For obvious reasons, the past year or so has not been a prime time for lipstick. Putting it on in isolation was somewhat redundant. Without an audience it felt pointless; with one – on Zoom and whatnot – it felt contrived. And this is before we even mention masks. Still, as we enter the post-pandemic era, lipstick – fun, lovely, life-affirming lipstick – is back. Since you might have become vegan during the pandemic (and stranger things have happened), we’ve gathered the best vegan lipsticks for your perusal. May you mark faces and immobilise strangers.
Sometimes, a vegan lipstick is not enough. What you actually want is a carbon neutral, clean, cruelty-free and PETA-approved vegan lipstick – a HIGHR lipstick, in other words. And, along with organic rosehip oil to boost collagen production, HIGHR lipsticks are also blended with ‘hyaluronic filling spheres’ to plump and moisturise lips: wearing one will do you as much good as it does the planet.
While you might primarily know Ciaté London for its nail polish, it’s also a makeup brand – a makeup brand that makes vegan lipsticks at that! And, on account of the added amino acids and murumuru butter, Pretty Stix are a joy to apply. Plus we are quite fond of the cute packaging.
Even if the anxiety of selecting one of the twenty shades – which go from nude all the way to black – threatens your peace, one swipe of a Morphe Mega Matte lipstick will give you full coverage and a day’s worth of confidence.
If you are serious about matching your vegan lipstick not only to your lip liner but your nail polish, we recommend Emolyne. With fifteen shades of nude and fifteen shades of red that celebrate everyone and exclude no one, this is beauty that is both universal and deeply personal.
AJ Crimson founded his eponymous brand because of “an absolute need to bring products to women of colour that actually worked”. Given just how dazzling this nude vegan lipstick looks on darker skin tones in particular, he succeeded.
You don’t realise how inscrutable ingredient lists can be until you need to read them. Unless you cannot read at all, there is nothing inscrutable about Axiology ingredients lists. Their lipsticks contain only ten – clean, cruelty-free and vegan – ingredients ranging from coconut oil to kokum butter.
Containing cold-pressed sea buckthorn fruit oil and pomegranate extract, you’d be forgiven for thinking that bareMinerals MINERALIST hydra-smoothing lipstick was actually a juice. Applying it feels similarly refreshing, to be fair. But we'd recommend keeping it topical.
There is no greater injustice than receiving a lukewarm response to a nude, but we doubt such a thing would happen with a nude by VIEVE. And, even if it did, you’d be too confident in your own prowess to care – that tends to be the case when you’re wearing a lipstick as highly pigmented and hydrating as this.
It would have been a criminal offence for Victoria Beckham not to have named her lipstick ‘Posh Lipstick’. Not only in reference to her former life as a Spice Girl, but also because that’s what it is: a posh lipstick marrying sophisticated design with premium ingredients that are entirely vegan.
Do not be fooled! This is not a fanciful gold pen but a refillable vegan lipstick. And being an Hourglass refillable vegan lipstick, it delivers saturated colour with a satin finish that barely knows how to smudge or feather.