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40 Cruelty-Free + Vegan Nail Polish Brands

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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)
100 Responses
  • Heidi
    September 27, 2017

    Hey! Add KL Polish to this list please!

  • JackieB
    September 3, 2017

    Are the polishes on this list 5 free or higher? That is the only kind I use and buy.

  • Lea
    June 18, 2017

    Can you find cruelty free nail glue?

  • patricia carrasco
    April 25, 2017

    so what about china glaze? are they trying to go full vegan or are they going backwards?

    • Vicky Ly
      April 26, 2017

      To be honest, when I first created this list.. I saw that China Glaze was on some other curated cruelty-free list and so I automatically assumed they were CF but since then, I’ve decided to follow-up with each brand myself to confirm their cruelty-free status.

      China Glaze has been unresponsive when I was doing my own research. They remain on other CF lists but as of right now, they have been unable to give me a straight answer about their animal testing policy. So unfortunately they’ll remain as pending on my list!

  • Carla
    April 11, 2017

    Hi! Thank you for this list. I have always turned to e.l.f. because I thought they claimed to be vegan, yet they are not on your 100%vegan list. What do they use that is not vegan??
    Also, I’m wondering about nail polish remover. Can you recommend a good one???

    Thanks !

    • Vicky Ly
      April 11, 2017

      Hey Carla! Some of ELF’s makeup brushes are made with animal hair. I believe all of their NEW makeup brushes are now synthetic and vegan but some of their older brushes are still available and circulating around so I’m a bit hesitant to label them as 100% Vegan right now =) hope that answers your question.

      In regards to vegan nail polish remover, I love the ZOYA nail polish remover! I have a full list available here: https://ethicalelephant.com/cruelty-free-vegan-nail-polish-remover/

      • Michelle
        August 1, 2017

        Do you know any professional gel polish I can bring my manicurist ?

        • Amy
          August 2, 2017

          I am a cosmetologist and I use Jessica Cosmetics as a vegan offering. All Jessica products are 7-FREE (No Formaldehyde, No Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DSP, Camphor, Xylene or Ethyl Tosylamide), cruelty free, vegan friendly and made in the USA. I especially love that they offer a gel formulation (UV cured) as well. Ask your manicurist.

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