I am the first to admit when I have made a mistake. I saw on Benefit’s website that they claimed to not test their products on animals, so I proceeded to purchase a few products from their line—without realizing that their products were not, in fact, cruelty-free. I made the mistake of just reading the first paragraph and ignoring the rest of the answer, which explains that they sell their products in China (which requires animal testing by law). I made this discovery in the beginning of my going cruelty-free, and I have definitely gotten a lot more careful buying products as time has gone on. However, I intend to save others from making the same mistakes I have. If you’re having a hard time swearing off Benefit products, try these dupes instead for a cruelty-free (and often much cheaper) alternative!
First we have Benefit’s legendary lip and cheek stain, Benetint. This is a widely-known and loved lip and cheek stain, and, I’ll admit, there are very few products exactly like this one. But I believe I have found a pretty great dupe for this product. Not only is The Balm’s Staniac Lip and Cheek Stain cruelty-free, but it’s also nearly fifteen dollars cheaper than Benetint!
Benefit’s cult-followed brow gel, Gimme Brow, is one that’s hard to beat. But, in my opinion, Glossier’s Boy Brow beats it! The Glossier gel is more of a pomade, leaving brows in place without making them flaky or crunchy the way other brow gels can. Boy Brow is also $16, whereas Gimme Brow is $24.
The number-one bestselling bronzer on Sephora is Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer. This bronzer is apparently incredible if it’s number one on Sephora, but NYX’s Matte Bronzer in Medium is practically the exact same shade! Plus, the NYX Bronzer is only $9, and the Hoola bronzer is almost $30!
Watt’s Up! Highlighter
This cream-to-powder highlighter is supposed to be amazing, but Sonia Kashuk makes a very similar product for just $10.99! The Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in the shade Sparkling Sand is the perfect dupe for the Watt’s Up! highlighter.
High Beam Highlighter
Benefit’s liquid highlighter is coveted, but NYX makes a cheaper, cruelty-free alternative! Their Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam has a super-similar pinkish-pearly glow as the Benefit High Beam and is only $7.50!
They’re Real! Mascara
The number two best-selling mascara on Sephora’s website is Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara. I got this mascara as a 100-point perk at Sephora once, back when I still thought Benefit was cruelty free. I really loved this product, but this $24 mascara can be easily beat by a $4.99 mascara from the cruelty free drugstore brand Essence, which is carried at Ulta. Don’t be intimidated by the gigantic brush on Essence’s I Love Extreme Volume Mascara. This huge wand delivers unrivaled length and volume, and in a side by side test I performed, the Essence mascara delivered better results after one coat than the Benefit mascara did after two!