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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). 

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  • 100% Pure

A

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

B

  • Barry M
  • Beauty Without Cruelty (100% Vegan)

C

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

D

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

E

  • e.l.f.
  • Ella+Mila

F

  • Fairypants
  • Fingertip Fetish
  • Floss Gloss
  • Furless

G

  • Gabriel Cosmetics
  • GOSH

J

  • Julep

L

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

M

  • Mineral Fusion
  • Misa (100% Vegan)

N

  • NCLA (100% Vegan)
  • No Miss
  • nubar

O

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

P

  • 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

R

  • Rainbow Honey
  • RGB Cosmetics

S

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

T

  • Trust Fund Beauty (100% Vegan)

W

  • wet n wild
  • wHet

Z

  • Zoya

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.

  • Revlon
  • OPI
  • Essie
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sinful Colors 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)
69 Responses
  • Lea
    June 18, 2017

    Can you find cruelty free nail glue?

  • patricia carrasco
    April 25, 2017

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

    • Vicky Ly
      April 26, 2017

      To be honest, when I first created this list.. I saw that China Glaze was on some other curated cruelty-free list and so I automatically assumed they were CF but since then, I’ve decided to follow-up with each brand myself to confirm their cruelty-free status.

      China Glaze has been unresponsive when I was doing my own research. They remain on other CF lists but as of right now, they have been unable to give me a straight answer about their animal testing policy. So unfortunately they’ll remain as pending on my list!

  • 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 !

    • Vicky Ly
      April 11, 2017

      Hey Carla! Some of ELF’s makeup brushes are made with animal hair. I believe all of their NEW makeup brushes are now synthetic and vegan but some of their older brushes are still available and circulating around so I’m a bit hesitant to label them as 100% Vegan right now =) hope that answers your question.

      In regards to vegan nail polish remover, I love the ZOYA nail polish remover! I have a full list available here: http://ethicalelephant.com/cruelty-free-vegan-nail-polish-remover/

  • Ari
    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

  • Mermaid Phantom
    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!

  • Jamey lynn
    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?

  • Eulalia
    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.

  • Kianna Monique
    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?

  • Anna Ross
    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?

    • Vicky Ly
      July 12, 2016

      Hey Renae! Great question, wet n wild lists all of their ingredients on their website so you can have a look at the ingredients for their nail polish here! (http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/nails/megalast-nail-color.html)

      Wet n Wild also DOESN’T claim that their polishes are “3 or 5-free” (meaning they’re free of 3-5 known carcinogens) so they may or may not have some “toxic” ingredients contained in their nail polish.

      I focus primarily on finding cosmetics that are free of animal testing and animal-derived ingredients, I wish I could be more help but I’m not exactly an expert on the whole non-toxic beauty arena. And I definitely don’t want to give you the wrong information. =)

      I would suggest reaching out to wet n wild yourself with your inquiry, they’re probably the best person to ask!

  • Whitney
    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

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2016

      Hey Whitney! That’s very interesting.. I just checked their website and looked at the particular product you mentioned and I clearly see silk powder listed as an ingredient.

      You are correct about how silk powder is usually derived from silkworms and therefore is not vegan.

      I’ve reached out to Priti NYC to see if they can provide an explanation for this because as of right now, they’re still claiming that they’re vegan and in fact, they are certified Vegan by Vegan.org … I’ll let you know when I hear back from them! =)

    • Vicky Ly
      June 22, 2016

      Hey Whitney! Thanks for your patience. I received a response from Priti NYC and they told me that the ingredient was part of a “may contain” list and that the silk powder isn’t actually in any of their products. I just checked their website and it looks like they removed the product off their website. Did you notice if silk powder was listed on any of their other products?

      (edit: received written confirmation that silk powder isn’t used in any of their products)

  • 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…

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2016

      This is a list of nail polish that are both cruelty-free AND vegan. Although the brands mentioned are not entirely vegan where they may carry some other non-vegan items like hand creams, lipsticks, and makeup. But the nail polish that these brands carry have been verified as being vegan.

      If you have evidence that a brand I listed as being cruelty-free and vegan is not indeed vegan-friendly.. please let me know and I’ll be happy to look into it more =) I always try and keep this list as accurate and updated as possible but I do understand that companies are always adding new products or changing their formulas so please let me know if you have evidence that the nail polish brands are not vegan.

      As for the other brands that are in my “brands to avoid” list, butter london, jessie girl, sonia kashuk are indeed cruelty-free brands and do not test on animals however as I’ve indicated above.. their nail polish are not vegan and they told me that some of their nail polish contain guanine (from fish scales).

      Hope that clears things up!

  • 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!

    • Vicky Ly
      May 13, 2016

      Hiya Lindsey! Glad you enjoyed this list of nail polish brands =)

      I totally get what you’re saying about Mineral Fusion nail polish.. the first one I ever bought worked perfectly fine but then I got some more when they were on sale…. and they were all a hit or miss. I had some that were extremely pigmented but wouldn’t wear more than a day without chipping! It’s strange because I have no problem with a couple of them.

      Have you tried returning or exchanging some of the products that you’re disappointed with back to the store? Not sure what your local health food store’s return policy is but I know lots of stores are pretty generous with allowing their customers get a full refund for products they’re not happy with =)

      I was asked the same question recently from a local spa asking for recommendations for an unscented nail polish brand since they are right next to a yoga studio.. sadly there aren’t any nail polish that is predominately unscented… they all have that chemical smell.

      However, I don’t want to leave you empty handed… I have another post that lists 5-Free, Cruelty-Free & Vegan nail polish >> http://ethicalelephant.com/5-free-cruelty-free-vegan-nail-polish/ << These polishes are free of 5 known toxic chemicals. You might be able to find a polish from that list that doesn't have as strong as a smell to it! Hope that helps you out a bit Lindsey!

    • 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

    • Vicky Ly
      April 16, 2016

      Hey April!

      I noticed that Huffington Post article is dated in 2012 so I can imagine a lot has changed for these brands since then.. they may have reformulated a lot of their products to now include animal ingredients! =(

      But I see what you mean about Côte.. very little information is on their nail treatment’s product pages.. not even an ingredient list.

      I also found this statement on their website: “côte is proud to be vegan, cruelty-free and hand poured in the USA” so it’s implied here that they are a 100% vegan brand.

      I’ve emailed them asking for specifics about their animal testing policy as I noticed côte isn’t certified by either Leaping Bunny or PETA and I’ve also asked them if ALL of their products are vegan.

      I’ll update you when I hear a response from them, April =)

  • Jennie Denholm
    April 10, 2016

    Hi
    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.
    Jennie

  • 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…

    • Vicky Ly
      March 22, 2016

      I have reached out to Sally Hansen for details about their animal testing policy. On Sally Hansen’s website FAQ page, it states that they do not test on animals however that is not enough to automatically warrant their products as being truly 100% cruelty-free. I emailed them to ask for specifics about their animal testing policy and to see if they may test on animals when required by law.

      The response I received shortly after was from their parent company, Coty Inc and a part of their policy states they DO test on animals in the case where …”The only exceptions are the very few countries where, by law, the regulatory authorities require us to submit our products or ingredients to them for testing on animals as a mandatory part of their regulatory protocols in compliance with their local regulations.”

      Based on the response from their parent company, I am unable to verify that Sally Hansen products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. If you feel that the statement they made on their FAQ page is accurate and honest, then it’s totally up to if you want to support them and you should do what makes you comfortable =)

      I was also unable to verify if Sally Hansen nail polish are free of animal ingredients like guanine (from fish scales) and shellac (from the lac bug) and therefore I’m also unable to say whether if Sally Hansen nail polish are or are not vegan.

      Hope that clears things up for you! =)

      • 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.

  • Jenn
    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?

    • Katey
      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..

    • Vicky Ly
      January 4, 2016

      Hey Lauren! Thanks for the recommendations of cruelty-free nail polish! Will do my research and add them to the list =)

    • Vicky Ly
      January 5, 2016

      Hi again Lauren! Just wanted to update you and this list, I received a response from a Jesse’s Girl rep and she confirmed that any of their pearly or iridescent nail color shades may contain an ingredient called guanine which is derived from fish scales and therefore making them not vegan-friendly unfortunately.

  • 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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