Charlotte Tilbury is a cruelty-free company. They don’t test finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers. Their products are not sold in mainland China.

Regarding the last question, the representative is claiming that Charlotte Tilbury is not a vegan company. They do have vegan options, but they currently use some animal ingredients such as Carmine.

Click here to check out Charlotte Tilbury’s official site (opens in a new tab).

Dear Suzi,

So sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, I wanted to make sure I gave you a correct and concise answer, so I forwarded your message onto our Head of Product Development.

1) At this current time, are your finished products or ingredients tested on animals?


2) At this current time, do you buy ingredients from suppliers who are involved in animal testing?


3) Do you sell your products in mainland China, or do you intend to do so in the near future?


4) If the answer to all of the above is no, could you tell me when the company has made the decision to go cruelty-free?

Although the answers to the above are no we do not consider ourselves to be an entirely cruelty-free brand. We used an animal-derived product, Carmine, sometimes referred to as Lake, as a pigment in some of our products. We are currently in the process of updating our product information to make it easy for consumers to identify what products are without this colouring and therefore suitable for vegans etc, and we are always searching and working towards using synthetic alternatives.

You can find Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom’s if you live in the US, or Beautylish for international shipping.

Here’s a list of their vegan products:

  • Magic Foundation
  • Full Fat Lashes
  • Brow Lift
  • Mini Miracle Eye Wand
  • Wonderglow Primer
  • Take It All Off
  • Goddess Skin Clay Mask
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  • It says that their “finished products” aren’t tested on animals though. That usually means that individual ingredients are tested on animals but once combined, the finished product isn’t. Can you clarify?

  • I was looking at one of their mascara’s and noticed it contained glycerin, which is derived from animal fat. I just thought I’d mention it, because some people may not realise they need to look out for it

  • I want to try Charlotte Tilsbury but how can a line be cruelty free if it contains animal products? An animal had to die for it.

    • I know! The definition of “cruelty-free” is “not tested on animals”. Charlotte Tilbury is technically cruelty-free, but not all products are vegan.

      • If an animal died, that is not “cruelty free”, unless we now define killing as a non-cruel act, which sounds quite silly to me.

    • Bugs not animals…
      Carmine (/ˈkɑrmɪn/ or /ˈkɑrmaɪn/), also called crimson lake, cochineal, natural red 4,[1] C.I. 75470,[1] or E120, is a pigment of a bright-red color obtained from the aluminium salt of carminic acid; it is also a general term for a particularly deep-red color of the same name. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale and certain Porphyrophora species (Armenian cochineal and Polish cochineal). Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yogurt and certain brands of juice, the most notable ones being those of the ruby-red variety.

      Carmine lake was originally produced from the cochineal insect, native to Central and South America. It is also called crimson lake. When the Spanish conqueredthe Aztec Empire (1518-1521), they encountered Aztec warriors garbed in an unknown crimson color. Cochineal became their second most valuable export from the New World, after silver, and the Spanish zealously guarded the secret of its production for centuries.[6] Carminic acid, the organic compound which gives carmine its color, was synthesized in 1991.

        • I’m gonna argue that while this may not make a difference for vegans, killing an insect and killing a mammal, reptile, amphibian, etc. is a totally different situation for many people, especially those who are cruelty-free but not vegan. There are insect products in just about everything; for that reason, it’s nearly impossible to go entirely vegan or cruelty free, depending on how you define it (for example, there are a number of mainstream medications that use animal products, see

          I’m not passing judgement on anyone’s feelings on this or their personal preference of lifestyle, but simply saying “bugs are still animals” and how it relates to determining the ethical situation of a product is entirely up to one’s philosophy. It depends on what you are able to sustain (economically, medically, etc.) and how far you are willing to go. Basically, I would be somewhat wary of throwing this kind of argument in there as though it made an objective difference, if only because the ethicality of veganism (and in a similar capacity, the cruelty-free lifestyle) is entirely subjective.

          • Oh, I wasn’t arguing. I agree that many people disagree on whether insects deserve the same treatment as other animals, but I was just letting others know that bugs are still considered animals “technically” and that might influence people’s choices in whether or not they’d like to support it. I 100% understand people’s varying opinions on this topic, but some people, once informed of the fact, might be inclined to change their mind (and others might not).

          • Gotcha–very well said. Your initial response was a little light on details so I accidentally misinterpreted, my bad. :^)

    • Simple. Cruelty free and vegan are two different things. Why do you think some brands say Cruelty Free and Vegan, whereas some say just cruelty free, or just vegan. Vegan doesn’t always mean cruelty free. They aren’t the same things. Cruelty free literally means not TESTED on animals. It has nothing to do with the ingredients. Yes, animals die, so do people. That’s life. Not to sound like a heartless bitch, but that’s just how it is. Yes, I would prefer something that has every product to be vegan, but I’m not a vegan myself, so it doesn’t really matter as much to me. Just as long as they don’t TEST on animals, you know, ones that ARE alive? Ones that are alive and FEEL PAIN. Dead animals don’t feel PAIN. Some people get killed and chopped up for meat in some countries. Some humans are cannibals. Just saying. There is cruelty to animals and humans in this world. It’s a shitty world. Humans are killed unnecessarily too, but I doubt you care about your own damn species and turn a blind eye to every atrocity committed towards humans.

      You want animals to not be killed for their fur? Tell that to poachers, etc. Go over there and scream at them and see how well that works for you. I don’t like poachers, btw, nor do I agree with killing animals just for a couple of ingredients, since it’s a waste of a life and unnecessary. But I’m not gonna sit and bitch about everything wrong with the world either. Sorry, but you need to realise that death vs being experimented on are different. The animals tested on are still ALIVE. Therefore, they SUFFER. So, Charlotte Tilbury is Cruelty free as they don’t test on them. They aren’t harming any animals that are alive. At least when the animal is dead, it’s dead. It can’t fee anything. You know that’s a fact, right?

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