CoverGirl is a popular American drugstore makeup brand but is CoverGirl cruelty-free and vegan?
Is CoverGirl Cruelty-Free?
CoverGirl is cruelty-free! None of CoverGirl’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
In 2018, CoverGirl officially became certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and Cruelty-Free International.
However, it should be noted that CoverGirl is owned by Coty, a parent corporation that tests on animals.
CoverGirl 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.
CoverGirl Owned by Coty
CoverGirl is owned by Coty, a parent corporation that does tests on animals when required by law. Although CoverGirl is Leaping Bunny certified, their parent company, Coty is not LB certified or cruelty-free, for that matter.
In addition, Coty owns several other cosmetics and fragrance brands that sell in mainland China including Bourjois, Max Factor, Lancaster, Philosophy, Nioxin, Burberry Fragrances, Vera Wang Fragrances, and lots more. These brands from Coty must allow and pay Chinese officials to test their products or ingredients on animals, therefore none of them are cruelty-free.
Is CoverGirl Sold in China?
But what about CoverGirl, do they sell in China?
CoverGirl products are not sold in China therefore they are not required to test on animals. CoverGirl confirms this by stating:
“COVERGIRL is not sold in China. When it comes to other brands in our portfolio, we understand consumers’ concerns regarding animal testing in China. As a company, we do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing across our industry. We continue to be involved in dialogue with the Chinese authorities to find alternatives to their current approach. Our strategic partnership with Cruelty Free International will also include working together to advocate for regulatory change to end animal testing globally.”
CoverGirl Acquired by Coty
In 1989, CoverGirl was acquired by Procter & Gamble (P&G), a corporation that is not cruelty-free. And in 2016, Coty bought CoverGirl (along with some other brands) from P&G. But Coty is also not a cruelty-free corporation as some of their subsidiary brands are sold in China where animal testing is required by law.
But even though CoverGirl is owned by Coty, the brand is committed to being and staying cruelty-free.
You can find CoverGirl products at most drugstores including Walmart, Target, Ulta, CVS, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, as well as, on Amazon.
Is CoverGirl Vegan?
Not all of CoverGirl’s products are vegan as some contain beeswax, lanolin, collagen, and/or other animal-derived ingredients and by-products. However, CoverGirl does have some vegan options.
Please reference below for a list of CoverGirl vegan products.
You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re all marked accordingly on their website under each product description. See below for an example.
CoverGirl Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of CoverGirl’s 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 CoverGirl products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
- Clean Fresh Cooling Glow Highlighter Stick
- Clean Fresh Cream Blush
- Clean Fresh Hydrating Concealer
- Clean Fresh Prep & Set Water Setting Spray
- Clean Fresh Pressed Powder
- Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation
- Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Oil
- Exhibitionist Lid Paint Cream Eyeshadow
- Exhibitionist Mascara
- Exhibitionist Waterproof Mascara
- Full Spectrum Matte Idol Liquid Lipstick
- Lash Blast Clean Volume Mascara
- Lash Blast Lash & Brow Serum
- Outlast UltiMatte Liquid Lipstick
- TruBlend Undercover Concealer
Is CoverGirl Sustainable?
CoverGirl’s headquarters is based in: the US
CoverGirl’s products are manufactured in: Mostly made in the US.
I’ve asked CoverGirl a couple of times where their products are made and the first time, they told me “unfortunately that information is proprietary and we are unable to share.”
And the next time I asked them, they said “A large majority of our products are manufactured in Hunt Valley, Maryland. If there was a specific product you were inquiring about we’d be happy to provide further info.”
On CoverGirl’s website, it states “over time pursuing green energy and energy efficiency initiatives at our manufacturing sites.”
But they don’t publish any targets, dates, or goals on how they’re going to track or measure the progress of these sustainability and environmental goals.
Ingredients and Formulations Claims: CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Collection claims to be formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, and talc.
Is CoverGirl’s Mica Ethically-Sourced? CoverGirl states its parent company, Coty is a member of the Responsible Mica Initiative but does not state whether their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
“Vy, we are more than happy to assist you with your question, we are going to look further into the mica ingredient for you and see what we can find. Coty has been working, as part of the Responsible Mica Initiative, with our suppliers, as well as competitors to address these complex issues with the aim of working conditions in Indian.
Please visit http://www.responsible-mica-initiative.com, to learn more and let your feelings be known directly to the initiative.”
I hope this article helped you to understand CoverGirl’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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