Cruelty-free nail varnish brands to adore

The one thing that we can all agree on, is that there’s absolutely no need for any animal to suffer to paint your nails. Right? Should beetles really be crushed for that gel polish? It’s completely pointless, and serves little purpose other than our own pleasure. 

But, I love painting my nails. I love to look down and see a fresh, polished manicure on my fingers and toes in statement and delicate shades. It feels like a real treat, a total luxury because nail varnish is entirely pointless. 

Until recently there was little to no option for this, but brands are catching on. After it became clear it would be no longer necessary1 to test on animals to sell many cosmetics in mainland China in 20192, cosmetics brands obviously began development of their own vegan lines.

So what is available? And from where?

1. Nailberry*

Nailberry is a 100% vegan and cruelty free nail polish brand, that offers classic shades in breathable polish. This allows your porous nails access to the air around them. An all over low-tox luxury nail brand with base and top coats, nail polish remover and nailcare to boot. 

2. Illamasqua

Illamasqua has long been cruelty-free but cannot count themselves as fully vegan. This is probably due to the use of beeswax in their lipglosses. They are well known for their high-fashion use and tendency to attract make-up artists. Expect different shades in a variety of textures and colours – mattes, brights, metallics, glitters, sheers and frosted. 

3. Nails Inc*

While Nails Inc as a brand is not vegan they are 100% cruelty-free, they have now released a line of nail varnish that is. Nails Inc are known for creating easily replicable nail looks that follow the seasonal fashions to be very much on trend. Their vegan collection is no different, and nods to tropical shades for the summer to come, brights and staple nudes and neutrals AND a range of basecoats, topcoats and nailcare. They also have low toxic and breathable polishes.

4. BWC*

Beauty Without Cruelty is committed to just that, and offers a huge selection of beautiful polishes in colours that are categorised by the elements. They also have nailcare, base and top coats and nail polish remover, and are well-known for being low toxic in all their product lines.

Buying vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics is a surefire way to end animal cruelty in beauty. We tell these brands what we want by what we choose to buy – and we shouldn’t compromise on anything: not quality; not integrity.


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Jazmin is a yoga teacher, somonaut and creative being learning how to navigate this human experience. On her journey to a more harmonious life, she hopes to share the fruits of her path so that yours might be more easeful.

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