The Ultimate Cruelty-Free Foundation Guide (Updated for 2018!)

The Ultimate Cruelty-Free & Vegan Foundation Guide

Many Logical Harmony readers ask for help finding a good foundation that is both cruelty-free and vegan. That’s why I created this cruelty-free foundation guide! Many people assume that it is hard to find cruelty-free foundation or vegan foundation, but it is actually a lot easier than you may think!

In fact, it can be a little overwhelming once you realize all the options that are available. Whether you’re looking for a BB Cream, Tinted Moisturizer, Cream Foundation, Liquid Foundation, Powder Foundation… There are lots of vegan and cruelty-free foundation options!

That’s why I decided to create the cruelty-free foundation guide. This guide includes brands that offer cruelty-free and vegan BB creams, CC creams, serum foundations, liquid foundations, mineral foundations, and powder foundations. You can even get them at stores like Sephora, Ulta, Beautylish, Nordstrom, and more.

This is the most recent update of a post I originally published on February 27, 2015.

The following brands are all cruelty-free and have vegan foundation options. Some of these brands offer foundations that are not vegan, so be sure to read ingredients before purchasing. Brands that are 100% vegan are noted.

Cruelty-Free BB Creams, Cruelty-Free CC Creams & Cruelty-Free Tinted Moisturizers –

Cruelty-Free Liquid Foundation –

Cruelty-Free Serum Foundation –

Cruelty-Free Powder Foundation (Pressed and Loose) –

Cruelty-Free Stick Foundation –

Cruelty-Free Cream Foundation –

If you have a favorite cruelty-free foundation that is missing from this list, please leave a comment and let me know! Curious about the cruelty-free status of a brand? Check out the Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brand list!

Other cruelty-free shopping guides:

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    1. Hi Rowan,

      While in the past those items did have carmine, CoverFX no longer makes blush and their current lip products do not contain carmine. They spent 2013 and early 2014 transitioning all of their products to vegan formulas. I hope this helps!

  1. Are any of the NARS foundations vegan? I’m looking for non-comedogenic foundation, and I noticed that you reviewed their primer, so I’m wondering about their foundations (preferably powder for me personally). Thanks for your help and all that you do!

    1. Hi Christy,

      I’m not sure if any of them are vegan or not. NARS is cruelty free, but their parent company tests. This is why they are not included in this list. Your best bet would be to contact their customer service team to find out about options. I hope this helps!

    1. Hi Jenny,

      Tarte is owned by a parent company who tests on animals. Why Tarte is still a cruelty free brand, this list does not include any brands with a parent company who tests. I hope this helps!

  2. I first started using vegan make-up a few years ago when I realised that I was allergic to carmine and that mineral make up, especially foundation does not irritate my uber sensitive skin. That was the start of my journey to becoming a vegan in all aspects of life and it all started with an itchy face! It is fantastic to see how much this industry is growing and how much more choice there is in such a short period. I use Lily Lolo mineral foundation but I can’t use their blusher as they have carmine in them (and are therefore not vegan). In the UK there is a brand called B (found in Superdrug stores) which is 100% vegan and anothe called GOSH which has liqued and mineral foundations, both vegan.

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