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Melt Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free
Melt 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 Melt Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Melt Cosmetics’ official animal testing statement:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Melt 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 aren’t sold in any stores in China”
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.
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Melt Cosmetics is Not 100% Vegan
‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.
In the case of Melt Cosmetics, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Melt Cosmetics’ official website about its vegan products:
How to know which of Melt Cosmetics’ products are vegan?
All of Melt Cosmetics’ vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Melt Cosmetics Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Melt Cosmetics’ 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 Melt Cosmetics products that do not contain carmine or any other animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Melt Cosmetics – Vegan Lip Products
The following Melt Cosmetics lip liners are vegan:
- French Kiss
The following Melt Cosmetics liquid lipsticks are vegan:
- Chick Habit
- Cookie Cutter
- Death Cherry
- Lady Like
- Mellon Collie
- Velvet Room
The following Melt Cosmetics lipsticks are vegan:
- Bang! Bang!
- By Starlight
- Dark Room
- Last Kiss
- Mary Jane
- Old Fashioned
- Old Rose
- Pink Heels
- Shady Lady
- Space Cake
- Stupid Love
Metal Lip Gloss
The following Melt Cosmetics lip gloss are vegan:
Melt Cosmetics – Vegan Face Makeup
These shades are vegan:
These shades are vegan:
- Gold Ore
- Morning Star
These shades are Vegan:
- Cali Dream
- Honey Thief
Melt Cosmetics – Vegan Eye Products
The following Melt Cosmetics eye liners are vegan:
- Golden Ticket
- Rx Queen
The following Melt Cosmetics eyeshadows are vegan:
Vegan Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow:
- Dark Matter
Vegan Iridescent Eyeshadow:
- Hopeless Romantix
Vegan Pressed Pigment:
Vegan Metallic Eyeshadow:
- Gun Metal
- Harsh Stone White
NOT VEGAN – Melt Cosmetics
The following Melt Cosmetics contain carmine and therefore are not suitable for vegans:
- 6six6 – Ultra-Matte Lipstick – not vegan
- 818 – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Amelie Iridescent Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Baby Girl Stack – not vegan
- Bloodshot – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Blurr Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Bogart Metallic Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Break Up Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Corrupt – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Dark Matter Stack – not vegan
- Dusk – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Enigma Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Fire Furry – Blushlight – not vegan
Gamma ray– Blushlight – not vegan
- Gemini Palette – not vegan
- Haze Stack – not vegan
- Headbang – AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner – not vegan
- Lamia – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Lewd – Iridescent Lipstick – not vegan
- Love Note – AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner – not vegan
- Love Sick Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Love Sick Stack – not vegan
- Main Squeeze Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Neptune – AllDay/Everyday Eye Liner – not vegan
- Nevermore – Blushlight – not vegan
- Nudist – AllDay/Everyday Lip Liner – not vegan
- Phoenix – Highlighter – not vegan
- Pink Moon – Highlighter – not vegan
- Promiscuous Iridescent Eyeshadow – not vegan
- Radioactive Palette – not vegan
- Scammin’ Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
- She’s in Parties Stack – not vegan
- Unseen Ultra-Matte Eyeshadow – not vegan
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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 Melt Cosmetics’ products made?
When I asked Melt Cosmetics where their products are manufactured, they told me:
“Aound the world. For example, our palettes are made in the USA, highlighters in Italy, Gel Liners in Italy, Pencils in Germany, Lipsticks and Liquid Lipsticks in the USA, Blushes in the USA.“
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 Melt Cosmetics if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I am attaching a statement from our lab. 🙂 Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
In the attachment, it states their supplier confirms there is no child labor used in the operation related to the mining of the mica supplied.
I hope this article helped you to understand Melt Cosmetics’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!