Nontoxic Nail Polish Brands For Next-Level Manis You'll Feel Good About

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Not all nail polishes are created equal. Many formulas on the market are packed with harmful and unnecessary chemicals. If you prefer your manicure to be as nontoxic as possible, try one of these brands, which omit the primary three (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) and other irrelevant ingredients.

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Smith & Cult Nail Polish


Best Overall

Since its launch in 2014, Smith & Cult skyrocketed to cult-favorite status and the top of our list. Not only are these high-end lacquers absolutely beautiful, but Smith & Cult is one of the few brands that boasts an eight-free formulation. We love the offering of classic bold shades like Kundalini Hustle, a powerhouse red, as well as basic staples like Stockholm Syndrome, a neutral gray. Up your polish game for a special occasion by layering on a glittering coat like Smith & Cult's Glass Souls.

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Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish


Best Splurge

Landing somewhere between almost and totally nontoxic, Deborah Lippmann designed a gel formula that's equally as pretty as the salon-styled mani, except this version is environmentally friendly. Available in a range of classic cremes to shimmering glosses, this collection allows you to enjoy the benefits of a gel mani with none of the damage.

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Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color


Best Budget Buy

Pacifica's 7 Free Nail Polish Collection features an assortment of vivid colors that are designed to apply smooth and last long. Each is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, or resin. At an affordable price point, this lacquer is a worthy addition to your nail polish collection.

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butter LONDON + PANTONE Color of the Year Nail Lacquer


Best for Trend Lovers

Have you heard? The official color of 2018 is Ultra Violet. To celebrate this provocative purple, butter LONDON teamed up with PANTONE to create this royally rich lacquer. The highly pigmented formula is eight-free and contains a variety of vitamins to keep nails strong.

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Zoya Nail Polish


Best for Color Variety

We're thrilled to report that Zoya, one of our favorite nail polish suppliers, goes above the masses, producing five-free polish by removing the big three, plus formaldehyde resin and camphor. Of course, light neutrals are necessary year-round, so this creamy rose pictured here (called Avril) will fare well in any season. Not your color? Zoya offers over 300 different shades of healthy polish for your fingertips.

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Best for Pastels

Mani-loving friends Nadine Abramcyk and Adair Ilyinsky launched their own trendy NYC nail salons, as well as a collection of polishes. With pigments ranging from warm neutrals to quirky brights, their unique eight-free formula goes way beyond the usual three chemicals (formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) that most other brands omit. We especially love their range of milky pastels.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish


Best for Brights

OCC is for the makeup maven looking for high-def beauty alternatives that are equal parts effective, pretty, and healthy. Makeup artist David Klasfeld launched the brand in 2004, releasing products from lip balms to loose pigments, and, of course, his vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and PETA-approved polishes. Our favorite shades are out-of-the-box, like Deven Green (named after this amazing performer and OCC muse) and Pool Boy.

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Essie Nail Polish


Best for Neutrals

Have no fear, friends! Consumer brands like Essie are three-free, so there's no need to toss these cult-favorite pots. Essie Weingarten's namesake label is comprised of every color you can imagine, with incredibly clever names that loyalists love and recognize. Essie's new shades offer a lot of variety, but we love a classic like Ballet Slippers, too.

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JINsoon Nail Lacquer


Best for Vegans

JINsoon nail polishes are five-free and vegan-friendly, helping your nails stay healthier through each and every coat. Having captured a loyal following of editors, celebs, photographers, and the everyday woman, clientele fawn over each polish's high-quality color payoff, long wear, and the formula's own extended shelf life. It doesn't hurt that the bottles are adorable and look effortlessly chic on your vanity.

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Piggy Paint


Best for Kids

As we're sure you can guess from this label's cartoonish pig and name to match, Piggy Paint is a mommy-made brand, formulated to ensure children's safety when applying nail polish (because we all know their little hands make their way into their mouths). Nontoxic and water-based, it's a seven-free, vegan-friendly collection that's not only kid-friendly, but also safer for moms-to-be.