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Milani is Cruelty-Free
Milani 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 Milani to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Milani’s official animal testing statement:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
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 2021.
But Milani has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Milani 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 Milani, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Milani’s products are vegan?
All of Milani’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Which of Milani Products is Vegan?
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Milani’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 Milani products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Face – Milani Vegan
- Baked Blush
- Baked Bronzer
- Bronzer XL
- Cheek Kiss Liquid Blush
- Color Harmony Blush Palette
- Conceal + Perfect Foundation Stick
- Conceal + Perfect Longwear Concealer
- Conceal + Perfect Shine-Proof Powder
- Conceal + Perfect Smooth Finish Cream To Powder
- Even-Touch Powder Foundation
- Fruit Fetish Make It Last Setting Spray
- Glow Luminizing Liquid Bronzer
- Green Goddess Glow Oil
- Green Goddess Makeup Melter Cleansing Balm
- Green Goddess Sleeping Mask + Primer
- Highlighter Duo
- Hypnotic Lights Powder Highlighter
- Illuminating Face Powder
- Instant Touch-Up Blur Stick
- Intense Bronze Glow – Face & Body Liquid Bronzer
- Intense Bronze Glow – Face & Body Powder Bronzer
- Luminoso Glow Shimmering Face Palette
- Make It Dewy 3-in-1 Setting Spray Hydrate + Illuminate + Set
- Make It Last Setting Powder
- Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set
- Make It Last Sunscreen Setting Spray SPF 30
- Prep + Set + Glow Illuminating Transparent Face Powder
- Prep + Soothe Camellia Face Oil
- Prime Correct Corrects Redness + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer
- Prime Correct Diffuses Discoloration + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer
- Prime Light Strobing + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer
- Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer
- Retouch + Erase Light-Lifting Concealer
- Rose Face Oil
- Rose Lotion Primer
- Rosewater Hydrating Mist
- Screen Queen Foundation
- Silky Matte Bronzing Powder
- Soft Focus Glow Complexion Enhancer
- Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette – Holographic Beams
- Stellar Lights Highlighter Palette – Rose Gold
- Strobe Light Liquid Highlighter
- Strobelight Instant Glow Powder
Eyes – Milani Vegan
- Easybrow Automatic Pencil
- Eye Tech Bold Liquid Eyeliner
- Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner
- Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Eyeliner
- Eyeshadow Primer
- Infinite Liquid Eyeliner
- Line Play Metallic 2-IN-1 Liner Shadow
- Metallic Lights Foil Eyeliner Pencil
- Metallic Lights Pearl Liquid Eyeshadow
- Most Wanted Eyeshadow Palette
- Precision Brow Pencil
- Stay Put® Brow Color
- Stay Put® Brow Pomade Pencil
- Stay Put® Brow Sculpting Mechanical Pencil
- Stay Put® Brow Shaping Gel
- Stay Put® Matte 17Hr Wear Liquid Eyeliner
- Supreme Kohl Kajal Eyeliner
- The Clear Brow
- The Tank Eyeliner
- The Waterproof One Mascara
- Weekend Brow Eyebrow Tint
Lips – Milani Vegan
- Bold Color Statement Matte Lipstick
- Color Statement Lipliner
- Color Statement Matte Lipstick
- Easyliner Mechanical Lipliner Pencil
- Fruit Fetish Lip Balm
- Green Goddess Transforming Lip Balm
- Keep It Smooth Luxe Lip Treatment
- Keep It Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub
- Ludicrous Lip Gloss
- Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment
- Rose Butter Lip Mask
- Rose Sugar Lip Scrub
- Rose Transforming Lip Balm
- Understatement Lipliner
Not Vegan – Milani
Not all of Milani cosmetics are vegan, a handful of their products do contain ingredients derived from animal origin. Below is a list of some of the products that are not suitable for vegans.
- Anti-Feathering Lipliner (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Amore Satin Matte Lip Crème (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Big & Bigger Lashes Maximum Volume Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Bold Obsession Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
- Color Statement Lipstick (contains carmine and beeswax) – not vegan
- Conceal + Perfect 2-In-1 Foundation (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Dangerous Lengths – Ultra-Def 3D Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Fierce Foil Eyeshine Eye Palette (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Gilded Desires Eye & Face Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
- Hypnotic Lights Holographic Lip Duos (may contain carmine) – not vegan
- Hypnotic Lights Holographic Lip Topper (may contain carmine) – not vegan
- Keep It Full Nourishing Lip Plumper (may contain carmine) – not vegan
- Lash Trifecta Lengthens + Curls + Separates Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
- Most Loved Mattes Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
- Pressed Powder (may contain carmine) – not vegan
- Pure Passion Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
- Rose Powder Blush (contains lanolin) – not vegan
- Soft & Sultry Eyeshadow Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
- Stay Put® Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil (contains carmine) – 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 Milani’s products made?
They state where each product is made in the product description of their website. Depends on the product but I saw mostly in the USA, Canada, Italy, or Germany.
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 Milani if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for reaching out to Milani. We understand that finding clean sources of the Mica mineral is a major challenge for all beauty brands today. Milani works with various vendors and contract manufacturers to source its products. We are actively working with all of our manufacturers to share where any mica they use is sourced and we are committed to conducting a full review of our supply chains for better insights. We will transparently share this information with our loyal fans and customers when possible. We appreciate your patience as we investigate this matter.”
Milani claims they’re working to conducting a full review of their supply chains but they did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.
I hope this article helped you to understand Milani’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!