Cruelty-Free Beauty Favorites Under $15

I have recently become very conscious about purchasing any beauty and fashion related stuff. On one hand, I want to cultivate mindfulness in my consuming and on the other, I am switching to a vegan, cruelty-free lifestyle.

Cruelty-free beauty products are those which aren’t tested on animals, so no cute little furry friends are hurt in the process. They don’t sell in countries like China where it is mandatory to conduct animal testing (boo!).

Vegan products additionally contain no animal-derived ingredients, and this is a switch which will take me longer to make.

I do have beauty products which aren’t cruelty-free, but they were all purchased last year. I am not going to throw any of them away, since that would be a plain waste of money and resources. The empties would then be substituted with cruelty-free products.

  • When it comes to checking if certain products and brands are cruelty-free or not, Google is your best buddy. Products certified by PETA are most definitely cruelty-free, and many products carry the leaping bunny logo to attest to that.
  • I also refer to pages like Logical Harmony and Ethical Elephant to cross-check if the products are cruelty-free.

Some parent brands are not necessarily cruelty-free, but do carry products that are. It depends on your stance on ethics- but I personally believe it is okay to buy such beauty products, because they are cruelty-free at the end of the day.

Some commonly available cruelty-free brands that I personally know are:

Bare Minerals, E.L.F, Essence, Wet N Wild, Milani, Flower Beauty, The Body Shop, The Ordinary, Tarte, Hourglass, Kat Von D, Too Faced, First Aid Beauty.

Of course, there are a lot more to add to that list and that is awesome!


Here are a few of my favorite cruelty-free products that I love using. They are all budget-friendly, since they are under $15 and of very good quality.

NOTE: There are a few affiliate links below, for which I make little money if you buy through my link. There will be no extra charges to you, but it will help this blogger save up some money. πŸ™‚

E.L.F Instant Lift Brow Pencil

img_4280I love that the brow pencil isn’t waxy and soft, because it makes it more precise in application. It isn’t very pigmented either, and so I am assured that I won’t end up with heavy-looking eyebrows.

It has an efficient spoolie at the other end that I comb through the brows in an upward direction to distribute the product evenly. I use it in the shade ‘Neutral Brown’, which is perfect for my yellow-toned skin without looking warm reddish. This is one of the most affordable cruelty-free eyebrow products in the market, at $2 each!

Essence ‘I Love Extreme Volume’ Mascara

img_4275As the name says, this vegan and cruelty-free mascara from Essence makes your lashes look va-va-voom. It curls my short, slightly-lifted lashes to bring in more volume and that ‘bambi-eyed’ look I love. It is a washable mascara, which I prefer because I hate the residue on my lashes that just won’t come off.

A single coat for each eye is more than enough, and I wiggle it upwards from roots to the tips of my lashes. I spoke about it in my spring makeup look as well, and this cruelty-free mascara comes in cheap under $5.

The Body Shop ‘Atlas Mountain Rose’ Fragrance Mist

img_4276I have spoken about my love for this fragrance mist before, and I will say it again. It is difficult for me to pinpoint exactly why I love it so, but it has to do with its unique floral scent. It is a musky, woody rose fragrance- cooling yet blooming at the same instance.

The glass bottle is environment-friendly because it is reusable and recyclable, and the rose fragrance mist from TBS is vegan and cruelty-free. At $14, this is the most expensive beauty product in this list.Β I have been using this a lot since the past 7 months, and won’t be stopping anytime soon.

E.L.F BB Cream

img_4278This cruelty-free, vegan BB cream from E.L.F is my ride-or-die base product. It has light to medium coverage, feels and looks like second skin while giving a photogenic, dewy finish. Just one suggestion- do not wear in situations where there is flash photography involved. It does give some flash back, but nothing too bad.

I use the shade ‘Nude’, which suits my medium, warm complexion to the tee. It also has SPF 20, bringing sun protection in on days when sunscreen has been forgotten. With spring in tow and summer around the corner, it’s time to go light on the skin with this BB cream.

Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette- Earthy Elements

img_4277A cruelty-free, pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadow palette from Milani that costs under $10?! Bring it on, is what I said when I bought this gorgeous warm-toned beauty product last year.

Each shade in this 6-pan palette is buttery smooth and literally glides on the eyelids. It has a mix of matte, satin and one chunky glitter finish. There’s two matte transition shades, and four smooth neutral shimmery shades to make the eyes pop. This Milani eyeshadow palette is my fall-back palette, when I want to dress up eyes in a hurry without putting too much thought.

The Ordinary-100% Organic Rose Hip Seed OilΒ 

img_4273The Ordinary has some smashing cruelty-free and vegan skincare products that are SO affordable, I could cry. This 100% organic cold-pressed rose hip seed oil is no exception, and is in my top 3 skincare products of all-time. It is a luxe facial oil under $10, and provides a ton of hydration to my combination-dry skin.

This rose hip seed oil can be used in the AM and in the PM, but I use it at night after cleansing my face. It absorbs immediately and leaves a very glossy finish on my face. But it is necessary to follow up with a sunscreen the very next thing the next morning, because it can tamper with its efficacy. My skin also burned a little when I forgot to apply sunscreen one morning, so let that be your guiding lesson.

If you are lazy like me and seek a single-step facial oil as a moisturizer, then this cruelty-free facial oil from The Ordinary is a good place to start.

E.L.F Jumbo Stick Lip Gloss

img_4274A glossy lip crayon, the vegan and cruelty-free lip’stick’ drenches the lips with tint and moisture. I got it during an E.L.F sale for a dollar, and can’t believe how good my luck was! I love drawing this stick gloss on my lips, as it gives that kissed look.

I have the shade ‘Movie Star’, which is a pink-red and provides a sheer flush on my lips in a single layer. After two or three layers, there is obvious opacity and the red color shows up well. It wears well till you eat, after which reapplication is needed. This is a spring makeup pick for me, and I would definitely use this during summer trips to the beach.


Do you have any cruelty-free beauty products that you love using, or on your wishlist? Do let me know, so I can check it out too. πŸ˜‰

Until next time, see you soon!




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