9 Biggest Makeup Companies that Test on Animals

Nowadays testing on animals is not obligatory or necessary, we can still find that some of the  biggest makeup companies that test on animals. Luckily most of the European and American companies have given up their principles to do test on animals, however we can find exceptions – as you will see it in Insider Monkey latest article.

Since 2013 the European Union has banned all cosmetic testing on animals and in makeup products. However, if the products are sold in China, they have to undergo animal testing, because of the Chinese regulations. Therefore, in China testing on animals is obligatory, which you will see on our list.

As for those companies that do not test on animals – well, we can say their list is long: you can find more than 4,100 companies on PETA’s list. You can check out your favorite makeup brand if it’s on the list or not. But today, we will deal with companies that still did animal tests in 2019.

Animal testing exists not only in the beauty industry, but in medical or pharmaceutical sectors as well. Due to the development of technology and science, scientists realize that there are other, sometimes more efficient procedures as well.

But let’s turn back to our main topic. Testing on animals bring up several ethical issues, and whether you choose a brand because of not testing on animals, or not – this list will probably be arresting for you.

Now without a further ado, let’s check out what Insider Monkey have investigated for you about the biggest makeup companies that still test on animals.

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9. Max Factor

Max Factor does animal-testing for the Chinese market, but if you buy their products in Europe, or USA – you don’t need to worry about these issues.

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8. Yves Rocher

Yves Rocher products are bought in Europe and the USA are cruelty-free, but those ones that are sold in China are tested on animals, because of the Chinese regulations.

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7. Shiseido

Shiseido is one of the biggest and oldest Japanese beauty multinational company. They generally doesn’t test on animals, except when they export their products to the Chinese market. But they have two brands, BareMinerals and Buxom that are cruelty-free.

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6. Revlon

Revlon does test on animals when it’s required by the law. However, if their products are sold in China – therefore they does test on animals. That’s the reason why they are on PETA’s black list.

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5. Clinique

We are half way on our list of the biggest makeup companies that test on animals. The next company is Clinique. It’s a  subsidiary of The Estee Lauder Companies Inc, which deals with hair care, skin care, makeup and fragrance products, and owns about 25 brands. It does test on animals, when it’s required by the law. (Because of Chinese market for example.)

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4. Christian Dior

Christian Dior still does tests on animals. They state animal-testing is only done when it’ required by the law (for Chinese market usually).


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3. Maybelline

Maybelline generally doesn’t test on animals, “exception could be made if regulatory authorities demand it for safety or regulatory purposes”.

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2. Avon

Avon is among the biggest makeup companies, its revenue was about $5.5 billion in 2018. Avon tests on animals for the products sold in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Middle East. The products sold in China have to undergo animal-testing because of some safety reasons.

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1. L’Oreal

This company had 26.9 billion sales in 2018, and it’s among the biggest cosmetic companies in the beauty industry, however it deserved its place here, on our list of the biggest companies that test on animals However L’Oreal has minimized testing on animals, it’s still on PETA’s black list. The reason is that those products are sold in China, have to undergo animal-testing before selling.



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