When it comes to vegan nail varnish, your make-up bag is probably stuffed with bottles from Orly, Ciaté or Barry M (side note, Superdrug are offering two free nail paints when you spend £7 on Barry M cosmetics right now).
But if you’re looking for some new brands to bulk out your colour collection, there are some great cruelty-free and vegan options on the market that won’t break the bank.
Soigné (pronounced swahn – yey) is a French nail brand that translates as ‘to take care of’ in English. Looking after your nails without compromising on quality and colour is exactly what the brand strives for, with their cruelty-free, vegan and natural ingredients. Each Soigné product contains up to 85% plant-sourced ingredients, including wood pulp, cotton, potato, corn and wheat. Soigné also boast a ‘5 Free’ formula, with no harmful carcinogens.
Soigné currently sell about 46 elegant shades, which include deep reds, mustards, mauves, midnight blues and a range of pinky nudes, as well as an oxygen base coat, gel effect top coat and two nail tool kits.
The nail paints cost £11, but most of them are on sale for as little as £4.40 right now. Here are my favourite shades – shop them online or at selected stockists.
Nailberry salon opened in Chelsea, London at the end of 2012, but founder Sonia Hully always had plans to launch her own range of cruelty-free, natural nail polishes. In 2014, Nailberry’s ‘4 free’ polishes debuted in a gorgeous range of opaque, metallic and glitter shades.
Since then, Sonia has continued to develop her natural formulas to tackle dry and damaged nails, launching the range of ‘5 free’ L’Oxygéné nail paints in January 2015. That means no formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, synthetic camphor, or formaldehyde resin, and a varnish that still lets air and water permeate through the polish.
As well as over 30 ‘4-free’ colours (£13.50), Nailberry have nearly 50 ‘5-free’ shades (£14.50) in Crayola brights, muted neutrals and grown-up metallics. I also highly recommend their Holy Grail Nail Bonder (£17) to make your mani last all week, as well as the Dry and Dash Lacquer Bonding Drops (£17).
They’re not the cheapest brand on the market, but the quality is really worth it. Shop them online and at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and the original Nailberry salon. There’s a full list of stockists here.
Benecos might not be the glossiest brand, but their vegan, cruelty-free and largely natural nail polishes are definitely worth a try.
The nail polishes sell for £6.95 and are SO pigmented that one coat is often enough. There’s not a huge choice of colours, but most bases are covered: there peaches, purples, deep reds and sky blues, as well as a Crystal Nail Polish top coat and a natural nail polish remover for £5.95. Benecos products are also free from paraffin, parabens, silicones, PEG and synthetic colours, fragrances or preservatives.
You can shop Benecos online here.