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If you want your nail polish or manicure to last longer than a week without chipping, then I highly recommend giving vegan gel nail polish a try.
You can get gel nails done at the nail salon by a professional, or you can do them yourself at home. All you need is an LED or UV lamp, which you can find plenty on Amazon.
Gel polish (also known as soak-off gel polish) is a particular nail polish that hardens under the LED/UV lamp. You apply them just like regular nail polish but cure them under the lamp in between coats.
The only downside with gel polish is the removal process that requires you to soak your nails in acetone or nail polish remover for several minutes.
List of Vegan Gel Nail Polish Brands
Several of you have been asking for a list of cruelty-free and vegan gel nail polish brands, and I’m happy to have finally found some vegan gel polish for personal or professional use.
Below is a list of nail polish brands that don’t test on animals and offer vegan gel polish that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients like guanine, pearl, or shellac.
2021 Update! I have now also included information about the brand’s ethical mica mining policy. There were several brands that unfortunately didn’t get back to me when I asked if their mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
Dimension Nails Vegan Gel Nail Polish
Dimension Nails is an indie cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brand with a collection of over 100+ premium gel polish colors that are also 10-free. Dimension Nails’ gel polish claims to last weeks without losing shine, breaking, chipping, or smudging.
Additionally, Dimension Nails has confirmed their mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
Manucurist Green Flash Gel Polish
Made in France, Manucurist has a line of vegan gel polish called Green Flash. It’s a 12-free formula, made with up to 84% plant-based ingredients, with color and shine lasting 10 days.
And Manucurist has confirmed their mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
Triple O Polish – Gel Polish
Triple O Polish is a black-owned nail polish brand with a selection of cruelty-free and vegan gel polish. All of their gel colors last at least 14 days with proper application. Also, Triple O Polish confirmed their mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
Londontown’s vegan gel colors are gel products are created for professional usage and require UV/LED curing. Comes in a super pigmented formula and a perfect coverage wide brush, with over 60+ colors to choose from.
Note: I reached out to Londontown to ask about their ethical mica mining policy but never heard back.
ColorClub Gel Nail Polish
ColorClub’s collection of soak-off gel polish are all vegan and cruelty-free. They have over a hundred colors to choose from and claim to last 2 weeks.
Note: I reached out to Color Club to ask about their ethical mica mining policy but never heard back.
ORLY – GELFX Nail Polish
Made in the USA, ORLY GELFX are vegan and claims to be chip-free with a brilliant shine up to 21 days. ORLY GELFX comes in almost 200 colors.
Note: I reached out to ORLY to ask about their ethical mica mining policy but never heard back.
Madam Glam Vegan Gel Polish
Madam Glam has one of the largest selections of vegan gel nail polish for personal and professional use. They’re fairly inexpensive compared to other soak-off gel polishes on the market. And they claim to be 5-free and last up to 4 weeks of perfect wear and shine.
Note: I reached out to Madam Glam to ask about their ethical mica mining policy but never heard back.
MoYou Premium Gel Polishes
Based in London, MoYou recently launched a collection of soak-off gel polish that is cruelty-free and vegan and claims to last up to 20 days of amazing, chip-free gel wear.
Note: I reached out to MoYou to ask about their ethical mica mining policy but never heard back.
Vegan Gel Polish Alternatives
Not a fan of regular gel polish but want a long-lasting and high-shine manicure? Try these vegan gel nail polish alternatives:
Made in Australia, Picture Polish came out with an alternative to gel polish, a line of curable polish that cures quickly with an intense glossy color and long wear. They also claim removing curable polish is quick and easy. However, you will need to get one of their custom lamps in order to use their curable polish.
Cruelty-Free Gel Nail Polish Brands (Maybe Vegan?)
I have confirmed the following brands don’t test on animals but I was unable to confirm whether their gel nail polishes are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products:
Butter London – cruelty-free but their PURECURE Peel-Off Lacquer is not listed under their list of vegan-friendly products
Kiara Sky – cruelty-free but they told me “we cannot be considered vegan as we do use plant based chemicals in our polishes & dip powders” 🤷🏻♀️
China Glaze – they’ve told me before that all of their lacquers are vegan but it turns out they use carmine in some of their red shades. So I’m hesitant to call any of their products vegan with certainty.