There’s an awful lot of talk these days about organic, natural and vegan makeup. It can be confusing, if what you’re really after is simply something safe that you can feel good about using on your face, around your eyes and on your lips, which is what we’re here to talk about. Before we launch into our favorite vegan lipsticks, let’s just clear up the differences between what is organic, natural and vegan, shall we?
Here’s the scoop:
Organic usually means that the product or its ingredients were grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMOs.
Natural simply means that the product does not contain anything artificial or synthetic.
Vegan means the product is not produced using any animal by-products and is never tested on animals.
Why does it matter? When we’re talking about lipsticks or any other vegan beauty products, it’s a pretty safe assumption that some of these products will get into your body via your mouth, skin and eyes. If you’re a vegan, you don’t want to ingest any animal by products, which might include animal fats and gelatins. But even if you’re not, you can feel pretty darned safe when you’re using vegan cosmetics, because you’ll also feel good about the philosophy, methods and ingredients with which they’re produced.
If you’re ready to get beautiful, luscious lips, with rich colors, and ingredients that soothe, smooth and moisturize, here are our choices for the Top 10 Best Vegan Lipstick Brands.
1. Top Rated: Zoya Cuddle Season Lips & Tips Duo
Whenever you can get two great vegan products for one terrific price, I say go for it. While we’re focused on lips, the Lips and Tips duo gives a gorgeous coordinated nail color too. The lipstick delivers luscious color in a highly pigmented, yet lightweight formula. This vegan lipstick keeps your lips moist for hours, without smearing and mess. Plan on a pretty pouter for four to six hours when you’re wearing it. The ultra-long-wearing nail polish is free of formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead. The Zoya Icy Kiss Lips & Tips Quad gives you a luscious pink lipstick and three nail polishes in some of this summer’s hottest colors, at one steal of a deal price. The Magical Mystery Lips & Tips Quad has equally as many products and would be perfect to stow away for fall.
- Rated 4.7 out of five stars by users
- Luscious lipstick color that lasts long
- Very hydrating
- No harmful ingredients
- Lip color may be different than pictured
2. Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick
Now you have a deliciously simple way to get gorgeous lips that are touch proof, smear proof and totally kissable without leaving evidence. Lime Crime Metallic Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick goes on wet, but dries to a matte finish that gives you hours of wear without the constant need for touch ups. This vegan lipstick formula is made with PETA verified vegan ingredients and is Leaping Bunny Certified cruelty free. That’ll leave you wanting to deliver kisses all around. In nine luscious colors, all with alluring metallic finishes, your lips will have every head turning. Pack your fave vegan lipstick along wherever you wander with the Lime Crime Velve-tins Liquid Matte Lipstick Mini Velvetine Trios. These sweet minis come in a cute little tin, and they come in five different color combinations. Give one as a gift, or keep them all to yourself. If you’re not into the metallic lipstick look, Lime Crime Unicorn Lipsticks Neutral Collection has a creamy matte finish and comes in nine different color options, and they’re Amazon’s Choice.
- Rated 4.3 out of five stars by users
- Lots of fun color choices
- Lasts all day without feeling or looking dry
- A little goes a very long way
- Pretty spendy compared to some
- May need to use lip balm prior to application
- Can tend to dry out your lips
- Too metallic for some
3. EVXO All Natural Lipstick
EVXO All Natural Lipstick is made with high quality organic ingredients to help heal and hydrate your dry and chapped kisser. These moisturizing formulas contain avocado, coconut oil, mango and Capuacu – a South American superfruit that is loaded with antioxidents and nutrients. These lipsticks actually have regenerative properties to help heal dry lips and improve elasticity, and all that goodness comes free of preservatives. Choose any one of four gorgeous colors, or heck, get them all because you’ll feel so good wearing them. EVXO cosmetics are created by vegan founders. Animal rights and advocacy are extremely important to their corporate philosophy so all EVXO cosmetics are Leaping Bunny Certified to be cruelty-free. EVXO also makes a natural mineral foundation that’s very highly rated by users, as well as a popular vegan mascara.
Price: $17.09 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Rated 4.4 out of five stars by users
- Conditions and heals dry lips
- Great organic ingredients
- Rich, dense colors
- Expensive compared to some
- Smell is a bit off
- Not as long lasting as some
- Too few color choices
4. Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Lipstick
Ecco Bella’s plant-based vegan lipsticks are formulated to glide on creamy, never dry or greasy. Because these formulas are based on castor oil, vegetable wax and vitamin E, they help to soothe and protect your lips all day, plus give them that desired pop of color. These lipsticks go on smooth, and thanks to the addition of protective flower wax found in petals, they also provide long-lasting wear. With sixteen glorious shades that are made from iron oxides and carmine, you can choose a vegan lipstick that’s actually good for your lips and leaves out unnatural FD&C dyes. To give your lips just a hint of color and shine, Ecco Bella Lip Smoother is a delicious feeling lip treatment you can wear alone or under your lipstick. Want a gorgeous gloss that’s beautifully shiny, but never greasy? Try Ecco Bella Natural Good for You Gloss.
Price: $20.85 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Rated 3.9 out of five stars by users
- Tons of color choices
- Feels good going on
- Very long wearing
- Drier than some others
- Pretty expensive compared to some
- Has an off scent
- Small tube for the price
5. Aesthetica Matte Lip Contour Kit
If you’re looking to have fun with your vegan lipstick choices, this lip contouring kit from Aesthetica is a killer combination. Make your lips look fuller. Give them a different shape. Diminish their size. Or just make them look fantastic. With this cool palette of colors and fun brushes, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. It includes five gorgeous extended wear lip colors (Jet Setter, Célfie, Media Darling, It Girl, Glam Squad), a lip-popping highlighter (Pop Princess), two double-ended long wear lip contouring pencils (Bombshell, Swag, Stalker, Party Girl) and a pro-approved lip brush for flawless application. The matte cream colors are enriching and will soothe and smooth your pretty pout. This vegan lipstick kit comes with complete instructions for flawless application. Aesthetica also makes a contouring makeup kit, a contouring brow kit and a Nude Lip Contour Kit as well.
Price: $20.97 (28 percent off MSRP)
- Rated four out of five stars by users
- Beautiful, highly pigmented colors
- Includes a variety of lipstick products to use in different ways
- Comes with a brush, and clear instructions
- Not as long wearing as some
- Doesn’t include enough of the highlighter
- Lip liner pencils are hard and don’t apply smoothly
- Needs more than one brush so colors don’t mix
6. Mineral Fusion Lipstick
Unlike some vegan lipstick brands that seem dry and not at as hydrating as some, this amazingly luxurious formula smooths on your lips, delivering rich color with staying power. It really resists smudging and feathering for a perfectly enhanced pout. It’s formulated with powerful antioxidants that protect, nourish and pamper your lips, including pomegranate, red tea, and white tea, plus vitamins C and E. These help protect your kisser from free radical damage. This delicious natural and organic lipstick is 100 percent vegan, hypo-allergenic, cruelty-free, paraben free and contains no artificial colors, fragrances, phthalates or talc. It delivers an instant flash of color and brightness to your smile and your day. If you’re a fan of lip crayons, Mineral Fusion Sheer Moisture Lip Tint comes in eight gorgeous colors, and the same commitment to vegan formulation. For a super creamy look with a highly glossy finish, Mineral Fusion Lipstick Butter is filled with nourishing oils to keep your lips soft and super supple.
Price: $15.69 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Long lasting
- Rich, heavily pigmented colors
- Creamy and moisturizing, with antioxidents
- Hypo-allergenic, gluten-free and cruelty-free
- More sheer than some
- Lipstick has a tendency to break off in the tube
- Colors are somewhat different than pictured
7. W3LL PEOPLE Nudist ColorBalm Stick
If vegan lipstick and organic lip balm could melt into one delicious lip color that was nourishing and gave you a hint of shimmery color, it wouldn’t be hard to want that combo, now would it? That’s exactly what W3LL PEOPLE had in mind when they created their luscious ColorBalm stick. It slides on like the most luxuriously moisturizing balm, but the sheer colors look fantastic with just about every skin tone. With a list of 100 percent natural ingredients like aloe, chamomile and green tea, this vegan lipstick is also rich in organic Omega oils to help leave your lips smooth, supple and oh so kissable. Plus you can forget about that old lipstick smell, because these delish lip colors have a yummy vanilla and mint essence. The luxury vegan lip treats hydrate your lips with organic rose hip oil, rich in essential fatty acids. The W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Multi-Use Color Stick is great for lips, cheeks and eyes. W3LL PEOPLE Bio-Extreme Lip Gloss is perfect for those days when you want more shine, less color and all the same great healing ingredients as your regular lipstick.
- Rated 4.2 out of five stars by users
- Sheer colors look natural
- Super hydrating
- Smells delicious
- Color is too sheer for some
- Expensive for a small tube
- Doesn’t last as long as some
8. LIP INK Organic Vegan 100% Smearproof Liquid Lipstick
If you’re looking for a vegan lipstick that lasts through meals, kisses and more, LIP INK is the lipstick you can wear from work, to work out, to water play. Hand-crafted with natural, organic, kosher, and vegan botanical ingredients LIP INK’s 100 percent smearproof lipstick is virtually impossible to smear. Each long wear lip color contains more than 40 vitamins, minerals, herbs, antioxidants, and natural sun filters in a pure corn grain ethanol, preservative-free base. Because it leaves no texture, you’ll feel naturally beautiful. Simply apply LIP INK Lip Shine Moisturizer before you apply the color, to leave your lips feeling hydrated, sun-protected, and tingly fresh. Because LIP INK is a bit more difficult to remove than traditional lipstick, LIP INK OFF Conditioner & Cleanser removes color residue, while it moisturizes and nourishes your lips.
Price: $23.75 (5 percent off MSRP)
- Rated 4.2 out of five stars by users
- It really is smudgeproof
- Never greasy or cakey feeling
- Long lasting color
- Pretty expensive
- You need extra products to effectively use and remove it
- Can burn a little on application
- Colors are difficult to judge until you try them
9. Beauty without Cruelty Natural Infusion Lipstick
This soft and creamy vegan lipstick is made by a company that’s committed to producing cruelty-free cosmetics, shampoos and other vegan skin care, and has been since it was founded in 1963. With richly pigmented color that you’d expect from a much drier product, this lipstick is full of moisture, with lip conditioning ingredients to smooth and soften, while give you an outstanding look. Better yet, BWC’s vegan lipsticks don’t fade or leak into lip lines. From Coral and Ripe Cherry, to Birch and Sweet Apricot, there are delicious colors to choose from, for every season, and every skin tone.
- Rated 4.5 out of five stars by users based on limited consumer reviews
- Smooth and creamy on your lips
- Long lasting color
- Cruelty free
- Quite expensive
- Feels somewhat different than regular lipstick
10. Amazon’s Choice: Lotus Pure Organics Natural Lipstick
This luscious vegan lipstick is a super shiny formula, that’s infused with antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, essential oils and pigments. I’m already on board with that. It totally leaves your lips feeling moist and hydrated for hours, while the color stays fresh and pretty. This lipstick formula is enriched with tons of healthy nourishing ingredients, including vitamin E, shea butter and essential oils which will moisturize, plump, and condition your lips. It is also packed with antioxidants that are well-known for helping to combat aging skin. It comes in 14 classic colors that are gluten, lead and cruelty free. Lotus Pure Organics Natural Lip Gloss is a shimmery way to add another dimension to your lipstick. Lotus Pure Organics Natural Mascara gives your lashes a boost with a beautiful, cruelty-free product too.
- Rated 4.2 out of five stars by users
- Reasonably priced compared to many
- Densely pigmented colors, with lots of selection
- Contains anti-aging ingredients
- Some complaints of an off smell
- Can break off in the tube more easily than some
- Not very long lasting
- Some reports of melted product