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According to luxury French cosmetics brand La Bouche Rouge, it is estimated that one billion lipsticks are thrown away around the world every year. We think it’s time for a change, and to say hello to a new generation of refillable lipsticks.

Not only could these refills save on countless single-use lipstick cases ending up in landfills, but they could transform our make-up bag each time refill, as the lipstick bullets being super easy to swap in and out – opening up a world of possibilities each time you refill!

It’s important to note that the lipstick refills may or may not be recyclable once used up, so they’re not a zero-waste solution, but a low-waste option for those that prefer a traditional lip-stick over using lipstick tins. The zero-waste options are solid lipsticks that come in aluminium tins that can be recycled. However if you prefer your lipstick in a tube rather than a tin, then the next best option is a refillable lipstick.

So, if you’re into the refillable lipstick system, read on for 3 of the best cruelty-free & vegan lipsticks (in refillable cases) available on the market right now.

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1. LUSH Refillable Lipsticks

Currently only available in the UK, LUSH offers a plastic-free and vintage-style refillable lipstick case, made from partially recycled aluminium and brass that can be used to fit any of their 38 shades of cruelty-free and vegan Naked Lipstick refills. You can buy the case separately (£8) and choose from their wide range of lipstick refills in various shades, ranging from satin nudes, matte pinks to bright reds, there is something in the range to suit everyone.

Shop the range exclusively at LUSH.

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2. Hourglass Ultra Slim Refillable Lipsticks

Proving that makeup can be both luxurious and sustainable, the Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipsticks from Hourglass feature a sleek, gold applicator and ultra-slim applicator that provides control and precision for defining and accentuating your lips. The applicator can be used in conjunction with any of Hourglass’ 40 shades of cruelty-free and vegan lipsticks. Ranging from bold berries, statement reds and classic nudes, it would be impossible to choose just one!

Available to buy at Cult Beauty and Hourglass.

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3. Zao Organic Refillable Lipsticks

Zao lipsticks are made with 100% vegan, natural and organic ingredients and stored in an eco-chic refillable bamboo lipstick case. Zao Organic Refillable Lipsticks offer a matte or satin finish, with a total of 9 shades to choose from. If you prefer your lip products to be more moisturising with a tint of colour, then Zao’s satin formula is the way to go, as it’s enriched with organic shea butter that moisturises, soothes and repairs the lips.

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