Is MAC Cosmetics Cruelty-Free or Vegan?

About MAC Cosmetics

The company was founded in Toronto in 1984 by Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo. The parent company of MAC Cosmetics is Estée Lauder Companies, which wons a subsidiary since 1996. The acronym MAC stands for Makeup Art Cosmetics. Originally, the makeup products manufactured by MAC were supposed to be sold only to professional makeup artists, but with time they sold to all customers worldwide. Nowadays MAC cosmetics is one of the three most popular cosmetic companies.

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MAC Cosmetics is Not Cruelty-Free nor Vegan

The company is not cruelty-free, meaning that they test their ingredients, formulas, or finished products on animals. Also, the holding company which owns MAC Cosmetics, Estee Lauder is not cruelty-free either. Therefore, in order to be vegan, a company can not test their products on animals, so MAC Cosmetics is not vegan.

Does MAC Cosmetics Have Certifications?

Although the brand claim that they are cruelty-free, it ti a well-known fact that they test their products on animals. Therefore the company does not have any certification which can confirm that they are cruelty-free.

Are MAC Cosmetics’ Products Being Sold in Mainland China?

We all know that all cosmetic products sold in mainland China are required to be tested on animals in order to be sold in physical stores. Although all cosmetic products which are sold online in China do not have to be tested on animals, yet if a company has physical shops it is obliged to pay in order to have animal testing on their products. Thus, MAC Cosmetics has physical stores in mainland China, which means that they conduct animal testing.

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What is MAC Cosmetics’ Official Statement on Being Cruelty-Free or Vegan?

The company declares on their official website that they do not test on animals, but some governments conduct animal testing. In this order, the brand confirms that they have stores in China because they love their fans and do not want to exclude them anywhere

What is MAC Cosmetics Doing to Become Cruelty-Free or Vegan?

The company is not cruelty-free, nor vegan and it is not clear if it will find a way to avoid animal testing in the future. Also, the brand could avoid animal testing if only they would stick to online shopping in China, so it is their decision to open physical stores in mainland China and to pay for products to be tested on animals. Therefore, the company is not doing much to improve its cruelty-free policy.


The founder of this site and the man whose idea was used to write the first article on it. Before establishing, Brandon was an activist and a regular participant of many legal meetings that pleaded against cruelty and inhumanity in many businesses