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.

At A Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: NO
  • Ingredients tested on animals: NO
  • Third party animal testing: NO
  • Tested on animals where required by law: NO
  • Sold in mainland China: NO
  • Certifications: PETA-approved, cruelty-free
  • Parent company: Shiseido
  • Parent company status: NOT cruelty-free

PETA Certification

Bare Minerals is on PETA’s list of cruelty-free brands.

Website Claim

Here’s the official claim on their FAQ:

“Does your company test on animals or contain animal ingredients?

Please feel at ease when using Bare Escentuals and MD Formulations 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.”


I emailed Bare Minerals to get the missing information in their FAQ, and this is the answer they gave me. They replied to all my questions.

“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.”

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