Jacava London 8-Free Nail Polish in Passion Review

Jacava London is a small UK brand specialising in nail polishes. No, I haven’t heard of them either until they contacted me saying that my blog is “beautiful“. The unique selling point of Jacava is their 8-free formula, not 3 nor 5, but 8, which is highly aimed at those beauty addicts who prefers chemical free and cruelty free products. To be honest, I hardly ever cared about what chemicals I’m wearing on my nails until this review. 
Jacava nail polishes are free from: 
Formaldehyde: can cause nasal cancer
Camphor: neonatal death (death of a newborn child)
Parabens: can cause skin sensitization and contact allergies or even breast cancer
Toluene: can cause
asthma in previously healthy people; is toxic to reproduction; chromosome
aberrations (changing the structure of your DNA, which can lead to Down’s
Phthalates: have been linked to fertility problems, child deformities,
and cancer.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): linked to fertility problems and cancer
Cellophane: can cause damage to the nervous system.
Animal ingredients: it’s cruelty free and vegan friendly
However, this doesn’t mean that every other nail polish contains all the other 5 harmful products and that when you use a nail polish you’re guaranteed to catch one of those nasty side effects. It’s basically like taking medication, where the chances of catching a side effect is one in a million, but it may still happen if you are a regular user. Besides, knowing that harmful ingredients still exist in certain nail polishes doesn’t mean that I will ban most of my existing ones, but it will made more aware of what I’ll be buying in the future.

Jacava London 8-Free Nail Polish in Passion 

Jacava London 8-Free Nail Polish Top Coat

Jacava London 8-Free Nail Polish Passion Swatch

Jacava London 8-Free Nail Polish 4-Day Test

Every Jacava London nail polish bottle is beautifully design with writings engraved in 22 Carat Gold, which adds that extra touch of luxury. Besides, the long brush handle is easy to hold and makes application rather effortless (although it is a little difficult to store). I chose the colour passion because it’s got a touch of Autumn without being too dark. In addition, I thought it looked quite sexy. I was very pleased to have received a top coat as an additional gift. 馃槢
Jacava London Nail Polish in Passion* (拢14.50/12ml)
A deep smouldering carnal red: passion, the unrestrained
abandon to the senses.
To me this polish seemed more pink than red when I first saw it. However, upon application I noticed that it had some sort of colour changing properties. In broad outdoor daylight it’s got a gorgeous pink rosy colour, but dim indoor lighting makes it look like a dark berry colour. I found it really cool though! But to be completely honest, I found this colour looking more like the Raspberry Bavarois colour rather than Passion in daylight. I think they sent me the wrong one as no where on the bottle says which shade this is.
Jacava London Nail Polish Top Coat* (拢14.50/12ml)
A good top coat is essential for a quick-drying glossy
finish to all jacava london nail polishes. Also contains uv inhibitors which
keep white nail polish, white for longer.
This top coat made my nails looking super glossy. It’s definitely quick drying and I was ready to go within a minute or two. As you can see from the image above, I’m quite pleased by how long it’s lasted. As I mentioned before, anything above two days is good in my world. 馃檪

Background: Hyde Park! The macro shots came out a lot cooler than the actual setting. A vine with beautiful autumn leaves in the background. As for the foreground? Well, I kind of just jammed the polishes into a tree and hoped that it’ll balance itself 馃槢

*PR Sample




  1. October 18, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    I love Passion. It's the typical shade I would go for. And your photos, I'm always floored by them! 馃檪

    • October 19, 2013 / 8:07 pm

      Beautiful colour isn't it? Thank you so much!! x

  2. October 18, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    Oh what a lovely shade, I have a similar one from Essie really like it!!

    • October 19, 2013 / 8:09 pm

      I know! It's a nice transitional colour from summer to autumn x