Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Brands

Writing by Claudia Persi // Illustration by Vivian Shih

I love animals and there is no way that I will ever agree with animal testing. Unfortunately some companies insist on using innocent animals to test their products.

I love doing my nails, but there is no way I will buy nail polishes from brands that still test on animals like bunnies, cats, dogs… I think it is important for us consumers to be aware and informed—let’s not close our eyes and pretend that we don’t know—animal testing is inhumane, cruel and awful.

To my surprise and disappointment, I recently found out that some of my favorite nail polish brands still tests on animals: OPI, Essie, and Sinful Colors; some were sold to companies that are not cruelty free. OPI is now owned by Coty which is NOT cruelty free, Essie was bought by L’Oreal which is NOT cruelty free, and Sinful Colors is owned by Revlon, which also tests on animals. Now knowing that they do test on animals, you can bet I will not buy from them again unless they stop that practice.

Here are some of my favorite cruelty free nail polish brands, some I was already a fan of, for example: Deborah Lippmann, Zoya, China Glaze, Love and Beauty…

These nail polish brands are not only cruelty free, but are a way more natural option without all those yaky chemicals. I believe that what we put on our bodies is as important as what we put in our bodies and there is for sure no need to sacrifice your health, your style, or anyone for beauty.

By not purchasing products from companies that continue doing animal testing, you are also sending the message that it’s not right. I encourage you to do your own research and make your own informed opinions and decisions.

Do you have a favorite cruelty-free nail polish? I would love to hear from you.

My 10 favorite “bunny approved” nail polish brands:

1. Zoya

2. L.A Girl

3. Love & Beauty

4. China Glaze

5. Deborah Lippmann

6. SpaRitual

7. Butter London

8. Scotch Naturals

9. Wet n’ Wild

10. ManiPure


Vivian Shih

Vivian Shih is a Los Angeles based illustrator who works primarily in inks. She is inspired by surreal self reflection, nature, and people. Find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Claudia Persi

Find Claudia on Instagram and her blog.

One response to “Cruelty-Free Nail Polish Brands

  1. I love Kester Black! Amazing Australian brand that collaborates with cool people from time to time! Can’t get enough of them.

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