Color Club/Forsythe Cosmetics polishes – NOT all vegan-friendly. Up to and including Fall 2015 releases, these shades contain animal products :
68 Hey Gorgeous
894 Jewel of a Girl
900 Resort to Red
Forsythe is also the manufacturer for other brands/private label polishes such as Cosmetic Arts, Funky Fingers, Urban Outfitters polishes, Studio M, and possibly others that I’m unaware of. For future releases after Fall 2015, anyone interested in whether their polishes are vegan-friendly should contact the company to ask if new shades contain shellac (personally I will no longer be buying polish from them).
Correspondence with company :
RE: [Shop Color Club] Contact Form from October 17 at 9:18PM
Sorry for the delay! We are a nail polish manufacturer for other brands besides Color Club, so we have a very large number of shades that needed to be reviewed.
I found that the following shades contain shellac.
68 Hey Gorgeous
Again if you would like to send me a list of shades to double check, I would be more than happy to pass it along for verification.
Please let me know if I can help with anything else.
Contact Form Submission:
Name: Joanne Charlebois
Copy of email chain:
Hello, it’s been a long time since I’ve had any reply from you, could I please get an update on this?
On Sep 28, 2015, at 3:30 PM, Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail.com> wrote:
On Sep 16, 2015, at 9:04 AM, Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail.com> wrote:
Any news on this? Can you tell me the name of the one shade you do know of?
On Sep 3, 2015, at 2:12 PM, Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda at cosmeticgroup.com> wrote:
Thanks for your patience! I believe it is only a single shade that contains that ingredient but I am waiting to hear from our private label and chem teams so I can be sure I am passing on the right info.
Again, if there is a list of shades you are most concerned about I’d be happy to have them check the ingredients in those.
From: Jo Charlebois [mailto:ariix77 at gmail com]
Just wondering when I can expect a reply listing the polish shades? I understand you probably have to consult with another department to get a list but just wondering about how long that will be. I’m anxious to know if any of the ones I own do contain shellac.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Jo Charlebois <ariix77 at gmail com>
Thank you for replying.
I am not sure where you got your definition for “vegan”, but it most definitely does, and always has since a man named Donald Watson created the term in 1944, include avoidance of insect products. Insects are a class of animals, that is a fact. There may be some people who refer to themselves as vegans who use insect products, but they are the ones who are not using the term correctly.
I have to say this is very disappointing and upsetting. I really wasn’t expecting this to be the reply.
Could you please, please provide me with a full and comprehensive list of which of your shades have (or have had, in the case of any discontinued ones) shellac as an ingredient. I own about a hundred bottles of Color Club (as well as a few Cosmetic Arts, Ruby Wing and Funky Fingers) and need to know which ones to dispose of. I also maintain a vegan nail blog with a list of vegan-friendly polishes and I will need to update it with which shades to avoid, along with a huge, huge apology to my vegan readers for having had Color Club listed as “all polishes vegan” all this time.
I’m so sad that I trusted your claim of “vegan” on the website and didn’t notice this change in the ingredients list until now.
On Aug 31, 2015, at 10:28 AM, Amanda Benzaquin <Amanda at cosmeticgroup.com> wrote:
Thank you for contacting Color Club!
The claim for “vegan” requires no animal products. Insects are not included in that definition but understandably that can be a concern for some vegans.
Only a few of our colors contain that ingredient. The FDA requires the “may contain” list to include only colorants so that is why we changed the ingredient deck.
I’d be happy to check on a particular color(s) to see if it contains shellac.
Let me know if I can help in any other way.
Contact Form Submission:
As a long-time customer and a vegan, I just noticed something on your newer nail polish labels that is very confusing and worrying. I just got the Poptastic Pastel mini set in the mail and saw in the ingredients list on the back “may contain” shellac. Confused, I peeled back the label on one of the full-size bottles from that collection that I’d also gotten, and saw that shellac is in the main ingredients list, not just the “may contain” part. This was never in your ingredients list back when I first started collecting polish.
I see that you still describe your polish as “vegan friendly” on your web site [at the time I first submitted this question this was the case, but now 2+ weeks later I see it doesn’t say that anymore?? Now I am really worried], so can you please explain the shellac to me? As far as I know shellac is derived from the secretions of the lac beetle and is therefore an animal product. Is there such a thing as entirely synthetic shellac, not derived from any animal product, and that is what is in your products? If so, can you provide a chemistry article reference confirming that such a thing exists (I just haven’t been able to find information on such a thing by doing a quick web search for shellac synthesis methods, which is the reason I ask for a reference).
I’m really hoping this is not a misunderstanding as to what “vegan” means… any substance produced by an insect is definitely not “vegan friendly”.
Thank you for clarifying this,
Thank you. Does this include the recent collections Oil Slick, Halo Hues 2015, Fall 2015?
What about future collections? Would someone interested need to email you each time to find out if any of the new shades contain shellac?
This does include recent collections. We are happy to answer any questions about new collections as they are released.