10 Smashing Gluten Free Cosmetics Under $15

“Got any inexpensive gluten free foundation?”

“Do you know of any cheap eyeliners that won’t burn my eyes?”

“Where can I get reasonably priced lipstick that won’t make me sick!?”

Sound familiar?

I get questions similar to these a lot. But I got nearly the exact title of this post in my inbox the other day, posed as a question. And it hit me- Whyyyy haven’t I written a post about this yet!?

Because gluten free cosmetics are crazy expensive and it can be tough to get your hands on inexpensive products.

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Therefore, consider this your guide to finding cheap gluten free cosmetics without sacrificing safety or quality!

 

#1: Monave’s Versatile Mineral Powder – $7.50

These are basically eyeshadows, however Monave points out that you can use colored mineral powders in so many more ways than just on your eyelids. Put it in clear lip gloss to color it up, use one as blush or bronzer, add it to clear nail polish to make your own nail polish shades or even to change the tint of an existing polish. The possibilities are endless and with prices like these, experimentation won’t break the bank.

 

sand#2: Everyday Mineral’s Jojoba Foundation – $14.99

I recommend this foundation all the time even when I’m not thinking about price. But if you’re on a budget, you’re doing yourself a disfavor by not trying it right now. With good coverage, a lovely finish and complete lack of cakiness, this foundation is one of my absolute favs. Like, ever.

 

#3: Honeybee Gardens’ Mascara – $11.99

THIS is good stuff. It’s buildable, not clumpy and light feeling.  It doesn’t give super oomph, but that’s part of the reason why it’s so light and gentle. The end result is very natural looking, with great definition and a silky look.

 

#4: Monave’s Eyeliner Pencils – $11.50

Going on smoothly and lasting very well, these eyeliners are some of my absolute favs. They have tons of gorgeous colors, including ones that are difficult to find in the gluten free community. I wish I had every single color in my collection, but the ones that I do have are ones I go back to again and again.

 

Honeybee Gardens Gluten Free Lipstick#5: Honeybee Gardens’ Lipstick – $10.37

Delicious moisturizing and pretty colors make this lipstick a great standby to have. It’s not a super long lasting lipstick, but it feels yummy on the lips and doesn’t fade so quickly that it’s a problem. Cruelty free and made with coconut oil and cocoa butter, these lipsticks are a treat to wear.

 

#6: Honeybee Gardens’ Lip Gloss – $8.65

More of a lip gloss gal? Snag a tube or two or three of this stuff! Their colors tend towards natural and can be worn by anyone. Using shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil as emollients, this lip gloss will keep your lips hydrated and soft while making them shine.

 

wildflowerheaven_1#7: Everyday Minerals Blush – $5.99-$10.99

With good pigmentation that isn’t overwhelming and a variety of shades from vibrant to soft, Everyday Minerals has a blush for anyone. All are affordable, but some are just downright cheap. The blushes I have from these folks are ones I use all the time.

 

#8: Keeki’s Pure and Natural Nail Polish – $9.99

With a massive collection of adorable colors and an all natural and non-toxic formulation, Keeki’s nail polish has a little something for everyone.

(psssst- you can also snag an all natural and gluten free nail polish remover from them for $9.99!)

 

#9: Buddha Balm 4-pack – $12.57

These are some of my favorite balms of all time. I love the fun flavors, the moisturizing properties and the texture. The only downside, IMO, is that the flavor lasts and lasts and lasts. Which means that the balm is lasting on your lips, sure, but I end up wiping my mouth before meals because I don’t care for sweet lychee pomegranate with my stir fry.

 

 #10: Nelsons Pure & Clear Face Wash – $9.66

Not only is this a remarkably affordable face wash, Nelsons has the distinction of being one of the few face washes available that includes homeopathic remedies for acne right within the wash. However, whether or not you subscribe to homeopathy, this face wash is worth a try. It’s been a long time since I had any on hand, but even before I went gluten free this wash was one of my staples. Works good and it’s easy on the pocket book!

And that does it for now!

I hope you enjoyed the list! If you’ve tried any of these products before let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear about y’all’s experiences with them!

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  • Suzann

    This is an awesome post! Thank you!!

  • Karen Strobel Sabo

    I am a huge fan of Jane Iredale – I don’t use her mascara but most of her foundation and cosmetics are gluten free

    • Hey Karen!

      With Jane Iredale, I’m concerned about the problem of cross contamination. There’s a strong possibility that the products can be contaminated by the gluten present in the facility.

      But! I’m really glad you’ve been able to use it without problem! Thanks for the tip! 🙂

      • Karen Strobel Sabo

        I have had no issues – and unlike Ren they have stated that they do not use the same vats – I have used BB cream – Powder, eye shadow, lipstain, lip gloss, blush and primer with out issue. I am highly sensitive to cross contamination as I have reacted to a product by Ren that they claimed was GF….

        • Wow, really?? This must be new since I last talked to them. Thank you so much for letting us know! I’ll absolutely be emailing them to get details. It sounds great!

  • Lia

    Some of this sounds great. I just found out I am allergic to gluten but it explains so much about my reactions to things! I have a date Friday night but I’m allergic to mineral makeup. Can anyone help me find a liquid foundation available in a store?

    • Hey Lia,

      Ecco Bella has a liquid foundation you can get in stores, as well as Gabriel Cosmetics and ZuZu Luxe. I haven’t tried any of them, but you may be able to find them in a health food store near you. 🙂

  • maddie

    Alba?

    • Hey Maddie,

      Last time I spoke to Alba, they could not guarantee any of their products were gluten free. That was over a year ago though, so it could have changed by now. I’ll look into it. 🙂

  • Melisa

    Be careful using mineral eye shadows on the lips. Many are fine that way but some colors contain things you don’t want to ingest, like ultramarine. I had some info from Everyday minerals on which ones to avoid on lips.

  • I have heard of them, yes. And heard good things about the quality of their products! However, last I talked to them they did not have any protocols in place to make sure cross contamination did not happen between their gluten free and not gluten free products. If you’re not super sensitive, it might be OK to use them. But because it’s still possible to get trace amounts of gluten even in their “gluten free” products, I have opted not to include them in the list.

    Hope this helps!

  • Kathy

    I don’t ever know where to start in order to thank you for your blog and for all the wonderful information you share. I appreciate it so much.

    • Aww, thank you so much Kathy!! Now my heart’s all warm and fuzzy. Thank you for being such a loyal reader!

  • Stacie

    I use E.L.F. Cosmetics, and I can’t use anything with gluten. My hair falls out and I break out. I use Dove hair care, styling, bath, etc., and E.L.F. Makeup. I can wear eye shadow, mascara, foundation, the works. And, my once thinning hair, complete with bald spots and a receding hairline, is beautiful again! Best part: these products are affordable! Nothing is certified GF, but I would know if it wasn’t.

    • Thank you so much for the comment, Stacie! I’m excited to hear those products have worked for you! Perhaps they will work for other gluten sensitive people too. Those are such affordable products, I wish everyone could use them with as much success as you’ve had.

      That said, I’ve heard from a ton of readers that the cross-contamination and gluten-removed ingredients of E.L.F. and Dove did trigger gluten reactions. So as always, to anyone searching for what products work for them, what works for you is intensely personal. Try whatever you’re comfortable with! 🙂

      Thanks again, Stacie!

  • Tiffany Chaffman

    Burt’s Bees?

  • Pauly

    Hi – Not only am I gluten free, I am also dairy and soy free. (NOT by choice!!!) Vegan is an easy way to check for dairy, but I’ve sent a ton of emails to companies about soy as well. I found a company called Ultra Pure Cosmetics that says that they have gluten free and soy free make up products. Any information on this company and/or their products from first hand experience. I am very sensitive. TIA

    • What a GREAT tip for dairy checking! I seriously never thought about that. Smart! But yeah, soy is really hard to check for. As I understand it, it’s nearly as difficult to track down as gluten. But I’m no expert.
      I have no first hand experience with Ultra Pure. They do look promising safety-wise, but I haven’t talked to them about their policies either. I’ll see what I can dig up! Meanwhile, has anyone else here tried Ultra Pure?

      • Pauly

        I ordered mascara and jojoba eyeliner from them. I’ll let you know how my eyes react! My fingers are crossed that it’s a good product.

    • Hollie

      Please repost when you figure out how you respond to Ultra Pure Cosmetics. I’m allergic to gluten, soy, and nuts…so I feel your pain, and also haven’t been able to find much. On a daily basis I’m make-up free, but every once in awhile it would be nice not to have a reaction when I do get dolled up.