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40 Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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There’s so many Β vegan nail polish options on the market right now that I had to share this growing list with you all! I getΒ super excited when I see this many (40+!) cruelty-free brands that all have vegan options!

In case you’re wondering what animal ingredients are lurking in our nail polish? The answer is fish scales (for that shimmery color) and some nail polish are made with shellac which is a by-product from the lac bug.

There’s absolutelyΒ no reason to continue purchasing nail polish from OPI, Essie, Revlon, and Sally Hansen when there’s 40+ cruelty-free and vegan nail polish brands available!!

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 carryΒ only vegan products is noted with (100% vegan).Β 

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  • Dazzle Dry – 100% Vegan!
  • Deco Miami – 100% Vegan!
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Dimension Nails – 100% Vegan!
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  • ella+mila100% Vegan!
  • Earth Glamour – 100% Vegan!
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  • heroine.nyc – 100% Vegan!
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  • JoShik – 100% Vegan!
  • Julep
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  • KL Polish – 100% Vegan!
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  • Madam Glam – 100% Vegan!
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Misa – 100% Vegan!
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  • Nailberry – 100% Vegan!
  • NCLA100% Vegan! My fave!
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  • OH TIFF! – 100% Vegan!
  • ORLY
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  • Pacifica100% Vegan!
  • Palate Polish – 100% Vegan!
  • piCture pOlish
  • Piggy Paint – 100% Vegan!
  • Pretty Serious
  • Pretty Woman100% Vegan!
  • Priti NYC100% Vegan!
  • Pure Anada
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  • Sienna Byron Bay – 100% Vegan!
  • Soulstice Spa – 100% Vegan!
  • SpaRitual100% Vegan!
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics
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  • Wrenn – 100% Vegan!
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Nail Polish Brands To Avoid:

Below you will find a list of brands that either are not cruelty-free or their nail polish selection is not vegan.

  • Revlon
  • OPI
  • Essie
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sinful Colors Professional (owned by Revlon)

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84 Comments
  • April
    April 16, 2016

    CΓ΄te sells vegan nail polishes on their website. I haven’t checked all the nail polish shades, but the ones I did check were listed as cruelty-free and vegan. However, they provide no information about their nail treatment products being vegan. The Huffington Post considered the brand vegan, but they also considered butter London vegan, which is not entirely true.

    The specific product description about their nail polishes CΓ΄te provides is “made in the [U]nited [S]tates, cruelty–free, vegan, FDA approved and free of the five major toxins associated with nail polishes: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor and formaldehyde resin.”

    CΓ΄te’s website: http://coteshop.co
    The Huffington Post article: http://bit.ly/1SlX6DG

    • Vicky Ly
      April 16, 2016

      Hey April!

      I noticed that Huffington Post article is dated in 2012 so I can imagine a lot has changed for these brands since then.. they may have reformulated a lot of their products to now include animal ingredients! =(

      But I see what you mean about CΓ΄te.. very little information is on their nail treatment’s product pages.. not even an ingredient list.

      I also found this statement on their website: “cΓ΄te is proud to be vegan, cruelty-free and hand poured in the USA” so it’s implied here that they are a 100% vegan brand.

      I’ve emailed them asking for specifics about their animal testing policy as I noticed cΓ΄te isn’t certified by either Leaping Bunny or PETA and I’ve also asked them if ALL of their products are vegan.

      I’ll update you when I hear a response from them, April =)

  • Jennie Denholm
    April 10, 2016

    Hi
    What about AZATURE nail polishes? I’ve read that it’s 5 free and cruelty free and vegan. Do you know any different? I am trying to go cruelty free on all my cosmetics but there’s so many conflicting articles out there. I’m in the uk which apparently should be all testing free but we know that’s all lies. I was wondering about British high street shops though like M&S and Next, they are only available here so would that make them free from animal testing?
    I’ve bookmarked your list so it’s handy when out so I can double check. Thanks.
    Jennie

  • Carys
    March 18, 2016

    Thank you for theNturer reference ^^ You wouldn’t happen to know any cruelty free & vegan nail glue that works well would you?

  • Emma
    March 15, 2016

    I do not understand why Sally Hansen is not Vegan?
    Their website says that they do not test on animals. So why is it not Vegan?

    • Melodie
      March 16, 2016

      Yeah, I was wondering too…

    • Vicky Ly
      March 22, 2016

      I have reached out to Sally Hansen for details about their animal testing policy. On Sally Hansen’s website FAQ page, it states that they do not test on animals however that is not enough to automatically warrant their products as being truly 100% cruelty-free. I emailed them to ask for specifics about their animal testing policy and to see if they may test on animals when required by law.

      The response I received shortly after was from their parent company, Coty Inc and a part of their policy states they DO test on animals in the case where …”The only exceptions are the very few countries where, by law, the regulatory authorities require us to submit our products or ingredients to them for testing on animals as a mandatory part of their regulatory protocols in compliance with their local regulations.”

      Based on the response from their parent company, I am unable to verify that Sally Hansen products are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. If you feel that the statement they made on their FAQ page is accurate and honest, then it’s totally up to if you want to support them and you should do what makes you comfortable =)

      I was also unable to verify if Sally Hansen nail polish are free of animal ingredients like guanine (from fish scales) and shellac (from the lac bug) and therefore I’m also unable to say whether if Sally Hansen nail polish are or are not vegan.

      Hope that clears things up for you! =)

      • Wendy
        June 22, 2016

        Great and clear response, thanks Vicky.

  • Zoe Heath
    March 5, 2016

    There’s no mention on Leighton Denny Expert Nails on your list.

  • Jenn
    February 17, 2016

    Jamberry nail wraps, polish, and gel are all cruelty free as well as all of their other products!

  • Kit
    January 13, 2016

    Thank you sooooo much for this list!! Do you know any GEL nailpolish brand aswell? That kind that you need a LED lamp for?

    Please let me know?

    • Katey
      January 23, 2016

      madam glam is a cruelty free nail polish company who also sells gel nail polishes + LED lamps

  • Lauren
    January 4, 2016

    Jesse’s Girl & it’s line of YouTube beauty Guru “Julie G” nail polish is cruelty free.. not too sure about if it’s vegan or not..

    • Vicky Ly
      January 4, 2016

      Hey Lauren! Thanks for the recommendations of cruelty-free nail polish! Will do my research and add them to the list =)

    • Vicky Ly
      January 5, 2016

      Hi again Lauren! Just wanted to update you and this list, I received a response from a Jesse’s Girl rep and she confirmed that any of their pearly or iridescent nail color shades may contain an ingredient called guanine which is derived from fish scales and therefore making them not vegan-friendly unfortunately.

  • Jean
    October 27, 2015

    Thank you, super useful list!

  • m. bodmer
    October 14, 2015

    why is aquarella not on your list,- is it not vegan?

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