The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Brands

The Ultimate Guide to Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Brands

When I first switched to using all vegan beauty and household products, I was really surprised at how easy it was to find vegan nail polish. There are a lot of cruelty-free brands that offer a lot of vegan options and there are also a lot of brands that offer vegan nail polish too. A lot of people have seemed really surprised when they learn that all nail polish isn’t vegan.

People know about animal testing and what brands to avoid because of that, but not about animal ingredients that polish can contain. The short story is that a lot of brands test on animals, but a lot of nail polish also contains animal ingredients. Read more about what makes nail polish vegan and learn what these animal ingredients are.

Below are brands that are not only cruelty-free but also offer vegan nail polishes.

Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Brands:


Cruelty-Free Gel Polish Brands:

The following cruelty-free brands also make cruelty-free gel polish.


Cruelty-Free Builder Gel Polish Brands:


Cruelty-Free Builder Dip Powder Brands:


Cruelty-Free Poly Gel Polish Brands:


Cruelty-Free Drugstore Nail Polish Brands:

The following are cruelty-free nail polish brands that can be found in the drugstore:


Nail Polish Brands that are NOT Cruelty-Free:

The following brands are not cruelty-free and also make nail polish. This is not a full list but just includes the most popular brands out there.

  • Creative Nail Design (CND)
  • Essie
  • Formula X
  • L’Oreal
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline
  • Revlon
  • Rimmel
  • Sally Hansen
  • Sinful Colors

Do you know of other cruelty-free nail polish brands? Please comment and let me know! I’d love to keep expanding this list to include more options!

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(77) Comments

  1. Essence has a few shades of nail polish. I know they are on the Cruelty-free makeup list, but I was wondering why they weren’t on the nail polish list. Do they use ingredients tested on animals for the polishes?

    1. Hi Victoria! Essence is actually on the Grey Area list and I am not comfortable calling them cruelty-free based on what they have shared with me. This is why they aren’t on this list. I hope this helps!

  2. Hi Tashina,

    I love the way you have a specific list just for nail polish! I was so glad to hear there are Cruelty Free nail gels as well. When I go to NYC, to visit my old stomping grounds, I always try to stop in the Elf Store. I can get Elf cosmetics here in PA, but going to a store dedicated to their products gives so much variety.

  3. Hi Tashina, thanks for all of your hard work. Have you heard anything about Madam Glam? I believe they are vegan and 5-free.

  4. Ashley Edwards says:

    Are all orly polishes still vegan? Thank you! Your site is absolutely amazing btw, so helpful! 🙂 <3

    1. Hi Ashley,

      Their polishes are, but not the treatments. 🙂

  5. I just read your post about Zoya’s nail polish remover, that I ant to buy, but are all of their nail polish vegan?

    1. I have been told that their polishes are all vegan, but not all items they make are vegan. 🙂

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