Does MAC test on animals?

MAC is NOT a cruelty-free brand. MAC Cosmetics is owned by Estee Lauder, whose animal testing policy is not to test on animals unless required by law. Because MAC is sold in China, where animal testing is required, MAC isn’t a cruelty-free company.

Here’s Estee Lauder’s statement:

The Estee Lauder Companies is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country where our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

The Estee Lauder Companies fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Click here for the source. No additional information can be found on MAC’s website about their animal testing policy.

Since 2012, all Estee Lauder brands have changed their animal testing policy to include their recent expansion to the Chinese market. Because China requires foreign cosmetics to be tested on animals, any foreign company retailing in Chinese stores must pay to have third party animal testing of their products.


Other brands owned by Estee Lauder that are subjected to this policy are:

  • Clinique
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Prescriptives
  • Tom Ford
  • La Mer
  • Ojon
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Origins
  • Osiao
  • American Beauty
  • Flirt
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Jo Malone
  • Michael Korrs

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  • Thanks Stephen. It’s unfortunate but very true.

  • Denise Bruce

    Anything for the mighty dollar right? Disgusting!

  • Kerry Hargreaves

    So don’t trade in China

  • Nicholas Austin Jaidath Nichol

    Okay, let me just start off. You are attention hungry people. I worked in MAC cosmetic labs in china and they do NOT test on animals. You’re just saying that because you’re an extreme veganist. Don’t get me wrong. I’m vegan also but I will never go this far to compliment about animal cruelty it’s just so fucking stupid. Also another thing that you got wrong. It isn’t required to test on animals either in China. But keep making false statements you’re going to end up like Peta and be hated and then work at mcdonalds.

    • Shirin Sultanova

      But what can you proof your words with? I, personally, have an assumption, that not everything told in comments can be trusted.

    • Anthea Raymond

      They do not test on animals but the law in China requires them to. How is she lying yet even MAC says that they test on animals because they are required to do so by the law! in China!

    • Claire Clarke

      Whatever helps you. All about you. You you you. lol. You just want an excuse to do what you want. For makeup. Pathetic. Go away and stop labelling yourself anything.

    • Jade-Yue-Ryu

      While MAC themselves may not do the testing they do acquiesce to an outside company doing if FOR them. In US law oftentimes the one who gives the order is just as culpable under law as the one who carries out the act. These are somewhat dramatic but are two well known examples; 1. War crimes where regular soldiers are held fully culpable for following commands that they know are wrong saying “we were just following orders” this is more popularly known as the Nuremburg Defense, 2. Say a husband hires a hit man to kill his wife but the hit man is taken down in the process and rats the husband out. US law says that both men are equally culpable for the charge of attempted murder because the hit man was willing to commit the physical act of murder and the husband was still willing to order it and is therefore considered to be just as guilty as though he tried to kill her himself. This line of thinking is a cultural mentality and is applied to many situations including this. Even if MAC does not personally (so to speak) test their product on animals they do sell in China knowing that they will have to hire a third party to test for them. If you apply the aforementioned mindset that makes them equally culpable. Make sense?

  • Nicholas Austin Jaidath Nichol

    I’ve lived in China. They aren’t bad people just bad rumors about them.

    • Claire Clarke

      Obviously they are not all bad. Anyway look what we do in the West. Is everyone stupid. But we cannot support these practices. You are voting with your money. Say no to it! Here and everywhere! Distance doesn’t remove us from this. Stop giving these companies money, email them why you won’t buy their products. Lets work together. We don’t need to test on animals for a slightly different shade of lipstick from the last one. Come on guys.

  • J******

    MAC has updated their statement on their website. Worth giving it a look.

  • PrivateEye

    I thought China no longer required testing on animals?

  • Julie

    and here we are in the West slaughtering many animals and using animals for testing as well! we love to play the victim and blame foreigners for cruelty but we are just as guilty of it ourselves.

    • Beetit

      True which is why more of us need to make compassionate choices so that it will no longer be profitable to deal in the nazi style treatment of other animals.

  • Julie

    either way, some of the profits the company makes from sales in America where they supposedly do not test on animals will go towards funding these third parties TO TEST on animals… how ironic and disguisting

  • INkq

    That is fucking horrible of you to say, you obviously dont know shit about Chinese people. Fuck you, your generalisation and your bigotry.

  • Beetit

    There is an app called “Cruelty-Cutter” you scan bar codes in store and it will tell you if they test on animals or not- keep scanning till you find an ethical brand. Hitting unethical companies in their profits is the only thing that motivates them to change

    • Jade-Yue-Ryu

      One question. Do they go by the individual company or the parent company? Because that can be a difference to some people. If you manage to get around to answering (because I know this comment is old) thanks in advance!

      • Beetit

        Test it out and see! I would think it would be pretty cut & dry… for example, if you scan a MAC product it should come up NOT CRUELTY FREE since they are owned by Estée Lauder, same with any Avon product and we all know that Estée Lauder sells in China 🇨🇳 and China has laws that REQUIRE animal testing be done. So as long as companies continue to export to these places they are selling out when it comes to animals. Stay away from Dove as well, great marketing but they test and export too.

  • Avana Australia

    Thanks for the brief. We are in 2017 where there should be no animal testing required.

  • TheFeline

    Why is everyone attacking her instead of trying to educate in a positive manner like Suzi does?