Best Cruelty Free Foundations

Happy Monday! It’s time for another Makeup Wars. This time we’re sharing our favorite foundations. I’m sharing my favorite cruelty free and vegan foundations. I’m also going to share which foundations I reach for the most lately.

In a big way, the search for the perfect foundation is what led me to start my blog back in 2008. I was tired of having to wear a foundation shade that was too dark for me (MAC NW15 or NC15, depending which MUA sold to me when I went to the counter), so I started searching for alternatives and then I stumbled into the world of mineral makeup.

My first perfect mineral makeup foundation match was Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss Inquisitive Siamese (neutral). Made of only 4 ingredients (Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides), cruelty free and vegan, I was happy to finally have a match. Meow’s foundations actually come in 86 different shades, each with coordinating concealer and contour. My first department store foundation match was from NARS. Their Sheer Glow in Siberia (neutral) was a great match for my skintone.

Since then, I’ve been experimenting with complexion perfection products to find which ones work for me. Sometimes I need creams, othertimes I need powders, or tinted moisturizers. I love variety. With my rosacea, I can’t always wear powders, so liquids and creams are a necessity.

Cruelty Free Cream Foundations

L to R – NARS Siberia Radiant Cream Foundation – Performance Colors Snowie – Cover FX Cream N10 – Silk Naturals HD Cream N10 – Tarte CC Cream Primer in Fair

Cruelty Free Cream Foundation Swatches

NARS Radiant Cream Foundation in Siberia – $38 for .42 oz
Siberia is described as fair to light w/neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones. I highly recommend setting this with powder. See my review.

Performance Colors Light n’ Smooth Foundation in Snowie – $10 for .5 oz
This is an oil free foundation that dries down to a matte finish. Snowie is pale neutral. It says that you don’t have to set this with powder. See my review. Since this is oil free, it can work for oily skin.

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in N10 – $42 for .42 oz
This foundation is SPF 30, vegan and gluten free. N10 is for porcelain to light skin with neutral undertones. It’s new to me and so far I love it. It comes in 28 different shades. I promise I have an upcoming review. Vegan.

Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation in N10 – $11.99 for 12 grams
This is a great foundation stick and it’s ultra portable! N10 is pale neutral. It’s a perfect match for my skintone. See my review. Vegan.

Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer in Fair – $34 for .51 oz
This is another nice, portable foundation. I wore this on Saturday from 8:30 am until 11 pm (having set it with NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder), and looked fabulous all day. It will be in an upcoming review. It has a green and a lavender side to help brighten the face, even out the skintone, blur imperfections and neutralize redness and discoloration.

If you have dry skin, you should consider checking out cream foundations.

Best Cruelty Free Powder Foundations

L to R – It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair – It Cosmetics Illuminating Celebration Foundation in Fair – Meow Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese

Best Cruelty Free Powder Foundation Swatches

It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair – $35 for .30 oz
This is a full-coverage powder foundation that’s packed with goodies like hydrolyzed collagen and peptides, along with anti-aging ingredients including Grapeseed, Olive, Hyaluronic Acid, Rose, Aloe, Niacin and Silk and vitamins A, C, E. After I’ve had a professional chemical peel done, this is the only foundation that I can wear for a week. This foundation, even though it’s a powder, doesn’t emphasize dry patches, which makes it ideal when I’m peeling. See my review.

It Cosmetics Celebration Illuminating Foundation in Fair – (only available as a part of the New Year Your Most Beautiful You Kit currently)
This foundation has the most beautiful packaging that I’ve seen for a foundation in forever. It’s a white with pink iridescence. I like the look and feel of the foundation as well. It has all the same benefits of the original foundation, plus it’s supposed to give you a candlelit glow. See my post.

Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss Foundation in Inquisitive Siamese – $25.45 for an 85g jar with 30g net weight
Seriously, this line has 86 shades available. It’s got zinc in it, which is soothing and it’s meant for sensitive skin. Inquisitive Siamese is the ultra pale neutral shade. It’s got a matte finish, but you can make it less matte by using e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set (see my tips here). See my review. (Looking at the ingredients, I want to say this is vegan but Meow doesn’t call it that. They are cruelty free though).

Best Cruelty Free Tinted Moisturizers BB Creams CC Creams

L to R – NARS Terre-Neuve – NARS Finland – Too Faced Snow Glow – Cover FX N Light

Best Cruelty Free Tinted Moisturizers BB Creams CC Creams

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Terre-Neuve – $42 for 1.9 oz
Terre-Neuve is described as the lightest with neutral pink undertone. I prefer to mix Terre-Neuve with Finland, as opposed to wearing it on its own. I think it’s slightly too pink for me.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in Finland- $42 for 1.9 oz
Finland is described as the lightest with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones. I love wearing this when I’m traveling. It’s comfortable, SPF 30, it gives me enough color that I don’t need to wear anything else and I still look polished. See my review.

Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm SPF 20 in Snow Glow – $34 for 1.5 oz
This is supposed to moisturize, prime, blur imperfections, even out skintone and protect with SPF, as well as having anti-aging ingredients. Snow Glow is actually a pretty good match and I need to get a review up for you. It’s also got super cute packaging. It’s a light beige with pink iridescence. Vegan.

Cover FX CC Cream Time Release Tinted Treatment SPF 30 in N Light – $45 for 1 oz
I fell hard for this cc cream and I’m still in love with it. It’s soothing when my rosacea is flaring. It provides great coverage without feeling heavy or cakey. CC Cream Time Release is clinically tested, vegan, and free of mineral oil, fragrance, gluten, and talc. This is an absolute must have to me. See my review. Vegan.

Best Cruelty Free Liquid Foundations

L to R – It Cosmetics CC in Fair – Urban Decay Naked Skin in .5 – Illamasqua Skin Base in 2 – NARS Sheer Glow Siberia

Best Cruelty Free Liquid Foundation Swatches

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50 in Fair – $38 for 1.08 oz
I love the finish and coverage on this foundation. It’s also got an amazing SPF 50, to provide full UVA / UVB broad spectrum protection from the sun. It covers everything without feeling like a heavy mask. See my review. (and swatches of all shades)

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in .5 – $39 for 1 oz.
.5 is described as a very fair porcelain shade with subtle pink undertones. This seems to work well for both oily and dry skin, as well as combination skin. It’s also got a great shade range and the shades themselves are very forgiving. It’s so comfortable to wear! See swatches of multiple shades and my review. Vegan.

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 2 – $42 for 1 oz
I actually own this in 1, 2, 4, and Au. Skin Base is supposed to be suitable to an HD environment and all skin types. 1 – white (ideal as a highlighter), 2 – lightest pink undertone with yellow, 4 – yellow undertone with pink, Au – suntan with gold shimmer. It’s an extremely buildable product without caking. If you’re prone to really, really dry skin I would avoid this one but otherwise I think it’s nice. I use the shade 1 (white) to lighten other foundations when I need it.  See my review of all 4 shades.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Siberia – $45 for 1 oz
Siberia is described as fair to light with a neutral balance of pink and yellow undertones. It’s a satiny finish and best for normal, normal to dry, dry and very dry skin types. See my review.

Best Cruelty Free Complexion Perfection Swatches

Best Cruelty Free Complexion Perfection Products

I’m glad that there are so many more options available to me now than there were 5.5 years ago! These are my favorite foundations, or complexion perfection products, if you prefer the term. What are your favorite foundations? Any cruelty free or vegan products you would recommend I check out?

While I think normal skin can wear any of these foundations, here are my recommendations for Oily Skin, Dry Skin, Very Dry Skin and Sensitive Skin. Please chime in with your thoughts below!

Oily Skin Recommendations

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation
  • Illamasqua Skin Base
  • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
  • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illuminating
  • Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation
  • Performance Colors Light n’ Smooth
  • Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer

Dry Skin Recommendations

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation
  • Illamasqua Skin Base
  • NARS Sheer Glow
  • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
  • It Cosmetics CC Cream
  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm
  • NARS Tinted Moisturizer
  • Performance Colors Light n’ Smooth
  • Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer

Very Dry Skin Recommendations

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation
  • NARS Sheer Glow
  • It Cosmetics CC Cream
  • Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm
  • Performance Colors Light n’ Smooth

Sensitive Skin Recommendations

  • Cover FX CC Cream
  • Cover FX Cream Foundation
  • Silk Naturals HD Cream
  • Meow Cosmetics Pampered Puss foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation
  • It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
  • Tarte Colored Clay CC Primer