Is NARS Cruelty Free?
Many of you are asking if NARS tests on animals, so let me give you a quick update. I have had a love affair with NARS for as long as I can remember. I have always loved their products – especially their lipsticks, blushes and face products. Over the weekend, Tashina from Logical Harmony broke the news that NARS is no longer cruelty free. They have made the decision to start selling in China, a country where animal testing is required by law. A few large companies have found a way around the animal testing laws (Paul Mitchell and Burt’s Bees for example), but NARS doesn’t seem to be concerned with finding a way around it.
NARS is owned by Shiseido, a brand that has never been cruelty free. Until recently, NARS has kept their cruelty free status by staying out of the Chinese market. Of course, this is a grey area, and some of you have not supported NARS because of their parent company. Now, we can definitively say NARS is not cruelty free.
I’m so sad about this change, but the good news is that there are lots of cruelty free beauty alternatives out there. Check out Phyrra’s NARS dupes list and JKissa’s NARS dupes YouTube video. If you loved NARS foundation, check out my list of my favorite cruelty free foundation (Tarte Amazonian Full Coverage is my go-to). If you’re looking for a new highlighter, check out my all-time favorite cruelty free highlighter list. If you were using NARS Orgasm blush, try Girlactik blush in Bora Bora. For lipstick dupes, try Urban Decay, Kat von D, Smashbox or Tarte.
Please DO tell NARS how you feel on their social channels, or in an email to their customer service department. But, please don’t be inflammatory – I think that is counter-productive. Just calmly tell them that you are disappointed with the change and that you will no longer be buying their products. Unfollow on social to show that you will not support them anymore.
As you guys know, being “cruelty free” isn’t always easy. Brands are constantly changing their cruelty free status (most often because they start selling in China). The best way to keep up with the changes is to subscribe to My Beauty Bunny’s emails, follow on social, and check out our cruelty free beauty brand list often (you can use Control F to search). You can also join our Cruelty Free Crew group on Facebook to ask for recommendations on specific products or share your own. I also recommend following: Logical Harmony, Phyrra, Haus of Hounds, and JKissa Makeup.