I rarely polish my nails. When I do polish, my approach is utilitarian. Do it swiftly; make it classy. I love to luxuriate in beauty rituals, but not the mani-pedi variety. Your nail art is adorable—I see you on Instagram—but you won’t find me taking the time.
That said, thanks to new favorites Priti NYC Soy Polish Remover and RGB Nail Color, I’m in a painting mood.
The real game changer here is Priti NYC Soy Polish Remover. You can put away the gas mask for this one. It doesn’t reek of chemicals or give me a headache like every nail polish remover I’ve ever used. Even better, it doesn’t dry my nails out. In fact, it feels… nourishing. What? I know!
Experiencing Priti was one of those head slapping moments for me. I’ve known that there are better options out there, but I didn’t imagine something could perform so differently. I expected more of the same—parched nails—with a cleaner formula, so I just wasn’t motivated to go looking for a new polish remover. Higher priorities, you know? Like mascara. This Priti ditty was part of the last NMDL Quarterly Co. package. Siobhan and Alexandra often know what I need before I do.
Priti polish remover acts like a light oil on your nails. You have to rub a bit to loosen and remove the polish, but it’s worth the extra nudge. Better yet, it comes in single wipes packaged for easy travel and removal on the go. Oh and it’s non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and doesn’t contain any petroleum ingredients. Clean enough for me? Yep. So are the RGB nail polishes, whose formulas are five free, meaning they don’t contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.
First, let me say how much I adore the name RGB for a nail color line. Red green blue. Roy G. Biv. Free associate as you like. The product lives up to the name. RGB nail color in Coral—also included in the last NMDL Quarterly package—was instant, mad mad love for me. RGB Coral is an opaque, high shine, orange/red that reminds me of Andy Warhol paintings and glowing maraschino cherries. I’m used to corals with a peachy tinge, sometimes erring toward pink. This coral has the perfect orange to red balance with none of that peachy business. It’s like your favorite red all dressed up for a 90s rave. You know—a little neon, a lot of flowers. I will never be without this color. And does it perform? Hell yes. The color retains its shine and does not chip for nearly a week. On the toes, it lasts up to two weeks.
Have you tried RGB nail color or Priti polish remover? What color should I try next?
*Also included in the last NMDL Quarterly Co. package, a BADASS Crystal Nail File from Czech Glass—swoon! Expect a separate review later.
*The Quarterly Co. web site is down, so I didn’t provide the link, but do check it out!
A perfectly clean nail polish is a very hard thing to find. Especially if you don’t want it washing off in the shower! But there’s good news today from our friends at Well+GOOD: More mainstream lines are ditching the big bad three, meaning flexible clean girls can now enjoy awesome shades without the full toxic load. Here’s their post—but first(!) tell us about your favorite cleaner polish in the comments, please.
It used to be that less-toxic nail polishes were made by just a handful of natural-leaning brands.
Now, brands like Chanel and Nars have gone three-free—meaning no formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene—and more choices.
Non-toxic polishes are the new gold standard for nails, says Adair Ilyinksy, co-owner of the chic TenOverTen nail salon in Tribeca. “There’s an understanding now that modern formulations don’t require formaldehyde.”
What colors are hot with New Yorkers this fall? “Metallics have been really big,” says Ilyinsky. “There’s also been a move away from puttys and grays towards blues and greens.”
Here are the popular nail polish shades you’ll want to get your hands on now.