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. Mineral Fusion has awesome nail polish that’s cruelty free and vegan.

    http://mineralfusion.com/index.php/shop/nail-color-and-care/nail-polish/nail-polish

    1. I completely forgot about them. Thanks for the reminder, Amy! 🙂

  2. Pacifica Beauty is also vegan and 100% cruelty free.
    http://www.pacificabeauty.com/makeup/nail-polish

  3. Ginger and Liz is vegan

    1. Hi Elise,

      Thanks for suggesting this brand! I haven’t looked into them before, which is why they don’t appear on the list. I’ve just sent them an inquiry and have added them to the pending brands list. Please check back in the future to see what list they are on. This will depend on how fast I hear back from them.

  4. Serum No.5 is both Cruelty Free and Vegan. The polishes are handmade too. I’m a big fan of this new found brand in IG.

    1. Thanks for suggesting Serum No. 5! We have reached out to them and they will be added to the Pending Brands list. Please check back for future weekly update posts about the brands list. These updates are posted every Sunday. 🙂 Have a great day!

      1. Hi Tashina,

        Did you ever follow up with Kester Black? They are by far the best vegan brand in Australia and the only company to have CCF, Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society accreditations.

        1. Hi Stephanie,

          They are now on the Cruelty Free section of the list! 🙂

  5. Ginger + Liz polishes are vegan

    1. Hi Mik,

      Ginger + Liz are currently on the Pending Brands section of the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List. Once I receive a reply from them, they may be added to this list. Thanks for suggesting them! 🙂

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