Is NYX Cruelty-Free?

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Is NYX Cruelty-Free?

Yes, NYX is cruelty-free. They don't test their finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-parties. It's also verified that their products are not tested on animals anywhere in the world, including mainland China.

Parent company:


  • Finished products tested on animals


  • Ingredients tested on animals


  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing


  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


About NYX

“Nyx professional makeup is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as peta, as a cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics. We do not test any of our products on animals. Our brand was born, with love, in LA – the land of makeup and makeovers – where everyone can make it. A colorful city where people fulfill their creative dreams, where diversity is the norm, and self-expression is celebrated. From the coast to the valley to the glammed-up core, LA’s colorful personality is our home, our heart, and our muse.”

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Is NYX owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

In 2014, NYX was acquired by L’Oréal, a company that tests on animals. Since the acquisition, NYX has maintained the same team as well as the same values. They have remained cruelty-free and have never entered the Chinese market.

In the beauty industry, it’s common for brands to be owned by a larger company. These are called parent companies, and they’re often global corporations such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, or Procter & Gamble.

Most of these parent companies are not cruelty-free, since they test on animals to some degree. They might also own several brands that are not cruelty-free.

However, some of the brands owned by these parent companies are cruelty-free and have strict policies against animal testing.

There are pros and cons to supporting cruelty-free brands owned by parent companies that aren’t.

You can either:

  • Choose to boycott them since they’re a part of a larger conglomerate that engages in animal testing.
  • Choose to support some of them based on the individual ethics of each parent company, or only purchase from them if there are no independent alternatives.
  • Choose to support them since they are 100% cruelty-free even though their parent company is not, therefore showing their parent company that consumers are favoring their cruelty-free brands.

In the cruelty-free community, the majority of conscious consumers purchase from cruelty-free brands even if they’re owned by a parent company that tests on animals. This is our stance at Cruelty-Free Kitty as well. We believe that supporting all cruelty-free brands is the only path towards a cruelty-free and more ethical beauty industry.

It’s also worth noting that subsidiary brands of parent companies are unique corporations by themselves. They act as independent branches and operate independently from the parent company, and can also be sold to other companies including cruelty-free ones.

Another aspect to consider is that many parts of the world only have access to limited brands, so their only cruelty-free options are owned by large corporations. This is a concern we hear about constantly from our international readers. Given this complex landscape, we believe that supporting all cruelty-free brands is ethical as well as practical.

A minority of shoppers choose to boycott brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

At Cruelty-Free Kitty, we make it easy for all of our readers to know which brands are owned by a parent company that tests on animals. At the top of each brand page, you’ll see a “parent company” note if that’s the case.

You can also filter our list of cruelty-free brands to only show brands that are not owned by any company that tests on animals.

Finally, for a list of brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals, click here.

Is NYX sold where animal testing is required by law?

No, NYX is not sold where animal testing is required by law.

You can trust Cruelty-Free Kitty to be on top of the most recent changes in China’s animal testing laws. As of 2023, the vast majority of beauty brands available in China have had their products tested on animals.

Mainland China still requires these mandatory animal tests for most companies. Is it possible for brands to bypass them? Yes, however it’s currently extremely rare as brands need to “jump through several hoops”.

One way to bypass these animal tests is to only have their products available only online, and not in physical stores. Another way is to manufacture the products in China while making sure to adhere to strict regulations.

In all other cases, beauty brands need to pay for cruel animal tests to be performed using their products. It’s estimated that close to 100,000 rabbits are used in animal testing for cosmetics each year in China alone.

Even though the company itself isn’t executing these animal experiments, they bear full responsibility. Not only does the company sign off on the experiments, but they’re also funding them.

Is NYX certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

Yes, NYX is certified by Peta.

While companies can be fully cruelty-free without being certified, it’s still a good indicator of their ethical practices. Leaping Bunny and PETA are the two organizations giving out cruelty-free certification.

Is NYX vegan?

NYX is cruelty-free but not 100% vegan, meaning that some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients.

Brands can be cruelty-free without being vegan, and claim to be vegan without being cruelty-free. This is because “cruelty-free” refers to the animal testing aspect, while “vegan” refers to the ingredients.

A “vegan” product contains no animal-derived ingredients, such as Beeswax (made by bees), Carmine (a red pigment made from crushed beetles), or Collagen (from mammal or fish skin).

A company is “cruelty-free” at company level, meaning they can’t have cruelty-free products unless the whole company is cruelty-free. However, a company can offer vegan products even if not all of their products are vegan. If all of their products are vegan, then we refer to the brand as “100% vegan”.

We have a list of 100% vegan brands, and you can also filter our official list of cruelty-free brands and choose to show vegan brands only.

Looking for vegan products from cruelty-free brands? Visit our Product Database and make sure you use the vegan filter.

Does NYX test on animals?

No, NYX does not test on animals. They do not conduct or fund animal testing at any level from their ingredients to their finished products. They don't engage in animal testing as a brand, and neither do their suppliers or any third parties, anywhere in the world.

How do you determine that brands like NYX are cruelty-free?

We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their full animal testing policy. If brands answer all our questions and confirm that no animal testing is happening at any point during production and beyond, they're added to our cruelty-free list. All brands we add have confirmed the information above.

We ask all conscious consumers to be mindful of misleading statements from brands. Companies that test on animals try to minimize their involvement in animal testing, and understandably so—if a brand were to proudly claim to perform cruel tests on animals, their customers would surely reconsider being a loyal fan.

What they do instead is use clever language that shifts the blame away from themselves and makes the public believe that they’re not responsible for the animal testing, or that the animal testing performed on their products is “an exception”.

If a brand is listed as “not cruelty-free” in our database, you can rest assured that their products were tested on animals in recent years.

We monitor every change and constantly post updates. The changes in our database, list of cruelty-free, and brand pages are reflected in real time as soon as we become aware of new information.

Is Cruelty-Free Kitty reliable?

Founded in 2014 by Suzana Rose, Cruelty-Free Kitty is the largest and most trusted cruelty-free shopping platform.

We vet every single brand added to our database by contacting them directly and ensuring they adhere to our strict criteria we call "The Cruelty-Free 5".

For a brand to be listed as cruelty-free, it must satisfy the following:

  1. The brand itself does not test on animals, for either finished products or ingredients.
  2. Suppliers do not test on animals for products, raw materials, or ingredients.
  3. No third parties test on animals on the brand's behalf.
  4. The brand does not test on animals when required by law.
  5. The brand does not sell cosmetics in physical stores in mainland China.

At Cruelty-Free Kitty, we have an unwavering commitment to accuracy. The landscape of cosmetics animal testing is constantly evolving globally. Our team is diligent about staying current on changing laws, brand acquisitions, and policy updates that impact cruelty-free status.

To date, we’ve vetted over 1200+ brands and helped millions of conscious shoppers choose products that aren’t tested on animals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions by using our contact form.

NYX Vegan Product List

Although NYX is not a fully vegan brand, they offer plenty of vegan options. The following face, eye, and lip products are completely free from animal-derived ingredients. You can also click here and go to the vegan product section on their official website.

NYX Vegan Face Products

  • #NoFilter Blurring Primer
  • #NoFilter Finishing Powder
  • A Bit Jelly Gel Illuminator (all shades)
  • Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer
  • Away We Glow Liquid Booster (all shades)
  • Away We Glow Strobing Cream (all shades)
  • Bare With Me Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Blotting Paper
  • Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer
  • Bare With Me Tinted Skin Veil (all shades)
  • BB Cream (all shades)
  • Be Gone! Makeup Remover Wipes
  • Blotting Powder
  • Born to Glow Highlighter Singles (all shades)
  • Born to Glow Highlighting Palette
  • Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator (all shades)
  • Born To Glow Radiant Concealer (all shades)
  • Born To Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation (all shades)
  • California Beamin’ Face & Body Bronzer (all shades)
  • California Beamin’ Glow Booster (all shades)
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Contour Concealer (all shades)
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Full Coverage Foundation (all shades)
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Matte Primer
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Powder Foundation (all shades)
  • Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Setting Powder
  • Color Correcting Powder (all shades)
  • Concealer Jar (all shades)
  • Cream Highlight & Contour Palette
  • Dark Circle Concealer (all shades)
  • Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder (all shades)
  • Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
  • First Base Primer Spray
  • Gotcha Covered Concealer (all shades)
  • HD Photogenic Concealer Wand (all shades)
  • HD Studio Photogenic Foundation (all shades)
  • High Definition Finishing Powder
  • High Definition Primer
  • High Glass Illuminating Powder (all shades)
  • Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
  • Highlight & Contour Pro Singles (all shades)
  • Hydra Touch Oil Primer
  • Makeup Setting Spray (Dewy)
  • Makeup Setting Spray (Matte)
  • Matte Bronzer (all shades)
  • Mineral Finishing Powder
  • Ombre Blush (all shades)
  • Pore Filler
  • Pro Foundation Palette (all shades)
  • Pro Foundation Palette
  • Pro Foundation Palette
  • Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo (all shades)
  • SFX Creme Colour (all shades)
  • SFX Setting Powder
  • Shine Killer
  • Soft Focus Tinted Primer
  • Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation (all shades)
  • Stripped Off Cleansing Balm
  • Studio Finishing Powder
  • Studio Perfect Primer
  • Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette
  • Sweet Cheeks Creamy Powder Blush Matte (all shades)
  • Total Control Drop Foundation (all shades)
  • Total Control Drop Primer
  • Wonder Stick (all shades)

NYX Vegan Eye Products

  • 3-in-1 Brow Pencil
  • Auto Eyebrow Pencil
  • Big & Loud Lash Primer
  • Build Em Up Brow Powder
  • Cake That! Powder Eyeliner
  • Colored Felt Tip Liner
  • Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
  • Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette
  • Electro Brights Loose Pigment
  • Epic Ink Liner
  • Eyebrow Cake Powder
  • Face & Body Glitter
  • Faux Blacks Eyeliner
  • Faux Whites Eye Brightener
  • Fill & Fluff Eyebrow Pomade Pencil
  • Foil Play Cream Eyeshadow
  • Gel Liner and Smudger
  • Glazed & Confused Eye Gloss
  • Glitter Goals Cream Pro Palette
  • Glitter Goals Cream Quad Palette
  • Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeliner
  • Glitter Goals Liquid Eyeshadow
  • Lid Lacquer
  • Lid Lingerie
  • Love Lust Disco Metallic Liquid Liner
  • Matte Liquid Liner
  • Metallic Glitter
  • Micro Brow Pencil
  • MultiTasker Mixing Medium
  • On The Rise Volume Liftscara
  • Precision Brow Pencil
  • Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer
  • SFX Creme Colour
  • Shaped Glitter
  • Super Fat Eye Marker
  • Super Skinny Eye Marker
  • Tame & Frame Brow Pomade
  • The Natural Shadow Palette
  • The Smokey Shadow Palette
  • Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner
  • Vinyl Liquid Liner
  • White Liquid Liner

NYX Vegan Lip Products

  • #ThisIsEverything Lip Oil
  • #ThisIsEverything Lip Scrub
  • Bare With Me Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Lip Conditioner
  • Butter Lipstick
  • Duo Chromatic Lip Gloss
  • Epic Ink Lip Dye
  • Faux Marble Lipstick
  • Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Color
  • Glitter Goals Liquid Lipstick
  • Glow-On Lip Gloss
  • Lip Lingerie
  • Lip Lingerie Glitter
  • Lip Lingerie Gloss
  • Lip Lingerie Push-Up Long-Lasting Lipstick
  • Lip Lingerie Shimmer
  • Lip Primer
  • Love Lust Disco Lip Lingerie Trio Gloss Shimmer Glitter
  • Love Lust Disco Slip Tease Lip Lacquer Vault
  • Love Lust Disco Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream Midi Trio
  • Love Lust Disco Suede Matte Lip Kit
  • Powder Puff Lippie Lip Cream
  • Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer
  • Slip Tease Full Color Lip Oil
  • Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream
  • Strictly Vinyl Lip Gloss
  • Suede Matte Lip Liner
  • Suede Matte Lipstick
  • Super Cliquey Glossy Lipstick

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