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Lush Emotional Brilliance Vegan Makeup Line Review

Lush Emotional Brilliance Vegan Makeup Line Review

When I first heard that Lush was coming out with a full vegan makeup line, I could not contain my excitement. Just like all other Lush products, I knew that it would be something great and unique. Not only are all of the products and shades completely cruelty free and vegan, but the line offers a huge variety of unique shades. It’s perfect for those out there looking to replace some of the bold shades offered by brands that do test on animals.

The idea behind Emotional Brilliance is that you spin a wheel and pick the first three colors that jump out at you. These aren’t necessarily your favorites, but the ones that immediately stand out to you and speak to you at the moment. These three shades tell you something about your personality and are, as suggested by Lush, the shades that you should wear. I had my color reading done in the downtown San Francisco store (the entire staff was so excited about the line!) and it was a great experience. However, you can also get it done online.

At the time I only picked up one of the three colors that I had picked – a lipstick shade called Charm (babydoll pink). Lush was also kind enough to send me two eye shadows and one eyeliner for review here on Logical Harmony. The two shadows are Wise (sage green) and Focus (iridescent blue/gray). The eyeliner is Motivation (peacock blue).

Lush Emotional Brilliance Vegan Makeup Line Review

Above on my arm, from left to right, are Focus, Wise, Charm and Motivation. As you can see, they are all very pigmented shades. They are also very true to what you see in the bottle. All too often, a cosmetic shade falls short once it’s actually applied. The Emotional Brilliance line from Lush definitely lives up to the colors in the bottles. Had I been thinking correctly, I would have lined up the correct bottle behind the correct shade. I do apologize for this oversight!

I really loved the shades, the pigmentation, and the packaging of these products. However, the products themselves didn’t work too well with my skin type. I had a very hard time getting the eye shadows and eyeliner to stay in place once applied. Something about the formula of the cosmetics with my skin type just didn’t mesh. I was actually really sad about this because I love the shades! They are definitely a push out of my comfort zone, which was much needed.

The lipstick worked better for me than the eye shadows and eyeliner did. I loved the color! You can put on a little bit and blend it so that it’s not quite so pigmented. It was pretty moisturizing on my lips, but I did find that applying some chapstick before hand gave better results.

While not all of the products worked out well for me, I do think that the Emotional Brilliance line from Lush is definitely worth checking out! You can try all of the products out at your local Lush store and you can also view the entire collection online. There is a huge variety of shades and definitely something out there to please everyone!

Other reviews of Lush products on Logical Harmony are of No Drought Vegan Dry Shampoo and the Happy Feet Kit.

Editor’s Note: The product(s) featured in this post were provided by a representative of the company named in this post for editorial consideration. Please note that all reviews are 100% honest and a product would not receive a favorable review unless it provided favorable results.

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Wet’n’Wild MegaPlump Vegan Mascara Review

Wet'n'Wild MegaPlump Vegan Mascara Review

When it comes to makeup, Wet’n’Wild has long been known for their array of extremely affordable cosmetics. From nail polish to eye liner to powder and bronzer – odds are that Wet’n’Wild makes it at a price under $5.00 USD. What’s even better is that Wet’n’Wild is completely cruelty free and they have a decent amount of vegan options. In fact, they are pretty much the only drugstore option for vegan mascara.

I just finished my tube of MegaPlump Mascara, which claims to add “5x’s the volume” to your natural lashes. As I’ve stated in previous mascara reviews, my own lashes are long and I have plenty of them. What I really need, and want, is volume. Lots and lots of volume! The promise of so much volume at a $4.00 price tag was too tempting to pass up. After all, who am I to say no to cheap vegan makeup?

Granted, when one is buying $4.00 mascara, it seems clear that you shouldn’t expect it to live up to it’s claims. The Wet’n’Wild MegaPlump Mascara added slightly more volume to my own lashes. Would I say 5x’s the volume? Definitely not. Two coats of this provided about 1.5x’s the volume of my own lashes. However, I did like that it didn’t give me clumpy spider lashes. I’ve used way too many “volumizing” mascaras that really should have just been marketed as “will clump like crazy and end up making it look like you only have 10 lashes, but they’ll be really thick!”. I really liked that it wore well all day. For a non-waterproof formula it was pretty difficult to remove, which is both a good and a bad thing. Because I’m ultra paranoid about bacteria in eye makeup, I decided to toss this one before the container ran out.

Overall, this mascara is definitely worth the price. Don’t expect miracles, but for the price you really cannot complain. Especially since it’s so hard to find vegan mascara’s in general, much less at the drugstore. Could there be better out there? Possibly. I haven’t found it yet though.

Finding a decent vegan mascara has honestly been one of the hardest things to find a swap for. In fact, I’ve tried several that don’t even warrant reviews. Do you use vegan mascara? What’s your favorite brand?

Images : Wet’n’Wild

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Urban Decay Continues to Market Products as Vegan

Urban Decay Continues to Market Products as Vegan

If there’s anything that I would wish a regular reader of Logical Harmony to learn it’s how important it is to do your own research into brands. Just a couple of weeks ago it was announced that Urban Decay has changed their stance on animal testing and is no longer a cruelty free brand. Yet, they are still trying to market some of their products as being vegan.

Updated on July 7, 2012 – Urban Decay Is No Longer Going to Sell in China & Will Remain Cruelty Free

When you take a look at the recently revised Animal Testing Policy from Urban Decay, you will immediately notice that the cruelty free bunny logo’s issued by PETA and Leaping Bunny have been removed. Yet, Urban Decay is still marking products with the purple paw print that, for their brand, denotes a “vegan” product.

If you see a purple paw print next to a product, Urban Decay certifies that it does not contain any animal-derived ingredients. Please note that within a product category, such as Eyeshadows, some shades will be marked with the vegan paw print, and others will not. We have an ongoing initiative with our laboratories to not only create shades (and entire product lines) that are vegan from the start, but also to identify which of our non-vegan products can be converted. In many situations, plant-derived or synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients become available. As long as we can deliver the same high-quality products with rich color and texture, we will convert that product to 100% vegan ingredients, so be on the lookout for new offerings. We are often asked which of our products do not contain animal by-products, and for those customers, we offer our paw.

What Urban Decay is forgetting is that a product is not vegan if it is tested on animals. It doesn’t matter if it contains no animal ingredients. If it has been tested on animals, these products are in no way vegan. For the majority of companies, and for I would guess 99.9% of consumers with a vegan lifestyle, a product being labelled as vegan requires a much stricter stance than the cruelty free label.

It’s important to point out that the purple paw print logo used by Urban Decay is not a standard recognition of a product being vegan. It is, in fact, a logo that they have created for their own use. In the same way that organizations provide brands with logos to denote a researched cruelty free status, the same also exists for vegan products. There are two logos that are used to show that a product is certified vegan – the one issued by Vegan Action and the one issued by The Vegan Society. Both of these can be trusted to help you find vegan products.

If a product is actually cruelty free, that means that neither the product or ingredients have been tested on animals by anyone during any point of the production process (of both the finished product and the ingredients). But cruelty free products often contain animal ingredients that come about through a process that’s hardly cruelty free to animals. Cosmetics frequently contain oils and fats from animals, fish scales, silk, and other ingredients that come from a dead animal. Even ones labelled as “cruelty free”. As someone who lives a vegan lifestyle, I simply cannot justify the use of these ingredients in anything. It makes less sense to me that a brand can market themselves as “cruelty free” but still use ingredients that require the death of an animal.

If a product is vegan, that means that not only is it truly cruelty free but it’s also truly animal friendly. The product and ingredients have not been tested on animals by anyone during any point of the production. These products also do not contain any animal ingredients.

Urban Decay is, once again, trying to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers. Their recent policy changes have been shaded in so much PR gloss that it’s clear they are trying their best to not lose their consumer market. I encourage everyone to write them and let them know your thoughts. Please show Urban Decay that their policy changes, treatment of their customers, and misrepresentation of Vegan are not okay.

Images : We Heart It

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NYX Cosmetics Is Still Cruelty Free

NYX Cosmetics Is Still Cruelty Free

This week I’ve received a few reader emails inquiring about the status of NYX Cosmetics. Apparently there are some rumors that NYX also changed it’s stance on animal testing like many other brands have this year (MAC, Smashbox, Urban Decay…) going around on Facebook and Twitter. While NYX has previously stated and proved that they are cruelty free, they’ve never been too great on being able to identify what their vegan options are.

I got in touch with NYX Cosmetics today and received an assuring response from them. NYX Cosmetics is still cruelty free! They don’t use ingredients that have been tested on animals at any point by any party, nor are their cosmetics tested on animals at any point by any party.

They still didn’t have the greatest response when I asked about vegan options, but they did suggest that, “Individuals would need to read the ingredients and decide for themselves.” The main animal ingredients in NYX Cosmetics that I’m aware of are beeswax and carmine, but they weren’t able to give me a list of all the animal ingredients that they use. Nor were they able to tell me which products contain animal ingredients.

Either way, those who are concerned about buying cruelty free will be happy to hear the confirmation from NYX Cosmetics!

Images : NYX Cosmetics Facebook

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MAC Cosmetics Is No Longer Cruelty Free

MAC Cosmetics Is No Longer Cruelty Free

For a long time, one of the most well-known cruelty free brands has been MAC Cosmetics. It was also a common rumor in the vegan community that all their products are also vegan.  Sadly, MAC Cosmetics is no longer cruelty free.

Known for their bright and bold collections as well as their wide range of classic shades, MAC seems to have something to offer to everyone. Staying up to date on what companies are animal friendly is a big priority for me. I only purchase vegan items, and I don’t want to buy any product that has caused harm to any animals. Even if I have checked with a company in the past, I email them again every couple of months to see if anything has changed in their response that might effect their status.

MAC Cosmetics is owned by Estee Lauder. This cosmetics giant has openly tested on animals for a long time and has recently come under fire for conducting secret tests on cosmetics in China. It was this controversy that sparked me to check in with MAC about their status as a cruelty free company who offers vegan options. By some standards, MAC being owned by Estee Lauder is enough to not consider them cruelty free. With a parent company that supports animal testing, any profit MAC makes does then support animal cruelty. However, I’ve always found it best to support the animal friendly brands and let people make their own decisions about the parent companies.

Sadly, in my recent response from MAC, I noticed a change that effects their status as a cruelty free company. In order for Logical Harmony to promote a company as cruelty free, I want to make sure that there is no testing on animals at any point during the production of the products or in the materials used to create the products. This includes by the company itself or third parties that may provide ingredients. If a company can’t give a straight response to those questions, I don’t endorse them and I don’t feature them on Logical Harmony.

Normally I post the entire email response from companies, but this email from MAC has a disclosure that prohibits me from doing so without permission. I have emailed asking for permission to copy the entire email but have received no reply. So I am only going to re-post one sentence here, and it’s the only sentence that matters.

M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.

“Except when required by law” is a phrase often used by brands who are selling their products in markets, such as China, that do require animal testing to sell there. Since these tests are done by a 3rd party, the brands often still try to claim to be cruelty free. This means that MAC, long known for being cruelty free, does test on animals. I emailed them back asking for clarification on what the terms for “required by law” are but have not received a reply. I also noticed that while PETA has endorsed them in the past, MAC has been removed from their list of companies who don’t test on animals. It’s not on the list of companies who do test, but it being removed from the don’t test list says a lot.

Because of this response, Logical Harmony will no longer be featuring any MAC Cosmetics products. All previous posts featuring MAC will be deleted or have the brand removed from the post. This just shows how important it is to support the vegan cosmetic companies out there. Cruelty free may mean no testing on animals, but there are animal ingredients used in the production that do cause harm to animals to produce. “Cruelty free” is far from actually being free from cruelty to animals. Cruelty free products are featured on Logical Harmony as a step for people who are concerned about becoming animal friendly but aren’t ready to transition to vegan cosmetics.

So what can you do?

  • If you are concerned about buying animal friendly cosmetics, please no longer purchase MAC items.
  • If you are a cruelty free or animal friendly blogger, please don’t feature MAC on your blog anymore. Please do a post about their change in testing policies and spread the word to your readers!
  • Promote this post on social networking sites to let your friends know!
  • Let your friends who use MAC know about the change!
  • I urge you to contact MAC yourself and ask them to change their stance on animal testing!

I also urge you all to consider trying vegan cosmetics brands. There are so many out there who produce amazing products without any harm to animals!

Edited on March 16, 2012 to add : If you are interested in letting MAC know how you feel about this change, please check out this post from Phyrra – Heartbroken by MAC. In it, she gives an excellent letter template for you to submit to MAC!