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Cruelty Free - Nail Polish Brands That Don't Test On Animals

Updated on November 13, 2014

Ethical Fingernails & Toenails

You want gorgeous nails, but you want them to be ethical, right? Whether you're against animal testing alone or animal use completely, there are a huge range of ethical nail polish and nail care brands to choose from.



To be an ethical consumer of beauty products, animal testing must be a consideration when making your choice. Fortunately, there are loads of fantastic brands of nail polish out there that don't test on animals! You can still rock your favourite look, but you can do it cruelty- and guilt-free!

You certainly won't be stuck for choice when looking for cruelty-free nail polish brands - there are plenty to choose from. You will also find that some of the biggest and most popular brands are ethical - yay! Great news if you can find one of your favourites on this list! If not, why not give one of these polish brands a try?

For those that want a completely cruelty-free nailpolish, there are many vegan companies to choose from that don't use any animal products whatsoever. Whether you want simply gorgeous colours, amazing effects, neon brights, or even a nail polish that doesn't smell (yes, really!), it's all here and it's all animal-friendly!

China Glaze

With over 150 shades to choose from, this brand is the favourite of many nail art fanatics. China Glaze uses China clay which strengthens nails and makes them less prone to chipping. Whether you want to match your nails with your outfit or are looking for that perfect colour to complete your new design, you are sure to find an ideal shade in China Glaze's wide range.

For eye-catching nails, China Glaze's crackle polishes give a stunning effect with just the stroke of a brush - great if you're low on time but still want a great-looking, ethical manicure!

Barry M

Barry M have a huge range of polishes to choose from, including glitters, matte shades, and many more different effect nail polishes. Barry M polishes are very nice to apply, and their variety of shades means that there's one for everyone (at least!)

Barry M have committed to never using animal testing, and they therefore do not sell in China where animal testing is mandatory. If you live in the U.K., you can find Barry M products in many larger pharmacies.



If you’re looking for a vegan nail polish brand, Acquarella is a great company to check out! These polishes are not only cruelty-free, they are also different to conventional brands because they are water-based and non-toxic. Aquarella's nailpolishes are also free from chemical solvents and are virtually odourless!

Aquarella aims to make polishes that don't come with the unwanted side-effects of some brands, like yellowing, chipping or peeling nails. Apparently, Aquarella polishes don't require the use of a base or top coat either, making them a great time-saver!

Color Club

With nearly two hundred shades to choose from, you are sure to find one to suit in Color Club's range! Color Club make vegan-friendly polishes that are made in the USA. Not only will you find stunning opaque and sheer shades in their range, but their glitter and neon nail varnishes are great if you're looking for something a bit different!

With loads of polishes to choose from to make your designs just right, Color Club are an ethical and stylish nail polish brand.

Hello Kitty

With this brand not only are you keeping animals safe from the harms of testing, but you are also getting wonderfully colourful nail polishes with the cute Hello Kitty design on the bottles! Who could resist? These would be great as a gift for a cruelty-free friend!

Anise Cosmetics

Anise are committed to being cruelty-free and have a policy of 100% vegetarian ingredients, also labelling their products as containing 'No Animal By-Products'. This makes Anise Cosmetics a great choice for the ethical consumer with a love for nail polish!

Vegan Brands

If you’re looking for fully vegan nail polish brands then you can choose from those such as Anise Cosmetics, Manic Panic, Misa Cosmetics LLC, Nubar, Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics, Inc., Soulstice Spa, Sparitual and BB Couture.

More Cruelty Free Brands

Other brands that don’t test on animals include Hard Candy, Seche, Jane Cosmetics, Orly and Poshe.

Brands That DO Test On Animals

Some of the large brands of nail varnish, such as Sally Hansen, Max Factor and Maybelline, among others, still test on animals, so if you want to be an ally to the animal kingdom then ensure that you have a browse online before you commit to buying a polish. Remember to double check, as well, since brands such as OPI, Essie and Cover Girl may be listed as being cruelty-free, but in actual fact have recently been bought over by companies that still insist on testing on animals. Also keep an eye out for brands that don’t test on animals themselves, but buy their chemicals from companies that do – Estee Lauder, Avon and Chanel are among these.


Nail Treatments

For base coats and top coats, China Glaze, Color Club and Anise Cosmetics have you covered!

If you're looking for other nail treatments, China Glaze's range boasts nail strengthener (non-vegan) and cuticle oil. Aquarella do a nail moisturiser and also have an alternative to conventional nail polish remover which is much kinder on the nails, although you should note that it only works on Aquarella polishes. Anise Cosmetics have a range of creams for all of your manicure/pedicure needs.

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For those of you that want stylish nails without the cruelty there are plenty of great brands to pick from, and you don’t have to compromise on choice, shades or price! Fantastic!


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      CourtneyHingley 2 years ago

      Thank you for the heads up, Lynn! I'll remove those brands right away :)

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      Lynn 2 years ago

      You are off base on some of your cruelty free companies. Almay and Clinique are owned by a company that does animal testing, so by association, they should not be included. Also, I believe that Almay is once again animal testing.

      Thanks for all your information.

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      I didn't know about these companies. I'm glad China Glaze made the safe list because I'm a huge fan. It's crazy that animal testing still exists. It's really sad that most people probably don't know whether the products they're buying have been tested on animals or not. This is great info.

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      hannah 5 years ago

      i used to love sally hansen nail polish but after reading this article i am not gona buy any sally hansen polish because i am an animal lover and want to keep the animal kingdon safe. so thanks for the cool and interusting onfo. PS.ths info really helped me in my speech on nail polish brands ttttttttthhhhhhhhaaaaaaannnnnnnnnkkkkkkkksssssss!!!!

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      Gloria 5 years ago

      Great hub.I like this hub very much.Quite relevant information provided.We should not do any cruelty to any animals.I will bookmark it,and sharing it with my friends.Thanks


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      Julia Hingley 6 years ago

      Although most of us tend to think about whether skin care products have been tested on animals, I don't think it's ever crossed my mind that animals might have suffered in the testing of the nail polishes that I have used over the years. Where I live, most beauty products are far more expensive than in other countries, but knowing that there are low-cost products available through the likes of Amazon which haven't been tested on animals will certainly make me think twice about where I buy my nail polish in future! Thanks for the great info!!!