, blushes and eye crayons are staples in my collection, and they are subtle and perfectly suited for daily wear.
About Hard Candy,
Two ground-breaking sisters in Southern California set out to create the perfect shade of sky blue nail polish to slide their toes into the perfect sky blue sandals and flare for the dramatic, keeps our drive alive. Our name evokes all things girly and sweet, while keeping an edge and attitude.
Essence Cosmetics ($2.49-$20.00 from Essence Makeup, Ulta and CVS): Essence makes fun, very affordable cruelty-free makeup without sacrificing quality. From their metallic eyeshadows to their beautifully pigmented lipsticks, you can find a wide range of daily staples, or whimsical glitters that are perfect for New Year's Eve festivities. So affordable are their products, that you can stuff those stockings without breaking the budget.
About Essence Cosmetics,
We’re a small team dedicated to bringing affordable, fun, and high quality products into the serious world of cosmetics. So why choose just one lipstick, eyeliner, nail polish, eye shadow, lip gloss, (you get the point!) when you can try them all? We do!
essence cosmetics is owned by Cosnova Beauty from Germany where animal testing for cosmetic products has not been permitted since 1998. All of essence products comply with the European and American ingredient, manufacturing, and testing standards. Our suppliers are also held to these same standards and we only partner with the ones that do not test on animals.
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