In case you missed the news last week, Nars Cosmetics recently announced that they would be expanding their business into China. As harmless as this might sound to non-vegans, the move means that the once staunchly cruelty-free make-up brand will now be legally required to test on animals, despite their so-called ethics.
In a statement released on their Instagram page (where fans flooded @narsissist with #boycottnars), Nars attempted to justify the move stating “The global elimination of animal testing needs to happen. We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws… We have decided to make NARS available in China because we feel it is important to bring our vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region.”
We want you to know that we hear you. The global elimination of animal testing needs to happen. We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China. We have decided to make NARS available in China because we feel it is important to bring our vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region. NARS does not test on animals or ask others to do so on our behalf, except where required by law. NARS is committed and actively working to advance alternative testing methods. We are proud to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a globally recognized organization at the forefront of advancing non-animal methods in China and around the world. NARS is hopeful that together, we can work toward a cruelty-free world. For more on the good work IIVS is doing, see: http://bit.ly/2rVjnwV
I’m calling bullshit on this – the sole reason for expanding into China is greed and money and Nars’ poor attempt at an apology did not go down well with those who have long supported the brand’s cruelty-free status.
Now that they’re firmly on the AVOID list, I’ve put together a guide to what to do with your favourite Nars products. Use up what you’ve got or donate it to women in need (like Give and Makeup), then make some ethical swaps. Here are five cruelty-free and vegan products to take their place.
SWAP Nars Blush for Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush
So long, Orgasm. Swap the cult blush for Urban Decay’s long-lasting powder blush with just the right amount of shimmer.
Urban Decay have clearanced out their #afterglowblush @ultabeauty and so if you've been on the search for a MAJ pigmented blush, I got you girl. These beauts pictured are obviously show stoppers – from top clockwise "bittersweet", "rapture" and "bang". Just a lil' likey likey and they go straight to your inbox!! Oh AND I have verified they will honor the price in store, sooooooo 🙌🏼 http://liketk.it/2rahf #liketkit @liketoknow.it
SWAP Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for B. Matte Lipstick
Creamy, pigmented and affordable, B.’s Matte and Luminous lipsticks are the perfect swap for Nars’ iconic pencils. The entire make-p range is vegan and cruelty-free (you can read my blog post about it here), so shop eyes, lips, cheeks and face without fear.
SWAP Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer is the most underrated base product around. A little goes a long way, it blends flawlessly and it costs less than a pint. If you are looking for cheaper vegan options, I wrote a blog on the best budget vegan beauty brands here.
SWAP Nars Bronzing Powder for Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow looks as good on your face as it does on your dressing table.
SWAP Nars Sheer Glow Foundation for Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup
If you’re looking for sheer, lightweight coverage (especially in this heat), Urban Decay can’t be beaten when it comes to cruelty-free, vegan, blendable face products. Read my love letter to the brand here.
What are you doing with your old Nars products and what will you be swapping them for? Let me know in the comments below!