The Vegan Beauty Awards 2021 from VegNews
Really great beauty products can bring out the best in us. They add shine to a dreary day or give us the confidence to conquer the world. Self-care is a journey and, when paired with exceptional products, can be transformative. That is why it is so important to find the right products for every need. Under the direction of VegNews Beauty Editor Aruka Sanchir, we spent months testing, smearing, and smudging hundreds of vegan skin care and makeup products to find the best of the best. From nail polish to perfume, we’ve tried everything and exactly what your vegan cosmetic bag needs.
All photos by Emily Utne
1. BEST NAIL POLISH
Base coat$ 20
Tran Wills grew up in nail salons and knew the dangerous working conditions many deal with. So she opened a revolutionary vegan salon focused on the health and wellbeing of everyone, from staff to customers, and now you! Base Coat’s pretty polishes are 10-free, non-toxic, and come in 100+ seriously stylish pigments to suit every mood.
2. BEST BATHROOM PRODUCT
Bath culture Refillable glass wash your mind and body$ 35
The belief in radical self-care (even when showering) triggered the creation of this woody, redwood grove-scented body wash made from sustainably harvested ingredients. Lather up, take a deep breath and immerse yourself in a calming forest without ever leaving your bathroom.
3. BEST SKIN CARE TOOL
FOREO LUNA Mini 3$ 159
Thanks to this hand-held miracle from the Swedish skin-tech company FOREO, over 8,000 sound pulses reach deep into the pores. It’s like a spa massage and facial cleansing all in one.
4. BEST EYE CREAM
REN Clean Skincare Radiance Lightening eye cream with a dark circle$ 49
When we stare at our screens 24/7 we really have a number in our eyes, but don’t fret – REN to the rescue! With its effective water-in-oil cream, the sustainability-oriented brand promises fewer dark circles under the eyes after just seven days.
5. BEST FACE MASK
Sukin Detoxifying Clay Mask$ 13
Sukin’s Australian skin care lovers focus on naturally derived ingredients, combining kale, goji berries and bentonite clay in a detoxifying, restorative, climate neutral mask that has it all.
6. Best for acne prone skin
Mad Hippie Day & Night Dual Pack$ 34
This powerful serum duo from Mad Hippie from Portland soothes inflamed skin all day long with antioxidant-rich vitamin C and gently exfoliates, while you get your beauty sleep thanks to vitamin A. Boo-bye bumps and discoloration!
7. BEST MASCARA
Lily Lolo Vegan Mascara$ 20
When you find a mascara that is buildable, durable, lengthening, and bulky, never let go of it. London-based Lily Lolo has pioneered the clean beauty movement for years, and this vegan-friendly mascara proves exactly why.
8. BEST ANTI-AGING SERUM
Theoderma Fine Line Fix Restorative Serum$ 112
Long, stressful days that cause unnecessary wrinkles? This fast-absorbing vitamin A-rich serum from experienced dermatologist Savy Guthrie instantly reduces those fine lines and leaves your skin looking smooth and supple.
9. BEST PRODUCT FOR TEXTURED HAIR
Opulent Hair Essentials Groovy Hair Smoothie$ 17.99
A styling cream that locks in moisture, defines natural curls and really makes them POP? Log in! Founder Danielle Foster uses her own proven formula for soft, conditioned hair that smells as amazing as it feels.