You might recall my post from back in January about 3-Free/Non-Toxic Nail Polish. In the post, I explained why many nail polishes commonly marketed as "non-toxic" really aren't (due to an ingredient that has been linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, reproductive toxicity and more), and curated a list of brands that are truly the safer options. 

I've previously shared and reviewed a water-based nail polish brand, however, I know many of you want look for a traditional formula nail polish replacement. In my hunt, I discovered Sienna Byron Bay, a beautiful brand created right here in Australia! Sienna Byron Bay nail polish is 7-Free, Cruelty Free, Vegan and free of that aforementioned nasty little ingredient*. 

Sienna have a beautiful spectrum of colours, that includes crème, shimmer, sheer and glitter finishes. I will wear almost anything pink or pastel (throw in gold or copper and I'm SOLD), so I was delighted to receive the colours Ambrosia and Stone, both from the crème finish range. 

Wearing Sienna Byron Bay Nail Polish in the colour Ambrosia 
Colour and Packaging 

Can we just take a moment to adore the bottles? They are so sweet and I just love the timber cap (locally milled in Byron Bay and sustainably sourced). It feels really lovely in my hand! I think I actually prefer squared bottles - they take up less room, making them easy to store/stack and look so much more chic. 

Ambrosia is described as an English Rose - although I have found this to be a very adaptive/reflective colour, in the sense that it appears more pink, or more peach, depending on what shades you pair with it. I think it would be very flattering on most skin tones due to this. 

I would call it a dusky apricot-rose hue. A very pretty, grown-up pink, that makes a beautiful alternative to a nude. Paired with strong colours (such as navy), it reflects more apricot/peach. Paired with pastels (lemon, baby pink), it looks much more pink.

Stone is described as a Stony Mauve - which I think is a very accurate description. It is a lovely colour, that you could almost call a neutral. I actually have a strong dislike for purple, but weirdly, love shades of lilac or mauve. Definitely another favourite. 

I'll be reviewing the colour Stone and the Soy Nail Polish Remover in Part 2 of this post (stay tuned!)

Sienna Byron Bay Lightening Top Coat, Stone Creme Colour and Ambrosia Creme Colour
Application and Drying Time 

Both colours translate very accurately from the bottle onto the nail, and are opaque in just two (2) coats. I applied three (3) coats, but only because I've been so used to water-based nail polish, that I made a bit of a mess on the second coat, haha! 

(water-based nail polish dries faster, but it doesn't go tacky as quickly as traditional formulas, and doesn't self-level in the same way, so I usually go back over the same part twice) 

The Sienna Byron Bay nail polish dries very quickly, so you'll only need to go over each layer once per coat. It is also fairly self-levelling, so don't worry too much about perfection on each coat. By the time you get back round to the next hand, it will look almost perfect. 

After prepping my nails (buffing, shaping and then thoroughly washing hands), I applied a single coat of the Sticky Base Coat ,followed by 2-3 colour coats. I finished with a single coat of the Lightening Top Coat, which gives a beautifully glassy finish, adding extra gloss, and helping to extend the wear time by protecting the colour. It also speeds up the drying/curing time. My nails were touch-dry in around 2-3 minutes, but I was careful with my hands for around 30 minutes after, as you can still imprint into or mark the polish in this time. After that, though, they've been flawless.

The timber caps make a lovely (comfortable) handle, and the brush is a great quality, making application smooth and swift. There is no streaking from the brush fibres, and certainly no shedding (annoying enough if it happens to your make-up brushes, it drives me crazy if it happens to my nail polish brushes) 

Wear Time 

When I wore "conventional" nail polish (ie Maybelline) I would get 3-4 days before chipping around the tips, and I've found this to be the same. The index and middle fingers on my left hand (I'm left-handed) have one or two chips around the tips at this stage (four days). My right hand, however, is still practically flawless. Personally, I'll either remove or touch-up my nail polish once it starts to chip badly, but overall, this wears just as well as any other brand and I get a good week out of it.
Wearing Sienna Byron Bay Ambrosia Creme Colour Nail Polish

Each ingredient scored a 1-2 on EWG Skindeep. Sienna Byron Bay say:

"All of our Nail Polishes are ‘7 free’ meaning they contain No Formaldehyde, No Toluene, No DBP, No Synthetic Camphor , No Formaldehyde Resin, No Xylene and No Tosylamide. We do not contain Benzophenone-1. We aim to keep our products as clean as possible and so we use the cleanest nail polish formula on offer."

Butyl acetate, ethyl acetate,nitrocellulose,acetyl tributyl citrate, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolymer, isopropyl alcohol adipic acid/fumaric acid/phthalic acid/tricyclodecane dimethanol copolymer, stearalkonium hectorite,silica, citric acid.

And may also contain:

Adipic acid/neopentyl glycol/trimellitic anhydride copolymer, acrylate copolymer, n butyl alcohol, silica, alumina, trimethylpentanediyl dibenzoate, polyvinyl butyral, acetone, ci15850, ci15880, ci19140, ci42090, ci47005, ci60725, ci77266,ci77267, ci77000, ci77163, ci77510, ci77891, ci77489, ci77491, ci77492, ci77499, mica

*The lovely Danielle from Sienna Byron Bay has informed me that the ingredient label on the bottles are a generic list provided by a supplier. Benzophenone-1 is under the "may contain" on the label, however, the product does not contain this ingredient. 


I absolutely love Sienna Byron Bay's colour range, (and absolutely everything about the brand) and the fact that they are offering a traditional formula, without any toxic ingredients! For special occasions or holidays where I want something more durable than water-based nail polish, I'll be reaching for Sienna Byron Bay

You can get an exclusive 15% off your Sienna Byron Bay order with code megsyjane (and don't forget to let me know what colours you choose over on instagram

Sienna Byron Bay also have free shipping for all orders over $50 within Australia

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I'll review the Soy Nail Polish Remover and have more photos of the Stone crème colour.

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