This list will continue to be updated as I go along. I’ve copied and linked to my email correspondence with the companies when applicable (email addresses have been included for those who may wish to contact the companies themselves/have them for reference, but have been modified to prevent spamming).
a-England – polishes are vegan as detailed on their web site.
American International Industries (China Glaze, Poshe, Seche) – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Nail colours and topcoats are vegan, not all China Glaze treatments are vegan. Ingredients are on packaging. See correspondence.
BB Couture – have used all-synthetic ingredients since 2008. Some shades produced before that may contain animal-derived guanine. Round bottles still say “made with natural pearl” on the back but this is an oversight that wasn’t corrected after they switched to synthetic guanine. Correspondence to come.
Beauty 21 Cosmetics (LA Colors, LA Girl, Love & Beauty) – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Nail polish colours are vegan, some LA Girl treatments contain silk (ingredients are listed on packaging). See correspondence.
Beauty Without Cruelty – one of the traditionally well-known brands that make all-vegan polish and makeup available at some vegan online stores.
Butter London – No animal testing, no animal ingredients in nail polishes/treatments. (Irritating customer service at butterlondon Canada though.) See correspondence.
Catrice – polishes are vegan. (detailed info to come soon)
Color Club (Forsythe Cosmetics – also make Cosmetic Arts) – *NEEDS UPDATING* Newer Color Club bottles have started containing shellac in the ingredients or the “may contain” list. Not sure how far back this goes, I advise checking ingredients labels carefully. Trying to get an explanation/update on this from the company but so far they are not responding to my questions through their contact form. Very disappointed with this ingredients change and this poor customer service…
Leaping Bunny certified and all nail colours are vegan. See http://www.cosmeticgroup.com/store/behind-brand.html
Cosmetic Design Group (American Classics treatments, Nina Ultra Pro) – No animal testing or animal ingredients. The keratin listed in the ingredients for Gelous is a plant-derived phytokeratin. Email correspondence to follow.
Cult Nails – No animal testing or animal ingredients, as detailed in their about page.
Deborah Lippman – No animal testing, nail products are vegan except for cuticle remover. See correspondence.
Essence – polishes are vegan. (detailed info to come soon)
Gabriel Cosmetics – one of the traditionally-known brands that make vegan polishes and makeup available at some vegan online stores.
GOSH – polishes are vegan. (detailed info to come)
Joe Fresh – no animal testing, ingredients on labels. Older labels had no animal ingredients listed. Need to check with company about newer labels which list some potentially animal-derived ingredients (even for shades which had no animal ingredients listed on older version of label); will update when I find out.
Milani (also makes Jordana) – No animal testing; nail colours are vegan with the exception of the One Coat Glitters and Jewel FX, which contain guanine of unknown source. See correspondence. *Requires updating* Seems that some lines have changed formulations, and new lines have been created. The Milani website now lists ‘vegan’ right on the page for individual products so best to check there first. The newer Color Statement line is *not* listed as vegan so it is assumed to contain animal derived pigments at least for some shades.
Misa – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Products are vegan, see correspondence.
NCLA – polishes and nail wraps are vegan-friendly.
No Miss – one of the traditionally well-known brands that make all-vegan polish and treatments available at some vegan online stores, natural food stores, etc.
Nubar – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Products are vegan and promoted as such on their website. See ingredients list for nail polishes here.
NYX – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. All nail polishes are vegan, as are many of their other cosmetics. See correspondence.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. All products vegan; see their FAQ.
OPI/Nicole by OPI – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. The company was acquired by Coty last year, who are said to be involved in animal testing (not sure for which of the many brands they own), however OPI has retained and re-committed to its no-animal-testing policies after being bought. Nail colours produced since 2007 are free of animal ingredients, OPI Ridge Filler is not vegan however (contains silk). There are a few older discontinued colours that contain guanine, see correspondence for the list.
Orly – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Ingredients on packaging; most nail colour ingredients lists I’ve seen so far have been vegan – but there are some older Orly shades that are not, such as Emerald Life and other similar sheers – these ones say “Made with natural pearl” on the back of the bottle and have guanine in the ingredients list. I haven’t yet received a response from Orly about a comprehensive list of which polishes are and are not vegan, but all the newer ones seem to be. Not all of their treatments are vegan; be sure to check ingredients.
Ozotic (Lumineye – also make the brands Artform and Chemistry) – No animal testing or animal ingredients. See correspondence.
Picture Polish – polishes are vegan. (detailed info to come soon)
Pretty Serious – all polishes and cosmetics are vegan as detailed on their web site.
Priti NYC – polishes are vegan as detailed on their web site.
Sally Beauty Supply (FingerPaints, Sally Girl, Beauty Secrets)- No animal testing or animal ingredients in the production of their polishes. See correspondence (copied from Sally customer service portal). Similarly, no animal testing involved in Beauty Secrets treatments, check ingredients though as not all are vegan.
Soulstice Spa – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. All nail colours are vegan. May contain synthetic guanine. See correspondence.
SpaRitual – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. All ingredients are vegan; see their site.
Wet n Wild – Have signed no-animal-testing statements. Nail colours are vegan and ingredients on packaging. See a list of their vegan products here.
Zoya – No animal testing; all nail polishes and Zoya Color Lock treatments are vegan. *Not* all Qtica products are vegan, be sure to check ingredients. See correspondence.
Indie polish brands that make vegan polishes (will add to the list as I discover them):
Ador Beauty Supplies
Black Cat Lacquer
Black Dahlia Lacquer
Eat Sleep Polish
Emily de Molly
Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Il était un vernis
I Love Nail Polish (ILNP, I<3NP)
Kunimitsu Nail Potions
Philly Loves Lacquer
Pipe Dream Polish
Polish Addict Nail Color
Polished by KPT
Pretty and Polished
Ruby White Tips
Sweet Heart Polish
The Lady Varnishes