Benecos ‘5 ingredient free’ nail polish review

Hey guys, 

About 5 years ago, there was this commotion over some chemicals in almost every nail polish that were possibly carcinogenic and then the concern for this faded away as time passed. I didn’t really use nail polish at the time so I didn’t worry too much about it. I’m getting back into wearing nail polish so I decided to seek out nail polishes that do not contain the unnecessary ingredients – I purchased this from Nourished Life where they also stock 100% Pure.

This nail polish is free from formaldehydes, camphor, colophony, phthalates and toluene.

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Shade: Rose passion $11.95 AUD


Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Silica, Mica, Iron Oxides, Red 6, Red 34, Black 2, Barium Sulfate, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide, and Yellow 5

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Overall comments

The overall packaging reminds me of a kid’s faux makeup kit – ALSO, side note, I can’t believe that they allowed kid’s to use kid’s makeup in those makeup kits – now that I think of it, how waxy/chalky was that stuff!!! Now that I look back, I wonder how many chemicals in mainstream skincare and makeup items would’ve been in those products –

Anyways, back to topic, disregarding the ‘juvenile aesthetic’ of the packaging, the application process wasn’t too bad – one needs a steady hand to apply nail polish as always though the bristles could’ve been slightly more packed and stiffer. If I could rate the nail polish, I would give it a 3.5/5, there isn’t the strong smell that a lot of nail polish brands common to us would contain but this nail polish’s smell was a toned down version of that. I used two layers of nail polish and achieved my desired opacity – drying time to achieve full hardness of the nail polish took me overnight.

Benecos is cruelty free, gluten free and vegan as well.

However, I definitely will be repurchasing. I also intend to try out 100% Pure’s nail polishes as well – they have some  rich neutral shades such as a shimmery mocha. Will keep you posted as I go! 🙂

Thanks for reading – any advice/feedback is greatly appreciated




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