Tarte (Kose)

Last Updated: June 4, 2021

Is Tarte (Kose) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Tarte cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Tarte’s policies.
Tarte is cruelty-free but Tarte is owned by Kose, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Tarte’’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Tarte claims they work with cooperatives in the rain forest to ensure their ingredients, like maracuja oil and Amazonian clay, are sustainably harvested.
It’s not clear where Tarte’s mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved.
Tarte’s products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Tarte (Kose)

Tarte Cosmetics makeup, skincare & beauty products are made with high-performance naturals.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA, Europe, and other countries
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Makeup Brushes, Lashes, Skincare
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

Tarte (Kose)

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Tarte Cosmetics makeup, skincare & beauty products are made with high-performance naturals. But is Tarte cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? I’ve got the answers here!

Is Tarte Cruelty-Free?

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

However, it should be noted that Tarte is owned by Kose, a parent corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Tarte Animal Testing Policy

Tarte 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.

Below is what’s currently stated on Tarte’s website:

Tarte Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Claims
Tarte Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Claims

Tarte Acquired by Kose

In 2014, Tarte was acquired by Kose, a Japanese multinational corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Although Tarte is owned by Kose, Tarte Cosmetics has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

Tarte has met all of our criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find Tarte’s cruelty-free products at tartecosmetics.com, Sephora, Ulta, and on Amazon.

Is Tarte Vegan?

Not all of Tarte’s products are vegan as some of their products contain beeswax, carmine, lanolin, or other animal-derived ingredients and by-products. However, Tarte does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of Tarte vegan products.

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re all marked accordingly on their website in the product description. See below for an example.

Tarte Vegan Product List

As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Tarte’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 Tarte products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Face

Foundation Tarte Vegan

Concealer Tarte Vegan

Prime & Set Tarte Vegan

Blush, Bronze, Highlighter Tarte Vegan

Eyes

Mascara & Lashes Tarte Vegan

Brows Tarte Vegan

Eyeliners Tarte Vegan

Eyeshadow Palette Tarte Vegan

Lips

Brushes

Skincare



Is Tarte Sustainable?

Tarte’s headquarters is based in: USA

Tarte’s products are manufactured in: the US, Europe, and other countries abroad, some products state where its made in the description on Tarte’s website.

“Our formulas and products are very important to us, so we work with respected suppliers and manufacturers in the US, Europe and other countries abroad who have strong expertise in beauty and packaging materials.”

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

Tarte claims they work with cooperatives in the rain forest to ensure the ingredients they source, like their maracuja oil and Amazonian clay, are sustainably harvested.

Giving Back Initiatives: Tarte also claims to be in partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, as well as, contribute to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, & Step Up.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: All of Tarte’s products are formulated without gluten, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, & triclosan.

Is Tarte Cosmetics’ Mica Ethically-Sourced? Tarte claims their suppliers and manufacturers are audited to prevent slavery and human trafficking in their supply chain. However, they didn’t specifically address the ethical sourcing of their mica and it’s not clear where Tarte sources their mica from.

“Thanks for contacting tarte Customer Service. Our formulas and products are very important to us, so we work with respected suppliers and manufacturers in the US, Europe and other countries abroad who have strong expertise in beauty and packaging materials. These suppliers and manufacturers are audited to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain.

All ingredients and finished formulas tarte uses are tested and based on US FDA requirements before being imported or sold in the US. We only work with highly reputable laboratories and factories that meet the strictest GMP standards, which is an international grading scale for cleanliness and the environment for workers that abide by a strict code of standards.”


I hope this article helped you to understand Tarte’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. Some of the products on the list are NOT vegan: for example, the amazonian clay 12-hour foundation has honey AND pearl extract.

    Their website also lists it as vegan, which is not true. I haven’t looked at other products, but it’s good to know you can’t trust what they say. Vegans beware.

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