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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  • Okay, let me just start off. You are attention hungry people. I worked in MAC cosmetic labs in china and they do NOT test on animals. You’re just saying that because you’re an extreme veganist. Don’t get me wrong. I’m vegan also but I will never go this far to compliment about animal cruelty it’s just so fucking stupid. Also another thing that you got wrong. It isn’t required to test on animals either in China. But keep making false statements you’re going to end up like Peta and be hated and then work at mcdonalds.

    • But what can you proof your words with? I, personally, have an assumption, that not everything told in comments can be trusted.

    • They do not test on animals but the law in China requires them to. How is she lying yet even MAC says that they test on animals because they are required to do so by the law! in China!

    • Whatever helps you. All about you. You you you. lol. You just want an excuse to do what you want. For makeup. Pathetic. Go away and stop labelling yourself anything.

    • While MAC themselves may not do the testing they do acquiesce to an outside company doing if FOR them. In US law oftentimes the one who gives the order is just as culpable under law as the one who carries out the act. These are somewhat dramatic but are two well known examples; 1. War crimes where regular soldiers are held fully culpable for following commands that they know are wrong saying “we were just following orders” this is more popularly known as the Nuremburg Defense, 2. Say a husband hires a hit man to kill his wife but the hit man is taken down in the process and rats the husband out. US law says that both men are equally culpable for the charge of attempted murder because the hit man was willing to commit the physical act of murder and the husband was still willing to order it and is therefore considered to be just as guilty as though he tried to kill her himself. This line of thinking is a cultural mentality and is applied to many situations including this. Even if MAC does not personally (so to speak) test their product on animals they do sell in China knowing that they will have to hire a third party to test for them. If you apply the aforementioned mindset that makes them equally culpable. Make sense?

    • Obviously they are not all bad. Anyway look what we do in the West. Is everyone stupid. But we cannot support these practices. You are voting with your money. Say no to it! Here and everywhere! Distance doesn’t remove us from this. Stop giving these companies money, email them why you won’t buy their products. Lets work together. We don’t need to test on animals for a slightly different shade of lipstick from the last one. Come on guys.

      • The laws are changing in large part due to companies like MAC and Loreal who have a stake in the Chinese market and work hard to end animal testing. At least if companies have a market and some influence in the company, perhaps they can affect positive change and come up with new and innovative ways of product testing.

  • and here we are in the West slaughtering many animals and using animals for testing as well! we love to play the victim and blame foreigners for cruelty but we are just as guilty of it ourselves.

    • True which is why more of us need to make compassionate choices so that it will no longer be profitable to deal in the nazi style treatment of other animals.

  • either way, some of the profits the company makes from sales in America where they supposedly do not test on animals will go towards funding these third parties TO TEST on animals… how ironic and disguisting

  • That is fucking horrible of you to say, you obviously dont know shit about Chinese people. Fuck you, your generalisation and your bigotry.

  • There is an app called “Cruelty-Cutter” you scan bar codes in store and it will tell you if they test on animals or not- keep scanning till you find an ethical brand. Hitting unethical companies in their profits is the only thing that motivates them to change

    • One question. Do they go by the individual company or the parent company? Because that can be a difference to some people. If you manage to get around to answering (because I know this comment is old) thanks in advance!

      • Test it out and see! I would think it would be pretty cut & dry… for example, if you scan a MAC product it should come up NOT CRUELTY FREE since they are owned by Estée Lauder, same with any Avon product and we all know that Estée Lauder sells in China ?? and China has laws that REQUIRE animal testing be done. So as long as companies continue to export to these places they are selling out when it comes to animals. Stay away from Dove as well, great marketing but they test and export too.

  • Mac does not test on animals, do your research. The Chinese government tests brands themselves if they see fit, but the brand does nothing & has always been a proponent of cruelty free. Again, so you research & don’t believe everythign online

    • How is that any different? You would still use a product that would probably be tested on an animal in some way.

  • Just purchased over $200 this past weekend of MAC COsmetics as I was advised they were definitely a cruelty free line. If I had known they were owned by Estee Lauder I wold never have walked through the front doors. I will be returning all the products and ask for a refund. If they cannot refund, I will take a store credit and let my friends use it. I will NEVER wear make-up at the expense of an animal. Nor will I support China’s so-called “testing for consumer safety” policy.

    • Thanks Jessica. It’s wonderful that you are only supporting cruelty-free brands. So sorry you were tricked by MAC in that way!

    • Hi Irene! I am not sure of the cruelty-free status of Elemis right now but I would definitely recommend reaching out to them directly! Make sure to ask them about their finished products, ingredients, suppliers, as well as third party testing. Another thing to consider is whether or not they sell in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory by law. Hope this helps!

  • I am having several people who work for the brand saying as of 2017 MAC does not test on animals. Does anyone know for sure the most recent stance on this?

    • It’s true. They never tested on animals to be honest since it was China doing their own thing, but since the permit approval phase is done in china, they don’t even have to agree to China doing their own tests anymore

  • In these modern times there should be no animal testing at all! Surely by now all ingredients have been tested, When a brand new product comes on the market it always contains same ingredients,just different outer packaging.

  • Heads up, this article is misleading garbage. MAC does not test on animals, nor do they pay others to do it. The only reason this article is slightly accurate is China does test on animals. The Chinese government, on their own, in their own labs, tests any product that is about to be sold in China, and they do this on animals. MAC has no say in the process.
    Spewing out shady bullshit like this annoys hell out of me. Making note to never come to this website again.

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  • mac is cruelty free, even though they sell in china, mac doesn’t not test on animal.
    any product that gets to china -is tested by the chinese government on animals, before it is sold in their market. it is not tested by the brand, same goes for Bars, the only reason that Mac and Nars & other brands that are CF sell to china is because of the counterfeiting that goes on in china with toxic products being sold in mac/nars packaging which is destroying these brands images as well as causing hard to the customer that buy these products. i recently found this out through work!

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