Unfortunately, a lot of brands sold at Sephora (AU) are NOT cruelty free. There are many different definitions of ‘cruelty free’, however my definition of cruelty free is:
“A brand that does not test on animals, is not owned by another company who tests on animals and does not sell to countries who require animal testing by law (China and others).” – Cruelty Free Love
All information listed has been researched, however may have changed from the time this information was uploaded. Please always double check the brands as there are always constant changes. I will try my best to continually update this list to make sure all information is relevant and up to date. Click on the brand name and it will take you straight to the page on the Sephora website.
Sigma Beauty – They say, although some brush fibres are made from animal hair, no animals are harmed in making the product. I am not entirely sure whether I believe this or not. I have questions like, how are the animals cared for? are they kept in cages or are the allowed to roam free etc.
These brands are based off the Sephora AU website. There are many brands on the site that are ‘cruelty free’but are now owned by a company that does test on animals. These brand include, but are not exclusive to, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Tarte etc.
I emailed Sephora customer service, just as I did Mecca, to see if they could assist with my research. They sent back a picture of cruelty free brands that they had, what looked like to be, obtained from someone else’s blog. It contained brands that Sephora didn’t stock which was a tell tale giveaway. The picture also had a lot of pinterest qualities which made me second guess the reliability of the information. It is a shame that Sephora could not take the time to accumulate the cruelty free brands they stock to keep customers like me and you informed with the right information.
If you know of any brands on the website that do not test on animals that I have missed please let me know in the comments below. If I have mistakenly added a brand that does test on animals, please also let me know so I can delete it. I checked all the individual brands websites and FAQ’s to ensure the reliability of the information.
I hope this information helps you… if it does let me know!
Colourpop, another one of those brands that is all over YouTube. Beauty Guru’s telling you that ‘they are amazing’ and ‘it is definitely worth the money’…. I have to say that I AGREE! I have tried numerous Colourpop products, and I have to say, I LOVE them all.
Colourpop is ‘100% fur baby friendly, bunny approved, and only test our products on humans’ which makes me happy beyond belief! I also notice that some of their products are also:
Gluten free – although they do not recommend eating them 😛
The state product last for 3 years if not opened and 1 year once opened
A lot, not all, of their products are vegan
The product that I am going to review today is their highlighter in the colour ‘Wisp’. This colour is beautiful. The Colourpop website describes it as:
‘Golden champagne with highly reflective hues of gold duo chrome finishes.’ – Colourpop Website
What do I think?
Light champagne gold with a slight hint of duo chrome.
Smooth. There are no evident chunks of glitter which allows for a ‘wet’ highlight look that doesn’t make you look sweaty and greasy.
I haven’t noticed it fade throughout the day. It seems to stay put quite well. I do set it with a teeny bit of highlight powder to ensure the longevity of the highlight.
How do I apply it?
I use my finger tips. I find that I waste less product that way and the finished product is more intense then if you were to use a brush. I have also applied it with the elf small stipple brush (synthetic bristles) which also allows for a good application.
My highlighter came broken. I contacted the companies customer service who were extremely helpful. They sent a new one to me free of charge which I thought was lovely of them.
Would I repurchase?
Yes, definitely. The product is worth a repurchase for sure. The only thing I don’t like are the shipping fees. Sure, colourpop provide high quality, cruelty free products at an affordable price. However, when the shipping price is so high, it almost makes me think that it isn’t worth it. The shipping price goes by weight which irks me*. If I am going to buy products from the states, I want to be able to buy a good quantity to make it worth it, however, the more you buy, the higher the shipping price goes.
Where can I purchase it?
The only place that I know you can purchase it from is the Colourpop website.
I used to hear about these lip creams all the time through watching YouTube and always wanted to give them a go. They had great reviews, and of course they are cruelty free… so I thought I would give them a go!
The description on the NYX website is quite accurate:
Now available in twelve more statement-making shades, our velvety smooth Soft Matte Lip Cream delivers a burst of creamy color and sets to a stunning matte finish. Surprisingly durable, lightweight and delightfully creamy, it’s no wonder this sweetly scented formula is a NYX fan favourite. – (NYX Website)
Colours purchased:Prague, Ibiza & Istanbul
Istanbul: Described on website as ‘clean pink’
Prague: Described on website as ‘matte merlot’
Ibiza: Described on website as ‘matte deep rose pink’– personally I feel like this colour comes of more coral then pink.
*Images from the NYX website – from left to right; Istanbul, Prague & Ibiza
Left to right – Ibiza, Prague & Istanbul
Swatches with no lip liner.
Texture:The Matte Lip Creams have a mouse like texture that is light and fluffy. They are a matte texture, v the title state, and are quite comfortable to wear.
Lasting Power: I apply this at 6:30am and it is still on my lips at 2pm. The comfortability of the lip cream wears off as time goes on, but I feel as though that is expected of a matte lip product. Although I say the comfortability wears off, it is definitely very comfortable for the first 4-5 hours of wear.
Pigmentation:SUPER pigmented. I only need one layer of the product in relation to pigmentation purposes. The colours I have tried go on smooth and even.
Scent: It is very sweet, quite enjoyable… I dig it!
I would recommend this product!
Rating – 8/10
*PLEASE NOTE – I have just found out that NYX was bought out by Loreal. Therefore, the brand NYX is registered as cruelty free HOWEVER Loreal still sells to China.
Chi Chi is a brand that I have been buying for years. When I was younger I would buy their christmas kits and I remember thinking they were the bomb.com. Recently, Target in Australia had 40% all of Chi Chi Cosmetics… YIPEE! I went a bit cray, not going to lie. Was I the crazy lady who got all of the lipstick swatches on my hand onto my t-shirt…. yes, do I regret it? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
The Chi Chi Super CC Cream was one of the items that I bought. I was hesitant to buy this product as I have combination skin and I almost always get super shiny in my T-zone. I thought I would give it a go, it has a lot of claims that I thought would be amazing if the product lives up to its hype.
These are the claims:
A moisturising and colour correcting formula that is suitable for all skin types.
The formula contains “powerful caviar extract” that is high in antioxidants, is moisturising and smoothing.
Soothe’s and protects dry skin
“Super healing with Allantoin, Elastin, Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen” – will leave skin “feeling and looking amazing”.
“make up meets skin care” including SPF 30 – “light foundation with benefits” or can be used as a primer to help reduce “redness or sallowness, blemished and other skin imperfections.
” Its silky, light weight texture will let your skin breathe whilst radiating a healthy lustre and will help improve uneven skin tone with its unique light-diffusing pigments.”
Did the product come through?
I would have to say YEEEEEESSSSS! This makes me really happy 😀 The following dot points cover my thoughts on the product:
Extremely moisturising formula that held up well with my oily T-zone. I do on most days have to blot once during the day, however it is nothing major. I must disclose that I am a very active teacher (dance) and am moving quite a lot during the day.
Left my skin looking very smooth and almost had a brightening affect. This related back to the claim of it getting rid of the sallowness in the skin whilst wearing the product.
Definitely feels silky on the skin, it did not transfer and kept me looking healthy all throughout my work day.
I had a lot of red scaring on my chin from hormonal acne and I feel like this product assisted in healing the redness on the skin.
The coverage can be light or built up to a close medium.
Dewy finish that did not slide of my face.
Would I repurchase the product?
HELLLLA YEAH! I wouldn’t even wait for another 40% off sale, I would pay full price… now that’s saying something 🙂
This product is 100% cruelty free, Chi Chi only tests on friends and family.