Is Hourglass Cruelty-Free and 100% Vegan?

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Hourglass Cosmetics is a luxury makeup brand known for its state-of-the-art primer and cult-favorite highlighting palette but is Hourglass cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Hourglass Cruelty-Free?

Hourglass is Cruelty-free! None of Hourglass’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

However, it should be noted that Hourglass is owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Hourglass Animal Testing Policy

Hourglass has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

In addition, below is what’s currently stated on Hourglass’ website:

Hourglass animal testing statement

Hourglass Acquired by Unilever

In 2017, Hourglass was acquired by Unilever, a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Although Hourglass is owned by Unilever, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

See Also: Why Unilever Is Not a Cruelty-Free Corporation

Hourglass is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find Hourglass’ cruelty-free products at hourglasscosmetics.com, Sephora, Cult Beauty, and Nordstrom

Is Hourglass Vegan?

Hourglass is not an entirely vegan brand (yet!) Some of Hourglass makeup products do contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products, like beeswax, lanolin, and carmine, but Hourglass pledges to be 100% vegan by the end of the year.

Please reference below for a list of Hourglass vegan products.

Hourglass had pledged to become a 100% vegan brand by 2020, however, I noticed some of their non-vegan products are still available.

They kindly informed me in May 2020 that they are still working on becoming 100% vegan stating,

“We are currently in the transition of becoming fully vegan by the end of this year! You can search the term vegan on our website to see an updated product list of all the vegan products we currently carry!”

Want to know which of Hourglass cosmetics’ are not vegan? Check their non-vegan product list at the bottom of this post.

See Also: What’s the Difference Between ‘Cruelty-Free’ vs. ‘Vegan’ Cosmetics?

Hourglass Vegan Product List

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

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labelled accordingly on their website under each product description.

Primer & Setting Spray

Foundation & Concealer

Powder, Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter

Eyes & Brow

Lips

Skincare

Brushes


This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


Not Vegan – Hourglass

Below is a list of Hourglass makeup and skincare products that were not included on Hourglass’ vegan list, the following products may contain some animal-derived ingredient or by-product.

  • Ambient Lighting Blush (shades that contain carmine: Dim Infusion, Ethereal Glow, Mood Exposure, Radiant Magenta) – not vegan
  • Ambient Lighting Bronzer (Radiant Bronze Light) – not vegan
  • Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder (contains carmine: Mood Light) – not vegan
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Blush (shades that contain carmine: Brilliant Nude, Euphoric Fusion, Iridescent Flash) – not vegan
  • Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder (contains carmine: Iridescent Strobe Light) – not vegan
  • Curator Ascent Extended Wear Lash Primer – not vegan
  • Curator Lash Instrument – not vegan
  • Curator Realist Defining Mascara Formula – not vegan
  • Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss (shades that contain carmine: Canvas, Muse, Fortune, Icon) – not vegan
  • Femme Nude Lip Stylo (contains lanolin) – not vegan
  • Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • GIRL Lip Stylo (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Hidden Corrective Concealer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Illume Sheer Color Trio in Sunset (may contain carmine) – not vegan
  • Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow (shades that contain carmine: Aura, Blaze, Reflect, Smoke) – not vegan
  • Vanish™ Flash Highlighting Stick (Gold Flash) – not vegan

Is Hourglass Cosmetics Ethical?

Based in: the US

Products Manufactured in: Confirmed most of Hourglass products are manufactured in Italy or the US.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any public information on Hourglass’ sustainability and environmental initiatives.

Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: N/A

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Hourglass launched its very first refillable lipsticks! Their Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Lipsticks comes in refillable lipstick tubes where you can buy the interchangeable refills separately.

Giving Back Initiatives: Hourglass donates 1% of all profits from their website to the Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization working to secure fundamental rights for animals. The brand also has a consumer campaign, for every picture posted on Instagram of people posing eye-to-eye with their pet with #hg_eyetoeye, Hourglass will donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Some of Hourglass products claim to be Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Phthalate-Free, Talc-Free, Triclosan-Free, Mineral Oil-Free, however, not all of them are so you’ll have to find each products’ claim under their descriptions.


I hope this article helped you to understand Hourglass’ cruelty-free and vegan status and you discovered another cruelty-free brand to support because together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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3 Comments
  • Mary
    February 22, 2017

    I have a few friends that use Hourglass Vegan products, and they swear by them. I don’t wear makeup but I need that Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss. I’m addicted to shiny lips 🙂

  • Laura brockway
    February 20, 2017

    Hi!
    I love your blog! Do you know if any of the new girl lip stylo colours are vegan?
    Thanks, Laura 🙂

    • Vicky Ly
      February 20, 2017

      Hey Laura!
      Hm.. I’m not sure if the Hourglass GIRL lip stylo are vegan or not.
      I can’t seem to find a list of ingredients on Hourglass or Sephora’s website. Since it’s a new product, I think the best option is to just keep an eye on Hourglass’ vegan product page. I know they are fairly good at keeping it updated! =) I’ll also be sure to update this list once I receive confirmation

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