Being Fabulous, Not Cruel

As you guys know, it’s important to me personally to not use cosmetic products that are tested on animals.  It’s just unnecessarily cruel- there is no need for cosmetics testing in this day and age, especially since there are butt-kickin’ formulas that are animal-friendly.

I just got introduced to Nubar by a lovely lady who sent me some wonderful goodies from the USA.  I had seen it on other blogs and thought the colors were great, but none of the online retailers I buy from supplied it and I never got around to ordering it directly from Nubar.

Just FYI: I’m not getting any products or payment to promote this brand, not that they need me to! I just want to let my readers know about my experiences, good or bad. But this was a good one!

Athough I’m still in a bright summer frame of mind, I tried one of the Nubar reds I got. Unfaithful Red is a medium metallic red- no streaks, applied wonderfully and is one of the hottest reds I’ve ever seen:


This absolutely glows- two thin coats with one coat of Seche.  It’s vegan, not tested on animals, and contains no DBP, tolulene or formaldehyde! The only downside I can see is the price, at $7.49 per individual bottle. They do have some sets  of 10 bottles on promotion for $49.99.  It is a little pricey but great formula and ethically sound, plus free of the nasty Big 3 chemicals.

A cheaper vegan, non-animal tested alternative is Color Club, which is around $2.50 per bottle.  They are known primarily for their neons and are readily available from online retailers. I don’t think they are Big 3 free, but I’m not certain. I don’t react to the nasty old Big 3, but I wonder sometimes if I’ll develop an allergy over time.

Some companies that don’t test on animals include: Avon, China Glaze, OPI, Essie, (boo, were acquired by L’Oreal and Coty respectively)Seche Vite, Revlon (used to be one of the baddies, but looks like they’ve changed their ways), SpaRitual, Orly, MAC and many others.  Sally Hansen says their parent company, Del Labs doesn’t, but as far as I know that company was partially or wholly acquired by Coty LLC, which does- they’ve flip-flopped around a lot, so I’ll have to hold off on them.  Here’s a blog post with a list of products and companies and here’s a list from PETA, updated weekly, of cruelty free companies. Now, I know we don’t all agree with PETA and they tend to be a little left-of-center, but they dedicate a lot of time and effort into ending cosmetics testing and take it very seriously. Besides, they’re telling you to buy MAC and Nubar and Essie and OPI instead of Cover Girl and Flame Glow! (Am I showing my age here- is Flame Glow even around anymore?)

Speaking of PETA, I contacted the Asia-Pacific branch about the doggie prisoners at a local amusement park here in Tokyo and they referred me to a local animal welfare organization, who didn’t answer my emails. I’m still working on who to contact, but if any of my Japanese readers know about any animal welfare groups in the Kanto area, email me! English or Japanese is OK. 日本語は大丈夫です。


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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20 Responses to Being Fabulous, Not Cruel

  1. kelliegonzo says:

    that color is aaammmaaazing!!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Isn’t that the hottest red EVAR? I’m not ready to wear it yet because it’s a little too autumnal, but DANG!

  2. Colette says:

    This is both one of my favorite reds & one of my favorite Nubars! =) Although I have only ordered from them once, when I had a 20% off coupon code … I am waiting for another code so I have an excuse to indulge =)

  3. Susi says:

    Thank you!!! I too believe in using cosmetics not tested on animals. I love Nubars! Thanks for sharing!

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Keep it up! With enough pressure, I think all animal testing will be stopped in the future. It’s just so unnecessary. I’m glad you’re also cruelty-free!

  4. Deez says:

    I applaud you for all your effort into exposing an unnecessary situation and encouraging others to avoid cruelty free products♥


    Ha-ha – I remember Flame glow –

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks Deez!
      Flame Glow..the foundation that always turned orange no matter what the original shade wa….

  5. Lucy says:

    Nubar is a great polish company. Beautiful nail colors. Good to here that they don’t test on animals. Beautiful shade on you.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks Lucy! I’m definitely going to grab a few when they go on sale. They’re a litlte expensive to franken with, but I want to experiment a little!

  6. nivipa says:

    That color is drop-dead gorgeous on you! And I hope you get an answers soon for those poor dogs. . . .

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      I’ll be working on it for sure! I wish things didn’t move so slowly here in Japan. If all else fails, I’m going to dress up as a ninja and liberate them under the cover of night.

  7. Alexlyndra says:

    OH MY GOSH! *drooling*

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      If you love reds, don’t miss this one. OPI Affair in Red Square, Orly Quintessential Crimson and this one are def. my top 3!

  8. Anne says:

    What about making it matte?? *pictures 8x the lovelyness*

  9. LaDonna Pulsipher says:

    I know this post is old but I just thought I’d inform any future readers that Essie was acquired by L’Oreal and is no longer cruelty free.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      Thanks for pointing that out! I’ve updated my Cruelty-free list a while back but I also just updated this post too. Thanks! 🙂

  10. Bela says:

    Hi There!
    I’ve been looking for some information about Seche vite but I couldn’t find any, if they were testing on animals or not, so I emailed them two weeks ago and now I got a respond, where they claim that they DON’T test their products on animals. Okey, so could be it but how can I be sure? Companies are usually on the list at PETAS?

    /Bella from

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