Is CoverGirl Cruelty-Free? | CoverGirl Vegan Product List

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Is CoverGirl Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

CoverGirl is a popular American drugstore makeup brand but is CoverGirl cruelty-free and vegan?

Is CoverGirl Cruelty-Free?

Yes, CoverGirl is Cruelty-free! None of CoverGirl’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

On November 4, 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 does test on animals when required by law.

CoverGirl 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, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing by law.

CoverGirl Owned by Coty

CoverGirl is owned by Coty, a parent corporation that does test 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 consent and pay Chinese officials to test their products or ingredients on animals, therefore they are not cruelty-free.

CoverGirl Sold in China?

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.”

Although CoverGirl is owned by Coty, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

CoverGirl is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

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.

CoverGirl Vegan Product List

In 2019, CoverGirl has started to label and mark some of their products as “vegan” or “vegan formula”. This is another major step in the right direction for CoverGirl as they start to formulate affordable vegan makeup products to the mass! 🙌🏻

Below is a list of CoverGirl products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labelled accordingly on their website under each product description.


This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


Is CoverGirl Ethical?

Based in: US

Products Manufactured in: CoverGirl won’t disclose where their products are made, stating, “unfortunately that information is proprietary and we are unable to share.”

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any public information on CoverGirl’s sustainability, environmental, and social initiatives.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: CoverGirl’s Clean Fresh Collection claims to be formulated without formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, and talc.

Response to Mica Sourcing: When I emailed CoverGirl to ask whether the Mica they use in their cruelty-free makeup products is ethically sourced without the use of child labour, they responded stating:

“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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1 Comment
  • TB
    November 13, 2018

    This is amazing news! Since we don’t know what products are actually vegan yet, could you do a blog post listing the products that are vegan?

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