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40 Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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40+ Cruelty-Free and Vegan Nail Polish Brands to choose from!

EDITED: May 17, 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!!

I’ve ordered the list in the image according to their prices from affordability to luxury so that you can find one that meets your budget!

List of 40 cruelty free and vegan nail polish brands!

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). 


  • *hype nail (100% Vegan)
  • 100% Pure


  • Adesse New York
  • AILA (100% Vegan)
  • All Heart (100% Vegan) 


  • Barry M (7-in-1 Treatment is not vegan)
  • Beauty Without Cruelty (100% Vegan)


  • China Glaze – currently re-investigating their animal testing policy. 
  • Ciaté London
  • Color Club (100% Vegan)


  • Dazzle Dry
  • Deco Miami (100% Vegan)
  • Deborah Lippmann (cuticle oil is not vegan)
  • Dimension Nails (100% Vegan) 


  • ella+mila (100% Vegan)
  • Earth Glamour (100% Vegan)


  • Floss Gloss
  • Furless 


  • Gabriel Cosmetics
  • GOSH


  • heroine.nyc (100% Vegan) 


  • JoShik (100% Vegan)
  • Julep


  • KL Polish (100% Vegan)


  • la couleur couture (100% Vegan)
  • Lauren B. Beauty (100% Vegan)
  • Lillian Eve (100% Vegan)
  • Live Love Polish (100% Vegan)
  • Londontown (100% Vegan)
  • LOOK Nail Color (100% Vegan)
  • LVX (100% Vegan)


  • Madam Glam (100% Vegan)
  • Mineral Fusion
  • Misa (100% Vegan)


  • NCLA (100% Vegan)


  • OH TIFF! (100% Vegan)
  • ORLY


  • Pacifica (100% Vegan)
  • Palate Polish (100% Vegan)
  • piCture pOlish (Only their Nail Butter is not vegan)
  • Piggy Paint (100% Vegan)
  • Pretty Serious
  • Pretty Woman (100% Vegan) 
  • Priti NYC (100% Vegan)
  • Pure Anada


  • SOPHi (100% Vegan)
  • Soulstice Spa (100% Vegan)
  • SpaRitual (100% Vegan)
  • Sugarpill Cosmetics


  • Trust Fund Beauty (100% Vegan)


  • VEQUE (100% Vegan)


  • Wrenn (100% Vegan)


  • Zoya

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)

Below is a list of nail polish brands that are cruelty-free but not vegan with a note as to why some of their nail polish are not considered to be vegan:

  • Scotch Naturals (no longer vegan)
  • butter LONDON (not entirely vegan)
  • Milani (Color Statement nail lacquers contain guanine)
  • Sonia Kashuk (some polish contain guanine)
  • Jesse’s Girl (some polish contain guanine)
90 Responses
  • Ari
    April 4, 2017

    Hi! How about ILNP? on their webpage it says they don’t use/purchase animal products and they dont test on animals

  • Mermaid Phantom
    March 26, 2017

    I’ve been vegan for a few months now, though I never thought to check things such as nail polish for their alignment with my beliefs. A friend just brought up the fact that veganism extends further than just dietary changes to me and my mind is blown!

    I paint my nails all of the time for my crafting videos, and will have to gradually transition over to the more friendly brands. Thanks for this list, it is very useful! ♥

    • Tasha
      April 5, 2017

      Veganism has nothing to do with food choices… it is holding the belief that exploitation and killing of animals unnecessarily is wrong, and acting accordingly (avoiding all animal use, be it for food, clothing, cosmetics, entertainment etc.

  • LoveAnimals
    February 8, 2017

    How is something free of cruelty but not vegan when vegan means completely cruelty free? You can’t use products taken from animals and still call a product cruelty free. It is a sad oxymoron that animal welfare groups like PETA have promoted because they don’t know what veganism is.

    “The word ‘veganism’ denotes a philosophy and way of living which seeks to end the idea of animals as property and exclude all forms of intentional exploitation of, use of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, research or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of animals, including humans and the environment.

    • No Name Needed
      February 18, 2017

      Poke around for very long at all and you will see this distinction frequently, as well as “Cruelty-Free but parent company performs testing.” The latter cannot actually be considered free of cruelty, as money is still going to that parent company and an infinitesimal amount will be re-purposed for animal testing.

      Now to the distinction between vegan and “cruelty-free.” Yes, the waters are a little murky, but the distinction centers primarily around live testing which is widely deemed inhumane. These products may however still contain animal products. One has to wonder how these come about, but responsible sourcing is a part of the most stringent cruelty free labeling.

      Of course, I opt for vegan because there is no question and no wondering. Besides, they exists at all price ranges from drugstore brands to high end cosmetics. There’s no reason not to except for the convenience of blissful ignorance and not taking a few minutes to educate oneself :\

      Either way, don’t call rectangles squares and complain about their uneven sides <3

    • Tasha
      April 5, 2017

      I feel the same way. It really pisses me off when I see non-vegan products labelled as “cruelty-free,” because it’s deceptive. PeTA (I keep the “e” lowercase, as they themselves do in their own logo, because “ethics” are the least of their concerns) is a fucking evil corporation interested in nothing other than making money. It is run by Ingrid Newkirk, who admits to having happily murdered thousands of cats, dogs and other pets in her work as an “animal rights activist.” Ingrid, and therefore PeTA’s stance is that animals do NOT have the right to live, and that killing an “unwanted” pet is the “kindest and most dignified” way of dealing with the pet overpopulation problem. They actively encourage the euthanization of all animals in shelters, and carry out thousands of these procedures per year, either at their headquarters, or in their mobile euthanasia (oh sorry I mean “rescue” vehicles. PeTA is an animal welfare organization, at best, and should NOT be supported by vegans.

  • Allie L.
    December 21, 2016

    Smith & Cult is vegan too – higher priced, but beautiful nail colors!

  • Jamey lynn
    October 24, 2016

    I love this post! Thank you so much. I’m trying to figure out if a brand called rococo nail apparel is cruelty free and nails inc. would you have any idea?

  • Eulalia
    October 15, 2016

    This article is really cool. I have bookmarked it. Do you allow guest posting on your page ?
    I can write high quality articles for you. Let me know.

  • debbie bradley
    October 15, 2016

    I would just like to say thank you for this information. I have been a vegetarian for close to a year but now am leaning into being vegan. I have so many lifestyle questions. The food is easier to figure out to me. Someone referred me to this site as a resource and I am happy to find it. Thanks again.

  • Kianna Monique
    September 25, 2016

    I heard that the Urban Outfitters nail polish is completely vegan and cruelty free as well!!!

    • Brian Sandoval
      October 14, 2016

      I heard that too, I was hoping someone could look further into it and clarify if they’re 100% cruelty free

  • Christine Krozel
    August 24, 2016

    Why isn’t La Colors on the list and do you know if Funky Fingers is cruelty free?

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