Cosmetics With A Cruelty-Free Ethos!




Women, men and everyone in between can all concur that wearing makeup makes you feel good. But what about feeling good in an ethical sense?

While Sephora’s and Ulta’s have shelves stock tall of our favorite primers, mascara, highlighters- and the list goes on- not all of them partake in a cruelty-free ethos.

Being a cruelty-free makeup brand means ingredients and products aren’t tested on animals, rather, they test on human cells and tissue or use advanced computer technology to ensure product safety. Thus allowing Snow White to rest easy knowing her forest gang is out of harms way.

Well, how can you tell? The packaging of any product should have a set of bunny ears or a leaping bunny, usually located on the back. This means the brand is approved by either PETA or Leaping Bunny; both organizations are the gold standards in cruelty free policing. However, some independent brands have alternate certification methods.

But just to be sure, a simple Google search or a look into the brands website should disclose if they don’t test on animals.

To make cruelty free cosmetics convenient, we’ve compiled a list of high and lower end brands that do not test on animals, so if you’re considering on making the switch- here’re the brands that go the extra mile to protect our furry friends. (This list isn’t definitive; there a plethoric amount of cosmetics that are also cruelty free that I may have missed. I’ve listed the most popular.)

High end:

  • NARS
  • Illamasqua
  • Hourglass
  • Too Faced
  • Urban Decay
  • Tarte
  • Bite
  • Bare Minerals
  • Cover FX
  • Josie Maran
  • Becca
  • Cargo
  • IT cosmetics
  • Korres
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Lorac
  • BH Cosmetics
  • Hourglass
  • Kat Von D Beauty


  • E.L.F.
  • Hard Candy
  • Milani
  • NYX
  • Physicians Formula
  • Wet N’ Wild
  • Jordana
  • Sonia Kashuk
  • Ardell


By: Yasmine Rimawi