Published on October 17, 2012 | by Radix Online Team     Photography by


Buying Make-up? Animals Pay the Real Price

Cosmetics that don’t hurt animals or your wallet
By Elizabeth Nguyen

Animal tested products have been a controversial issue debated since the industries beginning.
Photography Elizabeth Nguyen

With countless cosmetic lines out there, it becomes difficult for a consumer to pick one brand over another. Some choose products based on price, while others may decide based on a company’s morality.

Animal tested products have been a controversial issue debated since the industries beginning. Many companies still test products on animals, but some have become cruelty free or even vegan. Consumers should be informed about what is in the product and also how the product is made. The top selling products in a local drugstore is divided between the two types.

“The products we typically sell most of are Vichy, Biotherm, Maybelline—which are owned by L’Oreal that tests on animals, Revlon—which also tests on animals, Smashbox and Gosh which don’t test on animals. But we sell a lot of all the brands so it’s hard to be able to say which one sells the most” says Sandra, a cosmetician from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Many brands will have labels on their products stating if they’re cruelty-free, but nothing will be said if they do tests on animals. It’s hard to find products that do not harm animals and your wallet, but it’s not impossible.

Michelle Do, a freelance make-up artist, finds that consumers are aware of animal testing but their product purchases will ultimately be determined by cost. “If it’s not in your budget then that may be understandable but there are cosmetic lines that sell their make-up at great prices like ELF, NYX and the Body Shop. If you’re looking for higher-end brands and can spend a few extra dollars knowing where your money is going to, there’s brands in Sephora which are Too Faced, Urban Decay, Bare Escentuals, Stila and there’s many more.”

For more information about switching to cruelty-free products, visit the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) website. There are lists to view or download to know which companies test on animals.

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