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Cruelty Free Nail Polish Brand List

Cruelty Free Nail Polish Brand List

Knowing about the products that you buy is really important. Not only knowing what’s in the products, but also about the production practices of the companies. There are a lot of cruelty free nail polish brands out there. These are companies who don’t test their products on animals during the production process and also do not buy ingredients from third-party companies who test on animals.

Yesterday, I posted a vegan nail polish brand list. What’s the difference between cruelty free nail polish and vegan nail polish? A lot of companies who are cruelty free still include animal ingredients in their products. The post What Makes Nail Polish Vegan? will give you more information about what these ingredients are.

While buying vegan items is the right choice for me, it may not be for everyone (Though you may be surprised at how many amazing polish brands are already vegan!) I encourage you to at least buy cruelty free items as often as possible. This list will let you know what brands out there offer cruelty free nail polish. It will be updated as I find out about more cruelty free nail polish brands.

Please note that all of these brands do have vegan nail polish options. Just read the ingredients of the shade before you buy and look for possible animal ingredients. It’s most commonly shimmery or metallic polishes as well as shades of red that contain animal ingredients. However, you’re best bet is to read the ingredients carefully and look for the ingredients no matter what the shade or formula.

I’ve also decided to include brands that are vegan in this list as well so that cruelty free shoppers will realize how many amazing nail polish brands are vegan. To be honest, the list was really sparse without all the vegan nail polish brands! These brands are noted with Vegan next to the name.

    • a.dorn
    • a England
    • American Apparel
    • Beauty Without Cruelty
    • Butter London (the nail polishes are all vegan, but not all treatments are)
    • Deborah Lippmann (All of the polishes are vegan, but some of the hand care products are not.)
    • ELF
    • Flower
    • LVX
    • Manic Panic
    • NCLA
    • No Miss
    • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
    • Priti NYC
    • Ruby Kisses
    • Sante
    • Scotch Naturals
    • SpaRitual
    • Spoiled by Wet’n’Wild
    • Wet’n’Wild
    • Wet’n’Wild Fantasy Makers
    • Zoya

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  • Reply Leyxa Sunday - March 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Hey Tashina,
    If Ruby Kisses’s nail polishes are cruelty free, does that mean that all of their other products i.e. their makeup are cruelty free as well? I would greatly appreciate it if you could answer this question for me because Ruby Kisses is a really affordable brand that I could get my hands on easily and would love to invest in if it’s cruelty free all around.

    • Reply Tashina Combs Friday - March 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      Hi Leyxa,

      From my talks with them, I feel comfortable saying they are a cruelty free brand. I wouldn’t include them if any items or ingredients were tested on animals. I hope this helps!

      • Reply Tashina Combs Sunday - March 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

        Hi Sarah,

        I wasn’t able to find a brand called Ruby Kiss, but I was able to make one called Ruby Kisses. We have reached out to them and they will be added to the Pending Brands list. Please check back for updates to see where they move to on the list. If this is not the right brand, please let me know!

  • Reply Tashina Monday - December 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Gayle,

    This list had not been updated in a while. I just updated it and removed brands that were no longer responsive to my outreach.

  • Reply Jerilyn Monday - December 9, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I don’t think this list is current. Julep sadly isn’t vegan

    • Reply Tashina Monday - December 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Jerilyn,

      Julep used to be both cruelty free and vegan. I just removed them while updating this and removing all brands that are no longer responsive to my outreach.

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