Ethical beauty at your fingertips

10-Free™ Formula ~ Vegan ~ Cruelty Free ~ Water Permeable Polishes ~ Water-Based Removers


Who is Kester Black?

Founded in 2014 by Anna Ross, Kester Black is an innovative, ethical Australian beauty brand that is redefining global industry standards.  With a commitment to exceptional quality and beautiful design, we create high-end beauty products which have a positive social and environmental impact.  All our products are vegan, cruelty free, sustainably made and socially responsible.  Our nail polishes are 10-Free™ and water permeable.

Our history

Anna Ross left design school with dreams to build a fashion empire. It wasn’t until she moved to Melbourne that she realised her desire to design jewellery. Kester Black was originally a jewellery line, selling in top retailers throughout the city.  During the development of a particular range, Anna became interested in colouring her silver jewellery, and knew it could be done with nail polish. She set about creating a collection of six vegan, cruelty free, low-tox nail polishes to complement her range, but once they hit the shelves, demand was overwhelming.  Setting her jewellery to one side, Anna steadily grew her polish range, and within two years had grown from six to 60 colours, with a complete nail care range to boot. And so Kester Black was born, and it’s been going from strength to strength ever since.



Our brand

We’re B corp certified - We meet the most rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.

Vegan and cruelty free - None of our products contain any ingredient derived from animals, and our products have never, and will never be tested on animals.

Carbon neutral - Kester Black and all of our products are 100% certified carbon neutral.

Community initiatives - We donate 2% of all revenue, including in-kind donations, to registered charities every year.

Water Permeable Polish

Using water permeable nail polish helps improve the health of your nails and the quality of your manicure.  Our water permeable polish allows us to be Halal certified, which means Kester Black is a multi-faith polish that can be used by our Muslim sisters.

10-Free™ formula

While no nail polish can ever be totally free of chemicals, we do everything we can to strip out the bad stuff.  Our 10-Free™ nail polish is free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances and phthalates. Trust us when we say your fingertips are far better off without these toxins.

Water based remover

We launched the world’s first waterbased nail polish remover that’s safe for children to use.  With the scent of white peach, this remover contains super-hydrators Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, which soften the skin and strengthen the nails while removing colour.
Both acetone and acetate free, this product is non-flammable and can be used in confined spaces without the smell annoying your neighbours.  Hello aeroplane mani!


B Corporation, Halal Cerfification Authority, Certified Vegan, Choose Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free International, Carbon Neutral



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