Favorite Nail Polish/Laquer Brands (spinoff)

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Spinoff of the "What color polish..." thread.

What are your favorite brands for nail color? Why? Application, staying power, etc.

Are they 3-free ( Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde [resin] and Toluene) -- or 2-free (Formaldehyde and Toluene)?

Please include base and top coats if you have favorites too.

Info on 2-3-free: http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2009/0...heck-your.html

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Last edited by CurliLocks; 11-10-2011 at 04:51 PM.
I like Rimmel nail polishes. They go on well, and stay on for quite a while. They only chip if I bash my nails about. Rimmel also makes some really good colours. I also like Boots own brand nail polishes.

I have no idea what's in them.

I use Sally Hansen base and top coat in one. I'm not sure what I think about it. It does the job though.
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orly
opi
china glaze
finger paints

good colors, long wearing, can buy in sally's and/or ulta easily. i think they're 3-free

my fav base and topcoats are from orly
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China glaze. every other brand I've tried chips the same day. I don't have very many colors because we don't have a beauty supply store here anymore.

Sally hansen for top and bottom coat.

I don't know about the ingredients.
OPI and Sally Hansen are my favorites. No idea if they're *whatever* free. I do know they have better staying power for me than other brands.
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I have and use many different brands, but I am finding that I have bought and used these the most over the last couple of years:
  • OPI (3-4free)
  • Zoya (just found this the last 6 months or so) (5free)
  • Revlon (5free)
  • Wet n' Wild (4free)
  • N.Y.C. (4free)
They are all 3-5free. I stopped using products with toluene and formaldehyde when I was planning to have kids and have stuck with it. I do have to say that some of these greener polishes surely smell more toxic than my old stuff.


I am liking Zoya polishes more recently, but I don't care for the small brushes they come with. I'm used to the OPI and other larger brushes than can cover a nail in 2-3 strokes. With Zoya, I find I need 4-5 passes that can mess up the look with streaky/glimmer polishes.


I've been using OPI Start to Finish base/top coat and will finish it until it's gone. I also have a Sally Hansen base/top coat that I use.


I have always chosen more for color variety than brand name, as long as it's at least 2-free.

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Last edited by CurliLocks; 11-10-2011 at 11:48 PM.
While I like Zoya polishes, I hate the little brush. For being so small, it really seems to glop the polish on thickly.
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I look for nail polish that wears for a long time. If I go through the trouble to polish my nails, I want it to be worth the effort. I've had the most luck with Wet n Wild megalast (4 free), rimmel (5 free), Essie (3 free).

Zoya (5 free) would be my number one pick if I could get it to dry. I plan to try a quick dry top coat to see how that goes. It will still be wet hours after I apply it, but it wears like iron.

Wears OK on me revlon (5 free), sinful (5 free), China Glaze (3 free).

I only had one Orly(3 free) , but it chipped in under 24 hours. I've also had bad luck with Sally Hansen (3 free) and Wet n Wild fast dry (4 free).

I'm still auditioning base and top coats. So far I like Hard candy matte-ly in love top coat(IDK about 3 free status) and Seche Vite top coat (not 3 free).

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Last edited by pedaheh; 11-10-2011 at 05:40 PM. Reason: I typed OPI and meant Orly.
While I like Zoya polishes, I hate the little brush. For being so small, it really seems to glop the polish on thickly.
Originally Posted by PartyHair
I don't have a problem with glopping, but maybe because I tend to wipe the brush along the side as I pull it up. But then it takes several stokes. Yes, that little brush needs improvement!

I don't have a problem getting it to dry, maybe it's the base/top I've been using.

But I have to say that it does last forever on me. My polish finally chipped and I did it before Halloween. For toes, I only have to redo them when they've grown out too much, as the polish is still completely intact.

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I use the Essie quick dry topcoat over Zoya and it dries great.
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I had been using OPI and China Glaze. Both are 3free.

I may be alone on this, but I found OPI to be overrated. They have good marketing. I often liked China Glaze formulas better.

My nails discolor easily, so I decided to go at least 4free. I chose Nubar (5 free) after seeing so many nail bloggers using and liking their formulas. I also like their color selections. I also use Nubar's base and top coats, which I believe are also 5free.

I love the Nubar formula. I love the colors. I like how it dries quickly even without a quick dry top coat. I use the top coat more for work protection than for quick drying. I can get a week out of a manicure, with just some tip wear, which is quite good considering how my hands get used at work.

I plan on sticking with mainly Nubar. They perform better formula wise than OPI and China Glaze did. As much as I like China Glaze, it felt weird to use one of their colors again after using Nubar for a couple of months.

I also have Sinful Colors (5 free), a Sally Hansen Insta Dri (5 free) and two untried Lippmanns (5 free) that I got as a birthday gift.

SC has pretty colors, but are more sheer than I like. I like my one Insta Dri color, but I don't like how wide the brush is. I need to try the Lippmanns. SC and SH are easy to find with great prices. Nubar is online and is just under OPI cost.

I'll still keep some 3 free colors that I like, like Ruby Pumps and Dorothy Who?. I'll also keep my crackles.

For other colors, I plan to rotate out with Nubar colors if I can.

My naked nails now look pretty good. I don't want to be a slave to nail polish. I want them to be in a condition to go out naked if I want to. I need to be 4 or 5 free for the most part to do that.


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pedaheh, that's so interesting that you have issues with Zoya drying slowly. I find it to dry very quickly for me. I can usually go about my business within 10 minutes of putting it on.

I'm a nail polish hussy; I really have no brand loyalty. I'm more attracted to colors than brands. That said, most of my polished are OPI, China Glaze, and Zoya. I have a few Sally Hansen and Fingerpaints, too.
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Jess- I plan to buy the Essie top coat and try it. Thanks.
pedaheh, that's so interesting that you have issues with Zoya drying slowly. I find it to dry very quickly for me. I can usually go about my business within 10 minutes of putting it on.
Originally Posted by nynaeve77
When I started my quest for polish that wears for a long time (instead of buying whatever is on clearance), I thought I'd just go to Make Up Alley and find out what brands were good. Nail polish doesn't work that way. It is very YMMV. One example is above in the quote. China glaze takes forever to dry for my friend's mom, but dries right away for me. Also how long stuff wears without chipping varies from person to person. It is so weird to me because you would think fingernails are fingernails and how nail polishes perform would be pretty standard. Guess not.
http://pedaheh.blogspot.com/ (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a (nc.com) 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
Makes sense I guess. Look at how conditioners perform based in hair texture, porosity, environment, etc..

I guess nail stuff is the same. We all have different nail hardness and flexibility, we all live in different weather conditions. We all have different jobs. We all have different ingredient tolerances and nail goals.


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I like Essie polishes too.
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