Is Benefit Cruelty-Free? Here's Your Guide

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There's a lot to love about Benefit: luxe lip stains, richly-hued bronzers, and, of course, those iconic brow kits. Choosing a beauty brand, however, is about more than finding your perfect shade. It's well worth digging a little bit deeper to find out whether your beauty staples are cruelty-free. Benefit's products have likely made their way into your makeup bag-ours too-which left us wondering: Is Benefit cruelty-free? We decided to delve into a little research of our own to find out.

Read on to see if Benefit is cruelty-free, and how to get your beauty fix while being conscious of animal testing.

Is Benefit Cruelty-Free?

In order to qualify as cruelty-free, a product cannot “allow, conduct, commission, or pay for tests on animals for its ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world.”

In response to customer concerns, Benefit posted the following statement on its site: “Our products are made in Europe, and for imported cosmetics, the Chinese health authorities order some test on animals: They require companies to make their products available to be tested in state-certified laboratories for registration purposes only, as it is currently their only recognized method to demonstrate product safety.”

While Benefit does not test its completed products on animals in the U.S. or Europe, it does comply with animal testing as required by law in China. Benefit doesn't test on animals itself; instead, its products are imported into countries like China that perform animal testing independently of the company.

How to Shop Cruelty-Free

One of the best resources available is PETA's list of Companies That Don't Test on Animals, a document published in conjunction with the very important (and adorably named) Beauty Without Bunnies program. Companies that made the list include Tarte, Too Faced, and Nyx, among others. Cruelty-Free Kitty's Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free and Vegan Makeup Brands is another valuable tool that's frequently updated and even includes information on parent companies.

Up next, keep reading for eight cruelty-free mascaras that make your lashes look like falsies.