There has been a long debate in the beauty and animal rights communities about whether or not MAC is a brand that is worth supporting. This debate recently made headlines again when Sia; a well known singer-songwriter, vegan, and animal rights activist; teamed up with MAC to create a Viva Glam Sia Warm, Vivid Red Matte lipstick. This lipstick was released on January 25th, 2018 and all of it’s proceeds will go towards MAC’s AID’s fund.
The controversy surrounding MAC stems from one issue; they sell their products in China, where the government requires all cosmetics to be tested on animals before they hit the shelves. To clarify, MAC does not test it’s product on animals, the Chinese government does, and the MAC products sold here in North America are not tested on animals. MAC’s website states that they are working towards a “cruelty-free world” and are partners with IIVS (Institute for In Vitro Sciences), which develops and implements programs in countries where in vitro testing is not accepted in order to educate scientists on better methods than animal testing.
Many animal rights activists do not think that is enough, as other large beauty brands choose not to sell their products in China, as they do not want their products being tested on animals. Some of these cruelty-free brands include: Anastasia Beverly Hills, Becca, Kat Von D, Kylie Cosmetics, Morphie, NYX, Smashbox, Tarte, Too Faced, and Urban Decay.
When it comes to makeup it’s up to you to decide which brands you choose to support. Are you okay with MAC selling their products in China as long as their North American products aren’t tested on animals? Or do you choose to support other certified cruelty-free brands, who chose to stay out of the Chinese market? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!