Big Cosmetic Brand’s That STILL Test on Animals 2016

Posted by Chique | July 29, 2016 | Blog, Facts
You may have assumed that most major cosmetics companies were onboard with alternatives to cruel tests on animals, but there are many that still poison and kill them for cosmetics and their ingredients. It isn’t always easy to know which brands are cruelty-free. For instance, L’Oréal, which doesn’t test on animals in the United States, pays for deadly testing in China, where archaic and painful tests on animals are required for cosmetics.

But there’s good news: more than 1,700 compassionate brands have been listed on PETA as cruelty-free, which is a positive sign that times are changing! 

NOTE: At Chique, we offer Australia’s best, cruelty free brands. Synergie Skin, Australia’s leading skin care range, is certified cruelty-free.  All Synergie products are further free from:

  • Parabens
  • SLS or other sodium sulfates
  • Phthalates
  • PEG’s
  • Propylene glycol
  • Artificial colours
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Talc
  • Dimethicone

It is naturally remedying with a range specific to all skin types, giving the BEST results. Available in store at Chique, book in for a consultation with our Cosmetic Nurse to discover which products best suit you. 

Another brand cruelty-free Australian brand, which we stock at Chique, is PONi cosmetics range of eye styling products!

Some of the top cosmetics brands that still test on animals:

1. Victoria’s Secret

After years of upholding its policy never to test on animals, the company has let down compassionate consumers everywhere by choosing profits over principles. Victoria’s Secret has confirmed to PETA that it will begin selling in China—and that means it will be required to pay for cruel and archaic tests on animals.

Like us, you can sign PETA’s action alert: tell Victoria’s Secret that cruelty isn’t sexy and that you won’t buy its products until the company is 100 percent cruelty-free again.

2. Revlon

It’s a shame that Revlon, which also owns Almay and nail-polish brand Sinful Colors, still pays for tests on animals.

If you were using their lipstick, try Synergie Skin’s Lipsync-C instead. It has cosmeceutical benefits for your lips as well as natural UV protection. Natural lip hydrators and stabilised vitamin C provides collagen support and antioxidant benefits!  

Lipsync-C Range

3. Covergirl

You may have heard that Procter & Gamble—a huge household cleaning and personal care brand that has always tested on animals—recently made a deal to sell many of its beauty brands, including Covergirl. Unfortunately, it’s reportedly selling them to Coty, Inc., which pays for cruel tests on animals in order to sell its products in China.

If you were using its powder foundation, try Synergie’s Second Skin Crush instead. A loose mineral foundation that lets your skin breathe with powerful UVA/ UVB protection (SPF 15) and the added benefit of making you look amazing! It is available in a range of shades for all skin colours. 

Second Skin Crush

4. Maybelline

We definitely think that you were born with it and don’t need Maybelline’s cruel products to feel pretty.

If you were using its mascara, try PONi White Knight Mascara instead. It is water resistant, doesn’t run, smudge or transfer onto the skin, even in humid weather, great for sensitive eyes, simply slides off using just water in the shower, build able and safe to use with lash extensions, contains 3 powerful growth ingredients and has a dual functioning brush – volume and length. The perfect mascara for any one, of any age, available at Chique. 

White Knight Mascara

5. M.A.C.

People first turned to M.A.C. because it carried theatrical-quality makeup. Nowadays, high-pigment makeup isn’t hard to come by, and there are many compassionate options for you to choose from.

If you were using its eye shadow, try Synergie’s MaximEyes eyeshadows. All natural with no toxins or artificial colours, containing pure pigment for intense, vibrant shimmer and matte colour. 


6. Clinique

Animals don’t worry about wrinkles, and we shouldn’t poison and kill them for our night cream.

If you were using Clinique’s eye cream, switch to Synergie’s ReviTaleyes. A lightweight eye serum designed to restore the youthful appearance to the delicate skin around the eye area. Revolutionary peptide technology addresses fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness. Green coffee extract assists in fighting free radicals and pure hyaluronic acid provides intense hydration to nourish the eye area.

We recommend you consider other of Synergie’s skin care serums and moisturisers for perfect skin!


7. L’Oréal

Did you know that L’Oréal owns Kiehl’s, Maybelline, Lancôme, and many more cosmetics brands? Most pay for tests on animals in China, but Pureology, The Body Shop, and NYX Cosmetics now all stick to their compassionate guns by refusing to sell their products in China until it accepts alternatives to cruel animal tests.

If you were using L’Oréal’s liquid foundation, try Synergie’s BB-flawless. A groundbreaking BB liquid foundation (SPF 15), 30ml. A light textured liquid mineral base with built-in zinc oxide UV protection, niacinamide to address skin hydration and pigmentation, and tomato-derived Lycopene, which protects the skin from environmental ageing. This product is a serious cosmeceutical treatment makeup!

8. O.P.I.

OPI is owned by Coty, Inc., and was removed from PETA’s cruelty-free list when it refused to answer our questions about its cruelty-free policy and selling in China.

9. Benefit

Benefit markets its brand by using innocent 1950s imagery and a lot of pink. Consumers don’t see that tests on animals that are being conducted behind the scenes.

If you were using Benefit blush, instead use Synergie Mineral’s BlushCrush.  The concentrated pigment is designed for both shading and highlighting and is available in two shades: soft rose and soft apricot.


10. TRESemmé

Never met a rabbit who was concerned with the volume of their hair? Somehow, TRESemmé still feels the need to test its products and cosmetics ingredients on helpless animals.

Switch to using Davroe Haircare


 We also recommend you use Synergie HairScience, treatments for dry and/or fine hair. 

11. Avon

Remember the “Avon lady,” who sold cosmetics door to door? Well, we think that sounds about as old-fashioned as the idea of testing cosmetics on animals.

If you were using its eyeliner, try Synergie’s MagnifEye eyeliner pots. Create a subtle daytime look or a dramatic smoky eye nighttime look. The cream formulation with built-in brush is easy and simple to use and natural formula will minimise eye irritation. Available in four shades: black, brown, steel blue and white.


12. Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder is the parent company of many brands. And while Smashbox and Aveda are both cruelty-free, others that it owns aren’t—including its namesake brand, Estée Lauder, as well as Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Clinique, M.A.C., and Origins, among others.

If you were using any of these cruel brands’ concealers, try Synergie’s concealer instead. Synergy Mineral’s concealer contains anti-irritant minerals and botanicals, and is designed to camouflage general skin imperfections and problem areas such as uneven skin tone and blemishes.



Warning: Don’t be fooled by claims on a label that state that a product wasn’t tested on animals. The FDA doesn’t regulate “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” packaging labels, so companies can put this on their packaging even if the product or ingredients have been tested on animals. To find out if a product is truly cruelty-free, use PETA’s trusted certified brands that don’t test on animals.

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