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Sometimes we just want to sit at home, put on Grace and Frankie, pour ourselves a glass of wine and paint our nails. It’s pretty much the first form of self-care ever invented. But lately we’ve been on a clean beauty kick, and trying to find formaldehyde-free polish is harder than you’d think (SMH). So what’s a gal in need of some cheap self-care to do? Shop these nontoxic nail polishes, and rest assured that you’re not poisoning yourself in the name of beauty.

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Editors’ Pick: Zoya

The Facts:

  • The OG 3-free formula
  • The world's longest wearing natural nail polish
  • Largest selection of vegan polish

We’re big on clean beauty at PureWow and senior beauty editor, Jenny Jin has been a longtime fan of Zoya for that very reason. She says, “Zoya is the OG nontoxic nail polish—they were doing the whole clean thing before it was cool. The brand has a great color selection (literally hundreds) and the brush has a curved head that fits the base of your nails perfectly. I’m a fan for life.” 

Buy It ($10)

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Best Salon Brand: Sundays

The Facts:

  • 10-free, vegan nail polish
  • Specially formulated to be safe for you, salon staff and animals
  • Bottle shape and brush is optimized for precise and quick application

Don’t get us wrong, going to the salon is lovely, but this nontoxic nail polish brings the same quality polish to our home. Sundays’ formula is free of ten common toxins found in nail polish and it’s also vegan, and cruelty-free. We find that the polish typically wears for seven to ten days, which is unheard of for a regular nail polish, let alone a nontoxic one. But we most love the color range—think powder blue to mauve to deep navy to the perfect red.

Buy It ($18)

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Splurge-Worthy: Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro

The Facts:

  • High shine
  • Gives a cushiony, plumped look
  • Gel finish without the need for UV lamps or tools

This one’s for the gel manicure devotees. It goes on like a regular polish (i.e. no UV lamps or special tools needed), but wears like a gel. We tested it, and we can vouch for its extreme long-lasting shine. We’re talking two weeks of gloss. The best part? No need to hit up the nail salon and pay an extra $5 for gel removal—you can take this one off at home with good old acetone. Worth it.

Buy It ($20)

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