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Which Brands at Sephora are Cruelty-Free or Tested on Animals?

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Shopping at Sephora but wondering which brands are cruelty-free and not tested on animals? Well you’ve come to the right place because I went through Sephora’s entire brand directory list of over 300+ brands and did the research to find out which brands are cruelty-free or not!

In this list, you’ll be able to figure out which brands, that are available at Sephora, test or do not test on animals. To keep things simple, I’ve noted each brand accordingly:

This brand is not cruelty-free This brand is not cruelty-free; tested on animals

This brand is cruelty-free! This brand is cruelty-free!; does not test on animals (may or may not be vegan)

This brand is cruelty-free! This brand is cruelty-free but is owned by a parent company that does test on animals

I received a response from this brand but am not 100% satisfied with the information provided to me to claim if they’re cruelty-free or not

100% Vegan – This brand only offers vegan products; no animal-derived ingredients or by-products

Don’t see a brand listed here? It might be because I’m still waiting to hear back from them! Check the list at the very bottom of this post to see if the brand you’re looking for is on my pending list.


  • This brand is not cruelty-free Acqua Di Parma
  • This brand is not cruelty-free AERIN
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Algenist
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Amazing Cosmetics
  • This brand is not cruelty-free AMOREPACIFIC
  • This brand is not cruelty-free The Art of Shaving
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Atelier Cologne
  • This brand is cruelty-free! AXIOLOGY100% Vegan


  • This brand is not cruelty-free BALENCIAGA
  • This brand is cruelty-free! BECCA *owned by Estee Lauder
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Benefit Cosmetics
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Biotherm
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Bobbi Brown
  • This brand is not cruelty-free boscia
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Bumble and bumble
  • This brand is not cruelty-free BURBERRY
  • This brand is cruelty-free! Buxom *owned by Shiseido
  • This brand is not cruelty-free BVLGARI


  • This brand is not cruelty-free Calvin Klein
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Cartier
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Caudalie
  • This brand is not cruelty-free CHANEL
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Chloé
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Christian Louboutin
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Clarins
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Clarisonic
  • This brand is not cruelty-free CLINIQUE


  •  Dermarche Labs
  •  DevaCurl
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Dior
  • This brand is not cruelty-free DKNY
  • This brand is not cruelty-free DOLCE&GABBANA
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Donna Karan
  •  dpHUE
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Dr. Brandt Skincare
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Dr. Jart+


  •  Elizabeth and James
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Erno Laszlo
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Estée Lauder


  •  FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna



  • This brand is not cruelty-free Giorgio Armani Beauty
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Givenchy
  • This brand is not cruelty-free GLAMGLOW
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Gucci
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Guerlain


  • This brand is not cruelty-free HERMÈS


  •  Iles Formula


  • This brand is not cruelty-free JIMMY CHOO
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Jo Malone London
  • This brand is not cruelty-free John Varvatos
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Juicy Couture


  •  Karuna
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Kenzo
  • This brand is not cruelty-free KENZOKI
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Kerastase
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Kiehl’s Since 1851
  •  Kiesque
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Klorane


  • This brand is not cruelty-free L’Occitane
  • This brand is not cruelty-free La Mer
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Lab Series for Men
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Lacoste
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Lancôme
  • This brand is not cruelty-free LANEIGE
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Laura Mercier


  • This brand is not cruelty-free MAC Cosmetics
  •  Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture
  • This brand is not cruelty-free MAISON MARGIELA
  • This brand is not cruelty-free MAKE UP FOR EVER
  •  Marc Jacobs Beauty
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Marc Jacobs Fragrances
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Michael Kors
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Miu Miu
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Montblanc


  • This brand is not cruelty-free Narciso Rodriguez
  • This brand is not cruelty-free NARS



  • This brand is not cruelty-free Paco Rabanne
  • This brand is not cruelty-free PAT McGRATH LABS
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Peter Thomas Roth
  • This brand is not cruelty-free philosophy



  • This brand is not cruelty-free Ralph Lauren
  • This brand is cruelty-free! REN *owned by Unilever


  • This brand is not cruelty-free SEPHORA COLLECTION
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Shiseido
  • This brand is not cruelty-free SK-II
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Skin Inc. *NO LONGER CRUELTY-FREE
  •  Stella McCartney
  • Summer Fridays


  • This brand is not cruelty-free TOM FORD
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Too Cool For School
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Tory Burch



  •  Velour Lashes
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Versace
  • This brand is not cruelty-free VERSO SKINCARE
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Viktor & Rolf




  • This brand is cruelty-free! YUNI
  • This brand is not cruelty-free Yves Saint Laurent



  • ALTERNA Haircare
  • Anthony
  • Apivita
  • belif
  • Black Up
  • Blinking Beauté
  • Blithe
  • By Rosie Jane
  • Cane + Austin
  • Capri Blue
  • Carolina Herrera
  • Christophe Robin
  • Cinema Secrets
  • Coal and Canary
  • Commodity
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique
  • Conture
  • Dominique Cosmetics
  • dyson
  • Earth’s Nectar
  • Eight & Bob
  • Eve Lom
  • Flash Tattoos
  • FORM
  • ghd
  • GLO Science
  • Glow Recipe
  • Grande Cosmetics
  • IGK
  • invisibobble
  • Isle of Paradise
  • IT Cosmetics (owned by L’Oreal)
  • It’s Skin
  • J.One
  • Kane NY
  • kate spade new york
  • Keranique
  • Kilian
  • Lancer
  • Living Proof
  • LightStim
  • Makeup Eraser
  • Maison Louis Marie
  • Moschino
  • Mugler
  • Naturally Serious
  • Neogen Dermalogy
  • NEST Fragrances
  • No Mo-stache
  • NuFace
  • Nurse Jamie
  • O&M
  • Olapex
  • Omorovicza
  • Ouai
  • Peace Out
  • Perfect Formula
  • Pinch Provisions
  • Pink Sugar
  • Playa
  • PMD
  • Primary Raw
  • Proraso
  • Qhemet Biologics
  • rag & bone
  • ReTress
  • Rita Hazan
  • Rossano Ferretti Parma
  • Saturday Skin
  • Say Hello To Sexy Legs
  • Shaveworks
  • Shhhowercap
  • Skin Laundry
  • Son & Park
  • St. Tropez
  • surratt beauty
  • Taste Beauty
  • TokyoMilk
  • Touch In Sol
  • Verb
  • Vernon Francois
  • Violet Voss
  • Viseart
  • Vitruvi
  • Voluspa
  • Well-Kept
  • The 7 Virtues

94 Responses
  • Kira
    February 16, 2019

    I thought that Laura Mercier and Laneige we’re cruelty free?

  • Caroline
    January 29, 2019

    Hi thanks for this list!
    Pat McGrath’s website says they do not test on animals, or use ingredients tested on animals.
    Are their products sold in China?

    • Van
      February 9, 2019

      I have the same doubt! They used to say they tested on animals when required by law (aka China), but now I can only read that they don’t test on animals and I don’t see anything about “when required by law”.

  • Ima Ghost
    January 22, 2019

    Thanks a million for this list. Also! These brands are Leaping Bunny certified:
    By/Rosie Jane (100% vegan)
    No Mo-Stache (100% vegan)
    PHLUR (100% vegan)
    Summer Fridays (100% vegan)

    • Vicky Ly
      January 23, 2019

      Thank you so much for the update! Glad to see so many brands become Leaping Bunny certified in 2019!!! =)

  • Emilie
    January 21, 2019

    On MAC’s website they say that they do not test on animals. Isn’t that true?

    It says:
    “ M·A·C does not test on animals. We do not own any animal testing facilities and we never ask others to test on animals for us. While some governments conduct animal testing to prove safety before they will allow us to sell our products, M·A·C has never tested on animals and we continue to be a leader in the movement to end animal testing globally. To this end, we are proud to partner with IIVS (INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES) to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide. “

    It’s owned by Estée Lauder though but MAC themselves do not test on animals.. am I right?
    – Emilie

    • Vicky Ly
      January 21, 2019

      Hi Emilie,

      MAC and Estee Lauder have done a really good job at strategically wording their animal testing policy to SOUND like they’re cruelty-free and that they don’t test on animals but here’s what they’re not saying:

      – Both MAC and Estee Lauder are NOT cruelty-free, both company’s products ARE tested on animals when required by law.

      – In their statement, “While some governments conduct animal testing to prove safety before they will allow us to sell our products…” implies that MAC is selling their products in countries that require their products to be tested on animals, this is the case in Mainland China.

      – The statement, “MAC has never tested on animals” is somewhat true in theory but the reality is, in order to sell their products in China, MAC has to consent and pay to have their products tested on animals by the Chinese local authorities. So, although MAC is not doing the animal tests themselves.. they’re having OTHERS do it for them.

      – You may be asking, but it’s not up to MAC when the law requires their products to be tested on animals right? Not exactly. So many cruelty-free cosmetic brands have chosen NOT to sell in Mainland China until China changes their animal testing laws. MAC has unfortunately chosen to put profits before the welfare of animals and they are knowingly allowing the Chinese officials to test their products on animals in order for them to sell their products within their country. MAC can simply choose NOT to sell in China if they really do care about animals.

      – This is the same with Estee Lauder where they have also chosen to sell their products in China.

      Hope that clears things up for you, Emilie! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Niki
    December 31, 2018

    I know this is an old post so you might not update, but I noticed that Fenty is listed as unknown, but they are definitely not tested on animals 🙂

    • Vicky Ly
      January 4, 2019

      Hi Niki,
      This post is updated frequently as new information becomes available. Unfortunately, I still haven’t received confirmation from Fenty Beauty about whether any of their products are sold in-stores in Mainland China or if they have plans to expand to selling in China this year, which will require them to test on animals as per China’s animal testing laws. I’ll reach out to them again and will hopefully receive a response that clears things up! I would love to classify them as being cruelty-free! 🤞🏻

  • Kate
    November 19, 2018

    Hi ! I had a question regarding Dr. Jart. Their website says “we oppose animal testing and no product has been tested on animals”. Are they considered not cruelty free since they are based in South Korea, where I think animal testing is required?

    • Mimi
      January 27, 2019

      I was also under the impression that Dr. Jart did not test on animals. But they do sell their products in mainland China, which (from what I’ve gathered) is the only country that requires mandatory animal testing for all skin care and cosmetic products from foreign countries. So, even if a company does not conduct animal testing, in order to get on the shelves in mainland China their products will have to be tested on animals. And although this does not apply to Dr. Jart, I think it’s worth noting that some companies attempt to circumvent the mandatory animal testing by distributing products only in Hong Kong (or Macau) where animal testing is not mandatory, because the products may then be shipped to mainland China from Hong Kong (or Macau) without being subject to the mandatory testing. However, once in mainland China, products may be pulled of the shelves and tested on animals, so this strategy is not 100% foolproof.

  • Danielle
    November 19, 2018

    I am a bit confused. I am looking for brands that are vegan, but not necessarily parent company vegan. It says that Tarte is 100% vegan on this list, but when you go to the Sephora store only certain Tarte items are designated “vegan” on the display and on the packaging , which leads me to believe the whole product range is not vegan (only about 40%).
    Also I was under the impression Kat Von D is 100% vegan as well.
    Another concern I have, is on this list Urban Decay is classified as 100% vegan, aside from parent company testing, but again in store only certain items are labeled as vegan on the display and on the packaging leading me again to believe the whole product range is not vegan (only about 30% is)
    I was under the impression Milk was 100% vegan,
    NudeStix is also 100% vegan (they have lip and face -> concealer, blush, highlighter, products)
    Anastasia Beverly Hills is the other brand that is a go to for me, I was told only certain products are vegan, so I check the packaging on each product before i buy, and of the 30 or so lip products (gloss, liquid lipstick, and bullet lipstick), all have had the vegan logo (unlike Tarte and UD which less than half have the vegan logo), This leads me to believe they are at least 90% vegan.

    • Danielle
      November 19, 2018

      just to clarify, I meant of the 30 or so ABH lip products I have browsed through in the store, all were vegan.

    • Vicky Ly
      November 19, 2018

      Hi Danielle,

      I’d be happy to clarify some of your questions about this list.

      Not ALL of the brands that I have marked as being cruelty-free are 100% Vegan. Only brands that are labeled as “100% VEGAN” next to their name are cruelty-free AND vegan.

      Just to clarify the difference between cruelty-free and vegan:
      cruelty-free: not tested on animals
      vegan: does not contain any animal ingredients

      So, Tarte and Urban Decay are on this list as being cruelty-free because they don’t test on animals (but they are owned by a parent company that does, and I’ve included which parent company, next to their name). Tarte and Urban Decay are NOT marked as being 100% Vegan, because not ALL of their products are vegan, as you stated.

      This is the same for Anastasia Beverly Hills. They’re cruelty-free but not 100% vegan. And no parent company animal testing.

      Kat Von D Beauty is still working on reformulating some of their shades to be 100% vegan. As far as I know, they have a few eyeshadows that are not 100% vegan yet.

      Milk Makeup is now 100% vegan, I was hesitant to mark them as being 100% Vegan since some of their old products may still be available for sale. Thanks for reminding me to change that now =)

      And finally, as for NudeStix… I haven’t been able to verify their animal testing policy. They gave me a shady response about selling in Mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics. They seemed to have found a way to bypass China’s animal testing requirements but I’m hesitant to classify them as being cruelty-free to my standards. But if you feel comfortable buying from them, then that’s totally up to you!

      Hope that helps to answer all of your questions!

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