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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 may 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 or test on animals where required by law. If a company starts selling in China, I cross it off the list, which means it lost its cruelty-free status. For the moment, only NARS has decided to expand to the Chinese market, which means NARS is no longer cruelty-free.
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. This list was recently updated to feature even more cruelty-free brands!
As for companies that do test on animals, the list is long: Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Benefit, Estée 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
- Aether Beauty • New!
- Grande Cosmetics • New!
- ILIA • New!
- IT Cosmetics • New!
- Grande Cosmetics • New!
- Koh Gen Do • New!
- Lilah B. • New!
- Stellar Beauty • New!
- Wander Beauty • New!
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
- Hourglass • Acquired By Unilever in 2017
- Too Faced • Acquired By Estée Lauder Nov. 2016
- Tarte • Acquired By Kose on March 17 2014
- Kat Von D • Owned by Kendo which is owned by LVMH
- Stila (newly cruelty-free!)
- Josie Maran
- Becca • Acquired By Estée Lauder Nov. 2016
- Bite Beauty
- Urban Decay • Acquired by L’Oréal on Nov. 26 2012
NARS• Owned By Shiseido | No Longer Cruelty-Free
- BareMinerals • Owned By Shiseido
- Buxom • Owned By Shiseido
- Cover FX
- RMS Beauty
- Marc Jacobs Beauty
- Natasha Denona
- Milk Makeup
Cruelty-Free Skincare At Sephora
- BeautyBio • New!
- Edible Beauty • New!
- Farmacy Beauty • New!
- Farsali • New!
- Indie Lee • New!
- Kora Organics • New!
- Lancer • New!
- Peace Out • New!
- Sand & Sky • New!
- Skin Laundry • New!
- Summer Fridays • New!
- Youth To The People • New!
- Lancer • New!
- Dr. Dennis Gross
- Murad • Owned By Unilever
- REN • Owned By Unilever
- Tata Harper
- First Aid Beauty
- 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
- Ouai • New!
- Rahua • New!
- IGK • New!
- Bumble and Bumble • New!
- Christophe Robin • New!
- Good Dye Young • New!
- Ouidad • New!
- Reverie • New!
- Sachajuan • New!
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.
Brands Owned By Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Companies
Some brands on the list above are owned by parent companies that test on animals. When this is the case, you’ll see a note next to the brand. For example, Hourglass is owned by Unilever and Urban Decay is owned by L’Oréal. Some people choose to support such companies and some don’t. There are pros and cons, and this is a personal decision you can make. It’s important to note that these cruelty-free brands are still cruelty-free, no matter their parent company. The brand that owns them doesn’t have an impact on their actual cruelty-free status.
- Full List of Cruelty-Free Brands
- Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands
- Ultimate Guide To Cruelty-Free Makeup
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