Is Color Club Nail Polish Vegan?

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Is Color Club Vegan?

Yes. All of Color Club nail polish are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients.

I was recently informed by an ethical elephant reader that she spotted shellac listed on some of Color Club’s nail polish ingredient labels. Shellac is not a vegan ingredient, it is derived from the female lac bug and is commonly used in traditional nail polish.

I was surprised to hear this because I’ve always believed Color Club to be a 100% vegan nail polish brand and upon looking at the small ingredient label of some of the Color Club nail polish I owned, I also spotted shellac on the ingredient list.

To my disappointment, I emailed Color Club and they kindly cleared things up and confirmed to me that shellac is no longer used in any of their nail products and that I have some older bottles with an outdated label.

“Thanks for the additional info. It looks like you have a few older bottles. I was able to confirm with my regulatory manager that shellac is no longer used in our nail products. Because our labels are ordered in very large quantities, the ingredient was only recently removed from the ingredient deck and older stock may still be circulating with the outdated label.” – Color Club Representative

So don’t be alarmed if your Color Club nail polish bottle says it contains shellac, those labels are just outdated. All of Color Club nail polishes are indeed vegan!!


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3 Comments
  • ronnie
    May 16, 2020

    Unfortunately with issues such as these where there is a non-vegan ingredient listed and all you have to go by is the word of a company represented rather than vegan certification, you can’t know this for sure and shouldn’t put out such a broad statement. I have encountered numerous companies that have been dishonest about these matters – just look at wet n’ wild or all of the companies who have been exposed for using gmo products in food actually labelled “non-gmo.” When I emailed color club about this a while ago, I received no response and I did send several emails. So, my point is, when you stand upon a platform such as the one you have created with ethical elephant, you have a responsibility to your readers to actually do more research in order to substantiate claims before putting out a blanket statement like all of their products are for sure vegan. There have actually been times when multiple people from the same companies have given me entirely different answers, those claiming to be vegan being discredited at the end…

  • margaret
    May 24, 2019

    How do you know it is vegan and cruelty free? It doesn’t say anywhere on their website that they are vegan or cruelty free and I don’t see a leaping bunny certification anywhere. Just because a product is vegan does not mean it wasn’t tested on an animal, there are all types of vegan products that are tested on animals…

    • Vicky Ly
      May 25, 2019

      I have confirmed and verified Color Club’s animal testing policy as I do with each and every single brand that I feature and post on my blog for the past 4+ years.
      I take what brands tell me about their animal testing policy at face value but if you feel more comfortable with only supporting and purchasing brands that are certified cruelty-free then Color Club may not be suitable for you as they are not certified by Leaping Bunny.

      Also, please note that just because a brand isn’t Leaping Bunny certified doesn’t mean they’re not cruelty-free which is the case for Color Club.

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