May 02, 2012
I am on a makeup binge but I am trying to select cruelty free products. So tell me who are your faves!
e.l.f and Coastal Scents. Note that these aren't exclusively vegan, but they both offer vegan products and nothing is tested on animals.
I've only recently tried a couple of their products, but Urban Decay is cruelty free. I just bought the Naked 2 palette and I love it! The colors are beautifully pigmented and last all day. I also got their 24/7 concealer pencil. I also think tarte has some cruelty free options?
I don't actually believe Coastal Scents to be cruelty free as lots of research of done has uncovered that they actually do test on animals in lots of their products.
but Urban Decay are awesome, and i don't know if you have these but i like Make Up Academy (brand from Superdrug in the UK) Collection 2000 and Barry M, they have a big colour range and all the colours are really pigmented :)
Are you okay with brands where only the final products aren't tested, or do you want to take it further and buy from brands where not only do they not test their products on animals, but they don't source ingredients from companies who test either? The latter is going to be much harder and (IMO) almost impossible. (Seriously, it would be easier to advise you to stop wearing makeup altogether.)
With brushes, it's a bit easier because several companies make brushes with synthetic bristles.
* Sigma (Sigmax line, "Bunny" sets)
* Real Techniques
* Urban Decay
* Roque Cozzette
* e.l.f. (Studio and Mineral lines)
* Inglot has a selection of synthetic-bristle brushes
Coastal Scents brushes are Crown Brushes. Crown claims that no animals were harmed or destroyed in the making of their natural-hair brushes, and they mention sustainable practices.
Vapour Organic Beauty is a cruelty-free, organic/etc make up line.
People like Jessica Alba, who is the founder of The Honest Company -- who is big on cruelty-free baby products, etc. recently found out about Vapour Organic Beauty.
I've used their products and really liked them. If money was no issue for me, I'd constantly buy from this line.
They have make up, to skin care, to nail polish...
Inglot doesn't test cosmetics on animals (if that;s what you're asking about), I don't know how about them being vegan.
May 03, 2012
I love Urban decay , Hard Candy
Urban Decay for sure.
I wish it was easier to tell. I would like it to be 100% cruelty free but understand that's difficult. And I don't mind using products that have some make up made with animal products like milk or something like that. But I most certainly am trying to stay away from any "testing" for sure
You do realize that most brands are cruelty-free nowadays, right? Aside from drugstore brands, of course! Lines like Smashbox, Too Faced, Inglot, Urban, Yaby, etc...all cruelty-free. They also bear the cruelty-free label;) It always says so on the box! A few brands that I know are not cruelty-free: L'Oreal (which owns Redken, Matrix, Lancome, Garnier), CoverGirl and Maybelline, Aveeno, Neutrogena...for the most part drugstore lines!
As far as vegan goes, good luck building a pro kit with vegan products - red pigment is usually made from Carmine, which I believe comes from beetles - which would eliminate most reddish tones. Some brands contain certain vegan products, like Urban Decay, but you'll notice that many of their warm tones do not carry the vegan paw. OCC is the only line I know of that is 100% vegan and is actually a great PRO brand.
Arbonne is cruelty free and vegan certified ;) If you're not sure check the PETA website for up to date lists
I refer to the Leaping Bunny programme list which list companies that don't test on any stage of product development; Urban Decay, Hard Candy, Make Up Academy and other brands are on there. Personally i'll only use products that are 100% cruelty free. Check out Grace M, she's a vegan and cruelty makeup artist on here and she's got a video dedicated to this.
Also Smashbox actually aren't cruelty free, they state on their website that they use animal testing when required by law and they sell in China which requires testing. And i don't like PETA, they do more harm than good for animals and are only in it for the money but that's just my opinion
To be fair I don't know much about PETA except that they seem to have a decent list of who does what. Of course a lot of brands nowadays don't directly test their products on animals rather they use ingredients that were tested on animals instead. I'll have to check this other list out though, I prefer to have options rather than relying on one source! :)
Shelly T. got it. There's no clear cut regulations on what cruelty free is. So many companies find loop holes to put it on products because it makes the buyers trust the product more. Hence buy more. Best to research the companies that interest you. Just because it's on the label doesn't mean it's true. 100%
The best thing is to look at the PETA list NOT the product itself. If it's advertised on the actual product or packaging as "cruelty free" or "no animal testing" there's a chance they are lying because apparently there's no laws against doing that. HOWEVER if they are on the actual PETA list there are laws against lying to get on the PETA list in other words major lawsuit. My favorite cruelty free brands are: MAC and Urban Decay. There are a lot of affordable brands that are on the list such as NYX, Wet n' Wild, and Mac Factor. So PLEASE keep in mind that buying cruelty free makeup doesn't mean you have to spend more. Only takes a few minutes to look it up on the list.
MAC, Urban Decay, and Laura Mercier(:
MAC aren't cruelty free, they're owned by Estee Lauder and they sell in China. You really have to do a lot of research into these things, MAC released a statement about this about a month ago
<<Aside from drugstore brands, of course!>>
Wrong. Hard Candy is cruelty-free. So is Revlon (the first drugstore cruelty-free brand). Both drugstore brands (former being exclusive to Walmart).
In other news: Do not get me started on PETA.
I have been using this site
But it doesn't have everything. I google it and write letters sometimes. I have looked at leaping bunny website before and I have an app on my phone (but not everything is listed).
I'm not sure about Revlon though, bc i recently contacted them and they sent me their statement which i'll show below;
Revlon is in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations related to animal testing. All ingredients used by Revlon and all products manufactured and sold by Revlon comply with both U.S. and European Union laws and regulations, including full compliance with all Europe-wide bans on testing of cosmetics and cosmetics ingredients using animals, which are part of the European Cosmetics Directive.
Revlon has long been an industry leader in the elimination of animal testing. In 1986, Revlon was the first beauty products manufacturer to close down its animal testing facilities completely. In addition, Revlon holds its suppliers of ingredients and components to the same standards. All chemical supplier purchase orders require confirmation by the supplier that it does not perform animal testing on materials supplied.
To assure product safety, Revlon relies on the judgment of pharmacologic, toxicologic and medical experts, non-animal alternative test methods and the established safety of formulations and ingredients. Revlon is committed to providing safe and effective products and will continue to comply with all government laws and regulations necessary to assure the quality, safety and efficacy of its products.
and while that may sound all dandy, they weren't willing to give out any more information like ingredients and whether or not there was no testing at all during product development. So i'm feeling a bit skeptical there, but of course it is a personal choice how you want to shop
I like Urban Decay!
May 05, 2012
@Shelly we aren't getting into it about this again:)
But as a general rule, drugstore brands are the worst. Call me wrong, but seriously... L'Oreal. CoverGirl. Maybelline. Even Revlon tested on animals until almost 1990. P&G, Johnson&Johnson, and L'Oreal are your top players in mass cosmetics and none are cruelty-free. Yet...half the people on this board who post are using those lines. I'm not going to nitpick and fight about it, but I do find it interesting that only 1 mass line was named aside from Hard Candy (which used to be a prestige line before they ended up at Wal-Mart), and that brand has a long history of testing on animals.
Honestly we could go around all day...
To Christy D: Pretty much what everyone summed up is this: everyone tests on animals and the ones that don't are lying anyway. All cosmetic companies are the devil. These threads are jokes. Nothing is 100% because every ingredient has been tested on an animal at some point or another. Go with your best judgment, and if you're still having trouble, I'd be happy to answer your questions in private where we are free to chat without listening to conspiracy theories after every word of advice;) Good luck!
May 06, 2012
May 07, 2012
Even if a company isn't doing animal testing right this moment, they are building on the research that was done with animal testing, so there is no way to completely get away from it: the ingredients that are currently in use are selected because they were vetted through animal testing. The best we can do now is make decisions about which current business practices we want to support, which means that sometimes we will simply be choosing the lesser evil or the devil with the best product.
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