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.
NYX IS NOT VEGAN
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.
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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.
READING THE INGREDIENTS
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 Z, Allantoin 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.