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The Ten Nail Polish Brands You Need To Know

The Ten Nail Polish Brands You Need To Know

We pulled together a list of some of our favorite nail polish brands that you need to know. Your nail polish addiction is just about to get a little worse... trust me.

Plus every single one on this list is cruelty free.


Caption Polish from Young Nails is not your typical nail lacquer. This next generation polish is formulated with LacQ3 technology, delivering a flawless gel-like manicure with long-lasting shine. These polishes are cruelty-free, quick-dry, and soak-free; designed to work wonders over acrylic, gel, or natural nails. Want healthier nails? Apply the fortifying base coat to your natural nail before applying the polish, and finish with a top coat to increase shine and wear time. At just $12 a bottle or $40 for a 4-piece starter kit, Caption Nail Polish, can be the newest addition to your famous polish collection!!

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Credit: Caption

Formula x

If you’re ever at a loss for mani inspiration, Formula X marks the spot. Check out their website for some serious color inspo. Their wide range of 250+ shades encourage us to experiment with simple solids, shade-shifting ombres, gleaming metallics, and electric neons. These innovative, cruelty-free shades are gorgeous, yielding intense color saturation, mirrored shine, and a high-endurance finish. Discover your signature with Formula X, it makes it easy to Xpress your true colors!

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Credit: Formula X

Butter London

Butter LONDON is cultured, confident, expertly curated, distinctive, and authentically inclusive. The luxe nail lacquer brand consists of an extensive line of high-performance (cruelty-free, long-wear & high-shine yay!), catwalk-worthy colors. Their innovative nail tinted moisturizer and patent shine 10X polish are must haves. Today, butter LONDON nail polish is recognized around the world, bringing the most vibrant beauty trends; making it the perfect storm of posh and playful, chic and cheeky, refined and slightly roudy.


As one of the nail care industry's renowned color houses and creator of the original french manicure, ORLY products are perfect for curating an astonishing, cruelty-free manicure. Their newest innovation, Breathable, is an all in one long-lasting, treatment and color, NO base or topcoat required! ORLY seasonally introduces new collections and updates its array of permanent lacquers; providing an extensive line of gel and subtle sheers, vivid crèmes, dazzling shimmers, smooth glitters and hot neons. ORLY is changing the way we wear polish and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Credit: ORLY

Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann is the go-to celebrity manicurist for the most recognizable magazines and renowned fashion houses, meaning her nail polish encompass all the same qualities (celebrity, high-fashion runways, award shows, etc), majorly focusing on the latest season's trends. Lippmann’s lacquers and treatments are high-quality products, offering a diverse range of nail colors and luxury care products. I highly recommend her Gel Lab Pro Color, a healthy alternative to gel polish that nourishes and repairs nails. So go online, and fill up your shopping cart, these incredible nail polishes will make you look and feel like a celebrity!


The brand has endless appeal to beauty lovers globally – from pretty, pared-back, daily essentials to fun, fashion-led fearless looks. Guest creative-director and fashion icon, Olivia Palermo secured Ciaté’s spot in the nail industry as the go-to for trend updates - aiming to inspire and entertain the client, and encourage them to play with color. Ciaté’s newest offering, Pure Pots, is a long wear, eco-friendly polish made up of 80% natural ingredients (potato, corn, and wheat) and enriched with rare, Pitacia Resin Oil for improving overall nail health. Ciaté's unique nail polish elicits excitement and anticipation among the masses, delivering an effortlessly tailored manicure.

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Smith & Cult

Smith & Cult’s perfectly blended, highly-pigmented, durable nail polishes are amazing. By continuously wowing fans with their incredible products, Cult is on the rise to becoming your newest go to polish.  Unlike other brands, when this brand says that you can achieve full coverage in one swipe they’re not joking. Smith & Cult’s highly-pigmented, durable, vegan nail polish is formulated without those nasty toxins and will leave you (and maybe even strangers) sneaking glances any chance you get. And the bottles are simply to die for! 

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Jin Soon

Open any fashion magazine and you’re sure to see a JIN Soon bottle in its pages as a celeb, stylist or editor fave (and soon to be your own). The legendary, Jin Soon Choi, has graced us and the nail industry with astonishing vegan, cruelty-free nail polishes. Her summer 2016 line, inspired by Balsam flowers, is nail polish goals; with just one coat this high-gloss lacquer stands on its own (it also smells like flowers which is pretty awesome). JIN Soon and her nail polish will never fail to amaze us!

Credit:  Jin Soon

Credit: Jin Soon

Christian Louboutin

I know what you may be thinking, Christian Louboutin polish actually exists and everything about it is wonderful. Not going to lie, the polish is expensive, like, $50 expensive. But I can tell you the long-lasting, glossy finish is worth the splurge. “Rouge Louboutin” is the most iconic color as it is a dead-on match to Louboutin soles aka the perfect shade of red. This luxury nail polish will leave your nails runway ready and feeling like an artist after manicuring using the calligraphy pen cap design. Brace yourself (and your wallet) because anything and everything Christian Louboutin is addictive!

Nails Inc

Nails Inc has become an award winning nail brand famous for catwalk color, fashion collaborations, innovative special effects and immaculate professional manicures. The product line is formulated with the latest professional technologies (aka spray on nail polish, that ISN’T messy?!), all while boasting a portfolio of more than 150 colors and special effects. The brand targets beauty lovers and foodies providing us with food based nail treatments: NailKale, Sweet Almond, Matcha, & H2Go.  Their Gel Effect formula offers customers a great alternative to the professional Gel manicure - giving the same high-gloss, plumped finish without the need for UV. Polish junkies brace yourselves, these incredible shades and treatments are impossible to resist.

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Photo: Nails Inc

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What's your favorite nail polish brand? Tell us in the comments. 

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