I’ve been eyeing the lovely dark green shade of nail polish that is Essie’s Mind Your Mittens on beauty blogs for quite some time. But as you surely know, Essie isn’t cruelty-free. The company used to be on PETA’s cruelty-free list, but once L’Oreal acquired it in 2010, they refused to sign PETA’s cruelty-free claim to renew it. The reasons for this are ambiguous, but long story short: it’s very probable that Essie tests on animals.

Yesterday while I was out shopping, I got lucky and found the perfect cruelty-free alternative to it: American Apparel’s nail polish in Hunter! If you too like Mind Your Mittens, you’ll love Hunter! While it might not look like a perfect match in the bottle, it’s practically indistinguishable once it’s on the nails! I wouldn’t call it a dupe, but…



On the nails, you wouldn’t know the difference!

Do you have any favorite cruelty-free nail polish dupes?


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Suzana Rose
By Suzana Rose|
Suzana is the founder of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She believes in ethical businesses and wants to see a global ban on animal testing. She loves cats, debunking myths, and shoegaze music.