Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vegan nail polish Review! (3 different polishes, many variations)

I get a bit giddy when packaging comes looking like a gift. I love when sellers take the time to pretty things up.

Recently, I have gotten more serious about my once, poorly attempted, Cruelty Free regimen. In my early twenties, I was hit with the reality of the makeup industry (You can see more about my experience in my article on Cruelty Free Makeup)
As a result, I went vegetarian, followed by vegan for a short time. This lasted only a few pathetic months, before it became too difficult for me. The resources we have now, weren't exactly plentiful in the early 2000's, but that was still no excuse. That, and I think it was a case of "Happiness is a bad memory" Eventually I forgot the disturbing images that haunted me for months. That is where I got lazy, you might say.

Now that I have more resources and options, I have gotten more serious about staying completely cruelty free, for my health and moral well being.

As part of this en-devour, I went perusing for all new vegan nail polishes to replace the ones that aren't cruelty free. I haven't quite mastered the complete switch over, but it's not far off. I gotta say, i'm just loving the excuse to buy all new things! (on a tight budget, but none the less, slowly acquired fun!) Fortunately, the choices are abundant and for the most part, around the same price as my previous loves; Essie and Opi. Formerly Cruelty Free, but they recently started selling to China.

I found a lovely collection called Every beauty boutique, by a woman named Adinah. She makes home made nail polish that immediately caught my eye. The sparkling and unique colors stood out amongst all the other choices. The confetti and chunky glitter were candy to my eyes, and I had to have them. I found a color called "Dizzy" that I really liked. It reminds me of confetti and just makes me happy. I'd never done the whole chunk glitter look, but i'm really liking it. 

I told Adinah that I would love to do a review for her in exchange for a discount, and she did even better. She graciously gave me two polishes and a sample mini of one of her new colors, basically for the price of one.

Pictured above. She sent me a Color shifting top coat in "Violet fix" (middle) "Dizzy" (left) and the sample mini of a new color, "Remix" (right)

Warning: I know it's blasphemous to not have long sexy nails when modeling polish, but they badly needed a cut. Enjoy the stubtacular pics!

                     "Remix"               "Violet Fix" top coat over ELF Plum 

"Dizzy" (left)   "Violet fix" top coat over OPI "uh-oh roll down the window" (right) 

          "Violet fix" top coat over my messy attempt at Baby Blue hearts (bottom)

I LOVE the color shifting top coat. It makes any color pop and gives it some depth. I think you could put it on any boring color to transform or"fix" it. I'm addicted to this stuff. 

**Yes, i know OPI is no longer cruelty free, but I cannot afford to get all new nail polishes at this time, so I am selling what I can and using up the few I have left. I wish I could afford to trash all my polishes, but I can't.**

As for Kleancolor, used for the hearts. I found this:

Q. Do you test your products on animals?
A: NO TESTING on ANIMALS whatsoever! Due to limited budget and the desire to provide good quality products at the best prices, we are currently not at ability to join/sponsor PETA or related cruelty-free program without increasing product price. We prefer to keep low cost for our customers as return of support of KleanColor brand. However, we can assure that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development. We do not test any of our products on animals or ask anyone else to test for us.

^^ I'm not really sure what to make of that statement, and was not aware it was very costly to join the list. Will have to look into it more!
Ingredients & information
  • Completely cruelty free.
  • Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isobutyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Silica, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, N-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, D&C Violet #2
  • Her  polishes are packed with high quality pigments, and contain NO dyes, toulene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate..
  • The drying time wasn't too long and I only needed to apply two coats to get a full color.  These are very iridescent colors, so they go on a lot lighter. 
I just spied a special going on right now. Any 2 mini's for 7.50 and any 3 mini's for $10. Those minis last a while! 

Enjoy looking through her many selections at http://www.etsy.com/shop/everybeautyboutique Hope you find something you like. I know I need to go back for a few more at some point, when monies will allow! 


  1. I love how you explain in detail all this nail polish has to offer, I also try to keep healthy with nail polish and many other things, This review was great, Another great one from you, Tyvm xo

  2. I love to hear that you care! thank you for the compliment!

  3. I love the review and the blue hearts are cute. I also try to look for a natural approach when it comes to nail care because I cook so much. I have had nail polish flake while baking and it's not pretty. No one wants a sparkley pizza dough. I love minis because it is just the right amount I use before it becomes unstable. Thank you again Ali for sharing your experience.

    1. I can't tell you how many times I have wasted away one nail color for a new one. A mini is perfect in my book.

  4. They are all sparkly, and cute.

  5. i would wanna try these sparkles

  6. I like them, I like your short nails too! :D I Looked into certification and PETA is a little guarded on their website about it. They offer you an image license for $100 (one time fee) for the cruelty free bunny, but you have to be certified first to be able to use it. They do not specify a cost for certification, but they do provide you a link to access paperwork, so if you want to find out how much it costs you might have to email them - I know to get certified as Vegan the costs vary depending on your annual turnover. Here are the Vegan requirements/costs, so I would assume PETA would be similar or more, but I don't know. (http://vegan.org/wp-content/uploads/certification-application-2012.pdf)

    1. Aha! I see that. Hmm, makes me wonder. I understand that a tiny family business wouldn't want to foot their costs, but i'm hard pressed to understand why a bigger company wouldn't. Considering it's a one time thing. I doubt certification is very expensive. Maybe i'll shoot leaping bunny an e-mail. They're really nice and prompt with questions.

  7. I really love polishes with sparkles and such. Remix is really cute, as well as Violet fix topcoat. Great review :)

  8. I love the cute design you did on your nails with the blue one. I love how they are vegan. I love sparkly nail polish and glitter. My sister is a big nail polish junkie so I will have to tell her about this. Great review Ali.

  9. I love your fingernails. They are so cute. Great review. I love vegan products.

  10. I love those glittery polishes! Even better that they aren't tested on animals, and it's free of the major yucky chemicals in nail polish.

  11. THANK YOU for taking the time to write all of that information out. It's an issue I really care about and thanks for the heads up on the special. I love all of the sparkles and how they turned out on your nails. Your "remix" nails look like cupcake tops to me.

  12. I LOVE this!! soo pretty! Great colors, great concept, AWESOME REVIEW! TY!! This will be on my MUST GET LIST!

  13. These are different. I thought most nail polishes needed 2 coats at most. Personally I don't like just plain sparkles without any base color. The idea of vegan polish is neat though