Lip Gloss & Tint

Vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss and tint. You can shop with the assurance that all of the makeup products we list on Get it Vegan, including the lip gloss and tint found below, are 100% free of animal by-products, ingredients and testing of any kind.

Lip Gloss & Tint

What is ‘vegan’ & ‘cruelty-free’ lip gloss & tint?

The term “vegan”, with regard to lip gloss and tint, refers to products that don’t contain ingredients that are derived or sourced from animals or insects, whereas the term “cruelty-free” refers to lip gloss and tint that’s free of animal testing, including the individual ingredients used in it. 

What animal and insect ingredients are commonly used in lip gloss and tint?

Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common animal and insect-derived ingredients that are used in lip glosses and tints, including the origins of these ingredients, their use in lip and makeup products, their aliases, and some of their vegan-friendly alternatives. 

Carmine: A red pigment that’s common in lip makeup. Carmine is derived from heating female Cochineal insects to death, drying them out, and crushing their shells. Whether you hate bugs or don’t mind them, or even if you love them, would you smear them on your lips?

  • Aliases: Cochineal, Carminic Acid, Dactylopius Coccus Extract.
  • Vegan alternatives to carmine: Alkanet root; beet juice; natural Iron Oxide pigments.

Beeswax: Beeswax is made from melting honeycomb with boiling water, straining it, and cooling it. It helps to keep an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components. It also helps to allow a smooth application for lip gloss. Unfortunately, many bees are killed or have their wings and legs torn off because of haphazard handling when they are farmed.

  • Alises: Apic cerana, Apis Mel, Apis mellifera, Apis Mellifica, Cera Alba, Cera Flava
  • Vegan alternatives to beeswax: Candelilla wax; Soy wax; Sustainable carnauba wax, Cerecin.

Gelatin: Typically obtained by boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments, or bones of pigs, cows and other animals. Gelatin is generally used in lip gloss and tint as a binder, structuring agent, and/or thickener. 

  • Aliases: Gel, Hide Glue, Gelatine, Isinglass, Kosher and Halal Gelatin.
  • Vegan alternatives to gelatin: Plant-based oils, as well as Irish moss (carageenan) and seaweed (agar, kelp, etc.).

Guanine: Taken from fish scales and acids that are located in animal tissue. Due to its ability to provide shimmer, it's often found in non-vegan lip products that have a luminous, pearly effect, or in glitter nail polish and mascara colours. 

  • Aliases: Pearl Essence
  • Vegan alternatives to guanine: Leguminous plants, synthetic pearl, or aluminum and bronze particles.

Lanolin: Derived from the oil glands of sheep, and typically while they endure uncomfortably hot conditions. Once the sheep outlive their productivity, they’re sent for slaughter. Lanolin is often used to soften or smoothen the skin in lip gloss, lipstick, and many other personal care and makeup products.

  • Aliases: Aliphatic Alcohol, Cholesterin, Isopropyl Lanolate, Laneth, Lanogene, Lanolin Acids, Wool Fat, Wool Wax, Lanolin Alcohol, Lanosterols, Triterpene Alcohols, Lanothionine.
  • Vegan alternatives to lanolin: plant and vegetable oils, such as sustainably harvested palm oil and cocoa butter.

Why Should I Buy ‘Vegan’ & ‘Cruelty-Free’ Lip Gloss & Tint?

Who wants to smear fish scales on their lips? Aside from that, it’s important to buy vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss and tint because it’s a way to ‘vote with your dollars’.  If we as consumers stop paying companies to put these grotesque and cruel ingredients in lip gloss and other products, they will stop doing it. By supporting vegan & cruelty-free products, you’re essentially telling retails, manufacturers and distributors what will and won’t sell every time you buy something. This is a very effective form of animal-welfare activism.

What brands make vegan lip gloss and tint?

Thankfully, there are a growing number of brands that make vegan & cruelty-fee lip gloss, tint,and related products. These brands include:

  • ADORN Cosmetics
  • Aesthetica
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Aromi
  • Au Naturale Cosmetics
  • Axiology
  • Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC)
  • DeVita
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics
  • Elate Clean Cosmetics
  • Fairypants
  • Gabriel Cosmetics
  • Herbivore Botanicals
  • INIKA Organic

More to come! As we verify more companies, more will be add to this list!

Is vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss and tint expensive?

In general, vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss and tint is not any more expensive, or any less-expensive, than products that contain animal/insect derived or tested ingredients.

Just like “normal” versions, the prices of vegan & cruelty-free lip gloss and tint can vary based on differences in the quality and the availability of the ingredients used, differences in the manufacturing processes employed, different brand names behind them, as well as various other factors.

How do you choose which products to put in this store?

We maintain a growing list of companies that make lip gloss and tint that’s rumoured to be vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. We contact all of these companies to find out straight from them if they use animal and/or insect-derived ingredients, and to see if they abide by specific cruelty-free practices, including:

  • Not testing their final products or ingredients on animals
  • Not paying someone else to test ingredients or final products on animals for them
  • Not using ingredients that are tested on animals
  • Not selling their products en masse to retailers in countries wherein animal testing is required by law, such as mainland China

When we find lip liner that meet this set of criteria and is sold on Amazon, we list it here for your shopping convenience.

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For companies that make vegan & cruelty-free lip gloss & tint

If you make vegan and cruelty-free lip gloss and tint, we’d love to feature you and your products on the “Brands We Love” section of our site! Contact us at  - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to get started!


Some of the information for this guide on vegan & cruelty-free lip gloss and tint was gathered from the following sources: