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Is MAC Cruelty-Free And Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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MAC is one of the biggest and most well-known cosmetics brands in the world, but is it vegan and cruelty-free? Read for everything you need to know. 

About MAC

Mac was founded in 1982 by Frank Toscan and Frank Angelo, with the vision of creating makeup for makeup artists to use on shoots and sets. It then took off, becoming a brand globally recognised and people of all levels of experience in makeup have come to use MAC over the years. 

Is MAC cruelty-free?

No, MAC is not cruelty-free. In its FAQ section, they have stated:

M·A·C does not test on animals. We do not own any animal testing facilities and we never ask others to test on animals for us. While some governments conduct animal testing to prove safety before they will allow us to sell our products, M·A·C has never tested on animals and we continue to be a leader in the movement to end animal testing globally. To this end, we are proud to partner with IIVS (INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES) to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide.

However, this statement is slightly misleading, as it is vague about the fact MAC sells in China where it is required by law to test on animals in order to sell to consumers. As a result, MAC is not cruelty-free. 

Is MAC vegan?

MAC is not a vegan brand, as some of its products contain animal products such as lanolin in its ingredient lists. Products with vegan formulas may not be considered truly vegan either since the company is not cruelty-free. 

Check out our favourite cruelty-free skincare product recommendations next.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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