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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View Comments (7)
  • As far as i am concerned it’s equally as bad if their parent company does testing on animals. So I’m certainly not going to support any company that does testing directly or indirectly. Bye Bare Minerals.

  • I commend any company that doesn’t test on animals but if that company is owned by a larger company who are not cruelty free then your money is still contributing to cruel practices. I used to use Lash Domination by Bare Minerals but I will no longer buy it as I am indirectly paying Shiseido!

  • I appreciate that they don’t test on animals, but nothing here says that they don’t use animal products as ingredients. Can you confirm that they don’t use any animal products as ingredients in their products?

  • Thank you for sharing with us this information, but I’ll have to admit: I’m a little bit confused right now…I read what you wrote about animal testing and it was illuminating to me, but now I don’t understand your criteria: if Bare Escentuals has no leaping bunny but it is just on PETA’s list (which isn’t reliable) why you assume it’s cruelty free anyway? We know that isn’t enough to not sell in China (what about not exclusively cosmetics ingredients?)
    I don’t want to seem rude and those questions aren’t provocatives, I just want to really understand! Could you please help me to clarify? Thank you for all your work anyway!

    • Eleonora, thanks for your kind words! Your question isn’t rude at all and I understand where you’re coming from.

      For PETA-approved brands, I tend to verify the company’s animal policy by contacting them directly and doing some research. I post that correspondence so that you (and every other reader) can decide whether or not to support the brand in question.

      I hope this clarifies it! Let me know if you have more questions.

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