Cirque Colors

Last Updated: December 23, 2022

How Ethical Is Cirque Colors?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Cirque Colors cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Cirque Colors’ policies.
Cirque Colors is cruelty-free. None of Cirque Colors’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
All of Cirque Colors’ products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
The only sustainability claim Cirque Colors makes is how they “made the switch to eco-friendly shipping material” and “reduced the amount of plastic that’s used for shipping by switching to recycled paper mailers and kraft paper.”
Cirque Colors claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Cirque Colors’ packaging contain some plastic components. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Cirque Colors

Cirque Colors offers nontoxic nail polish in creme, glitter, holographic & thermal that come in unique colors & will make your nails dazzle!

Cirque Colors

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You can find Cirque Colors’ cruelty-free products at Beautylish and Etsy.

Is Cirque Colors Cruelty-Free?

Cirque Colors is a cruelty-free brand. Cirque Colors 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 Cirque Colors to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Cirque Colors’ website about its animal testing policy:

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Cirque Colors 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.

Cruelty-Free Policies

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.

Is Cirque Colors Vegan?

Cirque Colors is a 100% vegan brand. Cirque Colors has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Cirque Colors’ website about its vegan claims:

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no 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 Cirque Colors’ products made?

I asked Cirque Colors where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Our products and designed and created/mixed here in the United States.”

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 Cirque Colors if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“We can confirm that all micas listed in our ingredients are ethically sourced without any form of child labor or exploitation. Our process of confirmation included contacting each of our vendors and manufacturers to verify an ethical supply chain. We align ourselves with vendors who share our values to support ethical practices of cosmetic and personal care ingredient sourcing.​”

I hope this article helped you to understand Cirque Colors’ 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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