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Is Nyx Cosmetics Cruelty Free?

Is Nyx Cosmetics Cruelty Free? I share their answer, plus discuss animal testing in China in depth.

Is Nyx Cosmetics Cruelty Free?

Every so often someone asks, is Nyx Cosmetics cruelty free? It seems like, on the internet, rumors spread like wildfire. Every few months people are either asking is Nyx Cosmetics cruelty free, or they’re claiming that Nyx is no longer cruelty free. I wanted to answer this important question, plus share some facts about animal testing in China.

Nyx’s Cruelty Free Website Statement

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP IS CERTIFIED AND ACKNOWLEDGED BY ORGANIZATIONS, SUCH AS PETA, AS A CRUELTY-FREE BRAND. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PRODUCING 100% CRUELTY-FREE COSMETICS. WE DO NOT TEST ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS ON ANIMALS.

L’OREAL CORPORATE STATEMENT ON ANIMAL TESTING CAN BE FOUND HERE.

L’Oreal’s Animal Testing Corporate Statement

Our consumers’ health and safety have always been an absolute priority for L’Oréal. As is the support of animal welfare.

L’Oréal has developed a very rigorous safety evaluation procedure of its products, backed by Research. Well before the question of animal testing was raised by civil society or within a regulatory framework, L’Oréal has been committed to new methods of assessing safety that don’t involve animals. A true pioneer, L’Oréal has been reconstructing human skin models in laboratories to elaborate in vitro safety tests since 1979, as an alternative to animals. In 1989, L’Oréal completely ceased testing its products on animals, thus 14 years before the regulation required so. Today, L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule. 

Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or make-up are no longer tested on animals.

Katie asked, is Nyx Cruelty Free?

One of the awesome ladies in the PhyrraNyx Facebook Group reached out to Nyx to see what they would say.

Here’s the response from Nyx’s Customer Service

Thanks for reaching out to NYX Professional Makeup! We are delighted to assist you with your inquiry!

Katie, we understand your concerns and NYX Professional Makeup is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a
cruelty-free brand. We are committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics and do not test any of its raw materials or finished products
on animals. Check out PETA’s Courage in Commerce Award. Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal

Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or make-up are no longer tested on animals.

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Precious
NYX Professional Makeup

My Thoughts

Is Nyx Cosmetics Cruelty Free? Nyx Cosmetics currently is not tested on animals. Nor is Nyx sold anywhere that animal testing is mandatory. While it is ‘scary’ for some people to see the L’Oreal test policy linked in Nyx’s FAQ, L’Oreal has owned Nyx for quite a while now, so I’m guessing some lawyer made them link to the parent company policy. I don’t believe Nyx has any plans to sell where animal testing is mandatory.

While Nyx Cosmetics is cruelty free, their parent company L’Oreal is not. Tashina from Logical Harmony recently spoke to individuals at Nyx who explained that L’Oreal is asking for internal consistency in customer service responses (again, I’m guessing this is related to a lawyer asking them to add this information), which is why you may receive a response that mentions China. (You may want to read Logical Harmony’s post Is L’Oreal Cruelty Free?)

Now, to address a specific section of that response

Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or makeup are no longer tested on animals.

This is not actually true. China requires mandatory animal testing on cosmetics such as makeup, perfume, skincare, nail polish, hair dye, deodorant, sunscreen and whitening products, that are made outside of China. Certain Chinese brands that are made in China and sold in China are exempt from animal testing. The 2014 amendment they’re referencing does not apply to cosmetics manufactured outside of mainland China. (source) But the majority of American brands, whether they are made in China or imported, are still required to be tested on animals.

 

These testing rules do not apply to online shopping or Hong Kong. So if a product is sold somewhere that does not have a physical storefront, it is exempt from testing. You can sell cosmetics in Hong Kong and be exempt from animal testing.

There are also some interesting loopholes that some brands use to get around testing. They bribe the government to look the other way. They use human cadavers for testing instead of animals. Apparently, you could also ship semi-finished products for bottling or repackaging in mainland China. (source)

To Summarize

  • Is Nyx Cosmetics Cruelty Free? Nyx is currently cruelty free! Their parent company L’Oreal is not.
  • I will buy from Nyx Cosmetics.
  • Animal testing is still mandatory in China. There’s lots of confusion surrounding this issue.
  • Hong Kong is exempt from animal testing.

What are your thoughts is Nyx Cruelty Free and Animal Testing in China?

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3 Comments

  • Hi,
    I own several NYX products – some older ones were made in Germany, Taiwan etc., but the recent ones that I have bought are mostly made in China. Also older ones had the bunny picture on them, the newer ones do not even have “cruelty free” written on them any more (like drop foundation, lip ink, bronzing powders etc). I am trying to understand – if they are manufactured in China, they do not have to do the animal testing?

    • Hi, products can be made in China, and other places and still be cruelty free. It all depends on where the products are SOLD. If they are sold in mainland China there is testing involved.

  • Thank you for sharing this important info(as NYX is a brand that we all love in our group-like you, I decided to stop buying from Nars and esp with their lip products I really like them, and love how the line has evolved-and thank you for creating a list that I can always count on! Because you are devoted to not just taking things at first glance but actually digging in, reading the fine print, and doing the research using a variety of sources! I always share your list with others because I will see infographics that are well meaning but outdated published on Pinterest etc. But I feel the best way is to share great CF products. And everything you do matters. I believe in purchasing from

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