FRI-YAY best pick: radiant cruelty free vegan makeup with no nasty chemicals

Looking for a go-to cruelty free makeup range that is also vegan with everything from BB cream to mineral bronzing powder, smudge-proof mascara, eye pencil and eyeshadow palette? Check out the ever so impressive Castrice's Clean ID.

A promotional picture of Catrice Clean ID vegan makeup range with everything from BB cream to mascara and mineral bronzing powder
Catrice Clean ID vegan makeup range. Pic: NOWinSA

Despite not having to worry about the presence of any nasty chemicals often hiding in your cosmetic products, what I particularly love about this makeup range is how it gives you a naturally radiant, and smooth finish.

Hydro BB Cream

Available in two colours – light and medium – the medium tone Hydro BB Cream (containing 99% natural ingredients) comes across as too chalky at first for a darker skin type like mine.

However it has a shockingly soft blendable formula that evens out really well upon application, providing a medium coverage good enough to blur any existing imperfections.

Mineral Bronzer SPF

With 85% natural ingredients, the talc-free bronzing powder is infused with minerals to give that perfect matte finish to the complexion. The SPF15  UV protection allows you to enjoy some carefree time out in the sun knowing you are protected.

Our ultimate best pick: Mineral Swirl Highlighter

Available in sunny gold-bronze or delicate rosé, the ultra saturated mineral swirl highlighter is must if you live for the drama or simply want to add glow and look more awake.

Whether applying it along the bridge of your nose for a more slimmer appearance or around the cheek bones over blush if not in the inner corner of your eyes to brighten up, this high impact shimmer is simply a God’s gift.


The Clean ID comes in handy for those who have seen first hand how unpleasant a heavy makeup can be during a pandemic, which sadly requires us to wear masks a significant amount of time, resulting in clogged pores and acne breakouts and acne due, aka ‘maskne’.

NOWinSA editor Tankiso Komane with a radiantly clean, natural finish – thanks to Catrice’s Clean ID makeup range

As per expert advice, vegan makeup helps minimise the appearance of breakouts, making this a perfect time to switch up and kick start your cruelty free journey to non toxic vegan makeup.

In the case of the Clean ID range, it means it contains no animal ingredients and cancer causing microplastic particles – as deemed so by the Environmental Working Group – plus it supports certified sustainable palmoil. 

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A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.