Miss Frankie is a new Melbourne-based nail polish range that is offering a healthier alternative to salon nails. And as we love to support local businesses, we thought (as die-hard Shellac-lovers) we’d give it a crack!

First, a little about the product: Miss Frankie‘s formulation is five-free. But what does that actually mean? Well, their ‘healthy’ nail polishes utilise an innovative formula that doesn’t contain the common toxic ingredients found in many varnishes – and that also allows penetration by air and water. The result is healthier nails that aren’t stuck under a thick layer of varnish and never see the light of day…

Plus, they’re cruelty free and vegan, and due to the non-toxic formula, they’re safe to use when pregnant or on little ones who love to paint their nails too.

So how well does the product actually work? I personally like to take a month or two off Shellac here and there to give my nails some recovery time, and usually use a regular polish. For me, Miss Frankie was a great alternative during that break.

Not only does it lack the usual toxic smell of some nail polishes heavy on chemicals, it was the perfect consistency and surprisingly quick drying! Two coats and a swish of topcoat were all that was needed when I used the darker colours like Perfect Stranger and Have We Met. After wearing the polish on my toenails for a week, it had barely chipped. 

I loved Miss Frankie nail polishes and only had one issue… I wish there were more colours! However, if you love a great, subtle baby pink, an edgy grey, or delicious neutrals, then this brand is for you.

The product: Miss Frankie ‘healthy’ nail polishes.
The cost: Nail polishes, $22. Top coat and breathable base coat, $22.
The promise: Breathable and non-toxic nail polishes that apply smoothly to produce flawless, even coverage, and are chip-resistant, long-lasting and fast-drying.
The result: Smooth consistency that went on effortlessly to provide even coverage. Lasted well over a week, and in a small range of great colours.
The rating: I would definitely purchase Miss Frankie in the future for when I want a month or two off the toxic, non-breathable Shellac. I only wish they had more colours!

-Bianca O’Neill / InstagramTwitter. Products were provided free to the writer by Miss Frankie, but no payment was furnished. Top image: Miss Frankie.

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