Declutter: Nail Polish Edition

Happy Monday everyone! Today I want to introduce a new series here on the blog: declutter. The purpose of this series is pretty clear as the name kind of gives it away. ;) I'll be regularly talking about different areas of my life in which I am decluttering. There is something really satisfying to me about getting rid of things I don't need or don't want. Things that no longer bring me joy, aren't good for me, or just don't work.

Today, I'm starting off with my nail polish collection.

Over the years, this collection has changed quite a bit. Polish doesn't last forever, so colors come and go. I have fallen in and out of love with some brands, based on personal feelings, reformulations (and then reformulations again...), etc. But today, my goal is not just to purge the colors I no longer want or enjoy. I'm taking this a few steps further. First, I'm eliminating any polish from a brand that is not cruelty-free. Second, I am removing the toxic polishes. In all honestly, this one is going to be the hardest, because preparing for this post, I've learned through my research that many of my go-to polishes are quite toxic. The good news is though, that one of my favorite brands is non-toxic, so it will all be okay.

First to go: OPI. Honestly? I'm totally okay with this. I've learned over the years that I often purchase their polishes merely for a color or name. But in reality, I don't care for the formulation and find that they aren't all that long lasting. I won't miss the super strong smell of these either.

Next: LA Colors. This is a brand I've purchased from the dollar store before. So you won't be surprised to find that they're full of toxic bad ju-ju. Beyond that fact, they're exactly what you get for a dollar. Infer what you will. ;)

Revlon & L'Oreal are also out. These drug store polishes are toxic, but they also go against my first criteria, as they test on animals. I'll miss the textured L'Oreal polish but honestly, most Revlon shades were so pretty in the bottle and then major let downs. So adios!

Essie is another brand I'll be letting go of. Admittedly, I no longer have many polishes from them because for some reason, I found that they didn't last very long? I've thrown out many a bottle that got chunky & funky. They test on animals and are toxic so they're a no-go.

My Seche Vite base coat is also gone as they are pretty toxic. Also, I wasn't a total fan of it. I also received a sample shade from them awhile back, but I've never even tried that and it will go as well.

Now this is where things get a little more tricky. Sinful Colors is a cruelty-free, made in the USA, super affordable, three-free brand, but I'm looking for polishes that are at the very least five-free, meaning that they're out. While they likely hit all the marks for many, they just don't do it for my personal preferences. The shades I have I wasn't completely in love with anyways.

The biggest hurt is easily my collection of Wet & Wild polishes. I was really in love with their gel polish formula, and I recently talked about a couple of polishes I picked up from their holiday collection. They're drug-store and cruelty-free which is great. However, they're also quite toxic and that is the deal breaker here. Of all of the polishes I own, this one is the most difficult to let go of.

Now we can move on to the polishes that I am keeping. The list is quite a bit shorter, but that's okay. While I'm getting rid of quite a few polishes I liked, it still feels good to reduce my collection. Going through it all, made me find shades I forgot about. Going through what you own is like shopping your own collection! It's likely you've got things you've forgotten all about!

First up is Essence. Essence is a drug store German brand that is cruelty-free, as well as five-free. I've got a handful of their gel line polishes, and I really like the formulation.

The two polishes I have from Butter London's 10x shine collection are definitely keepers. They're cruelty-free and EIGHT free! I also love the shades. They're gorgeous neutrals.

I have one polish from Mineral Fusion, which I recently picked up and will be keeping. They're cruelty-free as well as five-free.

Last but not least is my favorite nail polish brand at the moment: Pacifica. I've been exploring Pacifica products for years and I generally love their products. These polishes are cruelty-free, seven-free and vegan! What's more is that they're awesome polishes. They last really well, the formulation applies fantastically and I love the shades they offer. The rainbow top coat is incredible!! If you try anything from their line, try that. Oh and drift! Definitely try that too! :)

I hope that this post inspires you to take a look at your nail polish and consider what you are okay with in terms of the chemicals within them. I encourage you to do your own research, and to decide for yourself. Either way, it doesn't hurt to go through your polish and weed out the old crusty ones, or the colors you just hated. A little decluttering can be clarifying! If you have any favorite non-toxic, cruelty-free polishes, please share with me in the comments!

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