Best Cruelty Free Vegan Lip Liner Brands
Hey! Let’s find the PERFECT vegan lip liner for you!
Lip liners are great for ensuring your lipstick lasts all day and does not bleed.
There’s a huge range of brands and colors available, so we have put together our top 5 to help you choose which is best for you.
More often than not being vegan is associated with limited choice and “missing out.”
However, as you and I both know; the selection and availability of vegan products are not only fantastic but is also growing by the day.
In fact with so many options, it can be difficult to find the brand and product that is right for you.
The Round Up
Our Top Pick!
Gabriel Cosmetics is a company that offers a range of organic, vegan and gluten-free beauty and skin care products.
This specific lip liner is a gorgeous “berry” color that looks like a natural cross between pink and red (LOVE!).
This product provides a clean finish without the pulling or smudging that some lip liners give. The pencil is not too soft which is great because it allows for precise application without overusing and continuously sharpening.
The color is strong and tends to last well. However, you may want to reapply the lip liner towards the end of the day to keep the intensity of color that you desire.
Users have complained that the lid of this pencil is not properly fitted causing it to frequently loosen and fall off while the product is not in use.
Overall this is a smooth, beautiful and all round great product that looks amazing on its own or under lipstick. Another thing I love about this product is the ingredients are openly available and easy to understand (the company provides the plant name as well as the technical name, so you know exactly where the ingredient derived from).
This is our top pick because not only is the color perfect for everyone but to pencil is long lasting with a great finish.
Ecco Bella is a company that was founded “out of protest to the use of animals,” so they are a compassionate company who guarantee cruelty-free products.
The terracotta lip liner is an orange-brown color; the color looks quite neutral in the photograph, but it seems in person it appears more orange and slightly lighter than you may expect.
The lip liner is also available in plum if terracotta isn’t for you (both are vegan) and has a very pleasant smooth consistency and is easy to apply.
The color and coverage given are rich, but the pencil is a little dry and hard, so it takes a bit of time to get the color desired.
The color is long lasting and does not smudge.
The vegan lip liner contains all natural and non-toxic ingredients which reflect in the slightly increased cost despite the smaller pencil size. The color stays well and does not get clumpy like some liners do.
This lip liner from Zuzu Luxe is a deep pink/plum color with a blue undertone. The color is perfect for this time of year (fall) and works brilliantly as both a liner and for all over color.
This is one of my favorite colors available and looks amazing with all skin types. The lip liner is easily applied and long lasting.
Reviews on this product have included making teeth look whiter and lasting longer than a usual lip liner. The liner is not too soft so it keeps its point making easier and more accurate application.
The waxiness of this cruetly-free lip liner is great as it ensures your lipstick stays on for a long time. To avoid dryness, some users have applied a little bit of lip balm to keep their lips soft.
Au Naturale produces 100% natural, gluten-free, cruelty-free, vegan and organic cosmetics.
This lip liner is a soft pink color which has a slight shimmer to it.
The application is smooth, and the coverage is good, but some users have said the pencil is too hard meaning they have to go over the same area several times to get the desired color.
A hard pencil can also cause irritation as you tend to press harder when applying.
This lip liner has been praised for it’s long lasting durability, so even though it may take a little longer to apply once it’s on, it’s ON!
LIP-INK produces hand crafted cosmetics from natural, vegan, kosher and organic botanical ingredients.
This product is a little bit different from the other 4 in this list; it is not a pencil but rather a liquid liner.
Users (and LIP-INK themselves) have stated that your lips may tingle when the product is applied - this is due to the natural herbs and botanicals - but some users do not enjoy this sensation.
Once the lip liner is on it will stay on all day and is guaranteed to be smear proof. This vegan friendly lip liner is applied with a small brush so you may find it to be more time consuming to put on than the pencil liners.
This product is durable without drying out your lips which are great!
Another thing to keep in mind is that liquid liners have a shorter shelf life than the pencil liners.
Why Use a Lip Liner?
- To add definition to your lips
- To prevent feathering and bleeding of lipstick
- Increase the durability of your lipstick (trust me! You won’t need to check the mirror every hour if you apply lip liner before your lipstick).
What Makes a Great Vegan Lip liner?
The most important thing for me is the ingredients.
You should be able to read the ingredients knowing and understanding how they were derived. So many beauty products contain harsh chemicals, and the ingredient lists are filled with words that we have never heard before.
I have found that vegan products are so much better when it comes to using cleaner, greener and all-round body ‘friendlier’ ingredients.
I like to have a natural lip liner without artificial dyes or preservatives. Mainstream lip products are often composed of synthetic oils, petroleum waxes, and artificial colors so read the label, keep it natural and keep it vegan.
Mainstream cosmetics often contain a frightening amount of chemicals, luckily when you buy from companies who produce solely vegetarian and vegan items they tend to be very conscientious and “in the loop” when it comes to what they are putting in their products.
However, when you are buying a product from a company that produces one or two vegan products (maybe even “accidentally”) you should be more careful about what’s in them.
Sometimes it’s best to spend a little bit more money and know the product you are buying is not full of harsh and dangerous chemicals.
Once you are happy with what’s in the lip liner, you want one that is soft and smooth to apply. You want to be able to apply it without it being clumpy and without having to press for it to have an effect.
You want the color to last, but you don’t want it to feel overly waxy or dry out your lips, most of the time if you take a look at other customers reviews you will get an idea of how they found the product when they applied it.
I like to use that as a guide to help me while I’m buying products.
If you’ve found the liner, color and pencil softness that works best for you, you are ready to rock!
Pencil or Liquid - Which One Should I Choose?
Pencil lip liners are inexpensive, readily available, soft and easy to apply.
However, they are also; easily broken and worn down, therefore, requiring frequent sharpening (some pencils break easily when sharpened resulting in a lot of wasted product).
Pencil lip liners also tend to come off more easily during general day to day activities such as eating and drinking.
Liquid lip liners are longer lasting, tend to stay on during general day to day activities and have little product waste when in use compared to the pencil, which needs regular sharpening.
However, liquid liner can be difficult to remove, can more easily cause irritation and dryness for the user and also has a shorter shelf life than the pencil liner.
Once you’ve decided on the type of liner, you would like you need to think about what color would look great on you.
Golden Rules of Lip Lining
Do NOT overdraw with the liner, putting on too much liner can create a harsh finish so keep it soft to get the desired look.
Make sure your lip liner is not darker than your lipstick, there are plenty of colors available so pick one that works for not only your natural lip color but also your favorite lip stick.
Make the most of your liner - remember you can use the liner to color your lips completely. If you color your lips completely, it can help lock in the color of your lipstick too.
BLEND! Keep the look soft and sexy by blending the lip liner with the lipstick (avoiding an obvious jump between liner and lipstick).
Overall there are plenty of wonderful options available.
These lip liners may seem pricey, but they are well worth the money as they are produced by conscientious companies who are not using nasty chemicals or performing cruel animal testing.
The pencils are less expensive than the liquid liner, so they are perfect if you are shopping on a budget. A great lip liner is essential in any makeup bag so be sure to choose one that you love.
Lip liners can help give more definition to your lips, enhance your features and increase the length of time your lipstick lasts for.
ALL of the lip liners listed above are vegan so not only will you feel great but so will the planet.