I keep seeing references to M.A.C. Cosmetics as being a vegan brand. They are on PETA’s cruelty-free list, which means they do not test on animals. Vegan and Cruelty-free symbols can create confusion; the two are not one in the same. To clarify, as you’ll read below, M.A.C. is not a vegan brand. Thankfully, they don’t claim to be either. Email the company for more information on specific products.

TO MAC:

Date: 01/12/2010 01:40:35 EST
To: MACInfo@maccosmetics.com
Subject: Another issue
Name: Sarah
Message:

Hello,
I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. If so, do you have a list of those that you make that are vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. Thank you.

FROM MAC:

From: CONSUMERCARE-US@GCC.MACCOSMETICS.COM
Subject: Re: MAC Response
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 10:58 AM

Dear [Sarah],

Thank you for taking the time to contact us and for your interest in M.A.C.

Very few animal derived raw materials are found in M.A.C. products.  Animal ingredients are used only when their efficacy cannot be duplicated by any other source of ingredients.  When an ingredient can be obtained from either animals or plants, we use the plant derived material. We would ask that you specify the exact names and shades of the products which you use or are interested in.

We trust the above addresses your concern. We hope that we have the opportunity to serve you in the near future.

Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns.

Sincerely,

Alexa Tarpey
Response Representative
Global Consumer Communications