I thought I would share with you all some of my favorite indie shops to buy nail polish from. These are shops I own two or more nail polishes from, and I would purchase from them again (they all also have fabulous customer service!).
Indie polishes are more unique because of the fact that they are made in such small batches. There's often limited editions. There's better quality control, and better quality over ingredients used in products compared to a larger company. Plus, you are supporting an independent small business when you purchase an indie polish!
Really unique duo chromes, and vibrant holographics. Birefringence is my #1 favorite nail polish hands down from this shop. I always get plenty of compliments when I wear it. Also Barbra is a sweetheart and interacts often with her fans. Their customer service is awesome too, I once checked out with the wrong polish and they corrected it right away for me.
Lexi's Drunk on Holo is another one of my all time favorite polishes. I've used it in countless manicures. Lots of unique crelly and jelly polishes, and blinged-out glitter polish. Lexi's packaging is always adorable too, with little custom bags for the polish with her logo -- she sometimes throws in nail decals or nail studs. She's also really interactive with her fans on Facebook and Instagram.
Andrea comes up with the most unique finishes. Her duo chromes always have a soft finish to them. Her flakie jellies are out of this world (and I need to buy them!) Gorgeous holographics, and her cuticle balm is the bomb. I'm actually really addicted to her cuticle balms, and I like that she carries it in full size and mini's (as well as her polishes). She often tucks some interesting Japanese and Chinese candies into your packages which is a fun touch!
Esther is a total sweetheart. And she's a fellow Philadelphian! She comes with some gorgeous holographics and glitter bombs. Her packaging always has cute heart tissue paper and red confetti. And I love that she tries to incorporate Philadelphia themed stuff into her polish names. Two of my favorite polishes from her are Saturnalian, and Rocky which is a star studded glitter bomb. It's Always Sunny is another one of my favorites, a holo topcoat.
Whoo! Any lady who thinks of putting dolphin or penguin glitter into polish is freaking amazing! And Laura definitely is. She has really unique glitter jelly polishes and holographics, and she recently stocked her shop with mini nail polish bottles keychains that you can fill with different custom charms! (Need!) My two favorite polishes from her are Life is De Bubbles and Dolphins of the Caribbean!
6. KB Shimmer
I recently got addicted to KB Shimmer last year. The fact that she also sells homemade soaps, scrubs, lotions, etc doesn't help. I am addicted to homemade soaps. One of my favorites is her relaxation soap, which has a nice musky scent like a man's really nice cologne, but light enough that it can be unisex. I also love the sugar scrub in that scent, and lilac! The lilac sugar scrub is amazing! And don't get me started on the cuticle oil pens! Last time I made sure to buy two of the lemongrass cuticle pens. Her customer service is also fantastic, I was accidentally sent the wrong item once, and they responded the same day and mailed the correct item out. Her polishes are gorgeous too, love the crellies, and holo's!
7. Ice Polish
Erin has fantastic holographic polishes, with a great formula too. I just recently tried her polish, and I love it! Especially Jafar (berry holo) and Maleficent which is a gorgeous duo chrome.
Another Erin - and if you didn't notice, her store's name is 'Erin' flipped backwards. Nire's Desire has some really gorgeous cream shimmers, and duo chromes, and holographics. I own Anam Cara and Jezebel. They are one coaters and have a really unique shimmer to them.
So those are some of my favorite indies! What are some of your favorites? I'd love to hear in the comments!
Read more nail polish tips and tricks at Sarah's blog, Tunay Na Mahal!