Sally Hansen Tests on Animals—but These 15 Nail Polish Brands Don’t!

When you scroll through Insta or TikTok, you’re bound to come across pics of gorgeous nails that are seriously impressive. 💅

Unfortunately, some nail polish companies—like OPI and Sally Hansen—still pay for cruel tests on animals so that they can sell their products in China, where animal testing for certain products is required.

Luckily, having cute nails without harming animals is easier than ever. Tons of compassionate brands refuse to sell their products in China until the Chinese government ends its animal testing requirement. Just look for these cruelty-free, PETA-approved brands, which are available at many stores that carry nail polish:

100% Pure

100% Pure’s Zer0 collection is not only cruelty-free but also made without the 20 common toxins found in conventional nail polishes. This brand really lives up to its name!

Beauty Without Cruelty

When you shop from Beauty Without Cruelty, every nail polish you see is animal-friendly and made to be resilient. Its Kind Colourful Nails collection is water-resistant to prevent damage, and with its Attitude Nail Colour collection, you only need one coat for long-lasting results.


Inspired by the twin daughters (named Ella and Mila) of one of its founders, this brand is committed to making stunning eco-friendly products. Its nail polishes are chip-resistant and dry quickly for ultimate convenience.

Gabriel Cosmetics

The Garden of Delights collection by Gabriel Cosmetics features five shades ranging from calm to energetic. Each shade is made with naturally sourced ingredients and without toxins like formaldehyde and DBP.

Holo Taco

What better way to celebrate spring than with a colorful pastel mani? Try Holo Taco’s vibrant shades, like Crime and Punishment, Pinky Swear, and Banana Medicine. They’re all made in the U.S.

Jolie Vegan

As you can probably guess by the name, Jolie Vegan creates its products without using animals. It makes uplifting nail polish shades to bring out your individuality. Have the Courage, for example, will help you feel confident being your true self.


L.A. COLORS’ Quick Color Nail Polish is designed for quality and speed. The three-in-one formula with base coat, top coat, and color will give you a fresh mani or pedi in minutes. Choose from 15 shades to find the look you want to pull off.

L.A. Girl

L.A. Girl wants to make glamorous cosmetics available to everyone. Its Gel Extreme Shine provides a brilliant glimmer without the need for UV lights and only costs $5! If you’re looking for salon-quality nails on a budget, few options are better than this brand’s.


The SANGUINE collection by LVX is made for long-lasting wear. Its sustainable formula is cruelty-free and doesn’t use 10 common industry toxins. This rich and creamy nail polish comes in over 60 shades, so you’re sure to find one you love.

Manic Panic

The world’s first alternative beauty brand, Manic Panic is well known for offering some of the most vivid hair colors on the market. Its beauty expertise also extends to nails, and if you’re into the alternative scene, the fierce Claw Colors nail polishes are perfect for you.

MO Nails

MO Nails is wholly dedicated to offering ethical nail products. It has over 500 colors and a vast selection of gels, top coats, and spa essentials that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

NCLA Beauty

Founded by two Asian American sisters, NCLA Beauty offers scents, body scrubs, and lipsticks in addition to chic nail polishes. Try Life’s Better Poolside for a cool blue, Rose Sheer for a delicate finish, or The Love Duo for the perfect romantic look. 😍


The Plant Magic Polish collection by Pacifica uses biosourced ingredients from renewable vegetable biomass and is rich in elements like calcium and magnesium. Even if chem isn’t your fave subject, it’s wonderful to see how vegan concoctions make such ravishing polishes.

wet n wild

Do you need to put on a fresh coat of nail polish but you only have minutes to spare? Grab the Fast Dry AF Nail Color from wet n wild, paint your nails, wait only 30 seconds, and you’re done! We agree—that is fast AF.

 YAPA Beauty

“Beauty Without Harm” is YAPA Beauty’s slogan, and it proves it with every exquisite shade in its huge inventory. This bright and cheerful “Poppy” is a fantastic choice for spring and is nontoxic.


Want to find other animal-friendly brands? Check out our full cruelty-free cosmetics database.

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