There are lots of brands to choose from if you are looking for 5-free nail polishes nowadays. How do they compare in terms of their ingredients, price, colour selection and availability?
- Excurbe Cosmetics (21CHF/11ml)
- Free from DBP (Dibuthyl phthalate), formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and Formaldehyde.
- Intensae Nail Polish [16.95/.40 fl oz]:
- All of our 5-Free Lacquers and treatments are free from formaldehyde, toulene, DBP, Parabens and formaldehyde resin.
- La Couleur Couture [$12.99/13ml]:
- Luxury nail lacquers that are toxic-free, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, with a UV inhibitor. This means no chemicals or toxins such as paraben, gluten, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, camphor or toluene.
- LVX [$16.00/15ml]:
- Our long lasting, chip resistant and gel-like formula is free of the 5 toxic and harsh chemicals found in most common nail lacquer formulas. LVX products are formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene and Camphor. We are devoted to providing you with top quality, socially responsible and vegan-friendly luxury products without compromising quality, durability and finish. LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. All products are produced in the U.S.A.
- Mavala [£4.75/5ml]:
- Along with an extensive nail colour range free from harmful ingredients such as parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, cellophane, animal ingredients and heavy metal.
- Mudd & Water Nail Polish [£5.00/15ml]
- Mineral Fusion Nail Polish [$7.99/]:
- Mineral Fusion Nail Polish is formaldehyde free, toulene free, camphor free, dibutyl pthalate free, paraben free, hypoallergenic, gluten free, talc free, and fragrance free.
- Pacifica Nail Polish [$9.00/.45 fl oz]:
- 7 FREE is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.
- Poshinality Nail Colour [$9.50/.43 fl. oz.]
- Vegan & Cruelty Free
- Five Free – No DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor
- RGB – [$18.00/12 ml]
- RGB’S formula removes carcinogens often found in nail color: Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor.
- Made in the US
- tenoverten Nail Polish [$18.00/0.50 oz]
- This product is five-free and cruelty-free.
- USLU Airlines- Nail Polish [19,00€]:
- All uslu airlines nail polishes are formulated with highest quality ingredients, filled in EU and are cruelty free.
- Vapour Organic Beauty – Vernissage 5-Free Nail Lacquer [$16.00/0.30oz]
- Safe for Children and Moms-To-Be
- Cruelty Free
- Zao Nail Polish [£10.02/8ml]:
- Does not contain: Dibutylphthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Xylene, Colophony (rosin), Synthetic Camphor
- Testing on animals : No testing on animals, neither on finished product nor on ingredients. Ingredients from animals: No ingredient from animals is used.
- Zoya Nail Polish [£11/14ml]:
- Ultra long-wearing, toxin free nail polish and treatment formulas contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phtalate or camphor.
- Zoya Nail Polishes (Lacquers) are vegan, free of toxic Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP.
From looking at the ingredients on Codecheck, the individual links to the evaluation of the ingredients are below, I personally am most impressed with Zoya. I have three of their nail polishes myself and overall really love using them, a more in depth review will follow though. They also have an incredible range of colours and are easily available on the Internet. Zoya’s price is also very reasonable although Mudd&Water and Mavala are a bit cheaper. Mavala is probably the brand that is the easiest to get your hands on, for example through Boots. I think, overall the above nail polishes are probably a better choice than a lot of other readily available ones, so it is worth looking into them. For myself, I think I will try to make an effort and look only into Zoya polishes from now on, to reduce the amount of harmful ingredients as much as possible.
(2) Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/ Neopentyl Glycol/ Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/ Acrylates, Copolymer, Benzophenone-1 May Contain: CI 77891, CI 19140, CI 15850, CI 15850, CI 15880, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 77163 Polyethylene Terephthalate, Aluminium Powder in metallic shades, Mica
(3) ETHYL ACETATE, BUTYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ADIPIC ACID / NEOPENTYL GLYCOL / TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, TRIMETHYL PENTANYL DIISOBUTYRATE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, PROPYL ACETATE, BUTYL ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE, BENZOPHENONE – 1, CITRIC ACID, DIMETHICONE
(4) Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1
(5) Acetyl Tributyl Citrate Acrylates Copolymer Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer Benzophenone-1 Benzophenone-3 Butyl Acetate CI 15850 CI 15880 CI 26100 CI 42090 CI 60725 CI 75470 CI 77000 CI 77163 CI 77266 CI 77288 CI 77491 (Iron Oxides) CI 77499 CI 77510 Ci77891 Citric Acid Diacetone Alcohol Dimethicone Ethyl Acetate Guanine Isopropyl Alcohol Methyl Acetate MICA N-Butyl Alcohol Nitrocellulose Polyethylene Terephthalate Propyl Acetate Silica Stearalkonium Hectorite Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate Synthetic Flourphlogopite Tin Oxide Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate Triphenyl Phosphate Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
(6) butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitro-cellulose, acetyl tributyl citrate, phthalic anhydride / trimellitic anhydride / glycols copolymer, isopropyl alcohol, stearalkonium hectorite, adipic acid / fumaric acid / phthalic acid / tricyclodecane dimethanol copolymer, citric acid, stainless steel flake, polybutylene terepthalate, ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer, acrylates copolymer. May contain: FD&C colours, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, violet #02.
(7) Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic, Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol Styrene, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Citric Acid, Benzophenone‐1 (May contain): Mica, Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride, Aluminum Powder, D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake, D&C Violet No. 2, FD&C Yellow No. 5 Alluminum Lake, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide
(8) Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Oxides (CI77499 / CI 77491), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 11 (CI 47000), Titanium.
(10) Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, isopropyl alcohol, nitrocellulose, adipic acid / neopentyl glycol / trimellitic, anhydride copolymer, trimethyl pentanyl diisobutyrate, triphenyl phosphate, stearalkonium hectorite, diacetone alcohol, citric acid, dimethicone, benzophenone-1
May contain: Aluminum powder, bismuth oxychloride, black iron oxide, D&C green no. 6, D&C red no. 34 calcium lake, D&C red no. 6 barium
(11) Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Nitrocellulose, Sd Alcohol 4Ob (Alcohol Denat.), Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anydride Copolymer, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Triphenyl, Phosphate, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Silica, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-1, Polyethylene Terephthalate. May Contain: Aluminum Powder (Ci 77OOO), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Oxides (Ci 77499), Red 34 (Ci 1588O), Red 6 (Ci 1585O), Red 7 (Ci 1585O), Yellow 5 Lake(Ci 1914O), Iron Oxide (Ci 77491), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (Ci 7751O), Mica (Ci 77O19), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Violet 2 (Ci 6O725).
(12) Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Polyvinyl Butyral, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate. (+/ -) Mica CI 15850, CI 15880 ,CI 15985 , CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 47000, CI 47005, CI 77007, CI 77266, CI 77163, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 77891
(13) Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, n-Butyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1, Silica, Alumina, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Polyvinyl Butyral [+/– : Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Oxides (CI 77499 / CI 77491), Red 34 Lake (CI 15880), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake(CI 19140), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Mica (CI 77019), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Yellow 11 (CI 47000), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Violet 2 (CI 60725)]
(14) BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, PHTHALIC ANHYDRIDE/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE/GLYCOLS COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, PHYLLOSTACHIS BAMBUSOIDES RHIZOME EXTRACT/HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL ,CITRIC ACID. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, SYNTHETIC FLUOPHLOGOPITE, POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE, SILICA, CI 12085, CI 15850, CI 15880, CI 19140, CI 42090, CI 47005, CI 73360, CI 75470, CI 77000, CI 77007, CI 77019, CI 77266, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 77742, CI 77861, CI 77891.
(15) Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sterikonium Hectolite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrane / Acrylates Copolymer