MAC Cosmetics are a popular makeup company established in 1994, who sell their products worldwide. Whether it’s to save the planet, maintain a healthier lifestyle and/or save the animals, more and more individuals are becoming vegan these days. So, naturally, several makeup-savvy individuals who are passionate about keeping their veganism within all aspects of life are finding themselves asking, “Is MAC vegan”?
No, unfortunately, MAC is not a completely vegan company. This means that they do not manufacture all of their products free of animal-derived ingredients, or animal byproducts. However, they do have several vegan cosmetics available to purchase, but these products aren’t specifically listed on their website.
Which MAC Products Are Vegan?
Although MAC do not produce all of their products vegan-friendly, they do have a select range of specifically vegan options. It can often be confusing to know which ingredients are vegan and which ones are not when the list could essentially have been written in Greek.
Well, don’t worry; PETA has released a (fairly extensive) list of ingredients which are non-vegan and therefore should be avoided when looking for vegan options.
Non-vegan ingredients, which are often found in cosmetics, include: albumen/albumin, allantoin, beeswax and honeycomb, carmine, casein, cholesterol, emu oil, gelatin, glycerin, guanine, honey, hydrolysed animal protein, lactose, lanolin, lecithin, linoleic acid, milk protein, mink oil, polypeptides, pristane, royal jelly, snails, squalene, tallow and turtle oil. Whew, that’s a lot!
I reached out to MAC and asked them which of their products were vegan. This was their response:
On receiving this email I was very underwhelmed. Why don’t they have a list of vegan products on-hand? Surely they receive several enquiries about this? And a maximum of 10 products is a bit stingy if I do say so myself.
So, I proceeded to reply to Amber with a list of products that I found were the most popular MAC products on the market at the moment. They got back to me pretty quickly confirming the products which were vegan and those that were not.
Here are some vegan products that MAC sell:
- Matte Lipstick in the shade Velvet Teddy
- Matte Lipstick in the shade Honey Love
- Matte Lipstick in the shade Kinda Sexy
- Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe
- Matte Lipstick in the shade Red Rock
- Prep and Prime Fix+ Original
- Prep and Prime Fix+ Rose
- Prep and Prime Fix+ Lavender
- Prep and Prime Fix+ Coconut
- Prep and Prime Skin
The only product that I enquired about which is not vegan is the Mineralize Skinfinish in shade ‘Soft and Gentle’, however this may not be the case for other shades available in this product.
If you would like me to add to this and create a more extensive list of vegan products sold by MAC, please do get in touch.
This is going to be a disappointing one, sorry. I could reach out to MAC and ask about every single shade of every single product but I’m not sure if this would be beneficial, since anyone can contact MAC and ask for their individual product enquiries. However, if you do wish for me to research and put together an extensive list of vegan products sold by MAC, I would be happy to do so.
Unfortunately, MAC is not vegan in itself. The good news is though, that MAC do sell some vegan products; even they do make it a misery to find out which exact products are vegan. I would recommend getting to know some commonly used non-vegan ingredients, so that you can become an expert at quickly scanning ingredients lists to determine for yourself.