CLE Cosmetics

Last Updated: May 15, 2023

How Ethical Is CLE Cosmetics?

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Ethical Analysis

Is CLE Cosmetics cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on CLE Cosmetics’ policies.
CLE Cosmetics is cruelty-free. None of CLE’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of CLE Cosmetics’ products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
CLE Cosmetics does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
CLE Cosmetics’ claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
CLE Cosmetics products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About CLE Cosmetics

CLE’s skincare and makeup products are created with safe, wholesome ingredients, using the latest Korean beauty technology, and understated design.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Makeup

CLE Cosmetics

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You can find CLE Cosmetics cruelty-free products at Revolve and Amazon.

CLE Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free

CLE Cosmetics 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 CLE Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.

“CLE Cosmetics is a cruelty-free brand. We never test on animals or use ingredients tested on animals! Furthermore, we do not provide authorization to any third parties to test on animals.”

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

CLE Cosmetics has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“We currently don’t have any brick & mortar in China due to their laws on animal testing.”

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 CLE Cosmetics Vegan?

⭐️ CLE Cosmetics is NOT an entirely vegan brand. But CLE Cosmetics offers some vegan options that are free of animal products.

On CLE’s FAQ page, they state, “All of our products are vegan!” However, it’s been brought to my attention that CLE’s cushion highlighter contains Pearl Powder, and this product is labeled as “vegan” in the product description.

I emailed CLE asking for an explanation, but the brand never responded to any of my inquiries.

CLE Cosmetics is no longer considered a “100% vegan” brand, and all mentions of the brand being entirely vegan have been removed from our site.

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.

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 a 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 CLE Cosmetics if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“We attached the document regarding child labor from our Mica manufacturer.” — “We certify that the mica in (X)’s products is not produced by child worker and never hire a child worker.”

(X) – I’ve omitted the name of their manufacturer as I’m not sure they want this to be public information.

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