The 7 Healthiest Nail Polishes You Can Wear
You've probably seen the term "5-free" on some of your nail polish bottles, and that's a very good thing. It means that it's free of the five known carcinogens (formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor) that are typically found in lacquers. Luckily, many brands have eliminated these toxic ingredients and more from their formulas while finding ways to maintain the quality and wear of their conventional counterparts. Here are our seven favorites.
Sundays Nail Polish
This socially-responsible nail polish goes above and beyond the "5-free" trend—it's free of ten harmful toxins, cruelty free and vegan. But it doesn't just talk a big game. All 50 colors go on super creamy and deliver long-lasting strength and shine.
When you want nail polish that doesn't only wear well, but also actually strengthens and nourishes, this brand wins. It's free of nine common toxins and is infused with moisturizing and strengthening botanicals like evening primrose and rapeseed flower oils, chamomile and vitamins A, E, and B7. Instant color payoff with long-term health benefits? Sign us up.
Zoya Professional Lacquer
With a new range of colors released every season, there are endless 5-free options (over 300 and counting) to choose from. And here you thought it'd be hard to find a clean version of obscure shades like the above gold-flecked olive green.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer
Here’s another 5-free option. But purity aside, this irreverent beauty brand is one of the first (and best) to offer bold, creative colors beyond your typical nudes and reds. And since we’re talking about healthier options here, it’s important to note that all of its polishes are 100-percent vegan and cruelty-free.
Tenoverten Nail Polish
A fashion industry favorite, this 8-free line of lacquers offers everything you’d ever want in a nail polish: timeless shades (like this not-too-orangey red), a smooth and easy application and a long-wearing, shiny finish.
RMS Beauty Nail Polish
Fans of the cult-favorite brand can now wear some of its most iconic hues (like Living Luminizer here) on their fingertips, too. The lacquers are every bit as pigmented as their cosmetic counterparts—and glide on easily without streaking.
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color
While nails don’t necessarily need to "breathe" to stay healthy, Orly does make permeable polishes that allow oxygen through to keep your tips hydrated for good measure. And if that doesn't convince you, there's also vitamin B5 and argan oil in the formula to help seal the deal.
Additional reporting by Brianna Lapolla.