Are you an animal lover that wants to take care of the environment while staying glam and gorgeous? There are endless options for beauty products that are free from animal testing in Hong Kong – get your fix now!
From scouting out vegan fashion and sustainable designs from Womb and The Slow Mode to buying waste-free groceries, being an eco-conscious consumer in Hong Kong is actually easier than you think. And with beauty one of the largest retail markets in the city, it’s not surprising that there are now many places to shop cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong. So, grab your credit card – it’s time to shop without guilt and say no to animal testing.
Where to shop cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong
Exclusively available in Hong Kong at selected Watsons stores, you can find a wide range of premium natural skincare and beauty products by the innovative New Zealand brand Antipodes, including the brand’s most prestigious products Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream and Healthy Lipsticks made of avocado oil, argan oil, and more. It’s definitely one of the most accessible skincare and cruelty-free makeup brands in Hong Kong.
2. Popstar Cosmetics
Local beauty brand Popstar Cosmetics is the brainchild of Donald Chiu, a longtime makeup artist who wanted to create a vegan and cruelty-free range. We love the Velvet Matte Liquid Lip Colours, especially in Badass, and the new selection of Mesmerise Mousse Eyeshadow comes in colours that we could eat. #SupportLocal and say no to animal testing!
Popstar Cosmetics is available online.
E.L.F. makes affordable and high quality vegan makeup products that we are a little obsessed with. The Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls is a popular choice at Honeycombers, with just the right amount of shimmer. Also, we love their Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette that features natural hues – perfect for everyday use.
4. Kiko Milano
You must have seen a branch of Kiko Milano, as they seem to be everywhere in Hong Kong, and that’s great if you’re looking to shop cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong. This Italian brand has a selection of affordable staples, we are partial to the coloured mascaras and liquid liners, and also create regular limited-edition lines which are always impressive.
Kiko Milano has branches across Hong Kong.
Korean brand 3CE (under Stylenanda) is one of our absolute faves, thanks to their fun take on graphics and bold colours. Plus, all of their products come in cute packaging (would you expect anything less from a Korean brand?), making them easy on the eye. The I’m a Chubby Mascara is one of their best sellers worldwide.
Shop 3CE online.
6. 100% Pure
Another cruelty-free makeup brand that we adore is 100% Pure. The Pretty Naked Palette is an absolute must-have for any makeup bag, thanks to its subtle colours and glide-on finish. We are fans of the hand buttercream too, as it’s full of coconutty goodness.
Shop 100% Pure online.
American brand Pacifica makes a great selection of mascaras, eyeliners, and mineral-infused eyeshadows. They also sell a range of masks, cleansers, and body lotions that are all cruelty-free.
In case you didn’t know, Lush on Wyndham Street has an amazing selection of cruelty-free makeup on their second floor. Shop metallic eyeliners, vibrant shadows, and a range of moisturising lip colours while not having to worry about any animals being hurt for your haul. And of course, there’s no animal testing on all their beauty, skincare or hair products either.
Lush has branches across Hong Kong.
9. KVD Vegan Beauty
As a vegan herself, KVD wanted to create a line that is cruelty-free and that contains no animals product, and the result is pretty epic. From bold metallic eyeshadows to liners that glide on like a tattoo, we love the selection of products and the stunning packaging.
10. Charlotte Tilbury
Known as one of the top makeup artists worldwide, Charlotte Tilbury refuses to test on animals, creating cruelty-free makeup that creates red carpet looks for the rest of us. If you haven’t tried the Hollywood Flawless Filter, it’s an absolute beauty bag must. And we love the Moonbeach Beach Stick too, for giving us a sun-kissed glow even when we’re not on holiday.
Founded in San Francisco, bareMinerals is all about working with natural minerals to create beautiful makeup, so being a cruelty-free makeup brand was a natural fit. While beauty brands take it wild with colour, bareMinerals is about enhancing natural beauty with barely-there colours and long-lasting, natural-looking products. The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation corrects tone and brightens skin all at once, plus it includes SPF20, which we think is pretty great.
12. Urban Decay
If you’re looking for cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong and you love bold and bright colours, look no further than Urban Decay. We love the easy-to-apply vegan Glide On Eye Pencils (Empire and Mainline have a gorgeous shimmer effect while looking almost black), plus the selection of coloured mascaras.
If you’re hoping to create a more sophisticated look, indulge yourself in Hourglass’s pristine makeup products. With trendy colour collections and sleek packaging, Hourglass aims to reinvent luxury cosmetics with cutting-edge formulae, active ingredients, and a high level of integrity. While Hourglass has always been cruelty-free since its launch in 2004, it’s gone above and beyond over the past few years with its full-on vegan collections – now that’s what we call commitment!
Tarte prides itself on only using high-performing and naturally derived ingredients, such as superfruit and plant extracts. Not only is Tarte cruelty-free, but its products are also free from parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, and other ‘stuff’ we cannot pronounce. If you want to support this female-founded and eco-chic brand, try Tarte’s Amazonian Clay series, or its popular Maneater series if you’re feeling wild!
15. Kari Gran (no longer available in Hong Kong)
The philosophy of Kari Gran is to be the anti-beauty beauty company that celebrates self-caring and not changing women’s figures according to media standards. The brand creates a comprehensive array of eco-luxe products to women of any age and they offer simple and elegant solutions to your daily personal care. Some of their most popular products include the gorgeous shimmer lip whip, the radiant lip whip and the mineral blush.
Kari Gran is no longer available at Harvey Nichols Hong Kong.