Weekend Beauty 101: Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

It’s that time again!

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Although I do love concocting beauty elixirs and potions in my vegan cauldron (in Halloween spirit) I’m long overdue for a product review! That said, our friends over at Piggy Paint and Beauty Without Cruelty have sent over some fabulous nail polish colors that will keep your fingernails (and little piggies) vibrant from fall to spring!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… there are certain cosmetics that are more difficult to find cruelty-free versions of than others. Nail polish is definitely on top of that list.

To determine which brands are worth the shipping & handling — I tested two that had a lively color selection and an easy-to-navigate website for simple shopping!

  • Brand: Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Color: Reckless Ruby

BWC has a complete line of cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products made with natural ingredients and aroma-therapeutic essential oils, and a full line of color cosmetics. All BWC color cosmetics are suitable for vegans, and are fragrance free.

All of the nail colors are free of toluene, formaldehyde, and pthalates.

I absolutely love the intensity of this deep red hue — it’s perfect for autumn. The first thing I did when I opened the bottle was take a big whiff. I imagined it would be less potent than regular nail polish, however, it was a pretty strong aroma.

The polish itself was a little thin so it did require 3-4 coats. Although it took a little longer than the norm to dry, I was able to wear it for almost two weeks without having to redo my manicure. Good enough for me! Each .34 oz is $16.95. Well worth it for a long-lasting rich color that doesn’t harm animals! Check out my fresh mani below:

  • Brand: Piggy Paint
  • Color: light orange, sparkly blue, gold, fuchsia, pinkish-red

Created by a mom of two little princesses, Piggy Paint is a non-toxic, virtually odorless, eco-friendly, water-based formula. It’s 100 percent safe for kids and during pregnancy.

I smelled every color and all proved to be a mild scent similar to a craft paint. I figured each bottle would have its own cute piggy name associated with the color, but there weren’t any labels on the bottles. However, on the Piggy Paint website there are adorable names dedicated to each color if you wanted to identify it that way.

It took two coats of each color to get the perfect pigment that I wanted. Due to the incredibly slight smell and fast-drying ability — I’m sold. Best part is that each bottle is $8.99 and made in the USA. Piggy Paint, like BWC, is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates and it’s also BPA-free. I can absolutely see why it’s so perfect for the young ones — it dries almost immediately and it’s hypoallergenic so everyone can use it without any worries!

The Piggy Paint tagline is “Piggy Paint nail polish puts the rainbow at kids’ fingertips” so that’s exactly what I did!

I’m excited about my new arsenal of color and will continue to use Piggy Paint and BWC during all seasons! I also have two great websites to shop from when purchasing gifts for my friends, nieces and baby cousins!

Like what you see? We have cruelty-free hair-dye coming your way next month! Check back for more fall colors #iEGstyle! Show off your vegan beauty solutions on Twitter and Instagram @ieatgrassdotcom.

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2 Responses to Weekend Beauty 101: Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

  1. Brittnee says:

    Seriously two weeks on the BWC polish??? WOW! I might need to get that!!

    • elyssa says:


      Awesome benefit, right? It’s the perfect color for fall/winter! I’ve already used it like three times and I rarely reuse one color that often. If you try out any other colors — let us know your feedback!


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