My 20 Favorite Cruelty-free Products Of 2020 (Part 2: Makeup)

Hi guys! Yesterday I talked about my top 10 skincare, body and hair products of the year, and now it’s time to talk about my favourite part: makeup! Many of us used quarantine to get better and more creative with makeup, while others left it aside because face masks turned it into a nightmare. And I completely understand! I also struggled with it sometimes. But I learnt to find comfort and routine in doing my makeup every now on then, even if I was going to take it off 15 minutes after taking the photos. The way we approach it has changed so much and the products have consequently adapted to our needs… and so have my favourites of the year!

10. Morphe – Bake & Set Setting Powder

14€£12$12 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

Setting powder has become a must this year. I’ve tried at least three different ones, but none of them as good as this one! It keeps products in place the entire day, it’s very lightweight and doesn’t make my foundation crack, and it helps a lot with masks.

9. LA Girl – Pro Concealer in ‘Flat White’

5,50€£5.00$5.00 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

One of my most used products of the year has been this white concealer. I like using it as a base for eyeshadow or for colourful eyeliners or white details. This one doesn’t crease at all and is overall truly helpful for Halloween and even daily looks.

8. Revolution – Pore Blur Primer

6,99€£6.99 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

Revolution‘s Pore Blur primer is so amazing. It mattifies the skin really well and keeps the foundation in the place throughout the day. I think it could be comparable to Benefit‘s famous POREfessional, which is NOT cruelty-free. And this is a more affordable alternative! I’ve been using it all year and I’m definitely going to repeat.

7. Makeup Revolution – Conceal & Define Infinite Concealer

£9.00 – $10.00 – 9,99€ | 9ml | Cruelty-free | Vegan

I’ve mentioned MUR‘s Conceal & Define products as my favourites in the past, but I hadn’t tried the new Infinite version of the concealer. When I did, I was amazed. It’s just as good as the original concealer, but probably has more coverage and feels less drying on my skin, which I enjoy. You can read my full review here!

6. Catrice – True Skin Concealer

4,59€£3.70 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

I really love Catrice face products, and this one from their newest range is no exception. This concealer is infused with hyaluronic acid, which fills in the fine lines and hydrates the skin really well. This makes it perfect for dry undereyes!

The coverage is fantastic, as I showed you in this Reels (where I also try the foundation from the same range). I struggled with the creasing at first, but Morphe‘s setting powder has been key in finding the best way to use it, they’re an amazing combo!

5. LA Girl – Brow Pomade

6,75€£6.00 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

If you know me, or if you’ve been following this blog long enough, you probably know I adore Anastasia Beverly HillsDipBrow Pomade (review here). It’s my all-time favorite, but I’ve been trying new ones for a while. After a few hits and misses, I’ve found my second favorite: LA Girl‘s Brow Pomade.

It’s just as creamy as the ABH one after a month, which in my opinion is the perfect time to use it, and it works very similarly. I’ve been using it for 4 months now and it’s not dry at all yet, but the prices are much cheaper than the high-end option. So this is a really great alternative for it!

4. Catrice – True Skin Foundation

7,99 € – £6.95 | Cruelty-free | Vegan | Microplastic Particle Free

I love Catrice products. I mentioned their HD Liquid Coverage Foundation as one of my favorite products of the year when I first tried it. But now, it’s their new foundation’s turn to shine!

I reviewed this product not too long ago and I really liked it. Used with Revolution‘s Pore Blur, it looks perfectly natural and not too shiny, which is something I’ve heard people having problems with. I have dehydrated combination/oily skin, which means that this foundation is practically perfect for me and I don’t really have to do touch-ups, it lasts really well on my skin!

3. Nikita Dragun x Morphe Palette

€34$30£30 | Cruelty-free | Vegan

This is one of my favourite collaborations of 2020. Nikita is one hell of a trendsetter and unapologetic badass, which is why I like her. I know she’s a bit controversial, but she spreads so much positivity and uniqueness, and all of that reflected very well on this palette. The shades are really pretty and overall I’ve been loving the variety of shades, including the warmer and neutral ones.

The shades perform really well, there’s room for all types of looks, and it’s without a doubt one of my favourite palettes of the year.

2. Pixi Beauty – Nuance Quartettes

$16£1618,45€ | Cruelty-free | Probably Vegan

If you told me a year ago I’d be consistently using the same face palette and loving all of the shades in it, I wouldn’t believe you. Especially during a global pandemic that’s forcing us to wear masks all of the time, which discourages using contour or blush! When it comes to face palettes, I usually love one of the shades specifically and feel meh about the rest, so I don’t use them as much. But these two are great in all aspects: I love the contour shades, the blushes and the highlighters so much! I will surely try to pan one of them in 2021.

My favourite palette from the two is Sugar Blossom, but Honey Nectar is also magical.

1. NikkieTutorials x Beauty Bay Pressed Pigment Palette

€30.00 – $30.00 – £25.00 | 20 shades | Cruelty-free | Vegan

And now, it’s time for my ultimate favourite makeup product of the year. When I heard Nikkie was doing a collaboration with Beauty Bay, I was shocked. It was evident that she had been avoiding creating palettes after what happened with Too Faced, so I knew it had to be good. And well… it was!

This palette is absolutely stunning. It has unique tones and shimmers and a really special touch to it. The countless variety of looks it has to offer, the amazing texture and pigmentation, the blending… I had no reservations about choosing this as my favourite product. This beauty is everything I wanted and more!

If you want to knowmore about my favourite product of the year, click here to read the full review, swatches and looks.


What has been your favourite makeup product of the year? Have you spotted any favourites in this post?

This year has been different for sure, but I feel like it was also a great year in terms of makeup releases and discoveries. It’s self-evident that our main focuses have been eyeshadow and concealer, but I’ve also loved lip products like 3INA‘s Groove or Pixi‘s LipLift glosses, among others. Hopefully, we’ll be able to use them more in 2021!


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