Last year a blog reader informed me that nail polish is one of the most toxic things we put on our bodies. So, when I started to consider switching to a more natural beauty routine this year, polish was the first thing I addressed.
I quickly noticed that natural polish is typically twice if not three times the price of a drugstore brand. Over the past few months, I’ve been testing several brands and I wanted to share what I found with you today. Hopefully my advice can help steer you in the right direction so you don’t have to waste money on products that aren’t as good as others.
And as always, I want to open up the comments to your thoughts and opinions. I’ve already had several good recommendations from you guys!
I Love NP (both bottles pictured above with black handles)
This Etsy shop offers 3-Free (free of toluene, formaldehyde, or dibutyl phthalate) polishes in fun colors and holographic finishes. My favorite color I’ve purchased from them is Juliette, a rose gold holographic polish. It’s a pretty pink glitter that is easy to wear and looks amazing in the sunlight. I also like their coral neon, which is pictured above. I will definitely try more in the future.
My friend, Natalie, introduced me to Habit. They have amazing colors to choose from and really cute bamboo lid packaging. So far I have tried Tabou (a bright orange-y red) and Belle Epoque (dark lavender). I also tried their top and bottom coat.
I am super pleased with the quality of both these polishes and want to try more colors. I’m curious how the lighter colors will hold up, and I want to try Bardot next.
Also, Laura’s nail color in the photo above is Mineral Fusion in Pebble (this is a good brand that dries quickly).
This is actually the first brand I tried. They are 8-free (free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, xylene, and parabens), which is one of the best I’ve seen. For my personal taste, they also have the best packaging.
I like the colors a lot, but some bottles are better than others. Their black is AMAZING. Wouldn’t recommend their white (still looking for a full coverage true white if anyone knows of one!)
When I wear the darker colors, I tend to need to touch them up about once a day. I’ve always had issues with keeping my nail polish “perfect” for more than a day or two. So, this isn’t a deal breaker for me. I’ve been an Essie wearer in the past (the durability of these is equal, if not better).
With that said, I fully expected these natural products to suck and they do not. They are honestly all pretty equivalent to what I’d normally buy.
Well, these are all my experiences so far! If you want to get started with a more natural nail polish regimen, I suggest Habit or TenOverTen. They both have a top and bottom coat you can buy, which helps it last longer. I will definitely keep collecting colors from both those brands. I will also keep shopping at I Love NP for glittery and holographic finishes.
I am a true believer in these products and am really glad I invested a little time and money into figuring out what works best for me. I love wearing nail polish, so once I found out how toxic it was, it was constantly bugging me. Now I can enjoy it again!
Next we want to try a natural nail salon (we just found out about this one in Nashville!) to see if we can pick up some helpful tips and recommendations.
And speaking of recommendations, please let us know if you have tried any nail products that have impressed you! xoxo- Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.