Non Cruelty-Free Products I Miss

Non Cruelty-Free Products I Miss

About a year or so ago I decided to clean out my makeup drawer. Between being obsessed with makeup as a teenager and working in Brown Thomas where I would win the odd treat or get the odd freebie, I had accumulated quite a lot of makeup. Most of which I hardly ever used.

To make my decision easier while making the cuts, I decided whatever brands weren’t cruelty-free were getting the chop. It turns out, nearly ALL of the brands are tested on animals. I was genuinely shocked by this.

Then and there, I made the decision to try and go cruelty-free with my makeup. I kept what I used on a daily basis as there was no point in being wasteful. I gave the rest of it to my youngest sister. Slowly, as I use more and more of my old makeup up and replace it with a cruelty-free brand my makeup bag is becoming closer to being 100% cruelty-free.

The process of switching was fun. Getting to try new brands and makeups. However, there are a few products that I have found hard to replace and truly miss from my makeup bag. Here are the top non-cruelty free products that I miss.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse

Remember when this was all the rage? My friends and I were obsessed with this product when we were around 13/14. Although, a lot of people found that it dried out their skin I always loved it. Although, I didn’t use it all over my face. First. I used a base foundation and then applied a little of the Dream Matte Mousse over my t-zone and anywhere I had a blemish. I always found that it made the skin look flawless.

Dream Matte Mousse

M.A.C Soft & Gentle highlighter

I LOVED this highlighter. It was aptly named and it really did give a soft and gentle glow and it was hard to go overboard with it. Any highlighter I have tried since has been the opposite. I’ve found them all very easy to go overboard with and quite hard to get a soft glow.

MAC Soft and gentle highlighter

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

I don’t think this even needs explaining. Every Irish girl seems to be obsessed with this bronzer and I really hope Benefit become cruelty-free soon. My pale complexion depends on it.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

If anyone can suggest any good cruelty-free replacements for these products I would really appreciate it. In the meantime, I will continue my search and let you know if I find anything good.

Until next time,

Ciara x


P.S. Making an effort to buy from cruelty-free brands is a personal decision I made. I don’t expect anyone else to give up their beloved makeup brands. However, if you are trying to choose between two brands, as well as quality and price, you might keep in mind which is kinder to our animals and environment too.  



  1. Dervla
    December 8, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    Essence have a great dupe for the maybelline matte mousse, and hourglass powders, including their highlighters, are by far my favourite for buildable subtle colour!

    Would love to see your reviews on different cruelty-free make up brands you have discovered 🙂

    • Ciara
      December 9, 2018 / 4:32 pm

      Unreal. Will defo give the Essence one a try. Thanks for the tip 🙂

      There will be one of two coming soon 😉

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