Indie brands

(See notes at bottom.)
6 Harts
77
A'dor Beauty Supplies
Aisuru Lacquer
Alchemy
Aliquid Lacquer
Alter Ego
Anchor & Heart
At the End Of the Rainbow
B Polished
Bad Bitch Polish
Baroness X
Bella Belle Nail Couture (Australia)
Beyond the Nail (Canada) (also on Etsy)
Big T Ranch
Black Cat Lacquer
Bliss Polish
Bluebird Lacquer
Blue-Eyed Girl
Blush Lacquers
Bohemian Polish
Boii Cosmetics
Buff & Shine
Cadillacquer (Switzerland) (at Hypnotic Polish)
Cameo Colours
Candied Apple
Candy Lacquer
Canvas Nails
Carpe Noctem
CDB Lacquer
Celestial Cosmetics
Chaos & Crocodiles
Chaos Theory
Chirality (also on Etsy)
Chloe & Bella
Cirque
Colores de Carol
Colors by Llarowe
Compulsive Nails (wraps)
Contrary Polish
Cupcake Polish
Dabulous Lacquer
Daily Charme (charms & decals)
Dainty Digits
Dam Nail Polish
Daphine Polish
Darling Diva
Delush
Different Dimension
Digital Nails
Doctor Lacquer
Dollish Polish
Don Deeva
Dreamland Lacquer (formerly Smitten Polish)
Drip Drop Nail Paint
Dynamic Polish
Eat Sleep Polish (Canada)
Elevation Polish
Ellagee
Ellison's Organics
Envy Lacquer
Emily de Molly (Australia)
Enchanted Polish
Enigma (UK)
Esmaltes da Kelly (available at Color4Nails)
Ever After Polish
Exotic Lacquers
Fair Maiden
Fanchromatic Nails
Fancy Gloss
Femme Fatale (Australia) (available at LiveLovePolish)
Festive Corpse
Firecracker Lacquer
FNUG (Denmark)
FrankenFrosting
F.U.N Lacquer
Girly Bits (Canada)
Glam Polish (Australia)
Glimmer by Erica
Glisten & Glow
Glitter Daze
Glitter Lambs
Glitterfied
Gothic Gala
Graceful Polish
Great Lakes Lacquer
Heather's Hues
Honey Bunny Lacquer
Hot Chick Physics
The Hungry Asian
I Love Nail Polish
Impulse Cosmetics
InDecisive Nail Lacquer
Indie Polish
Indigo Bananas (also on Etsy)
Jindie Nails
Jior Couture
KBShimmer
Kismet Cosmetics
KLPolish (new)
Kunimitsu
La Vita E Bella (wraps)
Lac Attack
Lacquer by Lissa (decals)
Lacquer Lust
Lacquistry
The Lady Varnishes
Leesha's
Let It Glitter (Netherlands)
LevelUp Lacquer
Lilypad Lacquer (Australia) (new website)
Literary Lacquer
Loaded Lacquer
Lollypop Posse
Lou It Yourself (also decals/stencils)
Love Angeline (also decals & treatment products)
Lucky 13
LynB
Lynnderella
Mckfresh (Australia)
MDJ Creations
MeLissa Lacquer
Microbrews
Model City
Moon Shine Mani
Mrs P's Nail Potions (Canada)
Ms Sparkle
My Indie Polish
My Stunning Nails
Nail Hoot
Nail Nation 3000
Nail Glitter Princess (loose glitter)
The Nail Junkie
Nail Pattern Boldness
Nailed It!
NailThins (also on Etsy) (decals)
Native War Paints
NerdLacquer
NeVerMind
NFT Lacquer
Night Owl Lacquer
Ninja Polish
Nire's Desire
Noodles
Octopus Party
Ooh La Lacquer
Pahlish
Paint Box Polish
Painted Polish
Painted Sabotage
Peaches Polish (Australia)
Pelirrojita
PepperPotPolish
Pinwheel Polish
The Pixie Girl
Poetry Cowgirl
The Polish Bar
Polish by Jessica Jean
Polish Me Silly
Polish 'M (formerly Lacquerlicious)
Polish Revolution
Polish TBH
Polishaholic (Netherlands)
Polished by KPT
Polished for Days
Potion Polish
Pretty & Polished (also on Etsy)
Pretty Beautiful Unlimited
Pretty Jelly
Pretty Serious (Australia)
PrettyWicked
Reverie
Rise & Shine
Quixotic
Ruby White Tips
Sara M Lyons (decals & wraps) (also on Etsy)
Sassy Pants
SaucyPolish
Scofflaw
Sea Lore
Serum No. 5
Shimmer Polish
Shinespark
Silly Bee's Chickadees
Siren's Call
Smokey Mountain
SoFlaJo
Sonoma Nail Art
Sparkle Nail Lacquer
Spectrum Cosmetics
Spellbound Nails
Starlight and Sparkles
Starrily (also on Etsy)
Stached Polish
Stella Chroma
Super Black
Superchic
Superficially Colorful (Israel)
Supermoon Lacquer
Supernatural Lacquer
Sweet Heart Polish
TasminAnn
Tonic Polish
Too Fancy Lacquer (some polishes at Color4Nails)
Top Shelf Lacquer
Treasures by Tan
Turtle Tootsie
Twee & Honey
Upstate Lacquers
Urban Lacquer
Vapid.
Vivid Lacquer (stamping plates)
Wicked Polish
WingDust (Canada)
Wrenn
Yume Lacquer
ZoDi

Perpetually sold out (apart from periodic brief restocks)
Takko Lacquer

On hiatus/offline/renamed:
A Study In Polish - Etsy store no longer exists
Above the Curve ("maintenance")
Alanna Renee (website down)
Aly's Dream Polish ("back in 2 weeks")
Anne Kathleen (no store)
Aqua Daisy (not selling polish)
Arcane Lacquer (Australia) (page not found)
B Squared (not found)
Bad Ass Polish (nothing for sale)
Black Label Nails (nothing listed)
Black Sheep Lacquer (Canada) (page not found)
Body Language - Etsy store no longer exists
Boom Sparkle (not working)
Brigit's Digits (France) - Etsy store no longer exists
Candeo Colors (store just links back to Facebook page, which says to go to the store)
Charming Polish ("new polishes coming soon")
Chick Nail Polish (website down)
Cult Nails (out of business)
Daring Digits - see LevelUp Lacquer
Dead Set Babes (Australia) (website down)
Fandom Cosmetics (website not available)
Finger Lickin' Lacquer - see Bohemian Polish
Glitzology - Etsy store no longer exists
Hazuri Nail Bar - Etsy store no longer exists
Illume Lacquer (nothing for sale)
Lacquerlicious - see Polish 'M
Lilacquer - Etsy store no longer exists
Liquidus - Etsy store no longer exists
Lulabelle (Canada) ("on break")
Madison Street Beauty ("break")
Maya Cosmetics (out of business)
Metapolish (site down)
ModLacquer (out of business, per their Facebook page)
Mystic Muse (website down)
Nailian (Bulgaria) (nothing for sale since 2015)
Neverland (website down)
Nostalgic Lacquer (shop unavailable; Etsy store also on hiatus)
Not Too Polished ("on a break" since late 2014)
Nvr Enuff - website down
Pipe Dream Polish (page not found)
Polished Mommy - see B Polished
Pop Culture Cosmetics - ?
Poshinality (website down)
Rain City Lacquer ("maintenance")
Rescue Beauty Lounge (out of business)
A Rhyming Dictionary (nothing for sale)
Seventyseven or Seventy7 - under 77 (at top of list)
Smitten Polish - see Dreamland
Tillie (closed)
Wonder Beauty Products (now selling supplies only, see also Superchic Lacquer)

Notes on this list:
  • Basically my criteria here are that you have to have a storefront and stuff for sale on it, not just "coming soon" or a lot of pictures of polishes that are sold out. If I check and a store's been on hiatus for any length of time, it gets moved down to the bottom sections.
  • I've given up on trying to distinguish between the hand-mixed (or "artisan") and the non-hand-mixed kind of indies. There are both kinds on this list.
  • The best indies list I've seen recently is XOXO Jen's. I've been keeping mine for several years now but I'm not very obsessive about maintaining it.
  • When it comes right down to it, there's no such thing as a complete list of indie polishes; they come and go, often with little fanfare. So this is always going to be a work in progress no matter what!
  • There are (I think) brands that only sell on Facebook and don't necessarily have a separate website. I'm not much of a Facebook fan so I'm not making any effort to find those.
  • I should say that I have not tried the majority of the brands on this list, so I can't vouch for most of them. Here's the ones I have at least one polish from (see list above for links - but note that I did not necessarily order directly from the seller with every one of these): Black Cat Lacquer, Chick, Chirality, Cirque, Colors by Llarowe, Cult Nails, Dollish, Different Dimension, Enchanted, Glisten & Glow, KBShimmer, Lacquer Lust, Lucky 13, LynB, Lynnderella, ModLacquer, Nail Pattern Boldness, NailThins, Nine Zero, Nostalgic, Pahlish, Paint Box Polish, Painted Polish, Pipe Dream, Polished by KPT, Pretty Serious, Rescue Beauty, Serum No 5, Smitten, Top Shelf Polish, Virago Varnish, Wicked.
Also, my running list of fellow Texas girls (see big list above for links):
Candy Lacquer
Digital Nails
Ellison's Organics
Exotic Lacquers
Fandom Cosmetics
FrankenFrosting
Glitter Daze
Luscious Potion
MDJ Creations
ModLacquer
Silly Bee's Chickadees
Siren's Call
Supermoon Lacquer
Urban Lacquer

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