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Huda Beauty is Cruelty-Free
Huda Beauty 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 Huda Beauty to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Huda Beauty has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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 2022.
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Huda Beauty 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 Huda Beauty, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans. Also, note that Huda Beauty no longer sells mink lashes.
How to know which of Huda Beauty products are vegan?
All of Huda Beauty’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
Huda Beauty now also has a Vegan product page listing all of their vegan products. I recommend checking this page on their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on what products are vegan or not. Additionally, all of their vegan products are now clearly marked as ‘vegan.’ See below for an example.
Huda Beauty Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Huda Beauty 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 Huda Beauty products that are marked as ‘vegan’ and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Huda Beauty Vegan Makeup
- #FAUXFILTER Foundation – all shades
- #FauxFilter Skin Finish Foundation Stick – all shades
- Demi Matte Cream Lipsticks – all shades
- Diamond Lip Balm – Seductress, Negligee, Dirty Thoughts, Censored
- Easy Bake Loose Baking & Setting Powder – all shades
- Glow Coco Hydrating Mist
- Life Liner Duo Pencil & Liquid Eyeliner
- Lip Contours Matte Pencil
- Gossip Gurl
- Iron LC
- Spice Girl
- Lip Strobe Metallic Gloss
- Makeup Remover Balm
- Matte & Metal Liquid Eyeshadows
- Ca$hmere Robe & Penthouse Suite
- Matte Perfection Pre-Makeup Base
- N.Y.M.P.H. All Over Liquid Highlighter – Luna
- Obsession palettes
- Overachiever Concealer – all shades
- Power Bullet Metallic Lipstick – NYE
- Resting Boss Face Setting Spray
- Sticky Tack Lash Glue – Clear Tone
- Tantour Contour & Bronzer Cream – all shades
Huda Beauty Vegan Makeup Brushes
- Bake & Blend Brush (Face)
- Blur & Glow Body Brush (Body)
- Buff & Blend Brush (Face)
- Build & Blend Brush (Eyes)
- Conceal & Blend Brush (Face)
- Sculpt & Shade Brush (Face)
Huda Beauty – Vegan Fragrances
Wishful Vegan Skincare
- Chin Lift – Sculpting Sheet Mask
- Clean Genie Cleansing Butter
- Get Even Rose Oil
- Thirst Trap – Cocoon Mask
- Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub
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 Huda Beauty’s products made?
Around the world, check packaging labels to see where their products are made. I was told their Obsessions Palettes are made in China and their Foundation is made in Italy.
*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 Huda Beauty if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“We are very aware of the global concerns and impact of using Mica from socially and economically challenged regions where there is a risk of unsafe working conditions. As a company we are committed to ensuring transparency throughout our supply chain, and supportive of local organizations who are working to improve the living and working conditions in the region. Where possible we use U.S. based, responsibly sourced Mica. “
Huda Beauty claims they use “responsibly-sourced” mica sourced from the US when possible. But it’s unclear whether their mica that’s sourced from other countries are audited or traced to ensure no child labor was involved.
I hope this article helped you to understand Huda Beauty’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!