OPI is not cruelty-free, as they sell their nail polish in China, where animal testing is mandatory for foreign cosmetics.

OPI used to be on PETA’s list of companies that do not test on animals, but this is no longer the case. Since Coty acquired OPI in 2010, the brand started selling in China. Coty’s animal testing policy is that they don’t test on animals except when required by law.

I have e-mailed OPI about their cruelty-free status and have not received an answer yet. However, the fact that PETA removed them from their cruelty-free list, along with the fact that they have a distributor in China and retail in China in physical stores, means they don’t have an ethical stance against animal testing.

Here’s a screenshot from their website. OPI has distributors all over the world, including China. Although their distributor is based in Hong Kong, the company has claimed to sell in mainland China. If I ever hear back from OPI, this page will be updated.


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emily elizabeth.

Sorry, had a long comment typed out and edited several times but I just found my answer. It seems that Coty claims to not animal test except where required by law. So if any one else was a little confused with all the information on the internet, I think it’s safe to say that all brands by Coty are tested on animals.

1) https://budgetfriendlytoo.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/email-response-from-coty-inc-animal-testing/

2) https://www.facebook.com/notes/rimmel-london/coty-inc-statement-on-animal-testing/128303577205676

Susan Jenkins

I believe that China stopped requiring animal testing in 2014, so that’s no longer the acid test for being cruelty free.

Suzi Scheler

No no! Recently they loosened up the law a little bit by allowing domestic companies not to test their products on animals. Foreign companies still have to abide by the mandatory animal testing law.

Honestly Jay

Shoot, there was some mint green OPI nail polish I had my eye on. Oh well >u< I think E.L.F might have the same color.

Jayde Taylor

This article is ignorant. OPI does not test on animals. Read it on their website. Just because a product is sold in China doesn’t mean it always is tested on animals.


Basically, if you’re going to sell beauty products in China, they HAVE to be tested on animals. That’s a fact. Sure, the Products in Europe or the US might not be, but the company is still allowing (and supporting) animal testing if they’re selling in China.