The top 25 nail polishes that are 5-free
Until fairly recently, our digits were often subjected to five sketchy—and outright toxic—ingredients every time we got a mani-pedi. We’re talking formaldehyde (yes, the stuff they use to preserve dead bodies), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor, which can do a bunch of nasty things to your body, from triggering allergies to disrupting your endocrine system.
But a group of trailblazing, wellness-savvy lines like Priti and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics came along and helped change the nail game big time. Now, even more manicure companies are jumping on the 5-free bandwagon—and they don’t skimp on quality, color, or creativity, either.
With so many healthier mani options on the market, does that mean chemical-heavy formulas will soon be a thing of the past? We have our (well-polished) fingers crossed. —Larkin Clark
Known for: Its 85 percent natural formulation (it's based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes, and corn), and cool concepts like the Jeans color collection, influenced by its founder, Brazilian-model Kartika Luyet.
Shade to try: Stiletto, $16, "represents the ideal red to me," Luyet says. We agree!
Known for: Inventive, professional-grade polishes made for literally every occasion—including red carpet affairs (Lippman is a celeb and fashion editor favorite).
Shade to try: Across the Universe, $20. Because if you can’t actually be a mermaid, at least you can have nails that look like one.
Known for: An impressive lineup of more than 54 non-toxic colors. We’re fans of the Berlin-based company’s soy polish remover, too-—it gets the job done sans toxins or weird smell.
Shade to try: Dream Vacation, $18, because, well, it reminds us of vacation.
Known for: A mind-blowing array of color options (seriously, there are so many, we can’t keep track) and a new Naked Manicure nail correction system that makes roughed-up tips look like new.
Shade to try: Iris MatteVelvet, $10, a moody purple with a cool matte finish.