We’re impressed with the latest polish formulas, from the non-toxic options to the ones that supposedly repair and strengthen cuticles.
PRODUCT PHOTOS DARREN CHANG
For a non-toxic manicure
Look to the upgraded eco-friendly nail lacquers from Coat ($25 each), which are now free of eight potentially harmful ingredients: toluene, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, triphenyl phosphate, xylene, parabens, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde resin. They hit shelves in late April, but if you can't wait, make do with the 5 Free Nail Lacquers from the brand's summer collection, like Blue Jasmine and Forget-Me-Not.
Coat 5 Free Nail Lacquer in (from far left) Forget-Me-Not and Blue Jasmine, $25 each.
For a long-lasting manicure
That heartbreak you feel when you chip your nail? Chanel gets it. That’s why its reformulated Le Vernis polishes ($39 each) are enriched with bioceramics, which reportedly strengthen nails, and ceramides, which hydrate dry cuticles. We’re particularly enamoured with the pale pink and the greys in the range. For added shine and longevity, finish with Le Gel Coat topcoat.
(From left) Chanel Le Gel Coat and Le Vernis in #167 Ballerina, #520 Garconne and #522 Monochrome, $39 each.
For a manicure that smells good
Go for Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Souffl e Nails ($5.90 each), which smell like sweet berries. The catch? You have to wait for the polish to dry fully before the scent is noticeable. The polish also has great colour pay-off ; one coat gives a solid wash of colour.
Etude House Berry Delicious Strawberry Souffl e Nail in (from top) #3, #10 and #2, $5.90 each.
For fun yet wearable hues
The polishes in the latest OPI New Orleans Collection ($16 each) fit the bill. Our favourites: Let Me Bayou a Drink, a shimmery, pale baby pink, and Crawfishin’ For a Compliment, a light, peachy orange.
OPI Nail Lacquer in (from left) Crawfishin' For a Compliment and Let Me Bayou a Drink, $16 each.