I actually can’t believe that I have to write this post today. If you haven’t heard the unfortunate news, NARS, a cosmetic brand founded on cruelty free values has decided to forego ethics for profit and will start selling in mainland China which requires animal testing.
In the two days this has been announced, NARS has received a lot of obvious backlash. Time will tell if they listen to the criticism and use this as a publicity stunt much like the L’Oreal owned cosmetics brand, Urban Decay, a few years back.
Rest in peace NARS, maybe one day you’ll make it back into my personal collection, but until then, lets take a look at some fantastic cruelty free brands out there that would make great replacements in your ethical beauty collection.
Tarte Shape Tape vs. NARS Creamy Concealer
NARS creamy concealer is definitely a polarizing product. The coverage is impeccable and a little bit goes a long way.
Unlike the NARS concealer, Tarte Shape Tape seems to be unanimously loved by all that has tried it. Shape Tape offers the same amount of opaque coverage but without the dry, stiff appearance. Because of its soft creamy finish, Shape Tape can be used for both under the eye as well as on blemishes.
E.L.F. Blush Duo’s vs. NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that E.L.F. which is completely cruelty free, has been rocking the dupe game for some time. Many blushes and pallets have intentional dupes for department store cosmetic brands including the iconic NARS orgasm and NARS Laguna.
Best yet, all of E.L.F. products will cost you less than a cup of coffee.
-Curious about other cruelty free dupes? Click here to see my list on top cruelty free dupes of popular cosmetic products-
Nudestix Nudies vs. NARS Multiples
Beside the extra $9 you’d be spending to use NARS version of a creme based blush, these two products are nearly identical.
Actually, if I’m being honest, Nudestix has the advantage of longer wearability as well as not disinigrating your makeup like the Multiples tend to do.
Stellar Limitless Foundation vs. NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
People who have been using NARS Sheer Glow are probably skeptical about anything that compares to the long time iconic foundation, but I promise, you can find many great foundations outside of NARS.
Stellar cosmetics is a relatively new company that as of now seems to focus on base products. The signature foundation is fantastic for a lot of reasons.
Besides the stellar performance of this oil free, skin finish foundation (with the perfect amount of coverage), what sets this foundation apart is the unique shade ranges that targets women that tend to fall between shades and have a hard time matching.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks vs. NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencils
Charlotte’s Lip products will out perform any other on the market, including Matte Velvet from NARS.
The same thing can be said about the glosses, classic lipsticks, and also her iconic lip pencils.
Bareminerals Complexion Rescue Vs. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
The funny thing is, Bareminerals is owned and operated by the same corporation as NARS. Essentially, they are the same company. Unlike NARS though, Bareminerals as a brand is so far keeping to there cruelty free morals. And unlike NARS Tinted Moisturizer, Complexion Rescue is a modern take on the dated tinted moisturizer formulas.
Complexion Rescue blends into skin seemlessly, offers a welcomed light to medium coverage, and unlike NARS Tinted Moisturizer, comes in many skin flattering shades.
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