Does MAC test on animals?

MAC is NOT a cruelty-free brand. MAC Cosmetics is owned by Estee Lauder, whose animal testing policy is not to test on animals unless required by law. Because MAC is sold in China, where animal testing is required, MAC isn’t a cruelty-free company.

Here’s Estee Lauder’s statement:

The Estee Lauder Companies is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country where our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

The Estee Lauder Companies fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Click here for the source. No additional information can be found on MAC’s website about their animal testing policy.

Since 2012, all Estee Lauder brands have changed their animal testing policy to include their recent expansion to the Chinese market. Because China requires foreign cosmetics to be tested on animals, any foreign company retailing in Chinese stores must pay to have third party animal testing of their products.


Other brands owned by Estee Lauder that are subjected to this policy are:

  • Clinique
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Prescriptives
  • Tom Ford
  • La Mer
  • Ojon
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Origins
  • Osiao
  • American Beauty
  • Flirt
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Jo Malone
  • Michael Korrs

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