With warmer weather just around the corner, preparing to have your claws and paws on display for all to see starts with a good manicure. If you’re no stranger to the nail salon, the drugstore’s beauty aisle, or major beauty retailers like Ulta, you’ve probably noticed by now that there aren’t many products with vegan and cruelty-free stamps on them. And though big box stores such as Sephora are expanding their range of animal-friendly products, you might be surprised to know that many well-known designer and bargain brands they already carry aren’t tested on animals and are made without animal-derived ingredients. Many of them just don’t advertise it with the trusted trademarks we look for to identify vegan products. If you’re looking to re-up your nail care assembly in time for spring, here are 11 of the most popular and widely-available brands you probably wouldn’t expect to be animal-friendly.

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Butter London
Vegan and cruelty-free butter, that is. Butter London’s Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer contains no animal-derived ingredients, and their pastel-colored hues are especially charming for spring. Look for the polishes with the silver caps, and pair your favorite polish with Butter London’s Hardwear Shine UV Topcoat.

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Go bright or go home with the shade, “There She Rose Again.” This vibrant pink is perfect for Spring time. 💕

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China Glaze
If you were that little kid who gazed at the rainbow-colored nail polish shelves while waiting for your mother to pick up a prescription at the drugstore, you likely know the brand name China Glaze. A cheaper alternative to other popular brands, China Glaze offers shades that match their higher-end counterparts, and this company’s charmingly cheap polishes can last for up to two weeks without chipping. The majority of China Glaze’s products are vegan and cruelty-free—with the exception of some of their nail strengtheners, which contain keratin and silk proteins.

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Deborah Lippmann
Not only can you trust this celebrity manicurist’s quality and result-producing formulas (hello, healing cuticle oil!), but you can trust that they’re vegan and cruelty-free, too. The Spring 2019 Leave A Light On collection includes pastel-hued shades that reflect the changing color of the sky from morning to night, such as buttery rose “Love Lies” and shimmer-charged turquoise I “Like It Like That.”

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The quality of Essence polishes and nail-care items are parallel to Wet n Wild (listed below), but they’ll cost you a little bit more. If you’re on a budget, Essence’s Glitter On Glitter Off Peel Off Nail Polish is a better alternative to any low-cost drugstore brand that isn’t animal-friendly. Essence also makes it very easy to know which of their products are vegan and cruelty-free by classifying every item on their website for you.

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Ginger and Liz
Two women friends created this vegan brand in 2010 to offer vibrant opaque crème pigments, foil-like metallics, and a new take on basic nudes. There is something for everyone in the Ginger + Liz product line. Add some oomph to your own color collection with shimmery rose-gold glitter Turn It Up, or make a statement with fire-engine red Boss Lady.

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Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs nail lacquers are one of the most luxurious animal-friendly options you’ll find on the beauty market today. Bonus: the designer’s spherical polish pots are equally as cute as their colors.

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Mineral Fusion
This affordable drugstore brand offers a wide variety of vegan products in all its beauty categories, including all nail polishes and nail polish removers. Go bold this spring with shades like Amethyst or Blue Nile.

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As a luxury all-vegan nail care brand with celebrity brand ambassadors like Madonna and vegan activist Pamela Anderson, NCLA’s lacquers cover the nails of Hollywood’s A-listers and come at a lesser price than some not-so-animal-friendly brands such as OPI and Sally Hansen products.

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The seven-free nail polishes and top coats of this vegan brand are long-lasting and void of many chemicals you would find in traditional polish. Choose from a variety of hues that go on smooth and stay put, or buy in bulk with polish trio packs such as Foxy or Nudes. Bonus: Pacifica polishes come with a custom wide, vegan brush for easier application.

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Internationally renowned makeup artist Petra Strand’s natural beauty products have been flying off the shelves since she launched her brand in 2001. Her nail polishes have a built-in UV protection to prevent polish discoloration and pack just as much punch as her bold, glittery eye shadows.

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Urban Decay
With shades formulated to mimic the colors inside Urban Decay’s infamous Naked Palette, any one of the brand’s long-wear polishes is the perfect neutral to pair with any ensemble. They come at a higher price point, but they’re well worth the investment.


Anastasia Barbuzzi is a journalist, freelance writer, and photographer whose work revolves around the worlds of health and wellness, fashion, beauty, culture, and the arts.

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