Is Black Radiance Vegan and Cruelty-Free?

Black Radiance is a cosmetics brand that offers a variety of sheer to vivid lip and eye colors, as well as skin formulas that meet the needs across a diverse range of ethnic skin tones. In fact, Black Radiance is wholly dedicated to black beauty, and it is their core mission to enable women of color to feel even more beautiful and confident.

At the same time, unlike many of the brands we’ve mentioned in these blog posts, Black Radiance is not the type of brand that provides a deep insight into their ingredients or formulas. That is something we usually appreciate and take the time to read in pages like the “About us” or the “FAQs”.  Unfortunately, a lot of their formulas still rely on ingredients that are often disapproved by cleaner brands due to their toxicity.

This includes several ingredients such as Talc, VP Copolymer, as well as synthetic colors and fragrances, which, unfortunately, are present in some of their products.

But more importantly, can Black Radiance be considered a vegan and cruelty-free brand? In this blog post, we’re going to try our best to answer that question.

How Vegan is Black Radiance?

No, Black Radiance is not a vegan brand.

Although they do have vegan products, they still rely on some animal ingredients such as lanolin, carmine, as well as potentially non-vegan ingredients like glycerine and stearic acid.


Lanolin is an emulsifying agent extracted from the sheared wool that is about to be converted into yarn or felt. You can usually find lanolin in products such as mascaras and hand creams.

Sheep are the biggest providers of wool, with the largest exporter of wool being Australia, a country where a rather painful method termed “mulesing” is used to slash the wrinkled skin of sheep to prevent flystrike.

Naturally, it wouldn’t be fair to assume everyone in the wool industry relies on this method, but even so, lanolin cannot be considered vegan because it’s a result of animal exploitation.


Carmine is a red pigment extracted from the crushed cochineal bug.

It’s known throughout history to have been used as a dye by ancient civilizations like the Mayans and the Aztecs, and more recently, by the cosmetics industry as a red pigment in products like lipsticks and blushes.

While it’s almost always denominated as carmine, you can also find it to be referred to as natural red 4, cochineal extract, CI 75470, or crimson lake by some companies.

Here is a quick video on how carmine is made:

Glycerine & Stearic Acid

Glycerine can be derived from animals or plants, and it can also be produced from petrochemicals, which is why it’s a controversial ingredient as companies are not specific enough about its origin.

The same goes for stearic acid, as it can also be derived from both animals or plants.

If you want to dispel any confusion, always contact the companies before purchasing a product with these ingredients, especially if they don’t have a vegan logo on-page or on the packaging.

Other Animal Ingredients in Cosmetics

Unfortunately, the aforementioned ingredients are not the sole animal ingredients used by the cosmetics industry. If you want to avoid purchasing non-vegan cosmetics, keep an eye out on the following ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Guanine
  • Oleic Acid
  • Pearl or Silk powder
  • Collagen
  • Elastin
  • Keratin
  • Shellac
  • Casein
  • Squalene
  • Lanolin

Akin to glycerine and stearic acid, some of these ingredients may or not be vegan. For instance, Oleic Acid may also be derived from both animal and plant-based sources, and the same happens with Squalene as well.

Is Black Radiance Cruelty-Free?

Yes, Black Radiance is a cruelty-free brand. 

This means that they do not conduct animal testing on finished products or ingredients, and neither do their suppliers or any third-party laboratories. In addition, the brand also doesn’t sell products in countries where animal testing is required by law. (i.e: China)

In addition, Black Radiance is also a PETA-approved brand.

Vegan Brands We Recommend

While Black Radiance has some vegan-friendly ingredients, it’s not a legitimate vegan brand.

At the same time, it’s a brand that specializes in the creation of makeup for people with dark skin tones, so even though we’d like to recommend a vegan brand that does exactly that, we can only recommend “general” vegan makeup brands such as:

If none of these brands are what you’re looking for, you can always discover luxurious and unique vegan beauty products by searching for the best product boxes (which also include vegan beauty products).

Summary: Black Radiance is not Vegan but is Cruelty-Free

No, Black Radiance cannot be considered a vegan brand because some of their formulations contain animal-derived ingredients such as lanolin and carmine. They also use some potentially non-vegan ingredients like glycerine and stearic acid.

However, they’re also a cruelty-free and PETA-approved brand, so if you intend to purchase from them, you can always search for some of their vegan-friendly options, whilst knowing, of course, that none of their products are tested on animals.

Thank you for reading this blog post and hopefully, it sufficed to answer your questions. 🙂

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for over five years! I've set up this blog because I'm passionate about veganism and living a more spiritually fulfilling life where I'm more in tune with nature. Hopefully, I can use Vegan Foundry as a channel to help you out on your own journey!