Since makeup artist and photographer François Nars launched his first set of 12 lipsticks way back in 1994, the French beauty brand has become the cult cosmetics to have in your makeup arsenal. From the sleek, chic black product design to their iconic, cheeky NARS Orgasm blush, NARS provides a knockout set of beautifying tools. Uber fans (and there are many) even have their own special code name: NARSissists, which also happens to be NARS' Instagram handle @narsissist.

Up until very recently the brand has been a friend to the animal kingdom - not testing their products on our furry friends which gave them cruelty-free status. However, a recent announcement that NARS will make their products available in China has caused a slew of backlash from make-up/animal lovers. The issue being China is one of the last remaining countries in the world that requires all cosmetics sold in the country be tested on animals.

However, to be fair, the Chinese are in the process of changing these laws.  According to cosmeticsdesign-asia.com, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has issued new regulations around animal testing which came into effect on March 1 this year. The new regulations state: "The China Food and Drug Administration has waived its requirement for certain cosmetics to be registered with the agency, which means that animal tests for these non-special use cosmetics will no longer be automatically required." It's unclear whether NARS products will fall under this regulation or not - but either way NARS has responded to their critics on Instagram with this message:

Why is NARS being called out by animal rights activists?

 

Why is NARS being called out by animal rights activists?