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10 Vegan Highlighter Swaps You Need To Try | Cruelty Free Dupes & Alternatives

This Veganuary 2021 has been a great time to switch out your makeup bag as well as your diet to embrace plant based and vegan options.  This post is going to take you through some alternatives for Glossier, MAC, L'oreal, Nars, Laura Mercier, Tom Ford & more.


Why use vegan makeup?
Lots of makeup contains animal derivatives - often obtained in a cruel way via hidden industries that are greatly exploitative of animals. The fundamentals of vegan living is the belief that animals aren't there for us to pluck and prod and use for our own gain - especially when there are so many alternatives that are just as good! 

What's not vegan about highlighters?
Highlighters in particular may contain beeswax, honey, lanolin and other animal derivatives. In my experience using vegan makeup, it's just as effective as non-vegan makeup. You just need to know where to shop.

Vegan Highlighters You Need to Try
Today we're going to be going through some cult classics so you can find a replacement for your favourite highlighter - one that doesn't contain animal derivatives

1. Glossier Haloscope Dupe = Fenty Beauty Match Stick

The Glossier Haloscope is a cult classic. Although Glossier may be cruelty free, many of their products contain beeswax: including their Haloscope. Fenty have a handful of vegan products and luckily their match sticks are all stated as vegan! They come in a load of different finishes, colours & tones - so something for everyone. We love to see that Riri-level of inclusivity. 


2. L'Oreal Glow Mon Amis Drops Dupe (or any liquid highlighter!) = MUA Light Lustre Drops

These MUA Light Lustre drops are hands-down one of my favourite highlighter products ever - they sit amazingly on the skin & look really natural. You can add the drops to your foundation for a natural glow too. Plus, they're amazing value for money! £4 for 30ml. Winner winner chicken dinner.


3. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator Highlighter Dupe = Makeup Revolution Reloaded Highlighter

Retailing at £3, this is a brilliant budget buy and comes 8 different shades to suit a variety of skin tones. It swatches really well, very smooth and works well as an eyeshadow too. Also - peep that same embossing... I smell a carbon copy... for 1/10th of the price...



4. Tom Ford Glow Drops Dupes = Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops

If you prefer a highlighter with a tinted base colour, you could always use the Drunk Elephant Bronzi Drops, which have a rich bronze, metallic tint to them. 

Both are matched on price-point as well at £30 each.



5. Mac Strobe Cream Dupe = NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

MAC are unfortunately not cruelty free. Whilst NYX do have a parent company who are not cruelty-free, they are cruelty-free as a brand and have quite a few vegan options. This liquid illuminator from their Born To Glow range is a pretty similar dupe for MAC's Strobe Cream and works just as well. It's also a lot more affordable!




6. Nars Multiple Dupe = Hourglass Flash Highlighter Stick

The Hourglass Flash Highlighter is a really beautiful stick highlighter and comes in a range of shades. Hourglass are owned by Unilever now, but they are cruelty free themselves and have loads of vegan products (they were supposed to be completely vegan by 2020, but I'm not sure if there's been an update on this).



7. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Dupe = Kora Organics Luminizer


8, 9 & 10:

Some of my favourite vegan powder highlighters may not be direct swaps for non-cruelty free versions, but I figured they're worth mentioning anyway!

Jouer Cosmetics Powder Highlighter
One of my all time favs - it's so soft and smooth. Be careful when travelling because it's such a soft formulation, it is prone to smashing in transit! 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector

Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Highlighter



Thanks for reading! Check out my Instagram for more @crueltyfreebecky x


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