MAC Cosmetics, Animal Testing and My Thoughts
March 15th was a day I had been looking forward to for 6 months (more on that at another date) but also turned out a day I had been dreading for even longer.
March 15th was the morning I read from cruelty-free beauty blogger, Logical Harmony, that MAC tests on animals. They sell in China. China law requires animal testing. MAC told her in part that they only do animal testing ‘when required under the law’. Similar to what Estee Lauder recently told me (MAC’s parent company), and countless other companies who sell in China have stated.
I have no idea how long they have been selling in China, so maybe this isn’t that new. But this is the first I am hearing about it which is why I decided to address this since people have mentioned it to me a few times in the last week.
I felt this day would come, if only because I am a totally skeptical person, and they are my favorite brand. If something seems to good to be true, it usually is. When everything seems to be going just peachy, something always comes along to throw a wrench in it. You get the idea.
MAC is a brand I have been wearing for twenty one years. TWENTY ONE YEARS. Longer than some of you have been alive possibly. And we have a history.
My best friend who now lives in Idaho told me one day back in 1991 how she saw this really cool new makeup brand at the Nordstrom in Walnut Creek. They had really cool lipsticks and a huge color range. My friend wasn’t the type at the time to wear more “streamlined” makeup like Lancome or Estee Lauder. She was a punk rocker. A tattooed chick who I first saw wearing thigh high patent leather boots at a show. She stood 5’11 BEFORE the 4 inch heels. No apologies. Long story short, I knew this brand was going to be cool.
We went to Nordstrom together, which at the time was the only store around here that sold MAC. And wow, I remember all those black tubes with so many cool colors. I don’t remember the very first item I bought from them, but I know it was a lipstick.
The years went by and I filled my medicine cabinet with these tubes. I clearly remember when they switched to the current bullet shape and it seemed so odd at first. Up until I started blogging, when my collection grew exponentially, I always had about 50 lipsticks from MAC at any given time.
Spirit, Del Rio and Shrimpton were three of my favs in the early 90′s. I was HEAVILY into Folio as well, and it’s still one of my favs. I remember a co-worker at the publishing company I worked at always commented when I wore Folio. He (yes he) loved it. I remember one day wearing a bright red velvet shirt and I matched it with MAC Ruby Woo. My friend still talks about how great they looked together.
Cyber and So Be saw me through some rough times in the mid to late 90′s. I hated my job and wore a lot of dark purple lipsticks. Yeah I wore Cyber to work. A lot. Dubonnet was one of my favorite deep reds. Moxie was one of the first uber-bright pinks I owned. I still own the original style tubes of Moxie, So Be and Ruby Woo.
Modem was a lipstick that was popular in the early 90′s and has become a 20 year running joke with me and one of my other good friends. She bought Modem and wore it constantly. Whenever she bought any new lipstick from any other brand (up until this day) it was always nearly exactly the same as Modem. When we see a car or shirt that’s the same color, to this day we call it “Modem” colored.
In my college graduation photo, I am wearing the only lipstick I have gone through multiple tubes of. Viva Glam II.
But I don’t only wear MAC lipstick. I have hundreds of their products, and I adore so many. Omega eyeshadow has been my go-to eyebrow shade for 15+ years. Moth Brown is one of my very favorite eyeshadows. I have been using Vanilla as a highlight shade forever. Well Dressed has always been a go-to pink blush.
My very first ever makeup brush was gifted to me from a friend, and it was a number 36, made in France. I still have it.
All of this to say that for me, MAC isn’t just a trend or some brand to collect every single piece of to be cool or impress people. For me, MAC is part of my life. They have been with me through the good and bad times in my adult life. They are my memories. They are my history. I can look at an old photo of myself and know which lipstick I was wearing.
To say that I am disheartened that they are selling in China, which requires animal testing, is an understatement. I am crushed. Torn. Angry. Annoyed. Pissed off. Discouraged. It really makes me wonder if ANY company out there is cruelty-free. I am starting to think they are all just liars with crafty-wordsmiths in their PR departments.
I dreaded March 15th because I always knew it would come to this. My favorite brand, part of my daily life, has been turned into something a bit tainted.
But despite all this, I cannot say I am not supporting them anymore. It would be a lie to say I am done with them. Any other brand I can say that about. I just decided last month I would no longer be supporting Estee Lauder for the very same reason. But I have no attachment to Estee Lauder. I have no attachment to 99% of all other brands. And if I only used a couple pieces from them it would be much easier to walk away. But I don’t.
MAC is the one brand I just don’t think I can say goodbye to. I am nothing if not honest with you, and we all choose to draw the line somewhere. This is my line. I still do not support the other non cruelty-free companies, and that isn’t going to change.
Do I feel great about this? No. I feel frustrated that they so heavily put out there that they were cruelty-free, and a brand we could all trust, but then this happened. I feel angry that China is so screwed up when it comes to animal welfare that it forces companies who want to sell there to test. I feel angry that MAC decided to sell there knowing this. I feel pissed off that they made all cruelty-free makeup wearers, bloggers and vloggers to be put in this position after having supported them for so long.
I know I’m not the only one really upset about this. I have chatted with a few bloggers and vloggers about it, and we are all angry and saddened.
I plan on writing to MAC and Estee Lauder telling them how I feel, and asking them to reconsider selling in China. I urge you to do the same thing if this is something you care about.
Here is their contact information:
Attn: Customer Service
130 Prince St.
New York, NY 10012
Estee Lauder email (parent company): email@example.com
I will follow up on this post when (and if) I hear back from either MAC or Estee Lauder about the letters I am sending them.
Please let me know your thoughts and keep it civil. Any nasty comments (or judgements) will be deleted and the email address banned from this site.