Nail polish is one of the most common ‘beautify’ things women use for their hands. Unfortunately most nail polish brands are tested on animals and contain harsh chemical ingredients, which is not agreed by everyone. Despite being banned for cosmetics use in several countries, formaldehyde—a known carcinogen—is commonly used in nail polish.

To the great benefit of animals and people, several companies have started nail polish lines that are cruelty-free and vegan. So ladies, for those of you who desire to have coloured nails but hate animal cruelty below you can find several options for vegan nail polishes.

Here are some of the most used vegan nail polishes:

 Barry M Nail Paint, £3.99








The go-to brand for high-street brights and glitz, Barry M’s nail polish range is vegan and cruelty-free and the shades and finishes are the stuff that festive party dreams were made of. The metallic mermaid-inspired ‘Under The Sea’ range is particularly cool.

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Kure Bazaar Nail Polish, £15








Made with 90 per cent bio-sourced ingredients and boasting a 10-free formula, this supermodel founded brand offers stylish colours with skin, nail and planet-friendly varnishes. The new collection will particularly appeal to red manicure fans – it’s inspired by the deep reds and oranges of African sunsets.

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Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer, £18






The gold topped bottles look edgy on your bathroom shelf and the colour spectrum is beyond chic.

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Zoya Nail Polish, £11.70







If you imagined that going vegan in the nail department would curb your colour choices, get acquainted with Zoya. From brights to pastels to jewel-hued shimmers, there’s every shade you could wish for in the brand’s huge vegan, 10-free collection.

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Colour, from £16








From a starting lineup of 27 shades, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann’s range now incorporates over 100 green tea infused, 5-free vegan colours. They’re brilliantly long-wearing too.

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