Not all nail polishes are created equal. Many formulas on the market are packed with harmful and unnecessary chemicals. If you prefer your manicure to be as nontoxic as possible, try one of these brands, which omit the primary three (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) and other irrelevant ingredients.
1. Smith & Cult Nail Polish
Since its launch in 2014, Smith & Cult skyrocketed to cult-favorite status and the top of our list. Not only are these high-end lacquers absolutely beautiful, but Smith & Cult is one of the few brands that boasts an eight-free formulation.
We love the offering of classic bold shades like Kundalini Hustle, a powerhouse red, as well as basic staples like Stockholm Syndrome, a neutral gray. Up your polish game for a special occasion by layering on a glittering coat like Smith & Cult’s Glass Souls. Buy Now
2. Sundays Nail Polish
Now that the polish collection is available on Amazon, you can get your hands on these chic, nontoxic bottles from anywhere! The formula is 10-free, excluding chemicals like parabens, camphor, and xylene, and 100% free of animal byproducts. Buy now
3. Cote Nail Polish
Along with having one of the cleanest formulas on the market, Cote nail polishes are made in the USA and bottled in Italian glass. This pinky nude is perfect for any occasion, but you’ll also find dozens of bright colors and metallic options for the days that you feel like going bold. Buy Now
4. Butter LONDON Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer
It’s easy to fall for any of butter LONDON’s creamy polishes, but we’re especially fond of the Patent Shine collection. The eight-free formula features highly pigmented colors and a glossy finish that lasts up to 10 days. Plus, the dense brush applicator helps you get a professional-looking mani at home, no matter your skill level. Buy Now
5. ZOYA Nail Polish
We’re thrilled to report that Zoya, one of our favorite nail polish suppliers, goes above the masses, producing five-free polish by removing the big three, plus formaldehyde resin and camphor. Of course, light neutrals are necessary year-round, so this creamy pink pictured here (called Brenna) will fare well in any season.
Not your color? Zoya offers over 300 different shades of healthy polish for your fingertips. Buy Now
6. Tenoverten Nail Polish
Mani-loving friends Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky launched their own trendy NYC nail salons, as well as a collection of polishes. With pigments ranging from warm neutrals to quirky brights, their unique eight-free formula goes way beyond the usual three chemicals (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) that most other brands omit. We especially love their range of milky pastels. Buy Now
7. JINsoon Nail Lacquer
JINsoon nail polishes are five-free and vegan-friendly, helping your nails stay healthier through each and every coat. Having captured a loyal following of editors, celebs, photographers, and the everyday woman, clientele fawn over each polish’s high-quality color payoff, long wear, and the formula’s own extended shelf life. It doesn’t hurt that the bottles are adorable and look effortlessly chic on your vanity. Buy Now