Cosmetic is widespread nowadays. It’s hard to find a woman who doesn’t use it at all. Sometimes even the most popular companies test their products on animals. But there are also a great variety of vegan and cruelty-free brands.

Stila

Here I want to share the information about Stila Cosmetics. This brand is famous and produces a lot of different products for makeup. But there is still a question, “Is Stila cruelty-free?

Vegan vs. Cruelty-free

First of all, let’s make the difference between the two terms, “vegan” and “cruelty-free status.” They mean different things so that they can confuse you sometimes.

If your lipstick or mascara has cruelty-free status, it means that the brand doesn’t test it on animals. In case you buy a product labeled “vegan,” it doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients.

In other words, if your cosmetic is cruelty-free, it can be non-vegan. And if it is vegan-friendly, the company may test it on animals. But there are also brands which have both options.

In this article I’m going to find out is Stila vegan and cruelty-free.

What is Stila Cosmetics?

The creator of the brand is Jeanine Lobell. The company was founded in 1994. Stila is popular for its excellent lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, and face products. The name Stila consists of two words. The first is the Swedish word “stil” meaning style. The second is the Italian “stilare”, which is signature in English.

Is Stila Cruelty Free?

Yes, they don’t test cosmetics on animals anymore. This company is PETA-approved, so you can be sure that their products and ingredients are cruelty-free.

But in 2016 Stila was sold in China, this country requires to test all the cosmetics on animals. According to the law, they had to do it. Nowadays, they pulled out of China and don’t ship to countries where animal testing is necessary. They also don’t produce and sell products where animal testing is required by law.[1]

Is Stila Vegan?

Unfortunately, it is not a vegan brand. It means that some of their ingredients may be of animal origin.

Animal testing is not the only thing you should avoid when using cosmetics. To speak the truth, if your makeup product contains something derived from animals, can it be really cruelty free? I think no. [2]

Non-vegan Cosmetic Ingredients

Being a vegan, you have to avoid these ingredients:

  1. Lanolin is an emollient derived from sheep wool. Usually, you can find it in lipsticks and hair products. The main function of it is moisturizing and softening. The other names of it are wool fat, wool grease, wool wax.
  2. Glycerine is not a vegan product, in case it is not a vegetable one. Usually, the primary source for this ingredient is animal fat. Most soaps, hair products and moisturizes contain it. Your products may also have other types of glycerine like ethylhexylglycerin or glycerol.
  3. Casein is a milk-based protein, which has conditioning and moisturizing options. Cosmetics with this ingredient are not vegan.
  4. Squalene extracted from shark liver oil helps to reduce wrinkles. You can find it in your lipsticks or products for your eyes. There exists a vegan version of it derived from olives.
  5. Guanine is made from fish scales. Sometimes it presents in highlighters, bronzers, blushes and eye shadows. This ingredient is non-vegan. You can easily confuse it with guano or bat poop.
  6. Oleic acid derived from plant sources can be vegan. But in most cases, it comes from animal fat.
  7. Animal hair is used in different makeup tools like brushes. To avoid it, just choose a synthetic one.
  8. Carmine comes from insects called cochineal. It is red and is perfect for lipsticks and blushes. To produce 450g of carmine, people kill about 70 000 of insects. The other names are cochineal, carminic acid, Dactylopius coccus extract.
  9. Collagen works as an anti-aging ingredient in cosmetics. It is derived from bone and skin of animals. It’s 100% not vegan.
  10. Elastin is an animal-based product, which has the same functions as collagen.
  11. Beeswax keeps the ingredients from separating and can also be called cera alba. Usually, this ingredient presents in mascaras. [3]

What Popular Stila Products are Vegan?

Here is a quick review of the most famous Stila products to find out which of them are veggie-friendly and absolutely cruelty free.

Bronzers

One of the most popular bronzers produced by Stila is Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer.

Stila Bronzer

The list of ingredients:

  • Water – vegan
  • Butylene glycol – vegan
  • Simethicone – vegan
  • Glycine soya oil – vegan
  • Calendula Officinallis flower extract – vegan
  • Yeast extract – vegan
  • Retinyl palmitate – vegan
  • TocopherolveganHyaluronic acid – may or not be vegan
  • Disodium EDTA – vegan
  • Ethylhexylglycerin – may or not be vegan
  • Sodium dehydroacetate – vegan
  • Hexylene glycol – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • MicaveganTitanuim dioxideveganIron oxides – vegan

Well, there are two ingredients which sources are unknown. So, I can say for sure that this bronzer is vegan. Hyaluronic acid can be both of animal origin (derived from ruster combs) and synthetic. The same thing is with ethylhexylglycerin, that is the type of glycerine. But the company doesn’t give any information, whether it is vegetable or not. [4]

Another famous bronzer is Stay All Day Bronzer for Face & Body.

Let’s have a look at its ingredients:

  • Silica – vegan
  • Polymethyl methacrylate – vegan
  • Octylodecyl stearoyl stearate – vegan
  • Ethylene/acrylic acid copolymer – vegan
  • Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate – vegan
  • Hydrogen dimethicone – vegan
  • Isopropyl isostearate – vegan
  • Zink stearate – vegan
  • Magnesium Myristate – vegan
  • Disostearyl malate – vegan
  • Zinc oxide – vegan
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate – vegan
  • Triethoxycaprylylsilane – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Sorbic acid – vegan
  • Mica – vegan
  • Iron oxides – vegan

Well, this is the first product in the Stila vegan list. There are no animal derivatives so that you can buy it in all shades without a doubt.

Powders

All Over Shimmer Powder in Kitten:

Stila Powder

  • Talc – vegan
  • Triethylhexanoin – vegan
  • Zink stearate – vegan
  • Magnesium carbonate – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Mica – vegan
  • Titanium dioxide – vegan
  • Iron oxides – vegan
  • Carmine – not vegan

This glow powder contains carmine, which makes it unsuitable for vegans.

They also offer Illuminating Powder Foundation Refill, which has carmine in the list of ingredients as well. It is better to avoid both of them. [5]

Foundations

One of the best face products by Stila is Aqua Glow Serum Foundation. Let’s check out whether it is vegan or not.

Ingredients:

  • Water – vegan
  • Dimethicone – vegan
  • Phenyl Trimethicone – vegan
  • Glycerin – may or not be vegan
  • Caprylic Triglyceride – may or not be vegan
  • Ethylhexyl palmitate – may or not be vegan
  • Polyglyceryl-6 – may or not be vegan
  • Polyricinoleate – may or not be vegan
  • Pentynelene Glycol – vegan
  • Octyldodecyl neopentanoate – may or not be vegan
  • Polysilicone-11 – may or not be vegan
  • Lecithin – may or not be vegan
  • Enteromorpha compressa extract – vegan
  • Sunflower seed oil – vegan
  • Rosa canina extract – vegan
  • Tocopheryl acetate – vegan
  • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate – vegan
  • Butylene glycol – vegan
  • Silica – vegan
  • Simethicone – vegan
  • Polyglyceryl-2 isostearate – may or not be vegan
  • Decyl glycoside – vegan
  • Squalane – may or not be vegan
  • Polymethylsilsesquioxane – vegan
  • Tromethamine – vegan
  • Phospholipids – vegan
  • Propanediol – vegan
  • Panthenol – may or not be vegan
  • Stearoyl – may or not be vegan
  • Inulin – vegan
  • Sodium benzoate – vegan
  • Hedroxystearic acid – may or not be vegan
  • Methyl methacrylatecrosspolymer – vegan
  • Sea salt extract – vegan
  • Xanthan gum – vegan
  • Phytantriol – vegan
  • Stearic acid – may or not be vegan
  • Aluminum dimyristate – vegan
  • Disodium stearoyl glutamate – may or not be vegan
  • Sodium anisate – vegan
  • Sodium levulinate – vegan
  • Ethylhexylglycerin – may or not be vegan
  • Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer – vegan
  • Magnesium, silicon, zink, iron, and copper ferment – vegan
  • Disteardimonium hectorite – may or not be vegan
  • Triethoxycaprylylsilane – vegan
  • Synthetic fluorphlogopite – vegan
  • Tin oxide – vegan
  • Potassium sorbate – vegan
  • Mica – vegan
  • Disodium EDTA – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Hexylene glycol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Titanium dioxide – vegan
  • Iron oxides – vegan

Is Stila foundation cruelty free? Yes, because they don’t do animal testing. But is it vegan? I can’t say it with certainty. There are ingredients which can be both animal and plant-based.

But what about other foundations by Stila? They have almost the same additives, and there is no one word how they are derived. [6]

Blushes

Stila Blushes

Do you remember the color almost of all blushes?

They are always red or pink.

The non-vegan ingredient, which gives them these shades, is carmine.

It can never be of vegetable origin, and all Stila blushes contain it.

So, if you want to have rosy cheeks, look for another cosmetics brand. [7]

Lipsticks

Stay All Day MATTE’ificent Lipstick:

  • Castor seed oil – vegan
  • Isopropyl myristate – vegan
  • Ozokerite – vegan
  • Synthetic beeswax – vegan
  • Mica – vegan
  • Silica – vegan
  • Tocopheryl acetate – vegan
  • Flavor (aroma) – vegan
  • Argania Spinosa kernel oil – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Red 30 lake, red 7 lake, yellow 5, red 27 lake, red 6 lake, red 28 lake – vegan
  • Titanium dioxide – vegan
  • Iron oxides – vegan

Good news, this famous Stila lipstick is 100% veggie-friendly in all shades.

Be aware that Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick has carmine in its ingredient list. Do not get mixed up with them.

Eye Liners

Now, let’s find out is Stila eyeliner cruelty free from the vegan point of view.

Ingredients of the popular Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner:

Stila Eye Liners

  • Water – vegan
  • Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer – vegan
  • Butylene glycol – vegan
  • Beheneth-30 – vegan
  • Sodium polyaspartate – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Alcohol – vegan
  • Methylparaben – vegan
  • Propylparaben – vegan
  • Sodium dehydroacetate – vegan
  • Disodium EDTA – vegan
  • Acrylates/Octylacrilamide copolymer – vegan
  • Sodium hydroxide – vegan
  • Xanthan gum – vegan

I can’t find any animal byproducts among ingredients. Even if you are a vegan, you can use it without fear.

Remember that you should avoid buying Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner because of carmine. [8]

Mascara

According to customers reviews, the most loved one is Huge Extreme Lash Mascara.

Let’s have a look at its list of ingredients:

  • Water – vegan
  • Paraffin – vegan
  • Acacia Senegal gum – vegan
  • Synthetic beeswax – vegan
  • Glyceryl stearate – may or not be vegan
  • Stearic acid – may or not be vegan
  • Butylene glycol – vegan
  • Palmitic acid – may or not be vegan
  • Polybutene – vegan
  • Oryza Sativa cera – vegan
  • Ozokerite – vegan
  • Eicosene copolymer may or not be – vegan
  • Hydrogenated vegetable oil – vegan
  • Copernicia cerifera wax – vegan
  • Aminomethyl propanol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Stearyl stearate – may or not be vegan
  • Glycerin – may or not be vegan
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose – vegan
  • Disodium EDTA – vegan
  • Ethylhexylglycerin – may or not be vegan
  • Polyester-11 – vegan
  • Cellulose – vegan
  • PVP – vegan
  • Trimethylpentanediol – vegan
  • Acetyl hexapeptide-1 – vegan
  • Dextran – vegan
  • Black 2 – vegan
  • Iron oxides – vegan
  • Ultramarines – vegan

The sources of some ingredients are in question. So, I can’t  give a verdict, whether it is vegan-friendly or not.

There is one more talked-about product like Mile Hile Lashes Mascara, which you shouldn’t choose. It contains beeswax and other ingredients of unknown origin. [9]

Eye Shadows

Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow:

Stila Eye Shadows

  • Water – vegan
  • Mica – vegan
  • Aluminum calcium sodium silicate – vegan
  • Calcium sodium borosilicate – vegan
  • Hydroxyethyl acrylate – vegan
  • Squalane – may or not be vegan
  • Polysorbate 60 – may or not be vegan
  • Polyethylene terephthalate – vegan
  • Caprylyl glycol – vegan
  • Hexylene glycol – vegan
  • Phenoxyethanol – vegan
  • Glycerine – may or not be vegan
  • Triethanolamine – vegan
  • Carbomer – vegan
  • Silica – vegan
  • Titanium dioxide – vegan
  • Tin oxide – vegan

As many other Stila products, this one can’t be called veggie-friendly.

Other eye shadows produced by Stila also have suspicious ingredients. And some of them contain carmine, as usual. [10]

Best Cruelty-Free and Vegan Makeup Brands

Here is the list of the best cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics brands:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury is famous for high-quality cosmetics available in Sephora, Nordstrom and Beautylish. Not all their makeup products are veggie-friendly. But you will be surprised by their list of foundations, lipsticks and mascaras made without animal byproducts. You can find it on their site.
  2. Cover FX is 100% suitable for vegans and certified by PETA. Their makeup is free from gluten, parabens, fragrance, mineral oil and talc.
  3. Milk Makeup is also 100% vegan and doesn’t sell their products in countries requiring animal testing by law. The company refuses using parabens, sulphates, and mineral oils. They add to their products ingredients like watermelon extract and mango butter.
  4. Inika creates halal, vegan, and animal-friendly makeup products. They contain only plant-based ingredients, and their packaging is recyclable. You can buy not only foundations and eyeshadows but also brushes.
  5. Kat Von D Beauty is proud to be 100% cruelty-free. But it is still not a vegan brand. All their products marked as #VeganAlert does not contain animal derivatives. You can use highlighters, waterproof liners and brushes.
  6. Jeffree Star Cosmetics produced by famous makeup artist is vegan. So, you can enjoy long-lasting products in your everyday makeup. You should definitely try the most pigmented color palettes.
  7. l.f. Cosmetics is a brand that makes great and affordable vegan products. They don’t use any ingredients of animal origin in their makeup and brushes. What is more, their skincare line is also plant-derived.
  8. Everyday Minerals produces natural, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. All the products are eco-friendly and have recyclable packaging. In the list of ingredients, you can find only botanical and pure minerals.
  9. Lime Crime is vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand. All their products are certified by PETA and The Leaping Bunny Program. The company doesn’t use beeswax, lanoline, whey, and carmine. So, you can choose this brand without a doubt.
  10. Axiology produces only evil-free and vegan lipsticks. Made of natural ingredients their products have a lot of shades. They contain coconut oil and avocado butter. There are no gluten, soy, artificial fragrances, and palm oil. Instead of synthetic preservatives, the company add elderberry extract and neem oil.
  11. PHB Ethical Beauty is another cruelty-free and veggie-friendly brand. There are only 100% natural ingredients. All their products don’t contain alcohol, animal derivatives, chemicals and palm oil. 20% profit goes to charity. Their cosmetics are suitable even for sensitive skin. Remember that the quality of water you use for washing your face is also important. Use water distiller to purify it and keep your skin fresh and clean.
  12. Pacifica is a brand of natural cosmetics. They offer makeup, skincare and perfume. Everything is cruelty-free and vegan.
  13. Hourglass is PETA-certified, but it is not a vegan brand. Some of their products are vegan and gluten-free. To make it convenient for you, they created the lists of them on their site. [11]

Summary

Is Stila a cruelty-free brand? Yes, but they still use animal sources in their cosmetics. As you can see, there aren’t many Stila vegan products. They use a lot of ingredients which can be both animal- and plant-based. The company keeps their origin in secret for unknown reasons.

But if you don’t follow a vegan diet, you can do makeup with their lipsticks and foundations. But in case, you want your cosmetics to be 100% free from animal products, choose another brand.

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