Nars is a major player in the global make-up world, and they’re recently making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Nars make-up has been boycotted by thousands of its fans, after it came out that they would start selling their products in China.
China has very strict rules on cosmetics, and require all brands being sold in the country to be first tested on animals. Therefore companies such as Nars, which do not normally test on animals, find themselves in a sticky situation.
Despite stating that animal testing should be stopped, they went on in a statement to say;
“We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China.”
It’s clear where Nars make-up’s intentions lie with this move to the Chinese market. China is one of the world’s fastest growing markets, and with a booming cosmetics industry, it has Western brands such as Mac, Benefit and Loreal dominating the field.
Understandably, fans of the makeup brand have been left upset and annoyed.
After posting their statement on Instagram, users left comments such as;
Guess I just won’t be buying Nars anymore. Animal lives are more important than reaching another market.
Shame on you… Excuses is all I hear! No more Nars for me.
For a company to say it is against animal testing yet proceed to sell in a country where they know their products will be tested on animals is absurd.
Nars make-up is one of the biggest and most profitable companies in the cosmetics world, and it’s sad to see their ethics compromised over reaching a new market.
In order for this to stop, China needs to be shown that big brands are simply not willing to comply with their backwards laws regarding animal testing. It’s not enough to only state that a company is against animal testing, they must live up to what they believe in.
Cruelty-free cosmetics are now widely available, and it’s about time the bigger brands paid attention.