Vegan Nail Polish

Scotch Naturals nail polish display

I really like having cutely painted nails. This goes back to when I used to DJ at college radio stations, and it would make me happy to see my fingernails when I was running the board. Now it translates to seeing my fingers on my keyboard at work or in posts on my website. It just makes life happier.

When I found out that not all nail polish was vegan, I looked online for a comprehensive list. To make things even more complicated, I don’t really like to use a ton of chemicals, so I wanted to know which polishes are the least toxic.

This alphabetical list includes vegan nail polish that is cruelty-free and also free of at least 3 of the harmful toxins usually found. Each brand lists how many toxins the company excludes from their polish, 3-free being the minimum required to make it onto my list, and 7-free (or even 11-free!) being the least toxic.

If you don’t want to see the entire list and you’re just interested in which ones are the best, so far, I recommend the following.

100% Pure vegan nail polish

100% Pure
I tested the colors: green tea ice cream, mint, and seafoam
Brush rating: perfect
Odor rating: average
Coats needed: 1 for the blue, 2 for the greens
Chipping started: day 2 - 3
Total score: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

786 Cosmetics vegan nail polish

786 Cosmetics
I tested the colors: Java Halal (black) and Lahore Halal (gray)
Brush rating: good
Odor rating: average
Coats needed: 1-2
Chipping started: on day 2
Total score: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Dream by PS
I tested the color: Silver glitter
Brush rating: average
Odor rating: average
Coats needed: 1
Chipping started: on day 3
Total score: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Trust Fund vegan nail polish

Trust Fund
I tested the colors: Sex Tape (pink), Beverly Thrills (blue glitter), Money Buys Happiness (light pink), Celebrity Crush (yellow)
Brush rating: perfect size on 3 out of 4 bottles
Odor rating: average
Coats needed: 7 for yellow; 2 for dark pink
Chipping started: day 2 or 3
Total score: ☆ ☆ ☆

I compiled this list in 2015 and updated it in 2018. If you have information that differs from this list, please email me or share it in the comments (citing your source), so that I can make sure my list is as accurate as possible.

Note: The following list doesn’t include brands (like wet n wild or julep) that have some vegan and some non-vegan.

Brand Toxicity
100% pure 10 free
1143 H2O 7 free
786 Cosmetics 11 free
A beautiful life (ABL)
A-dorn 5 free
Acquarella 7 free
Aila 11 free
All Heart 7 free
American Apparel 3 free
Authority cosmetics 5 free
Bad Bitch Polish (BBP) 3 free
Beauty without cruelty 3 free
Bella Pierre 3 free
Benecos 5 free
Berenice Beauty 5 free
Bion cosmetics 5 free
Black Dahlia Lacquer 5 free
Booty Babe 3 free
Butter London 3 free
China glaze 3 free
Ciate 3 free
Cienna Rose 12 free
Color club 4 free
Color me Earth 4 free
Cult 5 free
Dazzle dry 5 free
Deborah Lippmann 5 free
Dream by PS 7 free
Dr’s Remedy 5 free
E.L.F.
Ella & Mila 5 free
Exurbe cosmetics 5 free
Floss gloss 3 free
Furless
Gabriel 5 free
Ginger + Liz 5 free
Gloss & Co 5 free
GLOSSWORKS 9 free
Habit cosmetics 5 free
Hard Candy 3 free
I Scream Nails 5 free
James Robert John (JRJ) 5 free
Joshik 5 free
Karma Hues 4 free
Keeki
Kester Black 5 free
Kia-Charlotta 14 free
Kitty got claws 5 free
KL Polish 12 free
Kure Bazaar 5 free
Lauren B Beauty 5 free
LAW Beauty Essentials 5 free
Leesha’s Lacquer 5 free
Lillian Eve 5 free
Lime Crime 3 free
Lisa lacquer 4 free
LiveOliv 5 free
Londontown Lakur 9 free
Lustre 5 free
LVX 5 free
Madam Glam 5 free
Manic panic 3 free
Milani 3 free
Mineral fusion 5 free
Mischo Beauty 10 free
Models own
Moonstone 5 free
Moov 7 free
NCLA 5 free
Night Owl Lacquer 5 free
No miss 5 free
Northern Nail Polish 7 free
Nubar 3 free
Obsessive-compulsive cosmetics (OCC) 5 free
Organic glam (OG)
Orly 3 free
OZN 7 free
p2 cosmetics
Pacifica 7 free
pear nova 5 free
PiCture pOlish 5 free
Piggy paint 7 free
Play ♥ Laugh (play love laugh) 5 free
Pretty serious
Prissy cosmetics 5 free
Priti NYC 5 free
Pure euphoria 5 free
Rainbow honey 3 free
Scotch naturals 7 free
Sheer Lust 5 free
Sheswai 3 free
SHINE 10 free
Soulstice spa 3 free
Sparitual 5 free
Superchic Lacquer 5 free
Trust fund 5 free
Vivre Cosmetics 10 free
wHet 3 free
wikkid polish 5 free
Willow Byron Bay 5 free
Wrenn 5 free
Zahara 5 free
ZAPORA 5 free
Zoya 5 free

1143 H20 vegan non-toxic nail polish

If you’re looking for a polish that has no odor whatsoever, I recommend 1143 H2O. It’s the only vegan nail polish I’ve ever tried that has no odor.

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