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Today I'm going to share my first experience with water based nail polish with you, featuring a brand I recently discovered called Little Ondine. They use natural ingredients to create polish that you can peel off...I was certainly intrigued! I have 3 shades to show you plus a nail art look I created with the colours.
Using natural resin, organic colourants and water, these contain no nasties and the first thing I noticed was the lack of smell...there's barely a hint of odour, it felt strange using nail polish that didn't smell of anything! It made a very nice change! The formula is a little thicker and stickier than normal polish, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to apply, it's barely different to what I'm used to. They also dry quicker than normal nail polish, so there's no smudging worries. Be sure to give them a good shake before use (and don't punch yourself in the face while doing so, like I did).
The packaging is beautiful and unique, I've never seen boxes like this before! I always appreciate attractive branding that stands out.
As you can't use acetone for clean up, try your best to make a neat line around your cuticle when applying - the brush thankfully has a rounded end, making this easier! If you do get it on your fingers or cuticles, clean it off straight away with a slightly moist cotton bud. As for staying power, I've been wearing Little Ondine for 2 days now with no sign of wear. I'd recommend their Secret top/base coat to help it stay put! It's also recommended to avoid soaking your nails for at least an hour after applying (bathing etc...also a good excuse to avoid the washing up)
Smack is a seriously bright highlighter yellow. I used 2 thick coats plus Secret top coat.
Morning Glory is a soft blue-toned turquoise. I used 2 thick coats plus Secret top coat
Propose is a plain bright white. I used 2 thick coats plus Secret top coat.
One of the best things about these polishes is they peel off! Just gently loosen the edges with a cuticle stick and peel.
Now for the nail art. I found them super easy to freehand paint with, easier than normal polish due to being water based (just swoosh in water to clean the brush) I also managed to do a gradient, which felt quite different to using normal polish but the method is the same (makeup sponge etc.) just don't forget to clean up immediately before it dries!
I used Propose as a base, and sponged on Smack and Morning Glory for the gradient. For the flowers I used Morning Glory and a nail art brush, and finished with Secret top coat. The teeny dots are done with a cocktail stick!
My first experience with water based polish is a good one! I'm impressed with the rich colours (there's a huge range available, including glitters!), the formula and the lovely packaging. If only my beloved collection of polishes could be this odour free!
What do you think? Have you ever tried water based/peel off polish before?
- Available from uk.littleondine.com, from £8.40 each with free UK delivery on orders over £15
- Also available from Cute Cosmetics