Environmentally friendly brands that won’t break the bank
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
Going green can be hard, especially when you’re a makeup addict. However, it’s not impossible. There are plenty of brands out there that you might not even know are organic and environmentally friendly! Who knows, you might have some of them in your cosmetics bag already.
While not the cheapest brand on this list, BITE Beauty is a consumer favourite popping out of Sephora. With their long-lasting and pigmented lip products, it’s a shock to some to know that this Toronto-based cosmetics company is entirely organic. That’s right, all of their ingredients are plant-based. This is also a bonus if you happen to have sensitive skin!
Physicians Formula “Organic Wear” Line
While the company itself isn’t entirely organic, this particular line within it is. If you’re an “eco warrior” this might not be the brand for you, since buying it will still support a company that isn’t fully committed to being biodegradable. However, the makeup is really good, and it is unlikely to irritate your skin. They also cater to a variety of skin tones.
This might be news to you, but earlier this year Burt’s Bees launched their own makeup line. Armed with foundations, blushes, eyeliners, and much more, the line has been fairly well-received and it’s still manufactured under the same moral guidelines as their stick lip balms and lip glosses—to be as natural as possible. Personally, I find this brand a little hit or miss. The liquid foundation irritates my skin, but the powder blushes and the lipsticks are very pretty. Don’t expect anything too wild and crazy colour-wise, though. Burt’s Bees is fairly committed to enhancing natural beauty—so not a black lipstick in sight, sadly.
Mineral makeup is one of those things that everyone has a polarized opinion on. People either love it or hate it. This particular brand is one of the better ones, however. It blends well and it doesn’t cause breakouts by clogging pores like some mineral lines do, though I would advise getting yourself a setting spray. As a bonus, mineral makeup contains a natural SPF, making it great for if you plan to be outside and you don’t like how greasy sunscreen makes you look.