My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands

Various cruelty free drugstore makeup products lying flat on a marble surface | My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | Slashed Beauty

Cruelty free beauty, which describes products that have not been tested on animals, is becoming increasingly in-demand by conscious consumers. Luckily, there are many drugstore beauty brands that are cruelty free in 2021, whether they’ve been that way since the beginning or they’ve updated their ethos more recently.

This year in particular, some of my most-used makeup is cruelty free! Keep reading to discover some of my favorite cruelty free makeup brands and my favorite products from each one.

My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | Milani Makeup Collage | Slashed Beauty


Does anyone else feel like Milani made a huge comeback this year? Not that they really went anywhere, but they really had some amazing releases in 2021 that have become new staples. Milani is certified cruelty-free by PETA— they don’t test their products on animals or allow others to test on their behalf, and hold suppliers to the same standard. A lot of the brand’s newer products have also been completely vegan. You can see a complete list of their vegan makeup here.

Milani does a lot of things right, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a dud of theirs. Some of my favorite products include:

My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | Covergirl Makeup Collage | Slashed Beauty


Covergirl made a big splash in the drugstore makeup community by becoming certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny in 2018. Covergirl products are not tested by animals either by the brand or their suppliers. This set a huge example for drugstore makeup brands that haven’t joined the movement yet.

Shortly after going cruelty-free, the brand started releasing completely vegan products, including their Clean Fresh collection which is a line made without sulfates, formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens or talc and highlighting ingredients such as coconut milk and aloe vera. They continue to expand this line and other vegan options regularly.

My favorite classic-now-cruelty-free and new Covergirl products include:

My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | Physicians Formula Makeup Collage | Slashed Beauty

Physicians Formula

One of my favorite drugstore brands has been committed to safe products from the start— safe for you and for the animals! Physicians Formula is PETA certified 100% cruelty free, with many vegan makeup options. Aside from makeup, they also have an expansive skin care range.

They also avoid 150+ known skin irritants, making their makeup a great choice for sensitive skin. Their products are dermatologist and ophthalmologist approved, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. My most used products from them:

My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | NYX Makeup Collage | Slashed Beauty

NYX Cosmetics

Not only does NYX prioritize diversity and equality as a pillar of the brand, but they’re also PETA certified cruelty-free with many vegan formulas. Their products usually come in a large range to work on various skin tones, and many rival high-end options. These NYX products are some of the best at the drugstore:

My 5 Favorite Cruelty Free Drugstore Makeup Brands | Flower Beauty Makeup Collage | Slashed Beauty

Flower Beauty

While Flower Beauty has been around for a while, I feel like it hasn’t really gotten the hype it deserves as a high quality cruelty free drugstore makeup brand. It’s become more available in stores, though, which I think will give it more footing among the drugstore giants. They’ve been cruelty free since day one, are listed on PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies list, and are not affiliated with any third parties that test products or ingredients on animals.

I only started using Flower Beauty makeup this year, but a few of their products quickly became must-haves for me:

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