Bare Escentuals does not test on animals and their products aren’t sold in China. They’re therefore cruelty-free. This also includes Bare Minerals, Buxom, and MD Formulations. Reminder: They’re owned by Shiseido, so their parent-company does test on animals.
Here’s the official claim on their website:
Does your company test on animals or contain animal ingredients?
Please feel at ease when using Bare Escentuals and mdformulations products as we do not test any products on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
Bare Escentuals natural haired brushes are made of Goat and Pony. Please note that no animals are harmed in the process of making our brushes. For our customers who chose not to use animal haired brushes we do offer a variety of high end synthetic brushes.
Here’s their reply to my e-mail:
Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I can certainly assist you with your animal testing inquiry.
Please feel at ease with using Bare Escentuals products. We have never tested our products on animals and we will continue to not conduct animal testing. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
Our products are not sold in China.
Bare Escentuals Beauty Associate