Is Lipstick Queen Cruelty Free?
Recently, I reached out to ask via email, Facebook and Instagram, is Lipstick Queen cruelty free? The brand Lipstick Queen did not respond at all. I was upset because I’d bought into the hype and purchased the Black Lace Rabbit Blush. One of the awesome ladies (thank you Lori!) in the PhyrraNyx Facebook Group reached out to Space NK to see if she could get a response.
The response that Lori received to the question, ‘is Lipstick Queen cruelty free?’ is that Lipstick Queen is currently cruelty free, but they will start selling in China later this year. The phrase ‘they have had to comply with the regulations in the market’ means ‘we’ll be testing on animals or the Chinese government will be testing our products on animals.’ Needless to say, I’m disappointed in this response.
It makes me so sad that any cruelty free brand will decide to say ‘who cares about the animals, let’s make lots of money selling in China’ and lose their cruelty free status.
So no, Lipstick Queen is not cruelty free. I’ll be returning that blush, too.
And while I know people like to use the straw man argument of ‘every ingredient was tested on animals, so nothing is truly cruelty free’ it’s b.s. for a reason. Every ingredient, including water, was tested on animals at one point in time. That doesn’t mean that we need to test ingredients on animals today. There are much more accurate means of testing ingredients and products.
EpiDerm, an in vitro test that is made up of culture human skin cells, is more accurate at identifying chemical skin irritants than animal tests. Animal tests for this have up to a 40% error rate. (source)