Some of you may be curious to know why there is a buzz around vegan nail polish. Who knew there were animal by-products in nail polish in the first place? Unfortunately most nail polish brands are tested on animals and contain pigments used from crushed insects, fish scales, and oyster shells.
Furthermore, a lot of nail polish brands contain harsh chemical ingredients and known carcinogens. When learning about non-toxic nail polish, you’ll hear the terms seven-free, five-free, three-free, etc . What do those mean? Three-free means it doesn’t contain 3 common chemicals found in nail polishes (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde). If it’s free of more than three, the nail polish excludes other dangerous chemicals like Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, TPHP and Xylene.
Scary stuff…but have no fear! I’ve compiled my favorite vegan, non-toxic nail polishes so you can paint guilt-free.
Cirque Colors Thermal Vegan Nail Polish
Cirque Colors offers color changing nail polish which makes me nostalgic of mood rings sold at East Meets West. Cirque Colors polishes are 10 Free, coming in as the non-toxic top contender. Being handmade in Brooklyn makes this brand irresistable to me (NY pride!). Their selection includes metallic, glitter, speckled, and holographic nail polishes.
Ella+Mila Vegan Nail Polish
I’m a sucker for branding and ella+mila has done an exceptional job at attention grabbing. That’s not the only reason I like this seven-free brand though. The selection of polishes is on trend and they offer sets with lots of pastels. Their price point is great for the quality. However, I do notice a very strong chemical smell so make sure to paint in a well ventilated area.
Pacfica Vegan Nail Polish
This nail polish dries fast, does not clump, goes on super smooth and lasts me 2 to 4 days without chipping. To me, this is amazing, because I usually chip my nails within a day. It also dries it minutes for the impatient types! Make sure to do two coats and top coat.
Zoya Vegan Nail Polish
This brand now produces five-free polish by removing the big three, plus formaldehyde resin and camphor. I love their selection of nude polishes which are great for any season and any work place.
Sparitual Vegan Nail Polish
I love these nail polishes and recommend them to everyone. In my opinion, they don’t have a strong smell.They dry extremely fast and they won’t chip if you use a base coat and a top coat.
Piggy Paint Vegan Nail Polish
Since I have adorable nieces, I wanted to include a fun brand for children. This brand has bright colors and is better priced than the other brands. It’s water based and safe for kids. Plus, they offer some sparkly options which is always a hit with kids.
Jinsoon Vegan Nail Polish
Jinsoon nail polishes have a cult following, unsurprising once you try their polish. A lot of people mention that they are long lasting, high-quality, and beautifully pigmented.
Regardless of which nail polish brand you choose, you can rest easy knowing that no animal products will be coating your nails. Not to mention the fact that these vegan nail polishes are less toxic and still manage to be long lasting.