Save A Bunny – Use Cruelty Free Nail Polish

By Inspirationail

RabbitWe feel pretty strongly about cosmetics being tested on animals. It’s just wrong, and companies who practice it should be avoided. In fact, we feel so strongly about it that we are proud to say our store only stocks cruelty free brands.

Yes, Even The Rats…

Whether it’s a cute little bunny, a mouse, or even a rat, we don’t think they should suffer so we can have colourful nails. This is especially true when you consider the many fab brands out there who create their amazing products without testing them on animals. Our list is just for varnish, but thanks to PETA you can find cruelty free brands for everything you use.

Not just better for the critters, these brands are all 3-free so they are better for you too!

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There are so many brands out there that make responsible decisions, it should just feel wrong to choose anything else. Remember, every dollar you spend is a vote for the company you are buying from. Be sure to choose brands that help you sleep at night. 😉

3 Free | 4 Free | 5 Free | Water Based | Vegan

30 responses to “Save A Bunny – Use Cruelty Free Nail Polish”

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  1. You forgot Zoya! We only use Zoya and Nubar at our spa.

  2. Katie says:

    Don’t forget The Painted Nail by Nubar. No carcinogens, vegan and cruelty-free!!!! 😉 Save the Planet and look fabulous doing it!

  3. If you know a brand we’ve missed out than let us know in these comments and we’ll be sure to include them.

  4. Claire says:

    Hi, I was wondering is Barry M cruelty free?

  5. I was wondering about Deborah Lippmann–I know the polishes are vegan, and 3 free (I think). But I can’t find any info. Thank you :)

  6. Lizzy says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you so much for the effort you’ve put into this!
    I was wondering whether OPI and Essie are cruelty free brands because I’ve seen a lot of conflicting information. (some say they are, others disagree… but PETA lists OPI as a cruelty free brand)
    Thank you!

  7. OPI Rep says:


    We are a cruelty-free brand and always have been. As huge animal lovers we can’t imagine ever testing our products on them. As a matter of fact, many of our products are tested internally on our own employees. We’re also a ‘3-Free’ brand and have been since 2006. Hope that answers your question!

  8. Deborah says:

    How about Revlon and Wet N Wild?

  9. Alexis says:

    Hello, I was wondering how up to date this website is? because OPI, from what i seen on many different websites, that OPI got bought out by coty (which is a company that tests on animals) please let me know? And OPI was bought out by Coty from 2010, please and thank you


  10. Revlon is cruelty free, I just checked PETA’s site.

    • Jenn says:


      Revlon TENDS TO NOT (although they never guarantee this) test on animals themselves, ***BUT*** they continue to buy, use and benefit financially from chemical ingredients in their nail polishes that have recently been tested on animals by their suppliers.

      In other words, their ingredients are NOT cruelty-free whatsoever.

      This is just as bad as if they were testing on animals themselves because they are still contributing to the problem. Their ingredients are still contributing to the torture of innocent animals.


      If you usually buy drugstore brands, there are only a few that don’t test on animals NOR do they purchase their ingredients from companies who do. Most drugstore brands are bad, but ALMAY, E.L.F., and WET N’ WILD are one of the few truly cruelty-free ones.

      Many drugstore and also more expensive beauty counter brands (like at Macy’s) test on animals or use animal-tested ingredients. Unfortunately, often times these brands try to confuse consumers or try to claim they are cruelty-free when they’re not. You have to really be informed.

      These are brands that tend not to test on animals themselves, BUT continue to buy, use and benefit financially from chemical ingredients that have recently been tested on animals by their suppliers:

      -Cover Girl (partnered with Proctor & Gamble which is one of the biggest animal testing companies)
      -Essie (yes, essie! Acquired by L’Oreal in April 2010)
      -Estee Lauder
      -MAC (despite their testimonials, they still do)
      -NYC/New York Color (owned by Coty)
      -OPI (opi was acquired by Coty LLC at the end of 2010. Coty tests on animals)

      And, of course, also avoid these companies that produce nail polishes that they themselves tested on animals:

      -Elizabeth Arden
      -Max Factor
      -Sally Beauty Supply (Alberto Culver)

      These companies do NOT test on animals, NOR do they purchase their ingredients from companies who do:

      – Almay
      – Barielle
      – Barry M
      – BB Couture
      – Bonnie Belle
      – China Glaze
      – Color Club
      – Clinique
      – Deborah Lippmann
      – E.L.F. Cosmetics
      – Hard Candy
      – Jane Cosmetics
      – Jesse’s Girl
      – Jordana
      – Misa
      – NFU Oh
      – Nubar
      – Orly
      – Rescue Beauty Lounge
      – Seche
      – Urbay Decay
      – Wet N’ Wild
      – Zoya

      Here they provide pretty good info:

  11. Nancy Kaplan says:

    I was really excited to see this list. Then I compared it to’s list of approved companies that don’t test. Their list is the most reliable one out there, recommended by the US Humane Society. The only companies on your list that made theirs are Beauty without Cruelty, Hard Candy and Priti NYC. Here’s a link.

    • Billie says:

      Some companies are subsidiaries of larger companies. Companies like color club are vegan and ARE listed in leaping bunny but under the parent name.

      So, yes, this list might be a bit skewed, (opi is not cruelty free) but leaping bunny is a good way to start but we still need to do extra research.



    It’s listed on the 5-free list at, but not on the cruelty-free list on this webpage.

    What’s confusing is that on the 5-free list it says about all the polishes listed there:
    “Some of the larger cosmetic companies also make formulas without these chemicals. However many of them are known to test on animals so we are sticking to the good guys.”

    So does Dashing Diva test on animals or purchases ingredients from companies that test on animals?

  13. Hanna says:

    Is Uslu Airlines cruelty free?

  14. Dujour says:

    Beautiful list. If u have any to add to mine, please do. I have just decided to go vegan with my polish thing and with products and stuff I wear, need supporter on the journey. :) I have a tiny community of friends as a nail art beginner

  15. Opi is NOT cruelty free!! Their parent owned company tests on animals!

  16. Rat Face says:

    What do you mean “or even a rat” ????! Rats are very intelligent, friendly, cute and loving little animals who are given a hard time in life just because of their name. It’s bad enough that there are a lot of uneducated people out there who don’t like them, but I would have thought you knew different. Shame on you!

  17. OPI??? Owned by Coty who are definatley not cruelty free. Any profit made from OPI is funding animal cruelty and therefore should NOT be on this list!

  18. Rose Bolam says:

    Check out JESSICA they are 5 free + fab polishes too…:)

  19. O.P.I says:

    i think that you are incorrect about opi. i reaserched which products and they ship their products to china where every thing must be tested on animals before sold. i think you should find out a little more about that. By the way, if you didn’t know this, there is a websight called PETA where you can search a name of a brand and it will show weather or not it is crultey free. it also shows if it is vegan or natural. I agree that it is really important for beauty products to be cruelty free.

  20. Rats says:

    What do you mean “even a rat.” Rats are sweet little creatures and should be treated the same as any other animal.

  21. ten91 says:

    Please add Ginger + Liz to cruelty free list! Their nail polish is amazing.

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