As the city is not under the same guidelines as neighbouring China, 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 is 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
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 available at Beyond Beauty at Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong, 中環金鐘道88號太古廣場
Now 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 some of the most accessible skincare and cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong.
Shop Antipodes online at Watsons
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.
E.L.F. makes affordable and high quality vegan makeup products that we are a little obsessed with. The Baked Highligter in Moonlight Pearls is a popular choice at team Honeycombers, with just the right amount of shimmer, and we also love their Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette that features natural hues that are perfect for everyday.
E.L.F. Cosmetics are available to shop through iHerb
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, Shop B245, Level B2, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2881 8803 銅鑼灣時代廣場B2 B245號舖
Korean brand 3CE 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.
3CE is available at i.t. Hysan One, 1 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2890 7329, 銅鑼灣希慎道1號希慎廣場i.t.
Another cruelty-free makeup brand that we love 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 and the hand buttercream is full of coconutty goodness that we are fans of.
Shop 100% Pure here
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.
Shop Pacifica online at iHerb
Just in case you didn’t know, Lush on Wyndham Street hides an amazing selection of cruelty-free makeup on their second floor. Shop metallic eyeliners, vibrant shadows and a range of moisturing lip colours and you won’t have to worry about any animal being hurt for your haul. Of course there’s no animal testing on all their yummy beauty, skincare or hair products either.
Lush, G/F-4/F, Soho Square, 21 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, p. 3915 0638, 中環擺花街21號Soho Square地下至4樓
Kat Von D Beauty
As a vegan herself, Kat Von D 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 that features Kat’s signature edge.
Shop Kat Von D Beauty online
Known as one of the top makeup artists worldwide, Charlotte Tilbury refuses to test on animals, creating cruelty-free makeup that gives red carpet looks to 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 getting a sun-kissed glow, even when we’re not on holiday.
Charlotte Tilbury, Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Harbour City, Tsim Sha tsui, Hong Kong, p. 3101 4799, 尖沙咀廣東道3號海港城連卡佛
Founded in San Francisco, Bare Minerals 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, Bare Minerals 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.
Shop Bare Minerals on B1 at SOGO, 555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2831 8534, 香港銅鑼灣軒尼詩道555號崇光百貨公司樓2樓
If you’re looking for cruelty-free makeup in Hong Kong and you love bold and bright colours, then 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) and also the selection of coloured mascaras.
Shop Urban Decay at FACESSS, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2118 5622, 尖沙咀廣東道海港城海運大廈
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