Vegan products are becoming more and more popular. It’s easier than ever to find and purchase cosmetics that are vegan based. That means there are vegan nail polish brands.
Vegan nail polish brands mean their products were not tested on animals, which is still a common practice in the cosmetics world but is starting to be phased out. Also vegan nail polish brands do not use ingredients made from animals. According to The Vegan Society the most common animal-derived ingredients are guanine, carmine, and keratin. Guanine is used to create shimmery colors and it’s made from fish scales. Carmine is created by drying out beetles and then crushing them. Keratin, commonly used to strengthen hair and nails, is an animal protein from livestock.
Being vegan isn’t just limited to being cruelty free. It also means that the ingredients used in the polish are more natural than non vegan nail polish brands. Currently more and more brands are opting to choose less toxic ingredients that won’t compromise the quality of the product.
Below are a few vegan nail polish brands that are affordable and have dependable products.
1. ella + milla
A lot of these vegan nail polish brands are sold exclusively online but not ella +milla. You can find this in stores like Target, their website even has a store locator to make it easy to find them. ella + milla is an eco-friendly brand named after the founders two daughters, Ella and Milla. This brand even launched equally vegan friendly liquid lipsticks back in 2017.
2. Dazzle Dry Nail Polish
Dazzle Dry Nail Polish was founded by two women, a bio-organic chemist and a natural nail care specialist. Their goal was to create a quick drying, nourishing, nail formula without harmful chemicals and most importantly not harming animals. Similar to other vegan nail polish brands, Dazzle Dry Nail Polish is made in the United States and they are completely transparent with their ingredients. This brand prides itself on being non-toxic as well as hypoallergenic, allowing everyone to wear their polish.
SerenScents is an ethical brand based out of Europe. On their website they say their mission statement is to become a leader in the “cruelty free and environmentally friendly beauty products”. This brand has been around for the last thirty years and have garnered a good reputation.
4. Lauren B. Beauty
This is another company, like other vegan nail polish brands, that is considered a smaller business. Based out of Los Angeles this vegan nail polish brand was inspired by founder Lauren’s international travels. In the companies about page it details how during her experience in the beauty community she discovered how to create a vegan nail polish brand that would help fill that void. The formula is supposed to last two weeks and be easy to apply at home.
5. 786 Cosmetics
This brand is certified vegan and cruelty free through PETA. That means their products don’t use any animal products and no animals were harmed in the making of the products. All of their products are made in the United States and claim that their formula does not peel. They have a variety of shades, like the one below, that go with a variety of looks.
6. Beauty Without Cruelty
Beauty Without Cruelty is a fully animal friendly and vegan brand. This company is based out of the United Kingdom and has been around since the sixties. Along with a lot of different nail shades this brand also offers other products including lipstick, eyeshadow and accessories.
7. Pacifica Nail Polish
Pacificia Nail Polish is one of the more well known vegan nail polish brands. Pacificia has a variety of other products too. This brand is 100% cruelty free and vegan. They have over forty different shades of nail polishes, plus the prices are incredibly reasonable. Along with a wallet friendly price tag this brand also goes the extra mile by providing free samples to anyone who spends over $25. Along with their nail polish they also provide bottom and top coats. Also if you’re someone who wants to find serums and other treatments that will improve the quality of your nails but are unsure where to find those kind of products look no further than Pacificia. The brand has nourishing cuticle oil, reparative cuticle oil, protective oil and more. Plus they have a few sets that would be perfect for gifts or even just something nice to get yourself to get the most out of your dollar. The best part about this brand is that the colors still manage to go above and beyond. Nothing is sacrificed in the looks department, proving that going vegan and cruelty free is an achievable goal. It’s easy to maintain ethics while still looking fantastic. This is a brand that others could definitely model themselves out of.
8. Veque Nail Polish
This brand says it it is 9-free meaning it’s made without the following nine ingredients; formaldehyde, shellac, ethyl, formaldehyde resin, TPHP, tosylamide, toluene, xylene, and camphor. Not only does this brand boast about going without a slew of chemicals it’s also a brand with a rich history. It’s named for a time when the French colonized Vietnam and the eventual cultural escape refugees managed to find.
9. Trust Fund Beauty
With a cheeky name like Trust Fund Beauty it’s no surprise you’ll be able to find great nail polish colors, like the one below. Just Talk To My Lawyer is an unexpected color that will make your nails stand out in a crowd. It’s a deep, almost blood burgundy with speckles of glitter throughout it. It will have you looking like you dipped your nails in molton lava. This brand is non-toxic, cruelty free and vegan. Plus this company is transparent about what kind of products they do use, making it easy to trust them. Trust Fund Beauty was created by the founder after her mother went through chemotherapy. After realizing there were limited amount of safe brands that people, like her mother, could use Samara Granofsky eventually started this company in hopes of providing quality products for anyone and everyone.
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