Hayley Fearnley

cruelty free beauty, veggie gal, alternative fashion blogger
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Cruelty Free Makeup at: Boots

April 17, 2017
Cruelty Free Makeup Cosmetics at Boots

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!Update! Collection not cruelty free, see email at end of post

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! Do you like the little makeover it’s had and the new site name? Exciting right? For my first post since changing my site around, I thought I’d give you the next post in my Cruelty Free brand’s series. I’ve already done a post for Superdrug which might have been the easiest, but I’ve always found it harder to shop at Boots for cruelty free makeup until NYX came along. Before that, most Boots were just filled with Rimmel, L’Oreal and Max Factor who all test on animals, so hopefully this guide makes things a little easier for the both of us!

As always, I’ve listed it A-Z with a few featured brands at the start then A-Z after that.


I was surprised to find that BeautyBlender is sold at Boots as I thought it was only sold in obscure places and online but apparently not! The BeautyBlender is a must have for your kit if you don’t have anything similar. I have the Real Technique’s Complexion Sponge but plan on trying this next as it’s meant to be even better and it blends out your makeup beautifully without any brush marks!


Bare Mineral’s are a more high end brand that make mineral based products which are meant to be a lot better for your skin. Whilst I’m yet to try their makeup, I’ve heard a lot of good things about their foundations and base makeup so definitely give them a try if you have the budget to!


On their website, Carmex state “founder Alfred Woelbing believed animal testing to be uselessly and needlessly cruel, and that stance against animal testing has remained a part of our culture.” So straight away they’re in my good books. I’ve always assumed they tested on animals so it’s awesome to know they actually have an amazing stance against it as I’ve heard their products are amazing too. They specialise in lip products to make them silky smooth and soft.

Makeup Obsession

Makeup Obsession is a brand owned by TAM Beauty who also own Makeup Revolution and Freedom, both sold at Superdrug. They specialise in affordable products and makeup obsession is no exception to this. They are one of the lesser spoken about brands from TAM Beauty but they have a wide range of eyeshadows available through Boots which look fantastic for the price!


NYX might be one of my favourite affordable cruelty free brands at the moment, and they’re hugely popular amongst everyone else too. Since arriving to the UK and arriving in Boots stores across the country, they have blown up in popularity and whenever I visit a NYX stall, there’s always something sold out in store, mostly their glitters which are said to be great. I also love their glitter primer and prismatic eyeshadows, alongside their Bright’s palette which is similar to the Morphe 35B.


Stila used to be cruelty free for a while then tried to sell in China but pulled out as they wanted to remain cruelty free which is awesome. This means you can buy their Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow’s. A huge mouthful and a name I can never remember without googling it, but they’re highly raved about in the beauty community recently and look AMAZING. I need every single colour. They are essentially glitter eyeshadows that save you the work of using glitter and glitter primer and do it all in one, making glitter cut creases super easy.

Soap and Glory

I feel Soap and Glory can be under appreciated in the makeup world sometimes and I was actually surprised when I found out they were cruelty free and had makeup, but the makeup I’ve tried is actually really good. My favourite products are their brow pencils and the supercat eyeliner pen.


Before this post, I didn’t even know if Smashbox was sold in England or not, never mind in Boots so this is a great discovery! They recently released some beautiful eyeshadow palettes too, including the Cover Shot bold palette which includes 6 brightly coloured eyeshadows, a glitter shadow and a translucent shadow. It has everything you need to create a variety of looks and is compact in size so perfect for travelling with.

Other brands include:

  • Ardell
  • Barry M
  • Burts bees
  • Collection
  • Duo lash glue
  • Elegant Touch
  • Eco Tools (v)
  • Eye candy
  • Eylure
  • Fibre Brow (v)
  • KISS Nails
  • Makeup Drop silicone sponge
  • Natural Collection
  • Nails Inc
  • No 7.
  • Orly
  • Real Techniques
  • Sleek
  • UNE Natural Cosmetics
  • WAH London

Online, there are contradictive statements on No7 and Sally Hansen, so I emailed them, and their responses are below. From the responses, I judge No7 to be cf and Sally Hansen to not be.

No7 Email Response

Sally Hansen Email Response

I believe that although they state they want to end animal testing, the truth of the matter is they still sell in China. You can say that you’re in talks to try end animal testing all you want, the fact is you’re still conducting animal testing to sell in China. There are many companies that have pulled out from selling in China which speaks a lot louder than being “involved in dialogue”, which could mean anything and clearly has done nothing so far.

UPDATE: Collection

When writing this post, there were many places online that said they were cruelty free, but after sending an email after seeing someone be sceptical about their cf status, I found they’re not cruelty free. You can see their response below:

Collection Animal Testing Email

As you can see, they say they don’t test on animals, but later stipulate that there may be chances that they’ve tested on animals, therefore I would not trust them.

If there’s anything I’ve missed do let me know! What’s your favourite from the list? Are there any surprises? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time,

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  1. I need to look into buying creulty free makeup, its just hard when all the creulty free products seem to be more expensive and for someone whos really tight on money, it can be hard. Great post though, highly informative

    1. It can be tough at first, especially replacing everything you own! I did it gradually and when I needed to buy new stuff, I’d buy a cruelty free option instead, I’m on a tight budget as a student so it took me a while! makeup revolution is really good for affordable makeup to start off with!

  2. I have been looking for more cruelty free options recently and this is something that has become so important to me and I am in the process of converting all my makeup to cruelty free lines where I possibly can! NYX has always been awesome for this!!!! This post is definitely going to help me in my endeavours!💓

  3. The fact that soap and glory don’t test on animals really caught me by surprise, good on them!
    I use No7 makeup and would be curious to know the truth about if they test on animals or not! You’ll have to let me know if you find out!

    Caitlin x

  4. I’d be interested to know if No7 do/don’t test on animals as this is the make up I use mostly. Great post to make people aware! Also, I was surprised at soap and glort being on the list, good on them! 🙂

  5. I looove NYX and Soap and Glory! And I’m so desperate for a smashbox lipstick! Going to bookmark this post for the next time I go make-up shopping!

    Kirsty | The Monday Project | themondayproject.co.uk

    1. They’re both some of my favourite brands, their makeup is awesome! I’m still yet to own something from Smashbox but their lipsticks do look sooo good! Glad you find it useful 🙂 x

  6. Such a helpful post! I’m trying to shop cruelty free but I still find it so hard sometimes to figure out whether a brand is or isn’t so I’ll be checking back here!
    I love Bare Minerals & NYX a lot right now though.
    Claire xo

    1. I found it so difficult at first, there’s so many confusing statements out there and a lot of brands say they’re cruelty free but sell in china where they’re required to test on animals! NYX are my favourite, I definitely need to try more from Bare Minerals! x

  7. I was actually surprised to hear that NYX and Smashbox were in the cruelty free category! I love their products so that’s amazing actually. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Great blog post, so informative! Those photos are all beautiful too. I really like NYX makeup and I’m so happy they came to Boots stores. I actually didn’t realise that Soap & Glory are a cruelty free brand; so happy I just bought some makeup from them and got a free gift with purchase too!


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