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12 cruelty free makeup staples in the drugstore

The world of cruelty-free shopping can get a little complicated, especially with beauty products. If you're a newbie to the cruelty-free way of life, it's only natural to feel overwhelmed by figuring out which brands actually avoid animal testing. As if things weren't already complex, some brands that are found to be cruelty free are owned by parent companies that are not cruelty free, which by some definitions makes the smaller brand questionable cruelty. We've tried to make things a little easier by highlighting 12 makeup brands (and their standout products) that are 100% cruelty free and can be found at most drug stores.

1. EcoTools Bamboo 5-piece brush set

Where to buy: EcoTools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Set, Ulta and Most Drug Stores ($ 17.99)

Perfect for: This brush set is the best of the basics (including blush, eyeliner, eyeliner, and brow care brushes). Keep this handy kit in your desk for a quick refresher.

Why it is so special: EcoTools are made from recycled materials and sustainably harvested bamboo.

2. Flower About Face Foundation with primer

Where to buy: Flower About Face Foundation with Primer, Walmart ($ 10.00)

Perfect for: Save time in the morning. This two-in-one primer and base can be used to quickly create a flawless base with buildable cover.

Why it is so special: The pump delivers the same amount every time, resulting in less clutter and less waste.

3. Doctor's Formula Youthful Wear Mattifying Face Powder

Where to buy: Doctors Formula Youthful Wear Mattifying Face Powder, Ulta and Most Drug Stores ($ 8.99)

Perfect for: Set the foundation and create a flawless, matte finish.

Why it is so special: This matteppowder is designed to protect the skin from free radical damage. Ingredients like sunflower oil, zinc and iron oxides work together to provide antioxidant support and UV protection to the skin.

4. Mineral Fusion Blush

Where to buy: Mineral Fusion Blush, Goal ($ 18.49)

Perfect for: The triple-ground minerals in this blush create a smooth, natural-looking finish. A little bit of this highly pigmented powder goes a long way.

Why it is so special: This mineral blush is free from talc, a possible skin allergen.

5. Wet N Wild Contouring Palette

Where to buy: Wet N Wild Contouring Palette, Target, and Most Drug Stores ($ 4.99)

Perfect for: Add warmth to your complexion, define cheekbones, and highlight prominent areas of the face.

Why it is so special: The powders in this palette are not as heavily pigmented as other contour kits. Hence, they are ideal if you are looking for a subtle, natural-looking contour.

6. Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette in mind on Neutral

Where to buy: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette in Eye on Neutral, Goal ($ 19.99)

Perfect for: Create dozen of combinations of shadows, ranging from unobtrusive daytime images to sultry smoky eyes.

Why it is so special: These neutral matte tones suit a range of skin tones - certain shades can be used as an eyebrow powder!

7. Pixi Lash Line Ink

Where to buy: Pixi Lash Line Ink, Target ($ 14.99)

Perfect for: Define eyes with a simple fluid line or a sexy cat's eye.

Why it is so special: Pixi takes measures to ensure that its products and raw materials are never tested on animals.

8. Pacifica Stellar Eye Length & Strength Mascara

Where to buy: Pacifica Stellar Eye Length & Strength Mascara, Ulta, and Target ($ 14.00)

Perfect for: Layering for luscious lashes.

Why it is so special: This natural mascara with coconut oil and B vitamins cares for the lashes so that they stay strong and healthy. It's also alcohol-free, so your eyelashes are less dry or crusty.

9. Ardell Natural Demure Black Lashes

Where to buy: Ardell Natural Demure Black Lashes, Ulta, and most drug stores ($ 3.99).

Perfect for: Add pep to your natural lashes for a subtle, daytime look. These lightweight eyelashes are easy to apply and even adapt to the shape of your eyes.

Why it is so special: Ardell uses alternative animal hair throughout their lash line.

10. E.l.f. Eyebrow kit

Where to buy: Eleven. Eyebrow Kit, Ulta, and Most Drug Stores ($ 3.99)

Perfect for: Defined eyebrows that don't look drawn. You can use the wax or powder included in the kit - or both.

Why it is so special: Believe it or not, the tiny brush that comes with the kit is actually perfect for applying the product. The kit also includes a small mirror that combines an eyebrow stop!

11. Milani Color Statement Lipstick

Where to buy: Milani Color Statement Lipstick, Target and Most Drug Stores ($ 4.99)

Perfect for: Long-lasting, fade-resistant lips. This lipstick is applied cream-colored, but also stains like stains after your morning cup of coffee.

Why it is so special: Milani is Leaping Bunny certified which means it is internationally recognized as a cruelty free company.

12. Orly flexible nail polish

Where to buy: Orly Flexible Nail Polish, Ulta, and Target ($ 9.99)

Perfect for: DIY manicure with trendy colors that have gel-like longevity.

Why it is so special: Orly nail polish is free from the five nail polish toxins (formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, camphor and toluene).

What's your favorite cruelty-free drugstore product?