Project Pan | Using Up my Animal Tested Products

August 16, 2017

As some of you may know, I am in the process of going cruelty free with my beauty products. I do still have quite a few products that I bought before I looked into animal testing, and I'd like to use them up so that I can have a truly cruelty free makeup collection. The reason I'm using them up instead of just chucking them is because the money has already gone to a cruel company, and if I just put them in the bin it feels like a waste of the suffering the animals had to endure.  Here are five animal tested products that I want to use up completely in the next three months.

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters
These lip butters apply a moisturising layer of colour to your lips. They are comfortable to wear due to their hydrating formula, and the colours are reasonably pigmented.

However, Revlon's cosmetics are sold in China, where animal testing is required by law. As a result, I no longer support the brand and will not be purchasing their products. I have the shades 050 Berry Smoothie (a deep pink) and 015 Tutti Frutti (a vibrant orange) to use up.

Avon Lipstick
Avon's lipsticks are pigmented and creamy. They are comfortable to wear, and I find that they last a very long time, despite not being matte.

Avon sell their products in countries that require animal testing by law, and therefore I don't support the brand or purchase their products. I have the shade Pout (a pink-toned nude) to use up.

L'Oreal Lipstick
I find L'Oreal's lipsticks to be incredibly pigmented, and easy to apply and wear. The matte ones are slightly drying, but not overly so, and they last very well, except when eating.

L'Oreal have worked for many years to develop alternatives to animal testing. While that's very commendable, they still made the decision to sell their cosmetics in China, where animal testing is required by law. I don't support their products for this reason. I have the shade 430 (a dark burgundy red) to use up.

Clinique Chubby Stick
I adore Clinique Chubby Sticks for their hydrating formula and beautiful shades. They're like a pigmented lip balm, and incredibly comfortable to wear.

Clinique, like many other brands, chose profit over compassion and sell their products in China. As a result, I can't support the brand or their products. I have the shade 05 Chunky Cherry (a bright reddish pink) to use up.

Estee Lauder Lip Gloss
I have an Estee Lauder lip gloss in a pretty nude shade. I find it to be shiny without being sticky, and it wears extremely well. Many lip glosses wear off quickly, but this isn't one of them.

Unfortunately, Estee Lauder claim to be committed to getting rid of animal testing... while choosing to sell their products in China. Once again, profit trumps compassion. I have the shade 05 Nude (a pinky nude) to use up.

Maybelline Master Drama Chromatics Eye Liner
The metallic finish of this eye liner is very striking. It's pigmented, and has a creamy formula, but I find it smudges and creases easily.

As I mentioned above, Maybelline test their ingredients and products on animals, and I refuse to support them. I have the shade Purple Light to use up.

Avon Glimmerstick
This pigmented eyeliner glides onto the skin easily and can be smudged out for an easy smokey eye.

Again, Avon sell their products to China, and are not cruelty free. I have the shade Blackest Black to use up.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Foundation
This lightweight foundation is a near-perfect match for my light skin tone. It blends out easy and looks very natural on the skin.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth Arden sell their products in China, and I don't support their brand or products because of that.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
For the longest time, this was the only powder I used. It has a good reputation, due to it's impressive mattifying power and truly translucent finish.

However, Rimmel test their products on animals by selling to China, so I can't repurchase this product, or support their brand.

I honestly expected to have more animal tested products than this, seeing as it wasn't something I paid attention to when I bought these products. That's a relief, but they still need using up! On the 21st October, I'll check back in and see how much is left of each product. Wish me luck! If any of you are planning on going cruelty free, maybe give this challenge a go.


  1. Good luck trying to finish up the products and going cruelty free. It's pretty surprising when you see these big brands still testing on animals to sell in China.

    1. Thank you, it really is shocking, isn't it? To put the thought of money over the fear and pain of animals? Some companies really have a lot to be ashamed of.


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