My Top 3 Cruelty-free Primers

cruelty-free primers

Until around a year ago, primer was one of those products I didn’t really get. It just felt like another cream to slather onto my face, another way for the beauty industry to make a buck. Then I discovered its ability to make everything feel smoother and stay in place better, and I haven’t looked back since. Primer has gone from a skipped step in my routine to something I won’t leave out of my makeup look. Who knew?

I’ve tried a few different products and have found the following three to be my faves:


How do I love thee, Illamasqua? I won’t bore you all again by expressing my devotion to this product, but it really is among my favourites. Cruelty-free and vegan, the Hydra Veil is like glossing your face with cool, watery gel; it’s not greasy or heavy, but instead soaks into skin within moments.


Arbonne primer

I was kindly sent a sample of Arbonne’s Makeup Primer, and having tried it out I can safely say it has gone straight onto my Christmas wishlist. Before I became cruelty-free, the best primer I’d tried was Benefit’s Porefessional. This product has a similar consistency and finish, leaving my skin feeling incredibly soft, and visibly minimizing my pores. Arbonne’s credentials are basically flawless; vegan and paraben-free to name two. You can shop their range of premium skin care and cosmetics through an independent consultant.


Yes, I’m cheating here a little. This is not, strictly speaking, a primer. Though I initially fell for the adorable packaging and cute pearls (they saw me coming, as my mother would say) I soon realised just how well this product works as a base for my foundation.  Over a good moisturiser, this highlighter – which I put all over my face as a primer, though you can just add it to your cheekbones and nose – provides a dewy sheen. Vegan, cruelty-free and available at your local Superdrug!

Do you have a favourite primer I should know about? Let me know in the comments!

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*I was sent this product to review, and have given nothing but my honest opinion!

3 thoughts on “My Top 3 Cruelty-free Primers

  1. at last an accessible cruelty-free blog! I love makeup but wanted to start shopping vegan and cruelty-free, as obviously animals are way more important that shades of lipstick, but was stuck where to begin! This is fab, thank you :)


    1. You’re so welcome! I’m happy to say that cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics are being featured in blogs more and more. Feel free to check out my Blog Index (from the main menu) for more recommendations of blogs to check out :)

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