Everyday Replacements

Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip liner // Seventeen BB Cream in Light // Revlon Colourstay Concealer

I've spoken a little on the blog about my plans to gradually replace the products in my makeup bag with cruelty free versions. I don't feel that there is any need for me to continue buying products that haven't been ethically manufactured especially as there are so many great alternatives, but to throw away half used products seems wasteful, so I thought it would be a nice idea to talk about alternatives for favourite products as and when I get through them.

I've got here a few makeup bag mainstays and I haven't actually replaced them yet - I have a couple of alternative foundations to use up before I buy any more, likewise I also have another concealer which I've almost finished but don't need to replace just yet. The BB cream by Seventeen was an inexpensive product but I got on well with it - it blended out nicely and gave me the sort of coverage I would expect from this type of product. Even though I chose the lightest shade, I still found it a little dark for my skintone but I often struggle with this! Blended carefully and with a loose powder to set, though, it looked just fine.

I've shortlisted a few equivalent products which I would like to try but I haven't committed to buying one yet - maybe if you have ever used any of them you can recommend them, or even an alternative?

  • Lush Light Pink - this is a Lush colour supplement, it looks like a good dupe for a BB cream but I would definitely need to go into the store to try it out as I am unsure whether or not it would suit my skintone. 
  • The Body Shop Fresh Nude - This is more a foundation than a BB cream, but reading the reviews it's quite light weight and seems to be popular. It also contains an SPF which the Lush one doesn't have, and although it's more expensive, you do seem to get more of the product for the money. There is also a much greater shade range for this product.
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin - Urban Decay are cruelty free, PETA and Leaping Bunny certified and many of them are also vegan. This foundation comes in a multitude of shades and has great reviews. It's the most expensive one that I've looked at, coming in at around the price you'd pay for a makeup counter foundation (£28-£30). The demi-matte formula leaves an airbrushed look and with 21 shades available, there's sure to be one to suit.
  • Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation - Another cruelty free brand, Ere Perez is based in Australia and her Oat Milk foundation has garnered rave reviews. I love the idea of this but wouldn't want to buy online just because I wouldn't have had the opportunity to shade match or feel the consistency of the product; however it's a brand I've bookmarked should I ever make a trip down under!
The Revlon Colourstay Concealer was another product I liked using - great for eye bags and blemish coverage. Here are some alternatives I'll be looking in to:
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer - Like the foundation, this product promises great coverage and a weightless formula. At £19 it isn't the cheapest product, but something I would consider investing in if I liked the formula and application.
  • The Body Shop Concealer all in one - A stick formula product from The Body Shop for those who prefer a heavier consistency. I personally find stick concealers quite hard to use and not as easy to blend as liquid formula's, but for £9, this is a reasonable alternative and stacks up against high street products.
The Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip liner is going to be a tough act to replace as this is my go-to eyeliner and has been for years. It's a tricky one because Collection do not sell in China, where animal testing on cosmetics is mandatory, and whilst they refute any claims that they test products on animals, sometimes their messaging is conflicted. Whilst I look into this further, here are some alternatives I might like to try out:

  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liner - at £16 this is several times the price of the Collection liner I have become so reliant on, but of all of the alternatives, it looks the closest in design. Available to buy from Debenhams in the UK. 
  • Urban Decay Perversion Liner - This product is slightly more pricey again than the KVD version, but does look a good match for the Collection one.
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner - Eyeko claim to be cruelty free and they also don't sell in China. This skinny liner looks like a good everyday alternative and even though it's still expensive, it's the cheapest of the ones I've found so far!
XO Amie
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