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NYX Cosmetics Is Not Vegan-Friendly

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Is NYX Vegan?

NYX Cosmetics are sold in most drugstores and they’re incredibly affordable where you can buy a NYX lipstick for as low as $4!

Despite being acquired by giant cosmetic brand, L’Oreal in 2014, NYX Cosmetics say they’ll maintain their commitment to a strict no animal testing policy. The L’Oreal acquisition alone has already turned off several cruelty-free shoppers and they refuse to buy anything from NYX again.

This post isn’t about questioning NYX cosmetics’ animal testing statement but instead,  I will be focusing on how NYX cosmetics are unfortunately not vegan-friendly for those who choose to look pass their affiliation with L’Oreal.


I have emailed the company time after time inquiring about which of their products are vegan and do not contain any animal ingredients or by-products, and asking if they can just tell me which of their ingredients are animal-derived. Their response is to  read the ingredient list.


Thank you for reaching out! Please note our products are not certified as vegan. As we have multiple manufacturers and product cycles, one line could have slightly different formulations and we are unable to give out generalized ingredient information.

The best way to determine if a product is right for you is to view the ingredient list on the packaging in person. You can use our Store Locator (link below) to find a retailer that carries our products.

Reading the ingredients wouldn’t be an issue if NYX products weren’t full of synthetic ingredients that are almost impossible to understand for those of us without a chemistry major.


The problem with NYX telling their customers to read the ingredient list to determine if a product is suitable for vegans, is that it’s not always possible to know if an ingredient came from an animal or plant source just by reading its ingredient name on the packaging.

Here is an ingredient list for one of NYX foundations:

Silica, Talc, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Chlorella Minutissima Extract, Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydroxyapatite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethiconol Fluoroalcohol Dilinoleic Acid, Alumina, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).

According to Veganissimo A to ZAllantoin is commonly  produced synthetically however it can also theoretically come from an animal. Allantoin is the degradation product of uric acid; part of the protein metabolism of most mammals. Also in many plants, such as comfrey, black salsify, horse chestnut. Traditionally extracted from cows’ urine or comfrey extract.  Soothing agent and plasticizer in cosmetics.

How would we have known that!? 

I find it concerning how NYX is unable to release any details about the source of their ingredients or any possible animal ingredients that may be lurking in their products. Even wet n wild, another affordable cruelty-free brand, with probably as many products as NYX, is able to offer a list of their products that are vegan and have even clearly state that some of their products contain carmine so that vegans know what to look out for.

If you choose to look pass NYX being owned by L’Oreal and want to switch over to vegan cosmetics, I would look elsewhere as NYX cosmetics is not vegan-friendly.

If you’re looking for affordable drugstore vegan cosmetics like NYX, I recommend e.l.f. and wet n wild.

Photo by Capitu, used under CC BY-NC / Matted and added text from original

18 Responses
  • vegangel
    September 20, 2017

    Thank you so much! I tried the link to Wet n Wild’s vegan list, and it was broken. Here’s a link to the updated list on their new website: http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/vegan-products.html.

    • Vicky Ly
      September 21, 2017

      Thank you so much for letting me know!! I updated the link =)

  • Kelly van Gemert
    June 22, 2017

    Thank you for clearing things out! I think that there has to be something done about the ‘cruelty-free’ title. I think that brands that use animal products are not allowed to say that their products are cruelty-free, just because there is no animal testing involved. Exploiting animals and using their bodies for any purpose is cruel!

  • April
    February 8, 2017

    Why is PETA then calling NYX cruelty-free AND vegan?
    “We’re now happy to announce that NYX has confirmed its dedication to its cruelty-free policy and will remain 100 percent cruelty-free under L’Oréal’s ownership. This means that NYX does not and will not allow, conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals for its ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world. No animals will suffer for NYX products, and to celebrate, we’re sharing with you our favorite vegan and cruelty-free NYX products:”

    • Puppy Mommy
      March 27, 2017

      The leaping bunny logo does NOT mean a item is vegan; it ONLY means they did NOT test on animals. I know a lot of vegan who are confused by this and it drives me crazy that PETA has not made this more clear. If you’re looking for vegan makeup/hair/etc products, don’t use the bunny logo as your definitive guide to vegan products. It’s a place to start doing research, but it doesn’t mean the product is vegan. Look for the “V” that designates certified vegan. Many products won’t have this though, so do a search on Pinterest, Google, etc, and see which companies are vegan or have specifically designates products. I know it sucks, but more and more companies are adding vegan products and/or being transparent with their ingredients. Personally, I love elf for inexpensive veggie makeup!

    • Denise
      January 22, 2018

      I recently bought eye liner from nyx because they are supposed to be cruelty free. I looked at the eye liner when I got home and it says made in China. I know Chi a does test on animals. I’m confused.

  • Stacy Ellis
    November 22, 2016

    Thank you very helpful article.
    I too got a similar response when reaching out to IT Cosmetics on whether their products have animal derivatives.

  • Virginia Jimenez
    September 21, 2016

    Thank you for this post Vicky! Go vegans!

  • Pamela
    September 18, 2016

    So glad I found your site. I used to use NYX until L’Oreal took over. Now ELF AMD W n Wild are my favorites, as they were before. But too bad NYX isn’t began and sold out to that monster cosmetic giant L’Oreal. They want to grab all of it.

  • Alexus
    June 8, 2016

    Is NYX allergy tested?

  • C
    January 5, 2016

    Thank you for clearing up the confusion I had over NYX, I have only recently become vegan and am finding this new lifestyle challenging (in a good way!) more in regards to beauty and fashion than even the diet restrictions really, so this post (and many others on your site) are helping enormously on my newfound path to a cruelty free life! 😀 xo

    • Vicky Ly
      January 5, 2016

      Glad to hear you are having fun exploring the wonders of a vegan lifestyle! =) and I’m extremely happy to read that you’ve found this post helpful. If you ever have any questions, just shoot them my way and I’ll be happy to help you answer any at info@ethicalelephant.com =)

  • Ingrid
    November 24, 2015

    Hi Vicki,

    Thank you for the clarification of NYX and its lack of vegan purity. I had just been on Peta’s site looking for vegan makeup recommendations and one of them on Peta’s site is NYX. Maybe they need the education so they do not mislead other visitors looking for the same thing? Again thank you for the clarification 🙂

    • Vicky Ly
      November 24, 2015

      Hey Ingrid! =) Glad to help clear things up for ya! It seems as though the resource list from PETA is focused mostly on products that are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. There is a difference between cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics, if anyone is wondering what the difference is, check out my post explaining it here >> http://ethicalelephant.com/crueltyfree-vs-vegan/

      I think PETA tries to cater to a wider audience and promote brands that are not tested on animals and not necessarily all vegan. Whereas on my blog, I focus on both cruelty-free and vegan beauty products! If it was up to me, I’d redefine the term ‘cruelty-free’ to include no animal ingredients. I can’t see how it’s possible to obtain animal derived ingredients in a manner that isn’t cruel to the animals.

      • just sayin
        July 26, 2017

        >I can’t see how it’s possible to obtain animal derived ingredients in a manner that isn’t cruel to the animals.

        from dead bodies after natural death, from urine, excrements

        • vegangel
          September 20, 2017

          Yes, but until that natural death, they are held captive–and in what kind of conditions? Same for “products” that come from animals: Someone somewhere is holding animals against their will & their nature, just to collect their urine, excrement, milk, eggs, etc.

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