Top 12 nail polishes that are 5-free

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New York-based Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is doing it. Prestige brand Chanel did it. And Fashion Week-favorite Priti has always done it.

We're talking about making nail polish without five of the sketchiest ingredients linked to toxicity.

That means they're free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene—plus formaldehyde resin and camphor, too.

Which brands are behind this new era of five-free polishes and where to find them? We've hand-picked 12 of the chicest lines, and new color launches, in all price points. —Melisse Gelula

Priti painters palette


Priti, a Fashion Week fave, has been 5-free since the day it launched, but it doesn't brag about it. But now you know the whole pretty story.

Priti in Painter's Palette, $13.50, www.pritinyc.com








Vapour is a stand-out organic makeup line that recently launched these tiny bottles of big fashion-forward shades.

Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage Nail Lacquer in Trance, $12, spiritbeautylounge.com






occ makeup nails


For those in love with this vegan vogue cosmetics line and its super-popular Lip Tar, OCC makes rockin' nail colors that are just as vibrant. Our fall fave is Suspira (top right), a happy-making, demi-matte magenta.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Lacquer, $8, Occmakeup.com









There's something so sexy (never mind eco sexy) about Gina Carney's 5-free lacquer line that combines the founder's love for fashion and minimalism, even in this rich amber metallic.

RGB Cosmetics in Copper, $16, www.rgbcosmetics.com







Scotch Naturals nail polish


Forward-thinking Scotch Naturals is water-based, not solvent-based, meaning it's made with fewer chemicals than even most non-toxic polishes. And still it manages to stay put and comes in really rad colors.

Scotch Naturals in Queen of Scots, $15, spiritbeautylounge.com







tenoverten spruce


The New York nail salon known for its impeccable style (and hygiene) makes a house-line of seasonal polishes named for Manhattan streets. We're fans of this chic putty-shade called Spruce.

TenOverTen Polish in Spruce, $18, tenoverten.com







kure bazaar nail lacquer denim mon bleuKURE BAZAAR

This French next-generation nail line is grabbing the spotlight for its 85 percent natural formulation (its based on wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes and corn), and cool concepts like the Denim color collection, influenced by founder, Brazilian-model Kartika Luyet.

Kure Bazaar in Mon Bleu, $16, spiritbeautylounge.com








This line is a quiet revolution in the the making: it's completely water-based—you even can wash off mistakes up to a minute after application—and odorless. And the colors are all non-toxic, meaning there are no FD&C solvents, and vegan.

Acquarella Non-Toxic Nail Polish in Sleek, $18, spiritbeautylounge.com



Chanel nail polish


Quel surprise! Chanel is perfect example of how high-fashion beauty brands can be healthy without a bit of hippie. This pearlescent, nearly metallic blue is part of a limited-edition collection.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Sky Line, $30, chanel.com





SPA RITUAL sparitual quartz

SpaRitual uses principles of color therapy in its vegan line that's featured in manicures from the Mandarin Oriental New York to the DIY Nail Counters at Sephora. The fall colors, like this earthy red called Quartz, aren't just named for rocks, they're infused with them.

SpaRitual in Quartz (infused with Rhyolite), $10, sephora.com






NCLA Nail Polish Without Me, There's No Vip!


NCLA is a big deal in LA, the city which serves style inspiration for the line. Witness this rich red wine shade that's loaded with multi-colored sparkles. (The company also makes a line of easy to use—and non-toxic—nail wraps.)

NCLA Nail Lacquer in Without Me, There's No VIP!, $16, amazon.com







Mineral Fusion Nail Color Amethyst


You've no doubt seen Mineral Fusion skin care and makeup at Whole Foods, but you may not have spied its new line of 30 nail lacquers. The mineral-infused shades are easy to apply thanks to a wide brush makes your DIY manicure faster.

Mineral Fusion Nail Color in Amethyst, $7.99, available at Whole Foods stores