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40 Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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EDITED: May 31, 2018

There’s so many  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 (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 absolutely 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 carry only vegan products is noted with (100% vegan). 

  • Dazzle Dry – 100% Vegan!
  • Deco Miami – 100% Vegan!
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Dimension Nails – 100% Vegan!
  • ella+mila100% Vegan!
  • Earth Glamour – 100% Vegan!
  • heroine.nyc – 100% Vegan!
  • JoShik – 100% Vegan!
  • Julep
  • KL Polish – 100% Vegan!
  • Madam Glam – 100% Vegan!
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Misa – 100% Vegan!
  • Nailberry – 100% Vegan!
  • NCLA100% Vegan! My fave!
  • OH TIFF! – 100% Vegan!
  • ORLY
  • Pacifica100% Vegan!
  • Palate Polish – 100% Vegan!
  • piCture pOlish
  • Piggy Paint – 100% Vegan!
  • Pretty Serious
  • Pretty Woman100% Vegan!
  • Priti NYC100% Vegan!
  • Pure Anada
  • Sienna Byron Bay – 100% Vegan!
  • Soulstice Spa – 100% Vegan!
  • SpaRitual100% Vegan!
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics
  • VEQUE100% Vegan! My fave!
  • Wrenn – 100% Vegan!

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)
90 Responses
  • Anna Ross
    August 1, 2016

    Hello! What about Kester Black?

  • Loretta westbrook
    July 31, 2016

    Sites list opi as a vegan nail polish as does their reonse , also zoya is listed as vegan too, so who is right?

    • Jenna
      August 9, 2016

      I think OPI aren’t on the list because they are owned by Coty,

    • silvia
      October 20, 2016

      OPI is not cruelty free. They sell in China where they have mandatory animal testing.on any and all cosmetics.

  • Jenna
    July 24, 2016

    Thank you so much for this list, its so hard to be able to trust that companies are actually cruelty free, and they seem to have no problems wearing that label even if their parent company still tests on animals. Do you happen to know if UNT nail polish is cruelty free? Or do you know of any cruelty free companies which make peel off base coats?

  • Sharon Allison
    July 12, 2016

    Hi Vicky,

    Target has a new line of 5-Free nail polishes called “Defy & Inspire”. I’m super curious and would love to try them, but only if they are a cruelty-free brand. Have you anything on this?

  • Renae Sharpe
    July 11, 2016

    Hi, I was sharing your website and info on vegan polish and someone said that Wet n Wild is Not Non toxic polish! Can you verify that for me please?

    • Vicky Ly
      July 12, 2016

      Hey Renae! Great question, wet n wild lists all of their ingredients on their website so you can have a look at the ingredients for their nail polish here! (http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/nails/megalast-nail-color.html)

      Wet n Wild also DOESN’T claim that their polishes are “3 or 5-free” (meaning they’re free of 3-5 known carcinogens) so they may or may not have some “toxic” ingredients contained in their nail polish.

      I focus primarily on finding cosmetics that are free of animal testing and animal-derived ingredients, I wish I could be more help but I’m not exactly an expert on the whole non-toxic beauty arena. And I definitely don’t want to give you the wrong information. =)

      I would suggest reaching out to wet n wild yourself with your inquiry, they’re probably the best person to ask!

  • Whitney
    June 7, 2016

    I was looking at the Priti NYC Primer and ridge filler and on their website they have a picture containing some ingredients: b12, silica, and silk powder. My question is, is this coat vegan or not? To my understanding silk powder is secreted from silkworms? Or is it derived from something else, I’m a bit confused

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2016

      Hey Whitney! That’s very interesting.. I just checked their website and looked at the particular product you mentioned and I clearly see silk powder listed as an ingredient.

      You are correct about how silk powder is usually derived from silkworms and therefore is not vegan.

      I’ve reached out to Priti NYC to see if they can provide an explanation for this because as of right now, they’re still claiming that they’re vegan and in fact, they are certified Vegan by Vegan.org … I’ll let you know when I hear back from them! =)

    • Vicky Ly
      June 22, 2016

      Hey Whitney! Thanks for your patience. I received a response from Priti NYC and they told me that the ingredient was part of a “may contain” list and that the silk powder isn’t actually in any of their products. I just checked their website and it looks like they removed the product off their website. Did you notice if silk powder was listed on any of their other products?

      (edit: received written confirmation that silk powder isn’t used in any of their products)

  • lacquer lover
    June 6, 2016

    you have several polishes on your do not buy list that are cruelty free (butter london, sally hansen, jessie girl, sonia kashuk, maybe others). why? those are good brands to choose, and this is misleading since you have other polishes that are cruelty free but not vegan on your big list. i’m confused…

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2016

      This is a list of nail polish that are both cruelty-free AND vegan. Although the brands mentioned are not entirely vegan where they may carry some other non-vegan items like hand creams, lipsticks, and makeup. But the nail polish that these brands carry have been verified as being vegan.

      If you have evidence that a brand I listed as being cruelty-free and vegan is not indeed vegan-friendly.. please let me know and I’ll be happy to look into it more =) I always try and keep this list as accurate and updated as possible but I do understand that companies are always adding new products or changing their formulas so please let me know if you have evidence that the nail polish brands are not vegan.

      As for the other brands that are in my “brands to avoid” list, butter london, jessie girl, sonia kashuk are indeed cruelty-free brands and do not test on animals however as I’ve indicated above.. their nail polish are not vegan and they told me that some of their nail polish contain guanine (from fish scales).

      Hope that clears things up!

      • Cass
        July 6, 2017

        I am confused because I had stopped buying all nail polishes except for Sally Hansen and Zoya. Sally Hansen’s site says they are cruelty free. Are they lying?

        • Vicky Ly
          July 6, 2017

          Hey Cass,

          Unfortunately the term “cruelty-free” isn’t regulated so companies can call their products “cruelty-free” even when their products are tested on animals =(

          Sally Hansen products are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is actually REQUIRED BY LAW in China. Most cosmetic brands refuse to sell their products in Mainland China until these laws change.

          However Sally Hansen has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals and chose to sell their products in Mainland China, and in doing so, they consent to have their products tested on animals by law.

          The brands in this list do not test on animals and do not sell in Mainland China so they are totally cruelty-free!

  • Rosa Widegren
    May 19, 2016

    Thanks you very much Vicky, great information.

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