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Cover FX is Cruelty-Free
Cover FX 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 Cover FX to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Cover FX’s official animal testing statement:
In an email response, Cover FX further explains their animal testing policy and cruelty-free commitment stating,
“All Cover FX products are cruelty-free, PETA-approved and vegan. We do not conduct animal testing on our products, nor do we ask partners to do so on our behalf. Our products are not sold in China or anywhere else that requires animal testing by law. We evaluate the safety of our finished products in tests on volunteer panels. We fully support the development and acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives, including in-vitro testing. In-vitro testing (meaning in glass or in petri dishes) is a method whereby human tissue is cultured and used to test for toxicity and irritation in the lab. This method has been developed over the past 20 years and is used widely by many ingredient suppliers.“
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 Cover FX has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Cover FX is 100% Vegan
Cover FX has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Recommended Cover FX Vegan Products:
Below are a few of COVER FX’s cruelty-free and vegan products we recommend trying:
- Power Play Foundation
- Natural Finish Foundation
- Perfect Setting Powder
- High Performance Setting Spray
- Perfector Face Palette
- Custom Enhancer Drops
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 COVER FX’s products made?
“Our products are made in the U.S., Canada and Italy. […] Please note product packaging is made in all the above as well as China.”
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 a company publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
So I asked COVER FX if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Our ingredient suppliers have confirmed that the mica we use is ethically sourced without the use of child labor. Cover FX cares sincerely about this issue and is committed to transparency in all that we do. We are strongly against unethical sourcing and child labor of any kind.“