List of Affordable, Drugstore Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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Looking for vegan nail polish at your local drugstore? Unfortunately, most of the nail polish sold at the drugstore are sadly not cruelty-free and from brands that continue to test on animals in 2019.

Some popular drugstore nail polish brands that are not cruelty-free include OPI, Sally Hansen, Revlon, and L’Oreal. Some other nail polishes may also contain animal ingredients like guanine, shellac, and keratin.

This has made shopping for cruelty-free and vegan nail polishes at the drugstore very difficult, but I have good news, there are a few vegan nail polish options that you can find and get at Target, Wal-mart, Ulta, London Drugs, Superdrug, CVS, and more! All of which are under $10!

Drugstore Vegan Nail Polish

In this list, you’ll find 8 brands of nail polish that are both cruelty-free and vegan, meaning none of these brands test its products, ingredients, or formulations on animals, anywhere in the world and none of the nail polishes mentioned contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products!

Pacifica - Vegan Nail Polish
Pacifica – Vegan Nail Polish

Pacifica Nail Polish ($9)

Pacifica is a 100% vegan and natural beauty brand. You can find Pacifica products at Target and Ulta. Pacifica’s vegan nail polishes are 7-free, meaning they are formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animal products. With 50+ nail polish shades (including matte and shimmer) to choose from, Pacifica makes it so much easier to make the switch to a vegan and cruelty-free manicure!

ORLY - Vegan Nail Polish
ORLY – Vegan Nail Polish

ORLY Nail Polish ($9)

ORLY is my go-to for drugstore vegan nail polish! They have an endless selection of colors and they’re all reasonably affordable. All of ORLY nail polishes are cruelty-free, vegan, and 9-free, meaning they are free from Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, MIT, Gluten, Parabens, Animal Derived Ingredients, MEHQ/HQ. You can find ORLY vegan nail polish at Wal-Mart, Target and Ulta.

Ella + Mila - Vegan Nail Polish
Ella + Mila – Vegan Nail Polish

Ella + Mila Nail Polish ($10.49)

You can now get this adorable vegan nail polish brand, ella + mila at Ulta and Target! ella + mila nail polishes are chip-resistant, quick-dry, high-shine and 7-free; meaning they’re formulated without Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Xylene or Camphor. With over 150+ vegan nail colors to choose from, we promise you’ll be able to find something from ella + mila that suits you!

Zoya - Vegan Nail Polish
Zoya – Vegan Nail Polish

Zoya Nail Polish ($9-10)

If you’ve been looking for a cruelty-free alternative to OPI nail polish, then meet Zoya. This non-toxic, professional vegan nail polish brand is widely used in natural + eco-conscious salons and spas but you can get it at Ulta. Zoya formulas are free from toxic ingredients such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate). They also have the most impressive selection of colors, with over 400+ shades to choose from!

Mineral Fusion - Vegan Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion – Vegan Nail Polish

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish ($9)

Mineral Fusion’s nail polishes are vegan and free of Toluene Free, Camphor Free, DBP Free, Formaldehyde Free, and animal ingredients, I have tried several of their polish before and love them all! I often find them on sale at London Drugs and also CVS just recently started carrying Mineral Fusion so definitely check a store near you to see if they have them in stock!

ELF - Vegan Nail Polish
ELF – Vegan Nail Polish

E.L.F. Nail Polish ($1)

ELF is a popular cruelty-free makeup brand that you can find at almost all drugstores including Target, CVS, London Drugs, and most recently Superdrug started carrying the brand! ELF’s nail polishes are a little harder to find sold individually but I find you get the best bang for your buck when you purchase one of their nail polish sets, like ELF’s Goody Gum Drop Nail Polish Set which includes 10 vegan nail polish for only $10!

Barry M - Vegan Nail Polish
Barry M – Vegan Nail Polish

Barry M Nail Polish (£4)

Barry M has a bunch of nail polish options from coconut-infused, matte finish, quick-dry, and special limited edition colors! And the good news is that they’re all vegan, long-lasting, and quick-drying. You can shop for Barry M vegan nail polish at Superdrug.

Piggy Paint - Vegan Nail Polish
Piggy Paint – Vegan Nail Polish

Piggy Paint Nail Polish ($8-10)

Finally, a non-toxic and odorless vegan nail polish that is safe enough for your kids to use! Piggy Paint’s water-based nail polishes are free from all harsh chemicals including formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. Find Piggy Paint polish at Wal-mart and Target. See my review of Piggy Paint polishes here.

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  • Rebecca Weiss
    July 18, 2020

    It would probably be best to put a warning for E.L.F that they discontinued their nail polish in 2015 (that’s the date I keep running into). While gift sets are on ebay, mercari, and very limited on Target and Amazon, I kinda question the overall quality of such a nail polish when they stopped selling it five years ago and more importantly, if it’s healthy for your nails or not.

    Some replacements to look into:

    -Wet N’ Wild (says they’ve been cruelty free AND vegan since the company’s inception, and the nail polish currently runs between $1-2 USD.

    -L.A. Colors – nail polish prices run between $2-4 online and are available at Walmart and Dollar Tree stores. They are 100% cruelty free with some vegan products offered (not all though). However, I believe I read that all of their nail polish is vegan! (Something to look into).

    -Kapa Nui Nails – made in Hawaii, their nail polish is priced to be around $10. Both Vegan and Cruelty free. However, they mention multiple times that it’s best to buy their nail polish remover which is on the slightly pricier side. It’s possible that other nail polish removers might work, provided they do not have acetone in them. They emphasize that nail polish removers with acetone will not remove their nail polish from your nails.

    -L.A. Girl and Kiko Milano are both Cruelty Free, but I’m not sure if they have vegan nail polish and other products available or not.

  • cindy howe
    July 7, 2019

    On their website, GOSH says only some of their products are vegan. (they don’t list which ones are or aren’t)

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List of Affordable, Drugstore Vegan Nail Polish Brands