The Best Fall Nail Polishes are Also 10-Free

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I used to only buy Deborah Lippmann nail polish because I thought they were the epitome of luxury polish, boasting 5-free formulation and green tea extract (does that do anything?)to condition and protect one’s nails. Then, while scrolling through Into the Gloss, I found mention of Sundays Studio which makes nail polish that they recommended for pregnant woman due to their lack of potentially harmful ingredients.  If it’s good enough for a pregnant woman, it’s good enough for me, so bookmarked the page and came back when I had money to spend on high end nail polish (This is not cheap).

I dove in head first and bought four classic colors that also happen to be in their fall collection – black, grey, brick red, and a purply greige that is probably my favorite of the four; it’s less dramatic than the red or black but still striking because of its unique tone. Their packaging is ultra modern, with just a single sticker that wraps around the corner of the bottle and numbers rather than not-so-funny puns to identify the colors. They’re pretty to look at, and if I had more room, I’d display them as I do my perfume.

The formula is EXTREMELY fluid. It glides off the brush without much effort at all; I  actually had to make sure each pass didn’t include too much, spilling onto my cuticle. Given that, you’d expect the colors would chip easily, but they don’t. I tried them with two different topcoats and the results have been equivalent so far — they last between one and two weeks for me. The colors are opaque, two coats adequately cover the nail, and they dry in about 45 minutes to an hour. You could push it to a shorter time, but I usually try to wait as long as possible before doing anything that threatens to waste the time I took to paint them.

Part of the polish’s longevity could be thanks to my strong nails. I’ve been taking biotin daily for years, and my natural nails can grow as long as gel-topped or acrylic claws, though they do sometimes break if I let a crack or chip go unattended. You might not have a similar experience given that my nails don’t usually bend and I spend most of my time at a computer.

Sundays Studios polishes are 10-free, a claim that is equal parts marketing and truth. Their formula is free of dibutyl phthalate, toluene, xylene, ethyl tosylamide, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, and tert-butyl hydroperoxide, which account for 9 of the 10, with animal cruelty being the 10th. Not all of these are hazardous in small doses, but estheticians and nail salon workers will certainly be saved from potentially dangerous fumes by using these polishes. Again, these are recommended for pregnant women, so why not use them all the time if they’re less toxic and perform well?

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