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No, Not All Nail Polish is Vegan: Regular Gel Polish vs Vegan Gel Polish

Written by: Ellie Simmons



Time to read 5 min

If you're making the move to a more plant-based lifestyle or you're simply curious about what you're putting on your nails, you may be wondering: ss all nail polish vegan? The short and simple answer is no, not all nail polish is vegan. (But ours is.)

Long gone are the days of needing to use animal products to create our cosmetics. We can create salon-quality gel polish without the use of animal-derived ingredients or byproducts that perform just as well – if not even better. 

And with so many of us becoming more aware of the products we choose to use on our bodies and as part of our beauty or self-care routine, vegan gel polish provides a friendlier choice.

We've answered some of your most asked questions on vegan nail polish, including what makes it vegan and how it's any different from regular gel polish

Let's dive in.

What is Gel Nail Polish Made Of?

Without going into the nitty gritty science of gel polish, we'll answer this one in easy-to-understand terms.

Gel nail polish is essentially made up of acrylic polymers and monomers that harden when cured under a LED or UV lamp (called polymerisation). Along with the acrylic, it often contains some sort of hardening agent and dyes that give polish its colour.

The main difference between gel polish and regular nail polish is the hardening agents – in gel polish, they need to be cured underneath a curing lamp, whereas the ingredients in regular nail polish don't.

What is Vegan Gel Nail Polish Made Of?

When we look at what makes up vegan gel polish formulas, we're simply talking about all the same ingredients found in regular gel polish – acrylic polymers and monomers, plus a hardening agent and colours. The difference is that vegan polish doesn't contain any animal-derived ingredients.

Regular gel polish can sometimes contain beeswax or other animal byproducts to formulate the polish, whereas vegan gel polishes only use natural or plant-based ingredients.

For example, microcrystalline wax is a common ingredient in vegan gel polish, which serves the same purpose of producing a classic gel polish consistency.

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Is Vegan Nail Polish the Same as Cruelty-Free Gel Polish?

Vegan and cruelty-free gel polish aren't the same thing and are two completely different categories of products.

Cruelty-free gel polish contains no ingredients that have been tested on animals, which is different to animal-derived ingredients. Gel polish can be both vegan and cruelty-free, but it can also be cruelty-free and still contain animal-derived ingredients.

All of our gel nail polishes are vegan and cruelty-free, so they don't contain any animal-derived ingredients or products tested on animals.

Vegan Gel Polish

Regular Gel Polish

Contains natural ingredients, like mineral-based waxes

Contains animal-derived ingredients, like beeswax

Made using acrylic polymers & monomers

Made using acrylic polymers & monomers

Must be cured under a LED or UV lamp

Must be cured under a LED or UV lamp

Can also be cruelty-free

Can still be cruelty-free

How Do You Remove Vegan Gel Polish?

There are no different removal methods needed for removing vegan gel polish compared to regular gel polish. 

You'll still need to use acetone to cut through the gel formula and break down the bond between the gel polish and the nail plate.

Our top methods for gel nail polish removal include:

What are the Benefits of Switching to Vegan Gel Polish?

If you're planning on making the switch to vegan gel polish, there are a bunch of benefits to wearing it over traditional gel polish – some of which we've highlighted below:

You're Switching it Up for a Great Cause

One of the best things about incorporating vegan products into your beauty regime is that you're helping to make a difference

Going vegan doesn't only need to be about the food you eat; if you choose, you can look to filter out animal products from all aspects of your life, including beauty.

Chip-Free Wear for up to 3 Weeks

We've not just formulated our gel polishes to be vegan, but they're long-wearing, too. When used alongside our Pro LED Lamp, your mani will be chip, nick, and smudge-free for up to 3 weeks

That means you get to enjoy your gel nails for longer, and your gel polish bottles will last longer. That's a bonus for you and your pocket.

Unbeatable & Highly-Pigmented Colour

One of the reasons so many people buy our gel polishes time and time again is because of their unbeatable colour. You won't find dull or patchy colours here. Every single one of our gels is beautifully pigmented and has a shiny, glossy finish.

Plus, we have over 200 gel colours, from nude polishes to glitter shades, reflective gels, and many more, so you don't have to compromise on your favourite nail colours when you switch to vegan polish.

Summary: All There is to Know About Vegan Gel Polish

So, to sum it all up, vegan gel polish isn't formulated with any animal-derived ingredients, like beeswax or animal proteins, but that doesn't take away from the quality.

Our polishes are highly pigmented and glossy and come in a huge range of colours, so you can switch to a vegan alternative and still get the look you love.

Ready to give it a try? Take a look at our full range of 200+ gel polish colours and pick your favourite (or favourites) today. 

And if you're in need of some mani inspiration to get you started, head on over to our blog for our exclusive tips and the latest gel nail trends.


What makes nail polish vegan?

Vegan nail polish is that which contains no animal-derived ingredients or by-products. It also should not have been tested on animals.

How long does vegan nail polish last?

Our vegan gel nail polish lasts for up to 3 weeks when applied correctly. We recommend following our nail prep steps and curing your polish with our Pro LED Lamp for the best and longest-lasting results.

How to know if a beauty product is vegan?

Check the ingredients list of the product. If it contains animal-derived ingredients, it is not vegan. You should also check with the brand to ensure they have a cruelty-free policy in place.

Why choose vegan beauty products?

Making the switch to vegan beauty products should be something that everyone is working towards. Not only because it is healthier for our bodies but also because of the cruelty-free element associated with vegan products.

Is vegan gel nail polish healthier?

Vegan gel nail polish isn't necessarily 'healthier' than regular gel polish, as the basis of both are the same. However, if you're conscious of the ingredients you're applying to your nails or using on your body, vegan gel polish offers a great alternative as it generally contains no animal-derived ingredients. Read more on our health & safety.

What is the difference between vegan nail polish & cruelty-free nail polish?

Vegan nail polish doesn't contain any animal products or byproducts, whereas cruelty-free nail polish doesn't contain ingredients that have been tested on animals. Gel polish can be both vegan and cruelty-free, or it can be one or the other.

Ellie Simmons

Ellie is the Brand Manager at Mylee, where she immerses herself in all things gel nails. 

Alongside being a skilled and certified nail technician, Ellie's expertise extends to gel manicures and nail extensions. Her heart and soul are devoted to all things nail-related, and she loves flaunting her own long, natural nails with captivating nail art. 

Ellie's ultimate favourites are iridescent and sparkly designs!

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