[purchase] Although Manucurist is a French brand, I bought this before I went to Paris because cleaner formulations in this category are seeing a big rise in popularity. Nail polish, originally, wasn’t much different to car paint, but as we’ve seen from one of my favourite brands, Kure Bazaar, ingredients such as corn, cassava, potato and wheat are being used as alternatives to standard formulas.
What really attracted me to the brand is that the label says green and yet the polish is, in this instance, pink. It makes your brain do a little recalibration. I really don’t have any complaints about this – 84% ‘natural’ source ingredients, free from the most worrysome and potentially harmful components. Formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate are the biggest alarm bell ringers if you have concerns about nail polish, but many brands are opting to take out other ingredients such as camphor.
The shade I have is Peonie (£14), a gorgeously vibrant pink that’s great for tips or toes. I didn’t buy the top coat – which I should have – because I’ve slightly negated the goodness by using a distinctly non-green top coat. The first ingredient is butyl acetate which sounds (and smells) harsh but is considered low toxicity. I think we’ll see more brands like this one cropping up and established brands, such as Nails Inc who have already pivoted towards this type of formula, offering less potentially harmful options. There are 59 shades at Manucurist HERE.
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