Let me start off by saying, like every South Texan Latina, I love Selena Quintanilla. I grew up in a little town near Corpus Christi, Texas, so I often ended up at the beach during the weekends. My childhood memories include playing in the sand, feeding bread to seagulls, and rubbing Selena's butt. (In case you don't know, there is a Selena statue by the water and rubbing her bum brings good luck! Or so they say...) I've seen the films countless times, and was even gifted a Selena barbie when I was younger. (The one with the sparkly maroon outfit, it was fabulous!) She was a gorgeous, gifted, talented young woman who was taken from us too soon, and will always remain an icon.
Now with that being said, I am NOT going to purchase the MAC Selena Quintanilla line. As you might have guessed from the headline, MAC is NOT cruelty free and continues to test on animals. Many do not know this, which is why the hype for the makeup line's release terrifies me! Here is what you will find on the MAC website regarding animal testing:
"WORKING TO ABOLISH ANIMAL TESTING
We, like you, hate the fact that animal testing still exists. Decades ago, M•A•C was one of the first beauty companies to use alternatives to animal testing. Alternatives exist, but they aren’t accepted everywhere. Even though we don’t test on animals ourselves, but because of requirements by law, our products or ingredients can be tested on animals in places like China. If we had our way alternatives would be accepted everywhere, and we are trying to make that happen. We recently partnered with the INSTITUTE FOR IN VITRO SCIENCES (IIVS), whose mission it is to expand the use and acceptance of non-animal testing methods worldwide. By funding IIVS’s International Outreach Program, which provides support to scientists and helps spread the acceptance of alternatives, we are working to make a difference. M•A•C has taken on hard issues before and we are committed to abolishing animal testing. M•A•C is working toward a future where animal testing doesn’t exist"
Yes it's true MAC Cosmetics used to be cruelty free, and was even certified by PETA. MAC used to be one of the most well known cruelty free companies, and took great pride in their no animal testing policy. That was until the company decided to expand their market into China (all Estee Lauder owned brands have expanded into China). In the statement above, MAC mentions it's dedication to ending animal testing for good. If they truly cared about ending animal testing, why decide to sell in a market that requires it? Thus ending more innocent lives. To me, that just shows MAC chooses $$$ over morals. Especially when so many well known companies make the conscious decision to not sell in markets where it is required to animal test. Some great alternatives include:
All of the companies above can be found at Sephora. Personally, i'd like to give my money to a caring company, and not to one that causes this:
MAC, I don't care who's name you stamp on your products. You're not fooling me.