Suck it, Urban Decay

Oh hi, I’ve been off rescuing injured south African ponies from very high tree branches. Crazy ponies. It’s been very hard to blog.

The boyfriend’s parents were in town actually. I was busy exploring the Oregon coast with them and gobbling up all the free food that I could shove in my face. Blogging was not on my to-do list.

I have over 10 posts that I need to write but only moments ago I received a text from my dear Anja that read:

“Have you read Urban Decay’s press release about starting to sell in China?”


Not even a month ago, I wrote this article about my quest to use cruelty free make-up brands. Urban Decay and Smashbox were two of the high profile companies that were adamant about not testing on animals. One week later, Smashbox starting selling in China where the government requires it.

Now Urban Decay has joined the bunny beating party,


They reached out to some beauty bloggers and let them know that they would answer any questions that the public may have. Sounds like a fat load of crap to me, UD. Better to just own up to it and say, “While we value animals and oppose testing on them, we love money way more. Therefore, we’re totally willing to to kill some bunnies in order to make a fat pile of cash off of the Chinese.

Dick eaters. Bullshit spewing cock punchers.

So kids, add Urban Decay as one more on the list of brands that you shouldn’t buy!



    • Sweet Bird

      Tarte is cruelty free and I think mostly vegan. According to Sephora’s website these are all the brands they carry that don’t test on animals:Amazing Cosmetics
      Anthony Logistics
      Bare Escentuals
      Benefit Cosmetics
      Bremenn Research Labs
      Carol’s Daughter
      Dr. Brandt Skincare
      Jack Black
      Jonathan Products
      Kat Von D
      Korres Natural Products
      Laura Mercier
      LaVanila Laboratories
      Ole Henriksen
      Perricone MD
      Peter Thomas Roth
      REN Clean Skincare
      Rosebud Perfume Co.
      Skyn Iceland
      Stila Cosmetics
      Too Faced Cosmetics
      Urban Decay

      That’s not to say that all those brands are vegan though. Look out for things like carmine, keratin, collagen and elastin.

      • Sweet Bird

        Also, I’ve looked at the packaging of a lot of these brands and there isn’t always a cruelty free bunny on them. I wanted a Kat Von D shadow kit but didn’t see anything about animal testing so I didn’t buy it. I’d say go really prepared, knowing what you want to buy and having already checked out their personal website.

      • Becca

        sadly, smashbox is now selling their products in china and the chinese government has made it a law that they must test their products on animals… sadly many of these products you have listed are no longer vegan. mac is also no longer vegan and i am so sad.

  1. Arinn

    god damn it! why does it have to be so difficult/expensive to find vegan/cruelty free cosmetics? SOO FRUSTRATING

  2. Tashina Combs (@logicalharmony)

    Urban Decay has no revoked that. Interestingly enough, they released the news 30 days later and it also comes along with the release date for their new palette. They’ve been scaling back their vegan options for a while. I don’t trust them anymore.

  3. christy

    According to their website, Urban Decay decided NOT to sell to China, because of the animal testing…

    From their website::: Animal Testing Policy

    Urban Decay is a cruelty-free brand and is committed to ending animal testing. We do not test our finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Our practices are certified by both PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program (CCIC) as cruelty-free.

    UD Decides Not to Sell in China

    After careful consideration of many issues, we have decided not to start selling Urban Decay products in China. While several factors were important in reaching this decision, ultimately we did not feel we could comply with current regulations in China and remain true to our core principles. We know there are many progressive consumers in China who would embrace an opportunity to purchase non-animal tested products – our hope remains that we have the chance to offer Urban Decay products to these consumers someday in the future.

    Following our initial announcement, we realized that we needed to step back, carefully review our original plan, and talk to a number of individuals and organizations that were interested in our decision. We regret that we were unable to respond immediately to many of the questions we received, and appreciate the patience our customers have shown as we worked through this difficult issue.

    Since our founding in 1996, we have been committed to ending animal testing in the cosmetics industry. As demonstrated by the renewed support we have received from organizations like PETA and the CCIC, this principle remains at our core. Urban Decay does not test its finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf, and we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals. Urban Decay is proud to be 100% cruelty-free.

    If you have additional questions, please email us at

    Vegan Products

    If you see a purple paw print next to a product, Urban Decay certifies that it does not contain any animal-derived ingredients. Please note that within a product category, such as Eyeshadows, some shades will be marked with the vegan paw print, and others will not. We have an ongoing initiative with our laboratories to not only create shades (and entire product lines) that are vegan from the start, but also to identify which of our non-vegan products can be converted. In many situations, plant-derived or synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients become available. As long as we can deliver the same high-quality products with rich color and texture, we will convert that product to 100% vegan ingredients, so be on the lookout for new offerings. We are often asked which of our products do not contain animal by-products, and for those customers, we offer our paw.

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