Thursday, 7 May 2015

Less Toxic Nails? - Nailberry Noirberry

noirberry nailberry review

It happened, I finally got my hands on a dark red 5-free polish! Ever since leaving my huge collection of polishes behind and switching to less toxic formulas back at the end of 2014, I had been seriously missing my 'signature colour' and hadn't managed to find a replacement until I recently stumbled across Nailberry, in particular the shade Noirberry.

Nailberry's range features a big variety of colours to suit all tastes and is not only free of nasty chemicals but is also certified cruelty free. The brand website's 'About' page also promises great results including a high gloss finish, quick drying time, easy application and long-lasting wear. With all of these claims and a colour that looked like a perfect dupe for my most worn polish before the switch (Nails Inc Victoria), I added Noirberry to my wish list - it sounds too good to be true, right?

After managing not to give in and place and order online (the postage was just too much for me to justify on top of a £14.50 polish!) and a recent museum-hopping trip to London just happening to place me right around the corner from Nailberry's South Kensington salon, I dragged Ria on a slight detour to pick up this deep red shade.

To achieve the look shown above I applied two coats of polish, and whilst I usually try to go for two thin coats I found that this formula was a little thicker than the other 'less toxic' polishes I have tested so far. I also found that the polish had a stronger scent than the Priti NYC shades however I was very impressed with the opacity and drying time (no duvet imprints this time around!). Just as the website claimed, the polish was very easy to apply, dried quickly and definitely has a high-gloss finish that so far seems to be wearing well, even sans topcoat.

Overall I'm really impressed with my first polish from Nailberry, it's definitely my favourite 'less toxic' polish so far and I'm certainly keen to try out some more shades, as well as their Shine & Breathe topcoat. If you're looking to go less-toxic Nailberry is my top recommendation!

Have you tried anything from the Nailberry range?
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