Indie brands

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. (Also, I've given up on trying to distinguish between the hand-mixed 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.)

6 Harts
A'dor Beauty Supplies
Aisuru Lacquer
Aliquid Lacquer
Alter Ego
Arcane Lacquer (Australia) (website down 4/17)
At the End Of the Rainbow
Bad Bitch Polish
Baroness X
Bella Belle Nail Couture (Australia)
Beyond the Nail (Canada) (also on Etsy)
Big T Ranch
Black Cat Lacquer
Black Label Nails (nothing listed 4/17)
Bliss Polish
Blue-Eyed Girl
Blush Lacquers (new to me)
Bohemian Polish (formerly Finger Lickin' Lacquer)
Boii Cosmetics
Boom Sparkle (not working 4/17)
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
Colores de Carol
Colors by Llarowe
Compulsive Nails (wraps)
Contrary Polish
Cupcake Polish
Dabulous Lacquer
Daily Charme (charms & decals)
Dam Nail Polish
Daphine Polish
Darling Diva
Different Dimension
Digital Nails
Doctor Lacquer
Dollish Polish
Dreamland Lacquer (formerly Smitten Polish)
Drip Drop Nail Paint
Dynamic Polish
Eat Sleep Polish (Canada)
Elevation Polish
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)
F.U.N Lacquer
Girly Bits (Canada)
Glam Polish (Australia)
Glimmer by Erica
Glisten & Glow
Glitter Daze
Glitter Lambs
Gothic Gala
Graceful Polish
Great Lakes Lacquer
Honey Bunny Lacquer
Hot Chick Physics
The Hungry Asian
I Love Nail Polish
Impulse Cosmetics (also yummy-looking matte lipstick)
InDecisive Nail Lacquer
Indie Polish
Indigo Bananas (also on Etsy)
Jindie Nails
Kismet Cosmetics
KLPolish (new)
La Vita E Bella (wraps)
Lac Attack
Lacquer by Lissa (decals)
Lacquer Lust
The Lady Varnishes
Let It Glitter (Netherlands)
LevelUp Lacquer (formerly Daring Digits)
Literary Lacquer
Loaded Lacquer
Lou It Yourself (also decals/stencils)
Love Angeline (also decals & treatment products)
Lucky 13
Mckfresh (Australia)
MDJ Creations
MeLissa Lacquer
Model City
Mrs P's Nail Potions (Canada)
Nail Nation 3000
Nail Glitter Princess (loose glitter)
The Nail Junkie
Nail Pattern Boldness
Nailed It!
NailThins (also on Etsy) (decals)
Native War Paints
Neverland Lacquers (formerly Pop Culture Cosmetics)
NFT Lacquer
Ninja Polish
Nire's Desire
Octopus Party
Ooh La Lacquer
Paint Box Polish
Painted Polish
Painted Sabotage
Peaches Polish (Australia)
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
Potion Polish
Pretty & Polished (also on Etsy)
Pretty Jelly
Pretty Serious (Australia)
Ruby White Tips
Sara M Lyons (decals & wraps) (also on Etsy)
Sea Lore
Serum No. 5
Shimmer Polish
Silly Bee's Chickadees
Siren's Call
Smitten Polish - see Dreamland
Sonoma Nail Art
Sparkle Nail Lacquer
Spectrum Cosmetics
Spellbound Nails
Starlight and Sparkles
Starrily (also on Etsy)
Super Black
Superchic Lacquer/Wonder Beauty Products
Superficially Colorful (Israel)
Sweet Heart Polish
Tonic Polish
Too Fancy Lacquer (some polishes at Color4Nails)
Top Shelf Lacquer
Treasures by Tan
Twee & Honey
Upstate Lacquers
Urban Lacquer
Vivid Lacquer (stamping plates)
Wicked Polish
WingDust (Canada)
Yume Lacquer

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

On hiatus/offline:
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)
B Squared (not found)
Bad Ass Polish (nothing for sale)
Black Sheep Lacquer (Canada) (page not found)
Body Language - Etsy store no longer exists
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)
Dead Set Babes (Australia) (website down)
Fandom Cosmetics (website not available)
Glitzology - Etsy store no longer exists
Hazuri Nail Bar - Etsy store no longer exists
Illume Lacquer (nothing for sale)
Lilacquer - Etsy store no longer exists
Lilypad Lacquer (Australia) (closed)
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)
Nostalgic Lacquer (shop unavailable; Etsy store also on hiatus)
Not Too Polished ("on a break" since late 2014)
Pipe Dream Polish (page not found)
Poshinality (website down)
Rain City Lacquer ("maintenance")
Rescue Beauty Lounge (out of business)
A Rhyming Dictionary (nothing for sale)
Tillie (closed)

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!

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, 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.

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
Glitter Daze
Luscious Potion
MDJ Creations
Silly Bee's Chickadees
Siren's Call
Urban Lacquer

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