Is Covergirl Cruelty Free?

The past few weeks in this series that will be ongoing probably to the end of time, I was focusing only on brands that are cruelty free. But I figured why not include ones that do into the series, so we can keep track of their animal testing policy. As I'm planning on updating these if they ever change. So today I'm going to be looking at Covergirl and getting into what their policy is. Spoilers, they test on animals.

The criteria I use to determine if a brand is cruelty free are the following:

  • Don't test finished products or ingredients on animals.
  • Don't have suppliers who test on animals.
  • Don't allow any third parties to test on animals on their behalf.
  • Don't sell cosmetics in physical store in mainland China.
  • Don't test on animals where required by law.

Animal Testing Policy

Covergirl diverts their animal testing policy to their parent company Coty. Now Coty's policy is one of those ones where the main info you want to pay attention to is at the beginning as the rest would make it seem like they are all for being cruelty free. But the beginning is the biggest tell as they state "... testing of our products or ingredients on animals except where required by law." PETA also has them on their list of brands that do test.

We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals except where required by law.

All our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the strict guidelines and regulations set by each country in which they are sold. Our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other industries.

It is common knowledge that China requires mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. We continue to be involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities, including through our active membership of the China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI), to replace animal tests with alternatives. As a result, China has recently started to investigate ways to replace animal testing and has sought the assistance of European scientists.

We have been actively involved in the research and development of alternatives to animal testing for many years. We were a party to SEURAT-1, the single largest Private-Public Partnership initiative which aimed to develop alternatives to animal testing of cosmetic products. With a total contribution of €50 million, funded in equal by the European Commission and the cosmetics industry, it managed to produce some alternative methods to animal testing and set the ground for further development of which we are also part.

The common goal of all these efforts is to completely replace animal testing.
— Coty

At A Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: No
  • Ingredients tested on animals: No
  • Third party animal testing: No
  • Tested on animals where required by law: Yes
  • Sold in mainland China: Yes
  • Certifications: None
  • Parent company: Coty
  • Parent company status: Not Cruelty Free

Bottom Line

Covergirl is not cruelty free and should be avoided. There are plenty of other amazing drugstore brands that are affordable and cruelty free. Check out our guide on Cruelty-Free Drugstore Brands.

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