5 Refillable Cosmetic Brands We Can't Get Enough Of

By: Casha Doemland

Is your vanity stacked to the rim and overflowing with 50 tubes of lipsticks,  25 eyeshadow compacts and the variety of concealers and powders you use based on the time of year?

If you answered yes, it's time to ditch the mountain of plastic and switch over to refill cosmetic products to minimize waste and maximize your space. Chances are, with 8 million tons of plastic trash floating around in the ocean, we’re pretty sure there are some cosmetic packaging in there as well. Decluttering will not only get rid of the anxiousness you experience every time you go to do your makeup, but you’ll also be contributing to less trash that ends up in a landfill for the next 500 or so years.

Here are 5 top of the line cosmetic brands whose ethos are all about beautifying you and the planet simultaneously.



Founded by Danish-born makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, Kjaer Weis serves up the creme da la creme of refill cosmetic products by offering refills on almost all of her products from cream foundations and blushes to eyeshadow and mascara. Simply purchase a compact or container with the color of your choice and when you catch yourself running low, order the refill online. Once the refill arrives, pop out the old tin by pressing a pin tip into the bottom and insert the new. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.


Ecco Bella takes cosmetics to a whole new level with the creation of multi-tasking products that not only make you look great, but are made with ingredients to help diminish blemishes, pimples, and scars, as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Ecco Bella offers refills for eyeliner, eyeshadows and face powders and three variations of the compacts: refillable paperback duo, single and single with well (place for your brush or sponge).


Sustainability is one of ZAO's chief concerns, and with packaging made from renewable and sustainable bamboo, founder David Reccole prides himself on his low carbon footprint. The majority of the company's products are refillable and help reduce overall waste. Start by purchasing one of their bamboo-based items that you can't live without, and when you find yourself scraping remnants out of the bottom, order a refill.


Alima, a luxurious, high-performance brand crafted from minimal ingredients is all about looking fly on a budget. With a great selection of pressed foundations, cream concealers, and eyeshadow Alima offers amazing deals on refills to keep your collection going without growing. The foundation refill includes one pressed powder pan of the color of your choice and a sponge to slip into your magnetized compact, while the concealer and eyeshadow only have the pan. Talk about a steal of a deal?


Brought to the world by one of New York’s top makeup artists, Surratt Beauty is all about expressing your individuality through versatile shades and customizable palettes. For flawless complexions and weightless coverage, try Surratt's Diaphane Loose Powder—it's compact to fit in your purse or pocket, and they have refills of loose powder cartridges available. Additionally, Surratt serves up an Expressioniste Brow Pencil that delivers fierce looks in a refillable holder. Simply snap the cartridge into the holder, and allow the solidified powder to twist up like the mechanical pencil you had in second grade.