January 21, 2019

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Vegan Nail Polish Review

Vegan Nail Polish Review

Chemical-free nail polishes have come a long way. New brands continue to pop up regularly, so we decided to try a few available locally in Asia to find out those that lasted the longest! Check out our Top 5 Household Uses for Nail Polish at the end! Our testing, while not scientific, included normal activities plus washing dishes without gloves. All polishes were applied without a base coat or top coat.

Price: HKD $150
Durability: 4/5
Best for adults and teens

SiennaThis non-toxic, Australian brand was a favourite nail polish. Sienna Byron Bay is vegan, free of 7 major chemicals and has an extra touch of environmental awareness in using an invasive species tree bark for the polish top. Even more interesting is the acetone-free, soy-based polish remover. Just apply, let soak and then easily slide the polish off with a cloth.   Sienna Byron Bay polish is free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde resin, synthetic camphor, xylene and tosylamide. We also loved the deep red and subtle shimmer of the polish in “Merlot.”

Purchase at Naturally Better Box online.


Price: HKD $119
Durability: 3.5/5
Best for children, teens and adults depending on polish type and use

IMG_8038This polish is full of the sweetness, loving sentiments and the bonding it evokes with the fun packaging and chemical-free colours. We tried three different polishes, and each lasted about 2-3 days. The colours were pleasant pastels, no odour and we experimented layering different polishes for fun. Ella+Mila was a favourite with the children and easy to remove. They have a very nice range for French manicures and regularly bring new colours to market. Ella+Mila is vegan and free of the 5 major chemicals including toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

Purchase online at Survive Asia.


Price: HKD $53
Durability: 4/5
Best for adults and teens

MineralThis was another favourite polish for durability. The colour painted on uniformly with little effort and lasted a solid 3-4 days. Mineral Fusion is free of formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl Phthalate Free (DPB) making it relatively odourless. We tried two colours in this brand to find the plain colours were more durable sparkled versions.

Purchase online at iHerb. Use code KMQ774 and receive a discount on your first order with iHerb!


Price: HKD $50
Durability: 2/5
Best for children and those just learning to apply polish

IMG_8048Suncoat Polish & Peel is great for children, as it peels off without the use of any remover. Try the “Party Palette” for a fun gift idea! The water-based polish is odour-free and comes in a range of colours. No polish remover needed!


Purchase online at iHerb. Use code KMQ774 and receive a discount on your first order with iHerb!


Price: HKD $230 (HKD $460 for the set)
Durability: 3/5
Best for adults given strong smell and price point

sparitualWe had super high hopes for this polish, as SpaRitual Gold is meant to provide longer lasting durability. It is also the most expensive polish we tested. The lacquers are vegan and formulated without DBP, toulene, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. We did use the topcoat in this case, as it is part of a two-part system. The topcoat had such a strong smell, that we were asked to apply it when others were not around. The website also suggests re-application of the topcoat every three days. Overall, the colour choice is very good, but the polish did not last any longer than the regular SpaRitual colors.  We had chips before the three day mark to reapply the topcoat. On a more positive note, we did find that applying the neutral colours with one application and no topcoat lasted 4-5 days!

Purchase online at A Beauty Bar or in-store in Hong Kong at Iyara Day SpaSparadise or Sense of Touch.


Top 5 Household Uses for Nail Polish

  1. Use clear topcoat polish for frayed shoelaces, ropes or ribbon
  2. Use clear topcoat on sewing thread to help get it through the needle
  3. Prevent costume jewelry from tarnishing
  4. Tighten a lose screw by applying polish before re-setting the screw in place
  5. Fix a cracked phone screen (for small cracks only). This can help prevent small slices of glass from cutting you. For more colourful polish ideas, see these ideas on Pinterest!

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