Ben Nye

Last Updated: January 5, 2022

How Ethical Is Ben Nye?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Ben Nye's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Ben Nye cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Ben Nye’s policies.
None of Ben Nye’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world. But Ben Nye sells makeup brushes made with animal hair.
Ben Nye claims to have some vegan options, but they also sell animal hair makeup brushes.

About Ben Nye

Ben Nye Makeup manufactures the beauty, SFX, and stage makeup for artists around the world.

Ben Nye

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Is Ben Nye Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Ben Nye is known for their high-quality special effects and stage makeup products used and loved by professional makeup artists from around the world but is Ben Nye cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Ben Nye Cruelty-Free?

Ben Nye does not test any of their products, ingredients, for formulations on animals, anywhere in the world. However, Ben Nye sells makeup brushes made with animal hair.

Ben Nye Animal Testing Policy

Ben Nye 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.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Ben Nye’s website:

Ben Nye Cruelty-Free Statement
Ben Nye Cruelty-Free Statement

Is Ben Nye Sold in China?

Most imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. However, Ben Nye has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.

Is Ben Nye Vegan?

Not all of Ben Nye’s products are vegan as some of their products contain carmine, beeswax, lanolin, shellac, stearic acid, and/or other animal-derived ingredients. Also, some of Ben Nye’s makeup brushes are made with animal hair.

A list of Ben Nye vegan products and non-vegan products was provided to me from the company.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Ben Nye’s website:

Ben Nye Vegan Statement
Ben Nye Vegan Statement

Guide to Ben Nye Vegan Products

The following Ben Nye products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products. This vegan product list was provided by Ben Nye.

Note that this vegan list was provided by Ben Nye but I always encourage you to check and read ingredient lists before buying. I take these vegan product lists provided by brands at face value and they’re often not a complete list.

I’m only sharing what brands specifically told me so, continue to do your research and always check the ingredients.

  • Aqua Glitters
  • Bond Off
  • Bronzing Body Tint
  • Cake Eyeliners
  • Character Powders
  • Eyebrow Pencils
  • Eyeliner Pencils
  • Final Seal
  • Fresh Scab
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitz It Glitter Gel
  • Hair Colors
  • Highlighter Pencil
  • Hydra Cleanse
  • Latex
  • Liquiset
  • Lumiere Metallics
  • Lumiere Sparkle Powders
  • Luxury Powders
  • Magicake Aqua Paints
  • Matte Powders
  • Mediapro Poudre Compacts
  • Nose Wax
  • Precision Eyeliner Pens
  • Procolor Liquid Paints
  • Quick Cleanse
  • Remove-It All
  • Shimmer Crayons
  • Sparklers
  • Spirit Gum Remover
  • Stage Blood
  • Thick Blood
  • Tooth Colors
  • Translucent Powders
  • Wrinkle Stipple

Ben Nye Vegan Makeup Brushes

  • Angle Brushes
  • Brush Cleaner
  • Dome Brushes
  • Fine Detail Brush
  • Flat Brushes
  • Foundation Brushes

Not Vegan – Ben Nye

Below is a list of Ben Nye makeup products and makeup brushes that are NOT vegans (this non-vegan product list was provided by Ben Nye):

  • Alcohol Activated Palettes (contains shellac) – not vegan
  • Character Base (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Character Colors (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Concealers (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Foundations (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Highlighters (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Liners (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Rouges (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Shadows (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Creme Stick Foundations (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Clown White (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Dry Rouge – Passion Purple (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • DuraCover (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Eye Definers (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Eyeshadow – Misty Lilac, Cobblestone, Smokey Taupe, Brownberry, Eggplant, Crushed Grape, Royal Purple, Twilight Blue (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Fine Detail Brushes (made with Pony Hair or Sable Blend) – not vegan
  • Fireworks (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • FX Creme Colors (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Gel Effects (contains gelatin) – not vegan
  • HD Sheer Foundations (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Large Rouge Brush (made with Goat hair) – not vegan
  • Lip Color Pencils (contains natural waxes) – not vegan
  • Lip Colours (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lip Gloss (contains lanolin oil) – not vegan
  • Lipsticks (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Liquid Eyeliners (contains beeswax and stearic acid) – not vegan
  • Lumiere Cremes (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lumiere Grande Colour – Cosmic Violet, Golden Apricot (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Luxe Powders – Cosmic Violet, Golden Apricot (contains Carmine) – not vegan
  • Magicolor Crayons (contains stearic acid) – not vegan
  • Magicolor Pencils (contains stearic acid) – not vegan
  • Mascaras (contains beeswax and stearic acid) – not vegan
  • Matte HD Foundations (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Mojave Adjuster (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Neutralizing Pencils (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Pancakes (contains lanolin) – not vegan
  • Pearl Sheen – Naughty Berry, Lilac Fizz, Deep Cove (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Personal Rouge Brush (made with Goat hair) – not vegan
  • Professional Cremes (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Rouge Brushes (made with Goat hair) – not vegan
  • Round Brush (made with Sable hair) – not vegan
  • White Cremes (contains beeswax) – not vegan

Where are Ben Nye cosmetics made?

“Nearly all Ben Nye products are crafted by hand at our facility in Los Angeles, allowing our color experts and production teams to verify the consistency of every batch produced.”

Is Ben Nye’s Mica Ethically-Sourced? Ben Nye claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.

“Thanks for reaching out to us about our ingredients and sourcing. 

Yes, we source our ingredients and materials from companies who commit to preventing forms of modern slavery, including child labor, in their business or supply chain through auditing, evidence-based certification, and other proactive practices.

Our Mica is sourced from (XXX).

(XXX) – I’m omitting the name of their suppliers as I’m not sure if they want this to be public information.

I hope this article helped you to understand Ben Nye’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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