"The natural physiology of your nails is totally respected."
Breathable nail polish, also known as ‘5 free,’ has gained a rise in popularity.
Beauty companies, including Orly, have launched their breathable nail polish collections. These formulas are free of the toxins often found in regular nail polish.
They are air and moisture permeable.
DESIblitz explores the benefits and popular shades of breathable nail polish.
What is ‘5 free’?
These nail polishes are free of 5 particularly toxic chemicals:
- Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
- Formaldehyde resin
Breathable nail polish is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, which is a bonus. Some also include extra beneficial oils and chemicals. This means they are the healthier option for nails.
So, which beauty brands sell breathable nail polish?
The ‘Nailpure’ range at Nails Inc is made with an:
“Oxygen resin complex. This creates a high shine film that is both air and water permeable, meaning the natural physiology of your nails is totally respected,” as described by Nails Inc.
It also includes a: “Regenerating Complex (a two-fold Aldehyde, Zinc, and Calcium blend) that boosts the production of keratin for harder, stronger and healthier nails,” says the brand.
It is also ‘6 free’ as it does not contain animal derivatives.
The most popular shades are Victoria, Montpelier Walk, Prince Arthur Road and Mayfair Mansion Mews.
Buy the Nails Inc ‘Nailpure’ range at £14 here.
The ‘O2M’ range at Inglot:
“Allows water and oxygen to pass through, thanks to a highly advanced polymer. The product helps keep nails in the best condition while wearing nail enamel,” confirms the brand.
This nail collection is ‘5 free’ and comes in almost 80 shades. It is available internationally.
Buy Inglot ‘O2M’ range at £13 here.
The L’Oxygéné formula is vegan, cruelty-free and ‘5 free’. It is suitable for pregnant women, children, and most allergy sufferers, as it doesn’t contain toxins. The range includes over 40 different shades.
According to Nailberry:
“The secret is to make sure the nails are oil free before you apply your base coat. Make sure the nail polish is very thinly applied.”
The most popular shades are Mystere and Almond.
Buy Nailberry ‘L’Oxygéné’ range at £14.50 here.
Tuesday in Love
This ‘5 free’ nail polish has micro-pores, allowing water to go through. It is cruelty and child labour free. In addition, it is also peelable, so you can also avoid the harsh chemicals contained in the nail polish removers.
While the wear lasts on average 2-3 days, it can also extend to 4-5 days, with the water permeable top coat.
The most popular shades are, Vampire Kiss, YOLO (You Only Love Once), Secret Boyfriend and Swiftly Taylored.
Buy the Tuesday In Love water permeable nail polish range at £8.98 here.
Orly’s new breathable range is oxygen and hydration permeable. It also includes argan oil, pro-Vitamin B5, and Vitamin C.
The technology behind the formula is similar to that of contact lenses. It is only currently available in the US and the Middle East. However, you can buy it here online at $8.99.
The most popular shades are Nail Superfood and Give Me A Break.
All these beauty brands have created extensive shade ranges for breathable nail polish. It’s now a formula that’s becoming very popular.
Looking for a new type of nail polish? One that is cruelty-free and provides many benefits? Then, why not try one of these stylish breathable nail polish ranges.