By Chere Di Boscio
Here at Eluxe we always stress the importance of making your mani a “Five Free” one. But why? And what exactly does that mean?
Below, we offer some important info about harmful ingredients in nail polish; review some of the best 5-Free brands and provide 5 Hacks for the Perfect 5 Free manicure.
Why Going “5 Free” Is a MUST
5 Great 5 Free Nail Brands We’ve Tried & Tested
Housed in a pretty (priti?) bottle and coming in a huge range of shades, it’s no wonder this New York based brand is a firm favourite backstage at Fashion Weeks around the world. From Stella McCartney to Tocca, Priti NYC is chosen by top designers and makeup artists to adorn the fingertips of models on the catwalk. The brand also makes its own soy-based nail polish remover.
Made with Love is the motto of this chem-free brand, and it shows. The brand not only loves your health and nail care, but the planet, too: paper, glass, and synthetic materials used in packaging are all recyclable and certified. Local production is a further element of the sustainable and ethical production: short transport routes conserve the environment, and local jobs are supported.
Rather than fashion, the brand’s colour creations are inspired by various urban art forms, such as street art and digital art, and Exurbe actually works with various artists to create their shades. The result is a long-lasting colour that packs a lot of urban chic into your fingertips!
This brand is truly incredible: their range of bright, summery colours dries super-quickly, and my gosh, it stays on for ages. And ages. And ages. Without a single chip! I wore this on a three week beach holiday and it was only towards the very end that the polish began to crack a bit. Good stuff!
One of the oldest names in the nail polish industry, this brand was also one of the first to go 5 Free. Besides not containing the most harmful of chemicals, Mavala is eco-friendly in the sense that it comes in tiny bottles–let’s face it, when you’re experimenting with nail colour, you rarely use the whole bottle, right? Well, Mavala saves the Earth from having to absorb leftover polish into the soil by selling just the right amount of polish.
And it’s good stuff, too. With around 10 minutes total drying time, the polish leaves a nice high-gloss finish. By day seven, the nail polish was still chip free and the colour remained vibrant. The creamy finish is also easy to remove with an acetone-free remover. All good!
Le Vernis is a curated collection of universally flattering hues ranging from Beige Mousseline (a nude hue) to Pòurpre Défilé (a dark plum hue). Housed in petite bottles resembling a luxe perfume, the cap is topped off with a metallic mirror cube. The brush is fat and round and gives perfect pinture. Our manis lasted for around 14, super-glossy days. What else would you expect from a brand like Givenchy?
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