Ipsy & Mary Kay: Cruelty free makeup?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In 2012 Mary Kay, Avon, Estee Lauder and Urban Decay lost their Cruelty Free logo from PETA due to selling their products in China. Unlike Urban Decay, which bowed to consumer pressure, Avon and Mary Kay along with Estee Lauder continues to sell in China. Unfortunately the Chinese government requires companies that sell cosmetics in China to have those products tested on animals as such any company that sells their products in China lost their Cruelty Free logo from PETA.

For those of you who are strictly vegan and do not use any product that comes from a company that tests on animals be aware that Ipsy is sending to some subscribers in the April Glambag a Mary Kay lip gloss.

For more information on Mary Kay's status as a cruelty free company read the following articles:
While Mary Kay Cosmetics "does not support animal testing" they do acknowledge that they do test on animals as required by law. Since Europe has banned ALL animal testing, since 2013, and the US does not require cosmetics to be tested on animals this leaves one primary country that does require animal testing - China. If they truly do not support animal testing then the easy thing to do is not sell their products in China! The bottom line for them is money, as it is with all companies, which is why they continue to sell in China despite their claims of not supporting animal testing.

Mary Kay does not support animal testing.

Mary Kay is committed to the elimination of animal testing and is a strong advocate of utilizing alternative methods to substantiate the safety of our ingredients and products. We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor do we ask others to do so on our behalf except when absolutely required by law. For more than two decades, we have been a global leader in helping to develop alternative testing methods for product safety. This commitment continues today, in partnership with global regulatory agencies that manage cosmetic safety, with animal advocacy groups and with leading animal alternative researchers.
I'm not saying don't buy their products nor am I saying don't use their products however if you don't want to use products from companies that do test on animals then you might want to avoid using Mary Kay products and let Ipsy know you do not want them to do business with companies that sell IN China as any company that does sell in China are required by law to test on animals.

Personally, due to the Ipsy POP Beauty incident in February I'm starting to go through my own products and ditching stuff that I have that come from companies that tests on animals. I'm getting rid of my Mark products from Beauty Army since Mark is owned by Avon and learning more about Cruelty Free cosmetics. I will say that I won't go vegan on my cosmetics and cosmetic related products but I will be making more of an effort to not support companies that test on animals.


  1. i only buy cruelty free products, it an easy thing to do and a great thing to stand up for

    1. Could you recommend some cruelty free brands. Thanks :)

  2. i made the switch to cruelty free, not vegan, a while ago and feel so much better about the brands i support.

  3. Actually, China requires imported products be tested on animals. Burt's Bees found a way around this by having their products made in China for the market in China. No animal testing required. Why don't other companies do this?

    1. Thank you for the info. I didn't know there was a loophole like that. Good to know.

  4. why did the incident with pop beauty make you reconsider which makeup brands you use based on their relationship to animal testing?

    1. I'm just wary of cosmetics made in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong now. That whole incident with POP Beauty plus things I've read over the years of high led count, counterfeits, etc coupled with that they (Chinese government) force companies that import into China to animal test (yet according to Barbe don't animal test on cosmetics that are made in China) just makes me want to not use cosmetics coming from China. There are hundreds of other companies that don't sell in China and don't have their products made in China. I'm not going to throw out all of my BH Cosmetics or Coastal Scents or other products made in China but from here on out I'll be more mindful of where the stuff I buy is manufactured at and be more mindful if the company tests on animals or not. It's going to be hard because many brands I do like and use are on that PETA list as "tests on animals".


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