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Everything You Need to Know about the Companies That Still Test on Animals

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As we have moved into a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world so too have the major companies across the globe. With veganism and cruelty-free products expanding right before our eyes brands are starting to feel the pressure behind creating cosmetics that use animal testing, as this drives hatred and ill intent towards the brand as a whole pushing them further down the market. While many brands have changed their ways and moved to a more sustainable approach there are still some popular brands that test on animals. In order for us to illuminate the unnecessary event of testing makeup on animals, we need to highlight both the brands and companies that continue to do so and move away from purchasing non-cruelty-free makeup brands to draw higher demand for the eco-friendly, cruelty-free and sustainable version. In this article, I’m going to be showing you exactly which cosmetic companies test on animals as well as how and why this is extremely harmful to both the environment and the animal community as a whole.

Animal Tested Cosmetics

Brands that use animal testing are sometimes bought and labeled as cruelty-free options, often mistaken by the public as vegan friendly through miscommunication and false marketing. However, lots of the popular companies that still test on animals are doing so by law. This is because many of the most well-known brands are also sold in China, where testing on animals is mandatory and the only way for the brand to be allowed to sell their products, absolutely ridiculous right? Many of these brands try to hide their animal cruelty ways by including it only in the smallest fine print of their documentation making it easier for people to believe they are 100 percent cruelty-free. When brands use animal testing in the production of their products it means that they are in fact experimenting with animals to conclude whether the product is safe to use on humans and to calculate if there would be any allergies or reactions. Most often animal testing forces live animals to endure pain, suffering, distress, and harm for the rest of their lifespans. This is because many of the tests include injections with harmful substances, exposure to radiation, surgically removing certain organs or tissues, and forcing animals to inhale gases that are toxic. Back in the day these types of experiments were done in secret and completely undisclosed to the public, however, since the reality of what is happening behind non-vegan makeup brands product production we have gained the knowledge and understanding to put a stop to it all.

What Makeup Brands Test on Animals?

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Now that we know a little bit more about what animal cruelty makeup brands actually mean we can start to dive a little deeper into which of the well-known makeup brands are still using animal testing to produce their products in order to switch our decisions to something more cruelty-free.The animal tested makeup brands list include :


Nars is a makeup brand that is extremely popular in teens and young adults for its low cost and effective wide range of makeup. Nars was once a completely cruelty-free brand, however, since joining the Chinese market the brand has once again begun testing on animals to abide by Chinese law. Unfortunately, this is now one of many non-cruelty-free makeup brands that have since attracted a lot of negative attention for their poor decision. With a lot of confusion bought around the change many people still do not know of Nars’s recent change, so next time your looking and purchasing a Nars makeup product try and look elsewhere for a cruelty-free alternative such as Urban Decay, Smashbox, and Marc Jacobs Beauty.


Another brand’s makeup products that test on animals is none other than the worldwide famous brand of L’Oreal. Unfortunately, L’Oreal has been extremely misleading on their makeup products by annoying that they are no longer testing on animals and confusing the public into believing that they are a cruelty-free brand. But once again just like many of the makeup companies that use animal testing they are to selling their products in the Chinese market, which we know by now insists on animal testing before production or selling of any and all makeup products produced by particular brands. Now the biggest problem with L’Oreal and its makeup that is not cruelty-free is that they actually own a variety of other makeup brands that are also selling their products in China and share the same policy with animal testing. With L’Oreal being such a popular and well-used brand it is often thought that there are no other alternatives and most people just buy into it because of false marketing, however, a brand similar to L’Oreal is known as e.l.f is 100 percent cruelty-free and produces the same standard and high-quality makeup products as L’Oreal.

Estée Lauder

Another one of the beauty companies that test on animals is Estée Lauder. Estée Lauder has been around for what feels like forever and is continuously bringing out new high-quality makeup and skincare products. Similar to other brands Esée Lauder has stated that it is “committed to the elimination of animal testing” however has not actually acted upon this statement. Just like Nars and L’Oreal, Estée Lauder sells their products across china and follows their testing on animals law in order to make a profit in an outside market. With their makeup products being staples in many people’s bathrooms it is devastating to hear of their mistreatment with animals and testing their products on animals, however, there are many sustainable alternatives including Too Faced and Smashbox.


The next one of the brands that are not cruelty-free is none other than MAC itself. MAC is extremely po[ular and liked by many influencers and youtube stars. They used to be a cruelty-free brand that stood by the animal cruelty cause, however in recent times that have quietly changed their policy, trying to avoid making any announcements or changing the thoughts of their wide clientele. Mac is owned by Estée Lauder and also sells its products in China, ensuring that every released item goes through the animal testing process.

All Makeup Brands That Test on Animals

If you thought that was all of the animal cruelty brands selling their products in stores today, I hate to inform you but you are wrong. Along with the popular companies like Nars, L’Oreal, Esée Lauder and Mac are a variety of other makeup brands that are too using animal testing when producing their products. These brands include :

  • Benefit
  • LancĂ´me
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Maybelline
  • Rimmel London
  • Revlon
  • CoverGirl
  • Clinique
  • Almay
  • Max Factor
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Chanel
  • Bourjois
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Tom Ford
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Sephora Collection
  • Shiseido
  • Burberry
  • Dior
  • La Mer
  • Guerlain
  • Avon
  • Mary Kay
  • Dolce & Gabbana
  • Shu Uemura

While most of these makeup brands have changed their cruelty-free collections due to selling their products in China and having to abide by Chinese law, some of them have been testing on animals from the start and haven’t yet changed their ways. While this may seem like a lot if not all the popular makeup brands you know, there are actually many others that are cruelty-free and vegan and produce products that are of the same high quality.

The Conclusion

animal tested cosmetics

So what have we really learned from this article? Firstly we now know exactly what makeup brands and companies are not cruelty-free or no longer cruelty-free and perhaps why they have had to change their ways. But don’t be fooled just like animal testing on makeup products there are also many skincare brands that test on animals, hair care products that test on animals, medications, and even creams. The best advice I can offer you is to do your research before buying or investing in a brand that uses animals as a way to test their products in order to have the ability to sell a larger amount to a wider range of people, instead opt for cruelty-free alternatives and up the demand for more eco-friendly products.

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