Vegan Nail Polish: The Best Cruelty Free Brands

A number of companies produce nail polish that’s both vegan and cruelty free.

Nail polish is among the least natural of all cosmetics. In fact, it’s more akin to fast-drying paint than to any conventional sort of makeup. Manufacturers begin by mixing pigment into an opaque and glossy blending agent. Next, they dissolve this mixture into a solvent selected for its ability to evaporate quickly when exposed to air. There’s nothing intrinsic to nail polish, except for perhaps coloring agents, that’s likely to involve animal ingredients. And you won’t even need to read ingredient lists, since practically all cruelty-free vegan nail polishes are labeled accordingly.

Since nail polish comes into contact with the body, many brands still use animal tests to establish safety. Back in the day, nail polishes underwent no safety testing. Even worse, they commonly contained treated metals and other potentially hazardous substances. And all common nail polish ingredients were at one time tested on animals.

Fortunately, many popular brands use neither animal testing nor non-vegan substances.

Cruelty Free Vegan Nail Polish Brands

For further reading: please see our vegan beauty guide and our animal ingredients list.

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