All-Natural Nail Polish: Is It Good?

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I’ve got what I fondly think of as peasant hands.

They are not elegant and tapering aristocratic hands you would find playing a harpsichord. They’re slightly small for a grown woman, but with square meaty palms, ideal for kneading dough or picking up babies or butchering chickens (I presume).

Nail polish goes a long way towards making me me feel like my hands belong more in 2011 and less in 1911, so when I was offered a chance to try a new line of all-natural, water-based nail polish, I gladly accepted.

I do try to seek out products with less chemicals whenever possible, whether it’s shampoo or lip gloss or hand cream. And I love nail polish. Really. I feel a little undressed without it. However, I’m not keen on the amount of crazy toxic chemicals I know are in it, so I was thrilled to find an alternative. So, I applied two coats (hard to tell in the photo, but it was a great looking dark teal color) to my clean, dry nails. It dried quickly and had no chemical smell to it at all.

And after less than 24 hours, it looked this:

24 hours later


It wasn’t as if I painted my nails and then dug a garden or scrubbed the bathroom or went spelunking. You are looking the wear and tear of a Saturday spent taking my kid to her art lesson, followed by a little browsing at the bookstore, then settling in for a night of Netflix. I didn’t even wash the dishes that night. Say what you will about conventional nail polishes, but that’s what my favorite essie polish looks like after a week of wear, not less than a day.

But I think what galls me most about this all-natural nail polish…? It’s $15 a bottle.

Look, I don’t like writing shitty reviews of a product (which is why I’ve opted to not name the manufacturer) but COME ON. For $15, I expect at least slightly longer lasting wear than what I get from a $1.99 bottle of Wet’n’Wild.

So… is it good? An unequivocal NO IT IS NOT from me.

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3 thoughts on “All-Natural Nail Polish: Is It Good?

    1. I know! I felt the same way!

      Oh, and I didn’t even get into the fact that IT DOESN’T COME OFF WITH REGULAR NAIL POLISH. (You can, however, buy nail polish remover specifically suited for this kind of polish… for $11.) I ended up soaking my fingers in nail polish remover and scrubbing it off with a paper towel.

  1. Ooh, ouch. But you’ve got to be honest about these things: if the product doesn’t stand up to the baseline test of one simple sample day, it’s not a good product and can’t be recommended. Hopefully this will blaze a trail for other, non-sucky polishes, like the spurious past of eco-friendly cleaning products eventually led to some useful brands. But yeah, when something costs that much and needs frequent reapplication, it seems like a bald declaration of “just keep giving us more money.”

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