Kleancolor. We’ve all heard of them. Seems everyone either loves them or hates them. I see discussions regarding Kleancolor on an almost daily basis in nail polish groups. There seem to be a lot of questions regarding this brand, which spurred me to write this post.
Kleancolor has been making nail polish for many years. But not just nail polish, they actually have a wide assortment of make up and beauty products.
Personally I have never seen Kleancolor in stores, every polish I have of theirs was purchased online. Considering 90% of my vast polish collection was purchased online this isn’t very surprising though. They are well known for their very low price point, usually around 99 cents. But perhaps equally as well known for, the smell. They do have a strong smell. I used to describe it as a very strong smell, but that was before MdU stamping polish made its way into my life. If you can handle the smell of MdU then Kleancolor is a walk in the park. Even if it’s not the smell dissipates as the polish dries, so it’s not a deal breaker for me. Besides I have purchased expensive indie brands with a far stronger smell.
There is also a lot of speculation, possibly due to the strong odor, as to whether or not they are 3-free. According to Kleancolors website as of today they are 4-free, which means the polish does not contain Camphor, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Formaldehyde. Most brands are at a minimum of 3-free these days, and quite a few are 5-free, so I would say they are on par with many companies in regards to the chemicals in their polish.
Kleancolor is no doubt marketed as a cruelty free brand.
From their website.. “NO TESTING on ANIMALS whatsoever! Due to limited budget and the desire to provide good quality products at the best prices, we are currently not at ability to join/sponsor PETA or related cruelty-free program without increasing product price. We prefer to keep low cost for our customers as return of support of KleanColor brand. However, we can assure that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development. We do not test any of our products on animals or ask anyone else to test for us.“
It’s true there is a fee to be certified cruelty free by PETA or Leaping Bunny. As those are my primary sources for determining cruelty free status, the only information I can go on is Kleancolors’ statement. You may not know that many of our beloved brands are not cruelty free, but more are making the change everyday. While I love to support brands that are cruelty free being 100% cruelty free in this society is virtually impossible. Or to be possible we would each need our own island. 🙂
So now that I’ve gone through all of that..
What do I think of Kleancolor?
I like their price point. I like their color selection. I like their wide variety. Are they my favorite polish? No. But they offer a good product for budget minded shoppers. They are a good option for expanding your collection within a budget. And the color selection is quite extensive.
What about wear time?
I rarely wear a polish long enough to be too concerned about wear time; but in my experience a quality base coat and top coat can extend the wear time of any polish, and I typically get consistent wear time across most brands if I am consistent with my base coat and top coat.
So while I obviously love my higher end indies and salon brand mainstreams; I have nothing against the lower budget brands. I probably have around 100 Kleancolor and I pull them out on occasion. They do create beautiful mani’s.. which in the end, is possibly the most important thing! 🙂
So where do you stand on Kleancolor polish? Yay or Nay? Leave me some comment love below. 🙂
Until next time, stay polished!