90% Cruelty Free Drugstore First Impressions || Makeup

If I were you I would grab a cup of coffee (actually I would grab a cocktail but you do you) because this is going to be a long one...

So I asked you guys on twitter if you wanted to see a post full of first impressions and you all said yes so here we go! I've been buying a lot of new products and I love to watch/read first impressions posts, so I had to do one! I sit here writing this after doing a full glam face of makeup and spending a night at Festival MED, the perfect way to test how everything holdup.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer: God knows how excited I was to try a few of The Ordinary skincare products and when I saw that this primer was back in stock I had to order it. I can say that it did not disappoint me. Believe me the last time I wore a silicone based primmer was the PoreFessionel from Benefit and I like this one just as much, if not better. It really made my pores look smaller and my skin feel super hydrated. It's super inexpensive as  well and I really like it so far.
Also The Ordinary is a cruelty free brand!

Catrice Multitalent Fixing Spray Prime and Fine: Catrice is one of my favourite cruelty free brands from the drugstore and when I saw they had released a setting spray I HAD to get it! I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to setting sprays but I can say that I loved the mist in this one. Also it made my skin feel super fresh and I could notice the blush and highlighter on my skin much longer then usual.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation: I'm trying to go cruelty free and Rimmel does test on animals when required by law (shame on you China), but I had this foundation to try out and I'm not going to be throwing away brand new makeup, so I used this opportunity to give it a try. The foundation claims to be full coverage but, in my opinion, is a solid medium coverage foundation. The color match is perfect for me (I got the shade 201 Classic Beige). I didn't love the staying power because for a foundation that claims to last 25 hours it couldn't hold up a night even with primmer, setting spray and powder. I will report back to you guys on this one.

Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer: I've eared SO many good things about this concealer that I really had to try it. First I must say that here in Portugal the shade range isn't great, I got the darkest shade available at my local drugstore (02) and it still is super light which is a down point for me because even though it brings a lot of light into my under eye it is a bit too light for the summer months. 
Besides that this product has a super tick texture but blends out like a dream. Also is probably the most high coverage concealer I ever used!

Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick: Believe it or not I had never tried anything from Wet N Wild, such an inexpensive and cruelty free brand. I really wanted to try something for the lips in this look and so I got two of the Mega Last Lipsticks.
First of all I must say that this product has the cheapest package I've ever seen on a lipstick. It feels like the bullet is gonna break of at any moment and it also feels like the lid is not secure. Besides that the formula of the product itself is incredible. It totally reminds me of the formula of my MAC lipsticks and I would rather buy Wet N Wild any day because they don't test on animals.
Also the color range is amazing and I'm sure you will be able to find one that you like.

IV Premium Makeup Passion Brushes: I saw this brushes at the drugstore the other day. I had never heard of the brand and I couldn't find anything online about them (meaning that I don't know their CF status), I took the risk and bought them once they were so inexpensive. I love the mix of the matte black with the metallic pink top on the handle. But that does not make the bushes worth it for me, unfortunately. 
The brushes are not dense, which is something that upsets me specially in the kabuki brush. On the first application a lot of hair fell off the brush and the packaging just feels cheap in general, as I apply my makeup I feel like the brush is about to break. So my final tip is, save some pounds and buy yourself a Zoeva Brush which are not only amazing but also cruelty free.

So this is the final look I created using this products. I felt really happy with the result. It's amazing to know that there are so many options in the market that don't test on animals. Unfortunately I'm finding it easier to find products that don't test on animals from the drugstore then from higher hand brands, which is kind of sad because sometimes I do fancy myself some higher hand makeup. 
Also I just want to say that yesterday I was at Sephora and two girls were buying Nars makeup (which is no longer a CF brand) they had around 200£ each in makeup on their hands, then a third girl shows up and says "You buying that? Nars is not cruelty free anymore.", the girls put everything back, after saying "FUCK THAT". I felt so happy when that happened, it made me realize that this is the kind of world I want to be living in, so thank you for that.


  1. I am glad that I have read this because I feel like I need to be more aware of cruelty free products, I really want to start using more of them but I don't really know which brands are and which aren't. Thanks for sharing!

    Sophia xo // sophiaaaxo.com

  2. I'm desperate to try some products from the ordinary, I just keep forgetting to purchase some! I love the final look of this makeup look, you look so gorgeous xx