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Is Kevyn Aucoin Cruelty Free?

Kevyn Aucoin is Cruelty Free
Is Kevyn Aucoin Cruelty Free?

I’ve been emailed a lot recently with people asking about Kevyn Aucoin’s cruelty free status, probably because of the new Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining that came out. Kevyn Aucoin is cruelty free. This is what makeup artist James Vincent told me. However, I also recently emailed to confirm Kevyn Aucoin’s cruelty free status. I also bought this palette after confirming Kevyn Aucoin’s cruelty free status. Below is the series of emails.

Kevyn Aucion The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining
I asked – Is Kevyn Aucoin Cruelty Free?


I wanted to reach out to see if your products were cruelty free.


I received – (I’m guessing because my email says Phyrra, they called me Phyrra, even though I signed my emails with Courtney)

Hi Phyrra,

Thank you for your email – we do not test on animals.


I sent –

Hi Alexandra,

Do you (or a third party on your behalf) test your products on animals?
Have any of your materials/ingredients been tested on animals?
Do you sell in countries that require animal testing (like China)?

Thanks for the quick response!


I received –

Hi Phyrra,

The answer is no to all below questions.

Thank You,

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    • Hey Lee, just figured I’d give a response while I’m here. “Cruelty-free” just refers to not testing on animals for raw ingredients and final product. Things that are vegan may be tested on animals; things that are cruelty-free are not necessarily also vegan. I wish “cruelty-free” also encompassed not using animal products at all, not involving child labor or otherwise sweatshops, etc., but this is where we’re at with the term right now. Hope that helps!

      • Actually, anything that is considered vegan is not tested on animals. Testing on animals automatically makes it not vegan since it harms an animal, whether or not it contains animal products.

        • That’s not always true though. For example, L’Oreal has a line called Ever Pure, which is ‘100% vegan’ meaning no animal ingredients, but L’Oreal still sells in China where testing is mandatory. Batiste Dry Shampoo is 100% vegan but they test.

  • Awesome! Thanks so much Courtney! 🙂 I definitely plan on trying that palette now! 🙂

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