Contrarily to what it might seem like, there’s a wide selection of cruelty-free makeup brands at Sephora, and some are even certified by the Leaping Bunny.
Those that aren’t can be found on PETA, and I’ve personally verified their animal testing policies by e-mail to make sure they don’t test on animals at any point during production.
None of the companies below sell their products in China (where animal testing is required by law). If a company starts selling in China, I cross it off the list, which means it lost its cruelty-free status.
You’ll also find a handful of skincare brands, as well as some hair and nail polish brands. The reason why this list is so short is because I’m making sure to contact every company before adding it to the list.
As for companies that do test on animals, the list is long: Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Benefit, Estee Lauder, Clinique, the Sephora brand, Bobbi Brown, Givenchy, Make Up For Ever, Marc Jacobs Fragrances (not to be confused with Marc Jacobs Beauty), and more. Those are definitely not cruelty-free and they do test on animals, in most cases in China.
The list below is constantly updated. More brands will be added as I get in touch with the companies.
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Cruelty-Free Makeup At Sephora
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
- Too Faced • Acquired By Estee Lauder Nov. 2016
- Tarte • Acquired By Kose on March 17 2014
- Kat Von D
- Stila (newly cruelty-free!)
- Josie Maran
- Becca • Acquired By Estee Lauder Nov. 2016
- Bite Beauty
- Urban Decay • Acquired by L’Oreal on Nov. 26 2012
NARS• Owned By Shiseido | Soon to be sold in China
- BareMinerals • Owned By Shiseido
- Buxom • Owned By Shiseido
- Cover FX
- RMS Beauty
- Marc Jacobs Beauty
- Natasha Denona
- Milk Makeup
- Ardency Inn
Cruelty-Free Skincare At Sephora
- Dr. Dennis Gross
- Murad • Owned By Unilever
- REN • Owned By Unilever
- Tata Harper
First Aid Beauty• Can no longer guarantee being cruelty-free
- Sunday Riley
- Kate Somerville • Owned By Unilever
- NUDE Skincare
- Drunk Elephant
- Juice Beauty
- Ole Henriksen
- Herbivore Botanicals
Cruelty-Free Nails At Sephora
Cruelty-Free Hair Care At Sephora
Is The Sephora Brand Cruelty-Free?
The Sephora makeup brand itself is NOT cruelty-free. Sephora doesn’t test on animals except when required by law, and their products are being sold in China, where animal testing is required by law.
Nars, bareMinerals, Buxom: Owned By Shiseido
Shiseido is a company that still tests on animals, but they own 3 cruelty-free brands sold at Sephora: NARS, bareMinerals, and Buxom.
These 3 brands are cruelty-free themselves and are not sold in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory for foreign cosmetics companies. There are pros and cons to supporting cruelty-free companies owned by a parent company that tests on animals, and supporting these companies is still a better choice than supporting brands that test on animals.