China Glaze

Last Updated: May 20, 2021

Is China Glaze Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of China Glaze's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is China Glaze cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on China Glaze’s policies.
China Glaze is cruelty-free. None of China Glaze’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of China Glaze’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
China Glaze does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
China Glaze claims their vendors do not have any child or slave labor. However, it’s not clear where their mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved in the mining of their mica.
China Glaze packaging has some plastic components. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About China Glaze

China Glaze is dedicated to providing the highest quality of globally rich, on-trend, innovative color lacquers and treatments.

China Glaze

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Is China Glaze Cruelty-Free?

China Glaze is a popular American nail polish brand but is China Glaze cruelty-free and 100% vegan in 2021? Find the answers here!

Is China Glaze Cruelty-Free?

China Glaze is Cruelty-free! None of China Glaze’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world. In addition, China Glaze is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

China Glaze Animal Testing Policy

China Glaze has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

Below is a snippet of the response I received from China Glaze:

Yes, China Glaze Nail Lacquers are 7-Free, Vegan, and Cruetly -Free! The term “7-Free” means that China Glaze polishes do not contain 3 common chemicals found in nail polish, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde. Also, they are made without 4 other chemicals Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP, and Xylene. China Glaze polishes are FREE of these SEVEN chemicals.Our polishes are also gluten-free and paraben-free!We never test on animals.China Glaze is proudly made in America! 🇺🇸

Is China Glaze Sold in China?

All imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. However, China Glaze has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.

China Glaze has met all of our criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find China Glaze cruelty-free products at Walmart, Sally Beauty, Ulta, and on Amazon.

Is China Glaze Vegan?

2021 Update! China Glaze claims their products are ‘Vegan’ and free from animal-derived ingredients, however it has come to my attention that they use Carmine and Keratin in some of their polishes.

Therefore China Glaze is not a 100% vegan nail polish brand but they do offer some vegan nail polish options.

Ethical Mica Sourcing Policy

I asked China Glaze if their mica is ethically sourced without forced or child labor and they responded stating, 

“All of our products and ingredients are cruelty free. Our vendors have provided a declaration of product compliance for each ingredient / product.

Our vendors do not have any child or slave labor. Our upper management has visited facilities and factories and can confirm this. Also, the documents we routinely require are GMP and ISO’s from the factories that are certified by a government agency, this also confirms the nonuse of child and slave labor. The Mica we use in different products is sourced from different vendors. If you would like to provide us with a specific list of products we can reach out to our vendors and request the origin of the Mica.”

I hope this article helped you to understand China Glaze’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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3 thoughts on “China Glaze”

  1. In February 2021, I emailed China Glaze to ask if their shade “salsa” is vegan. They replied all their polishes are free of animal derived ingredients. I emailed back saying the ingredient list has carmine and keratin listed. Then they replied:

    “Thank you for your response.
    We are very sorry for the confusion. We have verified that the ingredients listed are correct. In short, you will most likely find these animal derived ingredients in our other red shades as well. Please let us know if you have any other questions.”

    So they are not fully vegan.

    1. Hi there,

      Thank you for letting me know. That’s incredibly frustrating that China Glaze made claims that their polishes are ‘Vegan’ when they’re NOT! =(

      Ughs. I’ve updated this post to reflect the new information provided and I’ll be sure to remove any mention that China Glaze is 100% vegan from my site. Thank you so much for letting me know and helping to keep this information as up-to-date and accurate as possible! =)

  2. I have also found that if you Google “Where is China Glaze nail polish made,” there is absolutely nowhere that tells where their polish is made. I have seen a couple of pages that show a tiny ‘Made in the USA’ stamp. If you Google exactly where in the USA is China Glaze nail polish made you come up with nothing. They consistently evade answering that question. I purchased a bottle of China Glaze polish before I started investigating. I will not wear it until I can confirm specifically where their product is made. This information should not be a big secret unless they have something to hide.

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