Glamorous Makeup for the Cruelty-Free Vegan Beauty Lover
Woohoo ... Hats off to Charlotte Tilbury! This is one of the very few luxury makeup lines that is cruelty free! I'm truly thrilled that this company does not conduct or require animal testing in any part of their makeup production. And they do not sell in China where animal testing of imported finished products is a requirement.
I would like to emphasise this is really a huge step for a luxury brand to take a stand against (potential) profit and for animal rights. I have a great amount of respect for Charlotte and her company for that. I do hope the company continues to raise the bar for others in the luxury industry - and make them rethink their current business policies.
Some of you, like me, may be curious what items from the Charlotte Tilbury line are actually vegan, if any?
I contacted them, and they gave me this statement on the vegan-status of the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line:
Thank you for your email! I can confirm that Carmine is the only animal by-product used in our products, the products that include this ingredient and therefore are unsuitable for vegans are:
Lip Lustre Glosses, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipsticks (excluding Love Bite, So Marilyn, Night Crimson, Nude Kate, Stoned Rose, Coachella Coral and Velvet Underground) Colour Chameleons, Cheek to Chic Blushers, Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Beach Sticks, Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes (excluding The Sophisticate, The Golden Goddess and The Rebel)
Please also note that the ingredients for almost all of our products are listed on our website, CharlotteTilbury.com. If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to ask!
I really appreciate them taking the time to list out which products are not vegan. However, on going through the products on their website and looking at the ingredients list I did notice this was not quite a complete list, either that or not up-to-date. For example, many of the Eyes to Mesmerise and Hot Lips lipsticks say they “may contain” carmine. (?) So if you are vegan I suggest you are careful with these products too.
These items contain Carmine:
After looking at the entire line, that does still leave a large variety that would be suitable for veganistas looking to add glam luxury to their makeup collection. (I have omitted any items with questionable ingredient lists.
List of Vegan Makeup Items
Room For Improvement
What irritates me a little, is that most of the products in the Charlotte Tilbury line use those universal ingredient labels, which makes it difficult to track down which products actually contain carmine. For example, here is the “may contain” ingredient list that appears on all their Luxury Eyeshadow palettes:
May Contain: Ultramarines CI 77007, Carmine CI 75470, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Iron Oxides CI 77492, Iron Oxides CI 77499, Iron Oxides CI 77491
So when I was first looking at these palettes, I presumed that none of them were vegan due to Carmine CI 75470 being listed second. However, the CT representative stated in her email that The Golden Goddess, The Sophisticate, and The Rebel Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes do not contain carmine. But someone browsing online or at the makeup counter wouldn't know that by reading the label!
A little suggestion Team Tilbury, if you are happen to read this: Your products are fabulous, but we would love slightly clearer ingredient lists so we know what ingredient is in which product. Thank you!
Emma's Beauty Picks
Some stand-out cruelty-free and vegan options from CT that I love are: