Ecological Makeup in Ukraine: Where to Find

Lipstick tube and bunny to represent cruelty-free makeup

Going cruelty-free and recycling isn't a trend but more of a common courtesy these days: celebrities and common people are more and more concerned about the state of the planet. Ukraine keeps up with the movement as well, so we chose top 6 makeup cruelty-free brands to buy in Ukraine and provide tips on choosing ecological makeup.

How to choose ecological make-up

Nowadays a whole variety of makeup brands from all over the world are represented in online and offline Ukrainian stores. While some are extremely famous like L'Oréal, MAC or Estée Lauder, they are still being tested on animals. Apart from being not animal-friendly, even expensive makeup can be ecologically damaging to the skin due to the high level of parabens, or to nature because of the extensive use of plastic packaging.

The first step at choosing eco-friendly brands is to simply check the packaging: the brands usually write about being cruelty-free and paraben-free right on the cover. You can also have a bit of research and consult the PETA-approved list of makeup manufacturers. Try to avoid buying makeup without proper recycling indicator, as it won't be accepted on Ukrainian recycling stations.

Finally, it's important to know that not every 100-percent pure natural brand may be suitable for your skin type. It's always better to consult with dermatologist and allergist before switching brands of skincare or makeup.


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Публикация от NYX Professional Makeup UA (@nyxcosmetics_ua)

The American make up brand NYX conquered mass market stores like Sephora thanks to its affordable prices and trend-setting makeup products. Despite being a part of L'Oréal group that tests their products on animals, NYX doesn't engage in the activity and is PETA-approved. The 100% cruelty-free brand can be found in the NYX stores all over the country. The brand is represented in big cities like Kyiv, Lviv, and Odesa as well as the smaller regions.


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Публикация от Yves Rocher Ukraine (@yvesrocherua)

Yves-Rocher is one of the most famous French cosmetics widely represented in Ukraine. The brand prides in using plant products ingredients and decreasing the level of silicon in their products. Besides, Yves-Rocher packaging is eco-friendly as well: the company uses eco-tubes that decreases the level of plastic by 62 tons. The brand has numerous stores in Ukraine, as well as a site available in Ukrainian and Russian.

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Публикация от Tarte Cosmetics (@tartecosmetics)

The American Tarte Cosmetics brand is a bestseller at Sephora. Most famously known for its beautiful eye shadow pallets, Tarte has a line of natural vegan-friendly makeup that does not include animal products, parabens, and toxic chemicals. While Tarte doesn't have an offline store, it's possible to order directly from their site or the largest Ukrainian online store


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Публикация от Gosh Copenhagen UA (@goshukraine)

Copenhagen-based cosmetics brand Gosh was initially founded as a skincare brand but shifted its focus towards makeup. The brand keeps up with the eco-friendly trend: there's a special vegan line for those who want to support cruelty-free production. It includes various products from BB creams and powders to contouring kits and highlighters. Gosh is represented in Brocard, Eva, Watsons and Cosmo mass market stores. The detailed map with all addresses as well as available products can be found at

Anastasia Beverly Hills

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Публикация от Anastasia Beverly Hills (@anastasiabeverlyhills)

The founder of the brand Anastasia Beverly Hills Anastasia Soare is commonly known as the 'eyebrow queen': she was the first to introduce brow-shaping, which is now a common trend in the world of makeup. The brand is used by celebrities like Kardashian-Jenner family and shows like American Top Model. The brand is 100% cruelty-free and has an organic vegan line for those who don't support using animal products in makeup. Makeup by Anastasia Beverly Hills can be bought at The site has the brand's bestsellers as well as new items.

Kat Von D

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Публикация от Kat Von D Beauty (@katvondbeauty)

While Kat Von D is now notoriously known for her personal choices, her makeup brand is cruelty-free and is being reconstructed to be 100% vegan. Currently, the brand has a #VeganAlert line where all items are made without animal products. Kat Von D makeup is available at and

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