I’m no good at nail art, but I do like changing the colour of my nail polish fairly frequently.
This nail polish from Soigné goes a little beyond the drugstore brands – whereas I can throw those in my basket any time, these little darlings are nice enough to give (or receive) as a present.
I first heard of Soigné nail polish in a post on Zoe London’s blog, and was immediately taken by the beautiful colour she was wearing and the gorgeous packaging. I was also intrigued by the eco-friendly claims of the brand.
Let’s take a look at the packaging first. Soigné nail polish arrives in this gorgeous little black and white box – very chic, very understated, very French.
Then when you open the box, you find this gorgeous bottle which carries on the chic theme. I love the wintry Truffe shade that Zoe wore in her post but I decided to go for Pomegranate, a traditional French red for my first Soigné nail polish.
The polish goes on really well – one coat is enough for a good opaque cover without streaking. I’m notorious for chipping nail varnish, especially when I’m tapping away on my laptop for hours. I have only worn this polish for one day but it seems to be lasting pretty well so far.
Edited to add: I wore two coats of the Pomegranate colour with a base coat but no top coat. After two days it was only showing slight signs of wear around the nail tip from all the typing I do. The colour lasted another day before it started to look too chipped and had to be removed, but I’m sure with a top coat it would have lasted longer. It did come off quite easily, but left a little red staining around the nail tip where my nails sometimes flake.
But what about these eco-friendly claims? Soigné nail polish is a 5-free formulation – that’s a bit of a buzz word at the moment which means that it’s free from some of the worst chemical nasties that go into nail polish (Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor). It’s also vegan friendly, free from animal testing, and up to 85% of the ingredients are plant sourced. It also smells less than standard polishes, because of the lack of chemicals in it.
Soigne nail polishes are available from their website, and retails at £11 plus P&P per bottle. They are more expensive than the drugstore brands but I think also this would make a gorgeous present, especially in their Pick & Mix gift box. I have got my eye on some of their other colours for Spring/Summer including.