This is a bit of a controversial topic in the cruelty-free community. ๐Ÿฐ Throughout the years, many cruelty-free brands have been acquired and bought by parent corporations that are NOT cruelty-free.
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๐‘’๐“๐’ถ๐“‚๐“…๐“๐‘’๐“ˆ:
โ˜ž Urban Decay acquired by L'Oreal in 2012
โ˜ž NYX acquired by L'Oreal in 2014
โ˜ž Hourglass acquired by Unilever in 2017
And in 2019:
โ˜ž TATCHA was acquired by Unilever
โ˜ž Drunk Elephant was acquired by Shiseido
โ˜ž Coty buys majority stake in Kylie Cosmetics
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As a result, these initially 'cruelty-free' brands' animal testing policies have been called into question on whether they will remain committed to never testing on animals or they will conform and adopt their parent company's animal testing policies and start testing on animals ๐Ÿ’‰๐Ÿ‡
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๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Some ethical consumers have chosen to ๐™—๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ฉ these cruelty-free brands that are owned by a parent company that tests on animals because they feel that their purchases may be indirectly funding and supporting the animal tests conducted or issued by the parent corporation.
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๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ On the flip side, some cruelty-free shoppers choose to continue to ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ and purchase from these brands as they believe this will send a message to the parent corporations that being a cruelty-free brand matters to consumers and that it can also be a sustainable and profitable business decision and hopefully, this will influence the parent companies to go cruelty-free too! โœจ
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Whether you decide to boycott or support these cruelty-free brands that are owned by a non-cruelty-free parent corporation is up to you! ๐Ÿ’• There is no "right" or "wrong" way to go cruelty-free. You do you! .
Here's a summary of some of the most popular cruelty-free brands that are owned by a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free. Please note: this is not a complete list.

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Cruelty-Free Rules Everything Around Me ๐Ÿ‡๐ŸŒฟโœจ (๐ŸŽจ via @wkcreative)

Cruelty-Free Rules Everything Around Me...

@kesterblack, Australia's leading ethical beauty brand recently launched its ๐Ÿ†• range of vegan liquid lipsticks! ๐Ÿ’„ They currently have limited edition gift sets that include one of their environmentally-conscious lipsticks paired with a matching nail polish color! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป Both beautifully packaged in a recycled gift box ready to be gifted to the beauty lover in your life this holiday season! ๐Ÿ’
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Kester Black's eco-friendly, cruelty-free + vegan liquid lipsticks are available in 6 matte shades. This is 'Never Nude' - a rose nude lipstick described as "Equal parts sweet and โ€˜Seen 1:04amโ€™, Never Nude is the lipstick equivalent of โ€˜I woke up like thisโ€™. Flawless."
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All Kester Black products are cruelty-free, vegan and carbon neutral. ๐ŸŒฟโœจ
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Sounds about right ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐ŸŒฟโœจ ....

Cruelty-free & Nailโ€™n it! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡โœจ (๐Ÿ“ธ via @nagelfuchs)

Cruelty-free & Nailโ€™n it! ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡โœจ...

Tired of hearing about how animal testing for cosmetics is STILL happening as we go into 2020? ๐Ÿ‡ choose cruelty-free and let your consumer dollars be a voice for the millions of innocent animals that are routinely blinded, poisoned, and killed each year for cosmetic testing! ๐Ÿ’— and be sure to tell brands that are still paying to have their products/ingredients tested on animals know that you wonโ€™t buy from them until they stop and go cruelty-free!! โœจ(๐Ÿ“ธ via @rabbit.ins.gram)

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All day every day ๐ŸŒฟโœจ๐Ÿ’— (via @immy.keys)

All day every day ๐ŸŒฟโœจ๐Ÿ’—...

Shop Cruelty-free this Black Friday and every other day of the year! ๐Ÿฐ Want to know some of the best CF Black Friday Sales?๐Ÿ’ฐ I got a list up on the blog, link in bio โคด๏ธ
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๐Ÿ’„ Cruelty-Free Makeup
โœฆ Milani Cosmetics (30% OFF)
โœฆ Kat Von D Beauty (20% OFF)
โœฆ Milk Makeup (25% OFF)
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๐Ÿงฅ Cruelty-Free Clothing
โœฆ Groceries Apparel (30% OFF)
โœฆ Threads 4 Thought (35% OFF)
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๐Ÿ‘œ Cruelty-Free Handbags & Accessories
โœฆ Matt & Nat (up to 50% OFF select items)
โœฆ Urban Expressions (50% OFF)
โœฆ Hurtig Lane Watches (25% OFF)
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. . . and lots more! Check out the entire list + codes, link in bio ๐ŸŒฟ

Shop Cruelty-free this Black Friday...

This is hands down my favorite nail polish collection by @siennabyronbay! ๐ŸŒธ I've been wearing these pastel colors in rotation for the past month and I still can't get enough of them! ๐Ÿ˜ SWIPE ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿป To see each color on my nails ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป
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๐ŸŒฟ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ - light lilac pastel crรจme
๐ŸŒฟ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ - bridal rose pink crรจme
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๐ŸŒฟ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ - light marble grey crรจme
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All of Sienna Byron Bay nail polish is cruelty-free, 9-free, non-toxic, breathable, water-permeable + Wudu-friendly, and gender-inclusive! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ’ž
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Ultimate List of 70+ Cruelty-Free & Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish
Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish

There are so many cruelty-free and 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 (70+!) cruelty-free nail polish brands that all have vegan options!

What is Vegan Nail Polish?

First, let’s start by asking what makes traditional nail polish not vegan? Certain animal-derived ingredients may be lurking in our nail colors including an ingredient called guanine which is derived from fish scales and used in shimmery nail polish colors; keratin used as a nail strengthener; and shellac which is produced from the lac bug and commonly used as a high-shine hardener.

Vegan nail polish do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

What is Cruelty-Free Nail Polish?

In addition, we also want to make sure we’re not supporting or buying from any nail polish brands that test their products, ingredients or formulations on animals, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, some of the most popular and widely available nail polish brands are not cruelty-free, mainly because they choose to sell their products in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics (including nail polish).

Nail polish brands that are not cruelty-free in 2019 include OPI, Essie, Revlon, Sally Hansen, L’Oreal, Sinful Colors, Chanel, Givenchy, Dior, Tom Ford, and Christian Louboutin.

Cruelty-free nail polish are not tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

All of the nail polish brands listed in this post are cruelty-free meaning they don’t test on animals. Although some of the brands may not be entirely 100% vegan, I made sure to only include ones that offer vegan nail polish products. Please note that brands that are not marked as being “100% Vegan” may carry other nail care or cosmetic products (like cuticle oils, remover, lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, skincare) that may not be vegan.

Scroll down for a comprehensive list of all 70+ cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands!

Quick Guide: Vegan Nail Polish

Below is a quick guide to vegan nail polish where you’ll find our recommendations for:

  • Drugstore vegan nail polish
  • Gel vegan nail polish
  • Non-toxic vegan nail polish
  • Water-based vegan nail polish

Drugstore Vegan Nail Polish

If you’re looking for drugstore vegan nail polish at Target, Wal-mart, Ulta, London Drugs, CVS, or Superdrug, we recommend trying out Zoya, Pacifica, ORLY, ella + mila, Mineral Fusion, ELF, Barry M, and Piggy Paint. All of which are relatively affordable and under $10!

Gel Vegan Nail Polish

Get a professional gel manicure in the comfort of your home with these cruelty-free and vegan soak-off gel polishes: Madam Glam, NCLA’s Gelous?, Dimension Nails, Color Club’s Gel, and ORLY GELFX. You will need an LED or UV lamp when using these vegan gel polishes.

Non-Toxic Vegan Nail Polish

For those of us that want cruelty-free & vegan non-toxic nail polishes that contain fewer chemicals but without compromising on durability, quality, or nail color options, we highly recommend these vegan non-toxic nail polishes: Sienna Byron Bay, Londontown, VEQUE, SpaRitual, NCLA, 100% Pure, and Lauren B. Beauty.

Water-Based Vegan Nail Polish

Want a non-toxic, virtually odorless nail polish that is safe enough for your kids to use? Give water-based nail polish a try! Almost all water-based nail polishes don’t contain any animal ingredients but some brands may be selling in China where animal testing is required by law. We recommend the following cruelty-free water-based nail polishes: Honeybee Gardens, Piggy Paint, Acquarella, SOPHi, Snails (S’N’B), Pure Anada, and Color Club’s Water Color Collection.

List of Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish
List of Cruelty-Free Vegan Nail Polish

Guide to All 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 are entirely vegan are noted as100% vegan‘ label.

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  • Karma Organic100% Vegan!
  • Kester Black – 100% Vegan!
  • KL Polish – 100% Vegan!

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  • Rebecca Young
    August 24, 2019

    How can I buy

  • Megan
    March 11, 2019

    Are Kiss products cruelty free? I can’t find info anywhere on them.

โ€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.โ€โ€• Marc Bekoff

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