40 Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Brands

40+ Cruelty-Free and Vegan Nail Polish Brands to choose from!

EDITED: APRIL 11, 2016

There’s so many  vegan nail polish options on the market right now that I had to share this growing list with you all! I get super excited when I see this many (40+!) cruelty-free brands that all have vegan options!

In case you’re wondering what animal ingredients are lurking in our nail polish? The answer is fish scales (for that shimmery color) and some nail polish are made with shellac which is a by-product from the lac bug.

There’s absolutely no reason to continue purchasing nail polish from OPI, Essie, Revlon, and Sally Hansen when there’s 40+ cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands available!!

I’ve ordered the list in the image according to their prices from affordability to luxury so that you can find one that meets your budget!

List of 40 cruelty free and vegan nail polish brands!

Below you will find an updated list of cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands:

Please note: I have confirmed the following brands mentioned below carry vegan nail polish but some brands may also have other product lines that are not all vegan like nail treatments, lipsticks, perfume, lotions. Brands that carry only vegan products is noted with (100% vegan). 


100% Pure


a.dorn (100% Vegan)
Adesse New York
AILA (100% Vegan)
Authority Cosmetics


Barry M
Beauty Without Cruelty (100% Vegan)


China Glaze – currently re-investigating their animal testing policy. 
Color Club (100% Vegan)
Cult Cosmetics (100% Vegan)


Dazzle Dry
Deco Miami (100% Vegan)
Deborah Lippmann (cuticle oil is not vegan)
Domani Color (100% Vegan)




Fingertip Fetish
Floss Gloss


Gabriel Cosmetics




la couleur couture (100% Vegan)
Lauren B. Beauty (100% Vegan)
Lillian Eve (100% Vegan)
LOOK Nail Color (100% Vegan)
LVX (100% Vegan)


Mineral Fusion
Misa (100% Vegan)


NCLA (100% Vegan)
No Miss


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (100% Vegan)
OH TIFF! (100% Vegan)


Pacifica (100% Vegan)
Palate Polish (100% Vegan)
piCture pOlish (Only their Nail Butter is not vegan)
Piggy Paint (100% Vegan)
Pretty Serious
Priti NYC (100% Vegan)
Pure Anada


Rainbow Honey
RGB Cosmetics


Soulstice Spa (100% Vegan)
SpaRitual (100% Vegan)
SUGARLOOM (100% Vegan)


Trust Fund Beauty (100% Vegan)


wet n wild



Nail Polish Brands To Avoid:

Below you will find a list of brands that either are not cruelty-free or their nail polish selection is not vegan.

Sally Hansen
SinfulColors Professional (owned by Revlon)

Below is a list of nail polish brands that are cruelty-free but not vegan with a note as to why some of their nail polish are not considered to be vegan:

Scotch Naturals (no longer vegan)
butter LONDON (not entirely vegan)
Milani (Color Statement nail lacquers contain guanine)
Sonia Kashuk (some polish contain guanine)
Jesse’s Girl (some polish contain guanine)

Vicky Ly

I'm Vicky! I've been a vegan for 4 years and want to do my small part in making the world a kinder place. When I'm not on my laptop creating or designing, I enjoy running, vegan chocolate chip cookies + ice cream, and the occasional Simpsons marathon.

  • patricia carrasco
    April 25, 2017

    so what about china glaze? are they trying to go full vegan or are they going backwards?

  • Carla
    April 11, 2017

    Hi! Thank you for this list. I have always turned to e.l.f. because I thought they claimed to be vegan, yet they are not on your 100%vegan list. What do they use that is not vegan??
    Also, I’m wondering about nail polish remover. Can you recommend a good one???

    Thanks !

  • April 4, 2017

    Hi! How about ILNP? on their webpage it says they don’t use/purchase animal products and they dont test on animals

  • March 26, 2017

    I’ve been vegan for a few months now, though I never thought to check things such as nail polish for their alignment with my beliefs. A friend just brought up the fact that veganism extends further than just dietary changes to me and my mind is blown!

    I paint my nails all of the time for my crafting videos, and will have to gradually transition over to the more friendly brands. Thanks for this list, it is very useful! ♥

    • Tasha
      April 5, 2017

      Veganism has nothing to do with food choices… it is holding the belief that exploitation and killing of animals unnecessarily is wrong, and acting accordingly (avoiding all animal use, be it for food, clothing, cosmetics, entertainment etc.

  • LoveAnimals
    February 8, 2017

    How is something free of cruelty but not vegan when vegan means completely cruelty free? You can’t use products taken from animals and still call a product cruelty free. It is a sad oxymoron that animal welfare groups like PETA have promoted because they don’t know what veganism is.

    “The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to end the idea of animals as property and exclude all forms of intentional exploitation of, use of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, research or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, including humans and the environment.

    • No Name Needed
      February 18, 2017

      Poke around for very long at all and you will see this distinction frequently, as well as “Cruelty-Free but parent company performs testing.” The latter cannot actually be considered free of cruelty, as money is still going to that parent company and an infinitesimal amount will be re-purposed for animal testing.

      Now to the distinction between vegan and “cruelty-free.” Yes, the waters are a little murky, but the distinction centers primarily around live testing which is widely deemed inhumane. These products may however still contain animal products. One has to wonder how these come about, but responsible sourcing is a part of the most stringent cruelty free labeling.

      Of course, I opt for vegan because there is no question and no wondering. Besides, they exists at all price ranges from drugstore brands to high end cosmetics. There’s no reason not to except for the convenience of blissful ignorance and not taking a few minutes to educate oneself :\

      Either way, don’t call rectangles squares and complain about their uneven sides <3

    • Tasha
      April 5, 2017

      I feel the same way. It really pisses me off when I see non-vegan products labelled as “cruelty-free,” because it’s deceptive. PeTA (I keep the “e” lowercase, as they themselves do in their own logo, because “ethics” are the least of their concerns) is a fucking evil corporation interested in nothing other than making money. It is run by Ingrid Newkirk, who admits to having happily murdered thousands of cats, dogs and other pets in her work as an “animal rights activist.” Ingrid, and therefore PeTA’s stance is that animals do NOT have the right to live, and that killing an “unwanted” pet is the “kindest and most dignified” way of dealing with the pet overpopulation problem. They actively encourage the euthanization of all animals in shelters, and carry out thousands of these procedures per year, either at their headquarters, or in their mobile euthanasia (oh sorry I mean “rescue” vehicles. PeTA is an animal welfare organization, at best, and should NOT be supported by vegans.

  • Allie L.
    December 21, 2016

    Smith & Cult is vegan too – higher priced, but beautiful nail colors!

  • October 24, 2016

    I love this post! Thank you so much. I’m trying to figure out if a brand called rococo nail apparel is cruelty free and nails inc. would you have any idea?

  • October 15, 2016

    This article is really cool. I have bookmarked it. Do you allow guest posting on your page ?
    I can write high quality articles for you. Let me know.

  • debbie bradley
    October 15, 2016

    I would just like to say thank you for this information. I have been a vegetarian for close to a year but now am leaning into being vegan. I have so many lifestyle questions. The food is easier to figure out to me. Someone referred me to this site as a resource and I am happy to find it. Thanks again.

  • September 25, 2016

    I heard that the Urban Outfitters nail polish is completely vegan and cruelty free as well!!!

    • Brian Sandoval
      October 14, 2016

      I heard that too, I was hoping someone could look further into it and clarify if they’re 100% cruelty free

  • Christine Krozel
    August 24, 2016

    Why isn’t La Colors on the list and do you know if Funky Fingers is cruelty free?

  • August 1, 2016

    Hello! What about Kester Black?

  • Loretta westbrook
    July 31, 2016

    Sites list opi as a vegan nail polish as does their reonse , also zoya is listed as vegan too, so who is right?

    • Jenna
      August 9, 2016

      I think OPI aren’t on the list because they are owned by Coty,

    • silvia
      October 20, 2016

      OPI is not cruelty free. They sell in China where they have mandatory animal testing.on any and all cosmetics.

  • Jenna
    July 24, 2016

    Thank you so much for this list, its so hard to be able to trust that companies are actually cruelty free, and they seem to have no problems wearing that label even if their parent company still tests on animals. Do you happen to know if UNT nail polish is cruelty free? Or do you know of any cruelty free companies which make peel off base coats?

  • Sharon Allison
    July 12, 2016

    Hi Vicky,

    Target has a new line of 5-Free nail polishes called “Defy & Inspire”. I’m super curious and would love to try them, but only if they are a cruelty-free brand. Have you anything on this?

  • Renae Sharpe
    July 11, 2016

    Hi, I was sharing your website and info on vegan polish and someone said that Wet n Wild is Not Non toxic polish! Can you verify that for me please?

  • June 7, 2016

    I was looking at the Priti NYC Primer and ridge filler and on their website they have a picture containing some ingredients: b12, silica, and silk powder. My question is, is this coat vegan or not? To my understanding silk powder is secreted from silkworms? Or is it derived from something else, I’m a bit confused

  • lacquer lover
    June 6, 2016

    you have several polishes on your do not buy list that are cruelty free (butter london, sally hansen, jessie girl, sonia kashuk, maybe others). why? those are good brands to choose, and this is misleading since you have other polishes that are cruelty free but not vegan on your big list. i’m confused…

  • Rosa Widegren
    May 19, 2016

    Thanks you very much Vicky, great information.

  • Lindsey
    May 13, 2016

    Thank you so very much for this list! It must have taken a very long time for you to pull it together in this great form!

    I went to a local (40 miles away) health food store and all they had was the Mineral Fusion so I thought I would give it a try.

    First thing was that it is VERY fragrant and I am VERY sensitive to fragrances. Bummer.

    Next, and I am no expert on applying nail polish, but it is already coming off the day after application (I did use the base and top coat as well).

    Can you recommend a non-fragrant, cruelty-free, vegan, with as few as possible chemicals, nail polish that I may try? Also, a face moisturizer (for a 62 year old) as well?

    I get so frustrated when I have purchased something in the store and get home only to find out that I cannot use the product because of the fragrance. (Stores really know how to coverup the air quality so one’s senses are blocked and, thus, the product is not what they thought when they get it home!)

    Thank you for a great forum!

    • Melissa m
      May 12, 2017

      I know this from last year, but if you haven’t tried Zoya I highly recommend checking them out. Their polishes are all 5-free & vegan (though FYI their lipsticks are not all vegan) & the polish quality is fab. They also have great promotions making purchasing very affordable. ULTA carries some of their line, as do some salons, but the best selection by far is on their site.

  • April
    April 16, 2016

    Côte sells vegan nail polishes on their website. I haven’t checked all the nail polish shades, but the ones I did check were listed as cruelty-free and vegan. However, they provide no information about their nail treatment products being vegan. The Huffington Post considered the brand vegan, but they also considered butter London vegan, which is not entirely true.

    The specific product description about their nail polishes Côte provides is “made in the [U]nited [S]tates, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin.”

    Côte’s website: http://coteshop.co
    The Huffington Post article: http://bit.ly/1SlX6DG

  • Jennie Denholm
    April 10, 2016

    What about AZATURE nail polishes? I’ve read that it’s 5 free and cruelty free and vegan. Do you know any different? I am trying to go cruelty free on all my cosmetics but there’s so many conflicting articles out there. I’m in the uk which apparently should be all testing free but we know that’s all lies. I was wondering about British high street shops though like M&S and Next, they are only available here so would that make them free from animal testing?
    I’ve bookmarked your list so it’s handy when out so I can double check. Thanks.

  • Carys
    March 18, 2016

    Thank you for theNturer reference ^^ You wouldn’t happen to know any cruelty free & vegan nail glue that works well would you?

  • Emma
    March 15, 2016

    I do not understand why Sally Hansen is not Vegan?
    Their website says that they do not test on animals. So why is it not Vegan?

    • Melodie
      March 16, 2016

      Yeah, I was wondering too…

      • Wendy
        June 22, 2016

        Great and clear response, thanks Vicky.

  • Zoe Heath
    March 5, 2016

    There’s no mention on Leighton Denny Expert Nails on your list.

  • February 17, 2016

    Jamberry nail wraps, polish, and gel are all cruelty free as well as all of their other products!

  • Kit
    January 13, 2016

    Thank you sooooo much for this list!! Do you know any GEL nailpolish brand aswell? That kind that you need a LED lamp for?

    Please let me know?

    • January 23, 2016

      madam glam is a cruelty free nail polish company who also sells gel nail polishes + LED lamps

  • Lauren
    January 4, 2016

    Jesse’s Girl & it’s line of YouTube beauty Guru “Julie G” nail polish is cruelty free.. not too sure about if it’s vegan or not..

  • Jean
    October 27, 2015

    Thank you, super useful list!

  • m. bodmer
    October 14, 2015

    why is aquarella not on your list,- is it not vegan?

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