Kester Black

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It was only late last year when I learned about the 5-free movement on nail polishes. Nail polishes that are free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor. These ingredients are all linked to toxicity and seriously, nobody wants any of that. Especially your body.

On my catching up with 5-free nail polishes, I came upon and was drawn heavily to Kester Black’s aesthetics. Their campaign photography are always so vibrant and surrealistic. Thus, I fell helplessly into their colorful trap of delicious-looking nail polishes. Confession: I fall for anything surrealism. While I cannot create anything surreal with these nail polishes, that shouldn’t stop you from drooling at the colors.

From their summer collection are yummy pastels aptly named Sky (baby blue) and Bubblegum (mint). Color-wise, they are perfect! These nail polishes are as good as any nail polish, if not better. Remember 5-free? Did I mention they are vegan and cruelty-free too? And do I even have to mention the font and packaging? Actually, I do. If you’ve noticed, the above nail polishes’ bottle design look different, with Sky (left) showcasing the latest. Since they are a small batch manufacturer, the transition to the new design may be a slow one. So when ordering online, you may still get a bottle with older design and narrow brush. Not exactly an ugly duckling, but with the dawn of wider brushes, using narrow brushes these days don’t seem very comfortable. But that doesn’t deter me at all. I like my 5-free vegan cruelty-free mint nail polish. And if there was ever an award for best packaging design in nail polish, Kester Black wins my vote.