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Hot Take: Even Your Nail Polish Should Be Vegan

February 6, 2024

Embarking on a vegan lifestyle extends beyond the kitchen and into every aspect of our daily lives, including the beauty products we choose. 

Nail polish, a staple in many beauty routines, traditionally contains animal-derived ingredients and is tested on animals. However, the rise of veganism has led to a surge in brands committed to creating cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options. 

Today, we're diving into the world of vegan nail polishes, showcasing the brands that stand out not only for their ethical standards but also for their exceptional quality and range of colors.

1. Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish

Pacifica is a brand that’s been at the forefront of the vegan beauty movement, and their 7 Free Nail Polish line is a testament to their commitment. Free from seven harmful chemicals often found in nail polish (including toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and formaldehyde), Pacifica’s polishes also say no to animal testing and animal-derived ingredients. With a wide array of vibrant colors and a long-lasting formula, these polishes are a dream for ethical beauty enthusiasts.

2. Ella+Mila

Ella+Mila, with its adorable elephant logo, not only offers a vegan and cruelty-free formula but also prides itself on being "17-free," meaning it lacks 17 harmful chemicals commonly used in nail polish. This brand has garnered attention for its quick-dry formula and high-shine finish, making it a favorite among vegan beauty lovers. Their color palette ranges from soft pastels to rich, deep hues, ensuring there’s something for every mood and season.

3. Zoya

Zoya has been a pioneer in the non-toxic nail polish world, offering a vast selection of vegan-friendly polishes. Their formula is "10-free," safe for pregnant women, and comes in over 300 shades. Zoya’s polishes are known for their durability, resisting chips and cracks for days. Whether you’re looking for a neutral shade for a professional setting or a bold color for a night out, Zoya has you covered.

4. ORLY Breathable

ORLY takes a unique approach with its Breathable line, offering a vegan formula that’s also halal certified. The innovative technology behind these polishes allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, promoting healthier nails underneath. With a built-in base and topcoat, ORLY Breathable polishes make for a quick and convenient manicure without sacrificing ethical values.

5. 100% Pure

As the name suggests, 100% Pure focuses on providing pure, non-toxic beauty products, including their range of vegan nail polishes. Their formula is "10-free," and they utilize a plant-based brush for easy and smooth application. The brand offers a variety of colors, from classic reds to trendy metallics, all while ensuring the ingredients are kind to both your nails and the planet.

6. Butter London

Butter London offers a luxury approach to vegan nail polish, with its Patent Shine 10X line featuring a "10-free" formula that promises durability, shine, and fade-resistant color. Their polishes are designed to promote stronger, healthier nails, and the brand's commitment to cruelty-free beauty has made them a staple in vegan beauty bags.

Nail Salon Finishes, Every Time

Choosing vegan nail polish means you don't have to compromise on quality or color range to align with your ethical values. Brands like Pacifica, Ella+Mila, Zoya, ORLY, 100% Pure, and Butter London are leading the way in cruelty-free beauty, proving that compassionate choices can also be chic and long-lasting. 

Whether you're a nail art aficionado or someone who appreciates a simple, polished look, there's a vegan nail polish out there for you.

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