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Vegan Makeup at Sephora (No Parent Company Testing)

I recently got a gift card to Sephora but since deciding to go cruelty-free and vegan with my makeup and skincare back in 2012, I haven’t set foot in a Sephora store in forever.

Sephora is Not a Cruelty-Free Brand

The reason being is that the Sephora house brand isn’t cruelty-free as they have a number of stores in mainland China where animal testing is required by Chinese laws, so I never felt like it was right to buy anything, even if it was cruelty-free/vegan, from Sephora as I felt my money would be indirectly funding more animal tests done by the Sephora house brand.

Since receiving my Sephora gift card, I wanted to do a little research to see if maybe I can find some makeup products that were from brands that do not test on animals and that were also vegan and do not contain animal ingredients.

To narrow down my search even further, I also wanted to avoid cruelty-free brands with a parent company that continues to test on animals such as Urban Decay (owned by L’Oreal); Too Faced (owned by Estee Lauder); NARS + Bare Minerals (owned by Shiseido).

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Makeup at Sephora

To my pleasant surprise, Sephora has a small (but growing) selection of vegan makeup products with no parent company testing!

I’ve decided to publish this list of vegan makeup brands at Sephora with the hopes that it’ll help some of you find and shop for both cruelty-free and vegan makeup at Sephora!

PLEASE NOTE: On June 19, 2017, Unilever announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Hourglass. Hourglass will soon be owned by Unilever, a corporation that continues to test on animals; Unilever is not a cruelty-free company and at this time, Hourglass is considered cruelty-free but will soon be owned by a parent company that test on animals. (Source: Unilever)

Shopping at Sephora for Vegan Makeup

PLEASE NOTE: On June 19, 2017, Unilever announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Hourglass. Hourglass will soon be owned by Unilever, a corporation that continues to test on animals; Unilever is not a cruelty-free company and at this time, Hourglass is considered cruelty-free but will soon be owned by a parent company that test on animals. (Source: Unilever)

The following makeup products are cruelty-free, vegan, and are from brands that are not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Liquid Foundation

COVER FX – Custom Drops

Hourglass – Immaculate Foundation*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Kat Von D – Tattoo Foundation

COVER FX – Natural Finish Foundation

Hourglass – Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Foundation*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Josie Maran – Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Stick Foundation

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

COVER FX – Cover Click Foundation

Hourglass – Stick Foundation*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Face Primer

COVER FX – Calming Primer

COOLA – Daydream Mineral Primer

Kat Von D – Lock-It Hydrating Primer

Hourglass – Veil Mineral Primer*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Hourglass – Ambient Light Correcting Primer (Luminous Light, Dim Light, Mood Light)*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Concealer

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Concealer

Kat Von D – Lock-It Concealer Créme

Kat Von D – Lock-It Concealer

COVER FX – Cream Concealer

COVER FX – Blemish Treatment Concealer

Cruelty-Free Vegan Powder Foundation

COVER FX – Pressed Mineral Foundation

Kat Von D – Lock-it Powder Foundation

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Setting Powder

Kat Von D – Lock-It Setting Powder

COVER FX – Matte or Illuminating Setting Powder

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Highlighters

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Glow Kit

COVER FX – The Perfect Light Highlighting Powder

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Bronzer (Luminous Bronze Light)*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Josie Maran – Enlightenment Illuminizer

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Palette*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Blush

Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Blush (Incandescent Electra)*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Josie Maran – Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Contour Kit

COVER FX – Contour Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Contour Kit and Contour Cream Kit

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Mascara

Blinc – Mascara

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Eyeliner

Kat Von D – Ink Liner

Blinc – Liquid Eyeliner

Kat Von D – Tattoo Liner

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brow Products

Anastasia Beverly Hills – DIPBROW Pomade

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Powder Duo

Blinc – Eyebrow Mousse

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Brow Wiz

Kat Von D – Tattoo Brow

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Lipsticks

Kat Von D – Studded Kiss Lipstick

Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Liquid Lipstick (only some lipstick shades are vegan)

Hourlgass – Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Lipgloss

Hourglass – Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss (only some shades are vegan)*Unilever to acquire Hourglass 19/06/2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills – Lip Gloss

PLEASE NOTE: On June 19, 2017, Unilever announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Hourglass. Hourglass will soon be owned by Unilever, a corporation that continues to test on animals; Unilever is not a cruelty-free company and at this time, Hourglass is considered cruelty-free but will soon be owned by a parent company that test on animals. (Source: Unilever)


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11 Responses
  • Alysa
    July 14, 2017

    Pretty Vulgar, Stellar, and Milk Makeup are 100% vegan brands carried at Sephora (: However, the hourglass blushes are not vegan they have carmine in them which is beetles. Milk has great stick blushes but the only powder vegan blushes carried at the store are by stellar

    • Vicky Ly
      July 14, 2017

      I’m still waiting to hear back from Pretty Vulgar about their animal testing policy,
      I’ll definitely reach out to Stellar to verify their animal testing policy,
      and I’m still waiting to hear back from Milk Makeup about whether their raw material suppliers test on animals!

      On Hourglass’ website, they list 3 of their blush as being vegan — diffused heat, luminous flush, incandescent electra which you can find here >> https://www.hourglasscosmetics.com/vegan-makeup
      Unfortunately they don’t list their ingredients online so it’s difficult to confirm whether carmine is in these 3 blushes that they are claiming to be “vegan” Hmm.. I’ll look into this! That’ll be a shame if they do contain carmine =( Thanks for letting me know!!

      • Alysa
        July 15, 2017

        Awesome, I’ve trained with the brands and they all told me they were cruelty free and 100% vegan so hopefully it’s true and I’ve read the ingredients on all the blushes and they all do contain carmine ):

  • Lydia
    June 15, 2017

    LOve love love. A list like this was hard to find, and I really wanted to avoid brands that had a parent company doing animal testing. I will be sharing this with all my friends. these are all great brands, there’s no reason to need anything else to get a fab makeup look.

    • Vicky Ly
      June 16, 2017

      I totally agree! There’s plenty of cruelty-free brands available now that there’s really no reason why we should be supporting or condoning beauty brands who are choosing to continue to test on animals! Glad this list was helpful to you, I only feature cruelty-free brands on my blog that don’t have a parent company that tests on animals so feel free to browse my other shopping guides to help ya out! =) thanks for being a voice for the voiceless, Lydia!!

  • Monica vorse
    March 30, 2017

    You forgot to include tarte. They are known to be cruelty free and vegan.

    • Molly
      April 30, 2017

      I thought the company that owns Tarte is based in Asia and owns other non-cruelty free cosmetic brands?

      • Vicky Ly
        May 3, 2017

        Yes, that’s right! Tarte is owned by Kose.

        Kose is NOT a cruelty-free brand. They also own several cosmetic brands that sell in mainland China and therefore are not cruelty-free.

        Although Tarte is a cruelty-free brand and they do NOT test their products or ingredients on animals… this post excludes brands that are owned by a parent company, like Kose, that tests on animals =)

  • JessBeautician
    January 28, 2017

    SO helpful, thank you! I’ve been loving the RMS Beauty Un Cover Up Concealer but I want to find a vegan alternative and the Anastasia Beverly Hills one sounds perfect! X

  • Mariëlle Markgraaff
    January 26, 2017

    This is SO ideal, I’ll keep this in mind!!

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