Cienna Rose 12-free nail polish

Nailing It: Cienna Rose 12-free Nail Polishes

Cienna Rose Enriched Nail Lacquer Review

I just had a long debate about whether nail polish is makeup or not? I don’t wear it to enhance or alter my appearance but simply for the sheer joy of looking at a pleasing colour. What do you think?

Anyway speaking of pleasing to peruse, I recently discovered Cienna Rose, a 12-free nail polish range inspired by all things floral. Ever so prettily packaged, Cienna Rose is vegan-friendly and cruelty free too with a lacquer formula inflused with lemongrass oils and Vitamins E + B5 to nourish and strenghthen nails. Bonus. 

Cienna Rose 12-free nail polish

What does 12-free mean?

The short answer is that there is no legal definition but that a hell of a lot of nasties have been kicked to the kerb. In the case of Cienna Rose, they state that all their nail lacquers are free from Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Toluene, Triphenyl Phosphate, MEHQ/HQ (Hydroquinone Monomethyl Ether), MIT (Methylisothiazolinone), animal derived ingredients and Parabens.    

Cienna Rose say: “As well as being free from toxins, our long lasting high pigmented colour formulation is chip resistant with a gel like finish leaving a subtle scent of lemongrass on your nails, making for beautiful super shiny nails that will stand out and won’t fade away.”

So I put that to the test…..

Cienna Rose 12-free nail polish bottles

Cienna Rose Nail Polish Tested

Good brush design that covered my whole nail in one stroke. The texture of the creme colours was rather watery so needed three, thin coats for full opaque coverage. The thin texture means that it dries pretty quickly. For the best results you do need to use the Cienna Rose base and top coat (Plump It Up). The first time I didn’t and it was chip city within a day. Once I’d got the application licked, I managed 5 days of pristine nails, then some minimal edge wearing off and got away without disgracing myself for another 3 days so that’s over a week. I am an energetic keyboard basher so that’s very good going! Don’t expect quite the same longevity as gel and you won’t be disappointed. 

Cienna Rose Gel Effect Top Coat review


See below for what the shades look like on me:

Cienna Rose Latte Break – a gorgeous creamy nude on my skin

Cienna Rose 12-free 'Latte Break' nail polish - nude swatch
Cienna Rose 12-free ‘Latte Break’ nail polish

Cienna Rose Pump Up The Volume – think summer holiday in a bottle!  I’ve had this on my fingers/toes for all my recent tropical travels

Cienna Rose - Pump Up The Volume swatch
Cienna Rose’ Pump Up The Volume’ 12-free nail polish worn over blue nail polish

Note that the ‘confetti’ in this is not biodegradable which I do feel bad about. Honestly I was dazzled by the fun prettiness and didn’t check before using. Cienna Rose are looking in to this. 

Cienna Rose - Pump Up The Volume swatch
Cienna Rose – Pump Up The Volume

Cienna Rose 12-free nail polish bottles

Overall Cienna Rose have nailed it, offering long-lasting, glossy nails in a fun and girly shade range without the noxious nasties or tortuous acetone fuelled removal process of gel polish. 

Cienna Rose enriched nail lacquer, RRP £9

Disclaimer: Review samples provided. Not sponsored. Opinions are my own obvs.  

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