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Last Updated: June 8, 2021

Is Catrice Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Catrice cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Catrice’s policies.
Catrice is cruelty-free. None of Catrice’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of Catrice’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Catrice does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Catrice claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor.
Catrice products come in plastic packaging but they recently launched their CLEAN ID collection which they claim contains more ‘sustainable packaging,’ consisting of paper and recyclable materials.

About Catrice

Catrice Cosmetics provides makeup with high-quality ingredients, luxurious textures and innovative formulas, all at a price point that gives you the freedom to play and experiment with makeup.
COMPANY BASED IN: Germany
PRODUCTS MADE IN: EU and Abroad
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Nails
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

Catrice

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You can find Catrice’s cruelty-free products on Amazon, Ulta, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Catrice is Cruelty-Free

Cosmetics has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Catrice to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is what’s currently stated on Catrice Cosmetics’ website:

Catrice Cruelty-Free Claims
Catrice Animal Testing Statement

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2021.

But Catrice has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.‘ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Catrice is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Catrice, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Catrice products are vegan?

All of Catrice’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example, whether you’re looking from their EU or US site.

Catrice Vegan Product List

As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Catrice vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.

Below is a list of Catrice products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Eyes – Catrice Vegan

Mascara & Lashes
Eyeliners
Brows
Eyeshadow & Base

Face – Catrice Vegan


Lips – Catrice Vegan


Nails – Catrice Vegan


Not Vegan – Catrice

Below is a list of Catrice products that did not have the “vegan” label under the product description. These Catrice products are not considered vegan and should be avoided if you follow a vegan lifestyle.

  • Allround Mascara Waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Art Couleurs Eyeshadows (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
  • Brow Comb Designer Pro – not vegan
  • Brow Hero 2in1 Brow Pomade & Camouflage Waterproof (contains lanolin) – not vegan
  • Camouflage Cream (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Charming Fairy Lip Glow – not vegan
  • Eye‘Matic Dip Liner Deep Black (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Eye Brow Stylist (contains lanolin) – not vegan
  • Glam & Doll Curl & Volume Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Glam & Doll False Lashes Mascara Waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Glam & Doll Volume Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Glam & Doll Volume Mascara Waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Glam & Doll Volumizing Mascara Primer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Glow Illusion Loose Powder (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Instant Smokey Eye Pencil (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Iron Strength Nail Hardener (contains hydrolyzed silk) – not vegan
  • Kohl Kajal (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lashes To Kill Pro Instant Volume Mascara 24h Waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lashes to Kill Ultrablack Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lashes To Kill Waterproof Volume Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lip Sugar Scrub And Balm (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Lip Super Serum (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Lip Treatment (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Liquid Camouflage – High Coverage Concealer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Prime And Fine Aqua Fresh Hydro Primer – not vegan
  • Prime and Fine Multitalent Lip Primer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Rock Couture Extreme Volume Mascara 24h Waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Strobing Blush (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • The Blazing Bronze Collection Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • The Edgy Lilac Collection Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • The Fresh Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • The Little Black One Volume Mascara True Black – not vegan
  • The Little Black One Volume Mascara Waterproof – not vegan
  • The Modern Matt Collection Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Velvet Matt Lip Cream (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Volumizing Lip Soufflé (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are Catrice’s products made?

“The majority of our products are produced in Europe but some are produced abroad. If you have questions about where specific items were manufactured, just ask and we will let you know!”

*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are imported and sold in physical stores in mainland China are required to be tested on animals according to China’s animal testing laws.

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Catrice if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Thanks so much for taking the time to reach out to us about such an important issue. At Catrice, we take the problem of child labor very seriously and feel it is our duty to ensure that no child labor is involved at any point in the supply chain of our products. 

In order to be able to guarantee this, we devote our attention closely to the origin of our natural mica and communicate frequently with our suppliers, both private label manufacturers and raw material suppliers. Raw material suppliers that do not offer us the required degree of transparency are no longer taken into account when new projects are awarded.

We have been supporting the sustainable mining of natural mica since 2016 in cooperation with an NGO with the goal of supporting local social projects and improving the living conditions of the population and in particular those of the children in India. We also joined the Responsible Mica Initiative(RMI) in July 2017.

We are dedicated to the shared goal of eradicating child labor and unacceptable working conditions within the beauty industry.”


I hope this article helped you to understand Catrice’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to contact them about their vegan product list, Vicky!
    Very helpful!

  2. I’m very dissapointed with the fact checking in this article. This article says that the Catrice products are made in the EU. My order of catrice makeup just arrived and on the packaging it’s made in PRC, which is CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I made my purchase based on the recommendations of this article. Which leads to me wonder how many other inaccuracies are there? How ethically made are these products really??

    1. Hi, Yvonne. Catrice told me “The majority of our products are produced in Europe but some are produced abroad.” And this article also says “95% of the range is made in Europe”. I’m sorry you got one of their products that were made abroad, specifically in China.

      I’m only stating what brands told me in this post but I’ve corrected the article to state that some of Catrice’s products are made abroad but they wouldn’t disclose where exactly ‘abroad’ is.

  3. Thank you very much for all usefull content you post for us! I always find what I’m looking for here! Keep going! 🙂

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