13 Indie Nail Polish Brands That Will Help You Build Your Personal Collection
Whether your nail polish collection spans 20-plus diverse shades or your arsenal sticks to one color family, you can always expand on your stash of nail products. There's no better way to do that than by browsing the selection of colors from indie nail polish brands.
Don't get us wrong, we'll never give up our tried-and-true bestselling shades from brands like Essie and Sally Hansen, but the mark of a true beauty-lover is being in the know about the more niche, cult-favorite brands. Not only do they offer salon-quality nail polish options, but many have high standards when it comes to clean, eco-friendly formulas and using nontoxic ingredients.
So if you're on the hunt for your new on-trend nail polish shade for the upcoming season or wanting a refresh on your go-to shade of nude for your DIY manicures, you'll find what you're looking for from one of the nail polish brands ahead.
Mischo Beauty in Good Kisser
Kitiya Mischo King founded Mischo Beauty when she was pregnant and searching for nontoxic nail polish options. All of Mischo Beauty's nail lacquers are 10-free, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and void of artificial fragrances. Mischo Beauty in Good Kisser ($20) is a modern, classic red hue.
Habit Cosmetics in 18 Soft Focus
All of Habit Cosmetics' nail polishes are infused with myrrh to strengthen fragile nails. They're also vegan-friendly, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and five-free, making them nontoxic. Each bottle even features a bamboo cap, which is more eco-friendly than plastic. Try the Habit Cosmetics in 18 Soft Focus ($18).
Orosa Beauty Pure Cover Nail Paint in Ring Toss
Orosa Beauty makes luxury nail polishes that are cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan. All of the brand's polishes are also free of 14 toxic ingredients that it calls "The Nope List." Orosa Beauty Pure Cover Nail Paint in Ring Toss ($12) is a true orange shade that will put an unexpected and modern twist on your next at-home mani.
Tenoverten is a New York City-based nail salon that makes amazing nail polishes for you to purchase and enjoy a DIY mani at home. The brand is known for its wide variety of chic nudes and light sheer shades, but you can find bright hues and glitter polishes, too. The Tenoverten Catherine ($12) is a beautiful peachy camel color.
10 Free Chemistry Nail Polish in Seafoam
10 Free Chemistry makes plant-based nail polishes that are designed to strengthen your nails and make them less prone to breakage. The nail product is formulated without the use of 21 harmful chemicals and is vegan and cruelty-free. The 10 Free Chemistry Nail Polish in Seafoam ($18) is a unique, beach-inspired color.
Sundays Nail Polish in No. 09
The founder of Sundays wanted to create a wellness and nail-care brand. That's what led to the creation of multiple locations in New York City and nail products sold at retailers all over the country. All of Sundays' nail products are 10-free nontoxic, cruelty-free, and vegan. The formula, which took a year to develop, gives you long-lasting, high-shine color. Try the Sundays Nail Polish in No. 09 ($18) for an on-trend, coral hue.
Olive & June Nail Polish in Bright & Focused
You can't wear a yellow nail polish like the Olive & June Nail Polish in Bright & Focused ($8) and not feel happy. Olive & June nail polishes deliver salon-quality results on a budget. The formula is seven-free nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Kapa Nui Nails Nontoxic Nail Polish in Big Island Nights
All of the shades in the Kapa Nui Nails collection were inspired by the beauty of Hawaii's vibrant ecology. The polishes are eco-friendly, nontoxic, cruelty-free, and made on the beautiful island. Try the Kapa Nui Nails Nontoxic Nail Polish in Big Island Nights ($11).
Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted
Samara Granofsky created Trust Fund Beauty after she noticed a serious lack of natural nail polish options on the market. All of the polishes are nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free while still offering salon-quality results. The Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish in Elegantly Wasted ($15) is a light lilac color with slight shimmer that will look good on anyone.
JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Fab
Jin Soon Cho left Korea and moved to New York City to develop her career in the nail industry. A few years after opening a salon in Manhattan, she launched her own collection of nail polishes, and the rest is history. The JINsoon Nail Lacquer in Fab ($18) is a multicolor dot pop color with a matte finish that will dress up any manicure.
Pear Nova Nail Polish in Thick Dip & What Not
For unique, elegant nail polish colors, look no further than Pear Nova. The vegan, cruelty-free, and five-free nail polish brand has every shade you could ever want, like the Pear Nova Nail Polish in Thick Dip & What Not ($12), a blue shimmer color.