Crunchy Cheats is a ongoing series on The Pistachio Project that will basically supply you with suggestions of better products that you can easily buy. Some of these will be products that you can buy if you are not ready to dive all the way into crunchiness and make everything yourself but some of the Crunchy Cheats will be lists of safer brands to chose from when buying products (that you couldn’t possibly make.)

Today’s Crunchy Cheat is natural makeup!

If you’ve been following along in my Natural Beauty series then you probably have realized that I do like to make many of my beauty products myself. However, I can’t make everything and even some that I could, I just don’t want to. I don’t have time to make all my products. Makeup is one area that I buy most of my products instead of make them. Trying to find a natural makeup can be hard. There area quite a few brands out there and it’s hard to tell what’s good without trying it out first. However, with the cost of makeup, you also don’t want to just throw money at all the options.

Here is a list of some natural makeup lines that I’ve either personally used or have heard great reviews from other crunchy women.

Crunchy Cheats: 7 Natural Makeups100% Pure 

Claims: Colored from antioxidant fruit and vegetable pigments. Cruelty free, no synthetic chemicals, no chemical preservatives, no artificial fragrances, vegan, most products are gluten free
Pros: More traditional makeup (not mineral), full line.
Cons: Mostly online with a handful of small stores/boutiques.
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Old formula ranges from 1-2. New formula should be about the same.

Everyday Minerals 

Claims: Cruelty free, recycling initiative, no harsh chemicals, 100% vegan, handmade.
Pros: On the less expensive side.
Cons: Limited line; no mascara for instance. Mineral line which may be an adjustment for those used to traditional makeups. Online only.
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Old formula ranges from 1-3. New formula should be about the same.

Crunchy Cheats: 7 Natural MakeupsGabriel Color 

Claims: Cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, no paragons, no phthalates, no nano/micro sized particles
Pros: Full line, can be found in many natural stores.
Cons: Some of the ingredients may be questionable, hence the higher Skin Deep ranking.
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Ranges from 2-5

Vapour Organic Beauty 

Claims: Organic, cruelty free, no toxic chemicals, no paragons, no phthalates, no gluten, no irradiation.
Pros: No nano-particles
Cons: Mostly online with a handful of small stores/boutiques.
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Ranges from 1-2

Lauren Brooke Cosmetiques 

Claims: Natural and organic, no paragons, no chemicals or unnecessary fillers.
Pros: On the less expensive side.
Cons: Limited line; no mascara. Mostly online with a handful of small stores/boutiques.
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Ranges from 1-3

Real Purity

Crunchy Cheats: 7 Natural Makeups
Claims: Larger, micronized particles (not nanosized), lead free, no synthetic or chemical based pigments, cruelty free, manufactured in small batches.
Pros: Full line of cosmetics,
Cons: Online only. Mineral line which may be an adjustment for those used to traditional makeups
EWG Skin Deep Ranking: Ranges from 1-3

Physicians Formula Organic Wear

Claims: Free of harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, paragons, synthetic fragrances & colors, cruelty free, and free of GMO’s.
Pros: Easy to find in stores such as target.
Cons: Not much to the line; mascara, bronzer/blush, tinted moisturizer,
EWG Skin Deeep Ranking: Ranges from 1-3

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