Is Catrice Cosmetics Vegan and Cruelty-Free?

Like several brands, Catrice Cosmetics started their venture in the world of cosmetics with a singular goal— creating high-quality makeup at an affordable price while using innovative formulas that follow a “clean standard”.

What does it mean to have a clean standard?

Catrice Cosmetics’ definition of clean standard is a combination of different factors:

  1. Most of their ingredients are free from perfume, oil, gluten, alcohol, paraben, and more.
  2. Being headquartered in Europe, they have to adhere to high-quality standards that restrict over 1,500 ingredients from being used in beauty products (unlike the U.S. that restricts 11).
  3. And they’ve also voluntarily banned an additional 60 ingredients which include dyes, volatile silicones, certain fragrance allergens, chelating agents, solid microplastic particles, and more.

However, can Catrice Cosmetics be considered a vegan and cruelty-free brand?

Let’s quickly find that out in this blog post.

How Vegan is Catrice Cosmetics?

is catrice vegan

Catrice Cosmetics does have vegan products as you can see above from the logos used on their Prime & Fine Dewy Glow Finishing Spray— however, that varies with each product.

While the majority of their products are vegan, some of them, unfortunately, contain animal ingredients.

In fact, we did some digging and we found the following ingredients: honey, beeswax, carmine, as well as some potential non-vegan ingredients like glycerine and stearic acid.

Honey & Beeswax


Honey and beeswax are connected, as one leads to the other, and vice-versa.

Bees produce beeswax to create honeycombs— the structure they use in order to store honey and nurture young bees. As a result, we felt it was only natural to include both in the same context as both are products and by-products of honey production.

Unfortunately, as you might know already, there are some unethical methods associated with honey production. For example, beekeepers clip off the wings of queen bees to prevent the worker bees from swarming and migrating elsewhere to create new honeycombs (and colonies).

This allows beekeepers to ramp up honey production and increase the amount of profit they make.

However, this is not the only reason why vegans are against honey production. If you wish to learn more about this topic, feel free to visit this post by The Vegan Society on the honey industry.


Carmine, as you also may know, is a red pigment extracted from the crushed cochineal insect.

It’s normally referred to as Carmine, but some labels use different names such as natural red 4, cochineal extract, CI 75470, or crimson lake. Typically, it can be found in lipsticks and blushes.

Below you’re able to find a quick video explaining how Carmine is actually made:

Glycerine & Stearic Acid

Glycerine and Stearic Acid are tricky ones because they can be derived from both animal fats and plant-based fats.

Glycerine can be obtained from sources such as soybeans, coconut oil, as well as palm oil (which most vegans are openly against). Stearic Acid can also be found in plant-based oils.

It’s difficult to determine whether or not they’re vegan so it’s best to ask the product’s manufacturer when in doubt.

Other Ingredients to Keep In Mind When Buying Cosmetics In The Future

These ingredients we’ve just mentioned are among the most common ingredients you will find in the cosmetics industry. However, they’re not the only ones.

In fact, there are some ingredients that are also quite used and that we haven’t mentioned.

Here is a list of non-vegan and potentially non-vegan ingredients that appear now and then:

  • Shellac
  • Casein
  • Squalene
  • Lanolin
  • Guanine
  • Oleic Acid (depends on the origin)
  • Animal hair
  • Collagen
  • Elastin
  • and Keratin.

Some of these ingredients may or not be vegan depending on their origin, as such, we recommend that you take the time to actually contact companies to figure out the source of their ingredients.

How Cruelty-Free is Catrice Cosmetics?

is catrice cruelty-free?

Catrice has confirmed via their website that they’re cruelty-free.

This essentially means that they don’t conduct animal testing, and neither do their supplier or any third-party laboratories. In addition, their products are also NOT sold in countries where animal testing is required by law. (i.e: China)

Plus, as you can see in the image above, they are PETA-approved, which is further proof that they’re abiding by cruelty-free policies.

Vegan Alternatives to Catrice Cosmetics

Since Catrice Cosmetics is not a vegan brand, allow us to share some awesome vegan beuty brands with you. Here’s a really short list of them:

If for some reason, you’re not compelled to purchase from any of these brands, we highly recommend testing some vegan beauty products via this amazing vegan beauty box.

It’s, without a doubt, the best way to fall in love with new products.

Verdict: Catrice Cosmetics is not 100% Vegan.

While Catrice Cosmetics does have some legitimate vegan (and affordable) products, they cannot be considered vegan because they still use ingredients such as honey, beeswax, and carmine.

However, they are a 100% cruelty-free brand, so if you wish to purchase from them, make sure you’re buying the products that contain the vegan logo.

If you don’t wish to purchase from them, you can always refer to some of the vegan brands we’ve mentioned in the section above. 🙂

Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than five years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!

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