Updated on September 1, 2021

100+ Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands Using Ethical Mica

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Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands Using Ethical Mica

Here it is! A master list of cruelty-free makeup brands that have confirmed their mica is ethically-sourced without child labor. It took me months to compile this list but I know it’s something many of you have been asking for.

If you’re not aware of the widespread issue of child labor and labor abuse in Indian mica mines, I suggest reading this post of everything you need to know about this controversial shimmery makeup ingredient.

About This Ethical Mica Makeup List

I reached out to all of the cruelty-free makeup brands in my Brand Directory to ask if they use ethically-sourced mica that’s child-labor-free. I learned from each company that responded and I researched to get a better understanding of the best solutions for sourcing natural mica responsibly and ethically. I then analyzed every response I received to determine if I believe the company is doing everything it possibly can to ensure its mica is ethically-sourced.

I’ve also included a separate list, at the bottom, of cruelty-free makeup brands that are only using synthetic mica that’s made in a lab, and therefore no child labor is involved.

*Note that this list is exclusively for brands that are (1) listed in our cruelty-free directory and have met our cruelty-free standards and (2) that offer some makeup products. I’m currently working on a separate list for nail polish brands, skin & body care brands, and haircare brands.

Cruelty-Free & Ethical Mica Makeup Brands

I have confirmed the following list of cruelty-free makeup brands have ensured their natural mica is ethically-sourced without child labor and have verified this with their mica suppliers through documentation, certificates, third-party audits, or their members of the Responsible Mica Initiative.

  • 100% Pure
  • about-face – 100% Vegan
  • Adorn Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Aether Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Aleph Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Alima Pure
  • All Earth Minerals – 100% Vegan
  • Antipodes
  • Au Naturale – 100% Vegan
  • Avril
  • Axiology – 100% Vegan
  • B. by Superdrug – 100% Vegan
  • Barefaced Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Barry M – 100% Vegan
  • Butter LONDON
  • Buxom (Shiseido)
  • Catrice
  • Chantecaille
  • Ciate London
  • CLE Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Clean Faced Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • CLOVE + HALLOW – 100% Vegan
  • cocokind
  • Colorescience
  • Concrete Minerals – 100% Vegan
  • COVER FX – 100% Vegan
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Dirty Hippie Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Dose of Colors
  • Dr Haushcka
  • eco minerals – 100% Vegan
  • Elate Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • ella+mila – 100% Vegan
  • Erin’s Faces
  • Essence
  • EVOHE Skincare – 100% Vegan
  • Eye of Horus
  • FACE atelier
  • Fairypants – 100% Vegan
  • Fitglow
  • Grande Cosmetics
  • Green People
  • Habit Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Hiro Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Honeybee Gardens
  • Honeypie Minerals – 100% Vegan
  • Hynt Beauty
  • IDUN Minerals
  • INC.redible
  • INIKA Organic – 100% Vegan
  • Johnny Concert – 100% Vegan
  • Jolie Beauty
  • Josie Maran
  • Jouer
  • Juice Beauty
  • Julep
  • Kari Gran
  • KimChi Chic Beauty
  • Kjaer Weis
  • Kosas
  • KVD Beauty (Kendo, LVMH) – 100% Vegan
  • KYPRIS – 100% Vegan
  • lilah b.
  • Lily Lolo
  • Lottie London
  • Love The Planet – 100% Vegan
  • Lumene
  • LYS Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Mad Hippie
  • Makeup Geek
  • Makeup Revolution
  • Manic Panic
  • Melt Cosmetics
  • MERIT – 100% Vegan
  • MG Naturals – 100% Vegan
  • Milk Makeup – 100% Vegan
  • MOB BEAUTY – 100% Vegan
  • Mudd Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Nabla Cosmetics
  • NOTO Botanics – 100% Vegan
  • Nude by Nature
  • Nudi Goods
  • Ogee
  • Pacifica – 100% Vegan
  • PHB Ethical Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Plain Jane Beauty
  • Principle Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Pure Anada
  • Range Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Red Apple Lipstick – 100% Vegan
  • Revolution Beauty
  • Rituel de Fille
  • ROEN BEAUTY – 100% Vegan
  • Root Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Saint Jane – 100% Vegan
  • Seraphine Botanicals – 100% Vegan
  • Shared Planet – 100% Vegan
  • SIII Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Suntegrity
  • Supergoop!
  • Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Tater Rounds Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • The Body Shop
  • The Organic Skin Co – 100% Vegan
  • theBalm
  • Thrive Causemetics – 100% Vegan
  • Trestique
  • Trust Fund Beauty – 100% Vegan
  • Vapour Organic Beauty
  • Vasanti Cosmetics
  • VE Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Veil Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Velour – 100% Vegan
  • W3LL PEOPLE
  • Westman Atelier
  • Wunder2
  • ZAO Organic Makeup – 100% Vegan
  • Zerra & Co.

If you want to know and learn more about the responses I received from each brand, I’ve been adding their email responses at the very bottom of their corresponding brand page. See below for how to find the brand’s response to their ethical mica sourcing policy.

This will now be a requirement for all cruelty-free brands before they’re approved and listed in our Directory.

Cruelty-Free Brands Using Synthetic Mica Only

The following cruelty-free makeup brands are currently or working towards using only synthetic mica in their collection. Synthetic mica is made in a lab and therefore no child labor is involved.

  • Black Moon Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
  • Fairypants* – 100% Vegan
  • Hurraw! Balm – 100% Vegan
  • jane iredale
  • Lush
  • River Organics – 100% Vegan
  • VE Cosmetics* – 100% Vegan
  • Woosh Beauty

*Fairypants and VE Cosmetics are both working to switch to using only synthetic mica by end of the year

There are several cruelty-free makeup brands that I never heard back from but I will keep trying.

However, if after multiple attempts, brands that fail to address if their mica is ethically-sourced, will no longer be listed in our Cruelty-Free Brand Directory.

For example, I’ve reached out to Anastasia Beverly Hills four times in the past year and I’ve never received a response from the brand. Because of their lack of transparency, I’ve decided to remove them from my master list of cruelty-free brands.

This is part of our ongoing process to redefine what it means to be a “truly cruelty-free” brand in 2021. Stay tuned for more updates!


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3 thoughts on “100+ Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands Using Ethical Mica”

  1. After reading about how most shimmers are created using plastic, I was excited to find a list that used cruelty-free mica. However, the article I read suggested looking specifically for synthetic mica because it biodegrades. But surely natural mica isn’t as bad for the environment as plastic glitter…right?

  2. Did you reach out to BeautyCounter? From what I understand, they are cruelty-free and they source their mica from ethical sources. I don’t know where you live, so I don’t know if this brand is available in your country, so I thought I would ask since they weren’t listed.

    1. Hi S.

      BeautyCounter is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny but I’ve chosen not to list or include them in my brand directory or blog because they’re considered an MLM.

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