I'm usually not convinced that fancy nail polish is much better than drugstore polish, but some brands provide an incentive to spend a few dollars more. Butter London is one of them. Although it's based in Seattle, the nail-care brand is an Anglophile's dream, offering a thoroughly British experience. (Well, there's no tea, but it's pretty close.)
Butter London operates three nail salons in Washington state, one in California, and soon one will open at Dulles International Airport. I haven't visited any of them, but after trying a few nail polishes, I now know that I want to. Nonie Creme, the creative director, has loaned her nail creativity to clients including Kate Moss, Vogue, H&M, and Jimmy Choo. It's no surprise, then, that the polish colors ($12) are completely on-trend. (Check out some of my favorite colors below.)
Along with the color variety, the other big draw of Butter London is its commitment to making nontoxic polishes. All of the polishes are free of the "big three" — toluene, DBP, and formaldehyde — and so I feel safer wearing them. I've now switched to using Nail Foundation ($18), which has helped my manicure stay chip free. If you're looking for fashionable colors and are cautious with your cosmetics safety, you might want to check it out.