UPDATE (2014-05): see also
This is really just a FYI post. My thanks to Blushing Biddies for giving me the idea, via this comment: here are screenshots from sephora.cn, showing what brands they sell. I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this before…
At present in China any imported cosmetics *may* be subject to animal testing. Note, MAY: that does not necessarily mean that they are, but it does mean that a company relinquishes control over and responsibility for their products by moving into the Chinese market. That is an unethical decision, position, choice, and action: whether or not the products are in fact / in practice tested on animals there. The more so, and morally worse, for companies that otherwise claim to be cruelty-free.
So having a look at major sales-locations like Sephora China is a good way of seeing which companies are affected.
Lateral link-following led to some interesting work by Labbrand, in their own words “the leading China-based brand consultancy that provides market and consumer research, brand strategy, and creative services to develop and manage successful brands.” From GreenBook: The Guide for Buyers of Marketing Research: