About our nail polishes

What does 5-free mean?

It means that our nail polishes are made without chemical products considered harmful for health. While some brands continue to use them, it was obvious for Il était un vernis that our nail polishes would be free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor.

And Vegan?

It means that our nail polishes are not tested on animals and no products of animal origin are included in the composition.

What is the exact composition of your products?

Find the complete list of ingredients of our nail polishes by clicking here.

Where are your nail polishes from?

Our nail polishes are created in France and manufactured in Australia. We considered manufacturing our nail polishes in France, but we quickly had to deal with the difficult reality: volume requirement worthy of the heavyweights of the cosmetic industry, and colours to be picked from catalogs. So we turned to a manufacturer capable of meeting our requirements that we found at the world's end...

Are you what we call an “indie” brand?

Most “indie” brands are hand-made by their creators. But the word “indie” is in fact used to designate an independent brand no matter its manufacturing process (hence the confusion for many consumers). Therefore, Il était un vernis is indeed an independent brand.

Why not manufacture your nail polishes yourselves?

The regulation regarding cosmetics is drastic, we cannot launch a product on the French market without credentials. The only way to ensure the safety of our clients in respect with the current legislation is to outsource the manufacturing of our nail polishes to professionals. It is the guarantee to trace the origin of the raw materials, to confirm the good manufacturing practices or to test the quality of the finished products.

Apart from your on-line boutique, can I find your nail polishes on another website or brick and mortar store?

Please have a look to our Where to buy? page with the list of all our distributors!


My shopping experience on La Boutique: order, delivery, exchange or return

What are the available methods of payment?

You can pay for your order via the secured Paypal platform. There are two ways:
- You have a Paypal account? Easy, simply identify yourself with your username and password and click on “pay”. Make sure your delivery address is up-to-date!
- You do not have Paypal account? No worry, Paypal will allow to pay in a totally secured manner by directly entering your bank infirmation without sharing them with the seller. Click on 'Pay by credit card” and fill out the required information: method of payment, card number, billing address, delivery address (which can be different from the billing address). To finalise your order, click on “pay”.
You can also pay by international bank transfer. In this case, please email us indicating what you want to order (reference and quantity) as well as your billing and delivery address. We will contact you as soon as possible to inform you of the next steps. Once the payment is completed, your order will be processed within 24 hours.

Do you ship orders oversea?

Yes of course, your country shows in the scrolling menu list “delivery”.

How long does it take to ship my order?

Once the payment is validated, your order is shipped the following working day, at the latest. For example:
I order on Tuesday, the order will be shipped on Wednesday at the lastest.
I order on Friday, the order will be shipped on the next Monday.

What is the average delivery time?

For France, Andorra and Monaco, it takes between 48 and 72 hours for delivery.
For overseas departments, it takes about 5 to 7 days.
For Europe, it takes 2 to 3 days to the main European cities. Add 2 to 3 additional days for smaller cities.
For the rest of the world, it takes between 7 and 21 days depending on the country and the distribution city.

What can I do if I do not receive my package?

If the delivery time is more that what is indicated above, do not hesitate to contact us. We will initiate a procedure with our carrier La Poste.

I received my order but I do not like one of the nail polish, can I return it?

You have 7 days to contact us by email with your reason for the return. Once we come to an agreeement, you can return your nail polish at your expense for an exchange or a refund, under the condition that the item is new (not open, not used) and in perfect condition.

One of the nail polish broke during the transportation, what can I do?

Once again, contact us by email and indicate your order number (do not hesitate to attach a photo) and we will discuss the best solution to solve this unfortunate incident.