Thursday, 23 July 2015

Little Ondine Water Based Nail Polish Swatches and Review

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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.

Little Ondine

Little Ondine

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.

Little Ondine Smack

Morning Glory is a soft blue-toned turquoise. I used 2 thick coats plus Secret top coat

Little Ondine Morning Glory

Propose is a plain bright white. I used 2 thick coats plus Secret top coat.

Little Ondine Propose

One of the best things about these polishes is they peel off! Just gently loosen the edges with a cuticle stick and peel.

Little Ondine

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!

Little Ondine Nail Art

Little Ondine Nail Art

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?

Availability

- Available from uk.littleondine.com, from £8.40 each with free UK delivery on orders over £15
- Also available from Cute Cosmetics

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23 comments

  1. These look amazing! That yellow!!! <3 I really want some. The glitters will be so convenient - no more tinfoil method!

    Great swatches and review :)

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  2. As I was reading this post I was crazily intrigued, these sound really impressive! I adore the three colours you own and the nail art is ever so pretty too. The flower detailing is a cute add on.

    NJCDesigns

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  3. What an interesting post Allie! First off the packaging looks gorgeous! I've tried water-based polishes before and was quite impressed, these look amazing too. I love your nail art as well!

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  4. Oh my goodness! These are awesome. I don't think I have ever tried any water based nail polish. The fact that you can just peel it off is amazing (no dry cuticles!). Plus the colors are just to die for, so bright and beautiful.

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  5. Lindos...
    Caixinha, cores, unhas.
    Amei.

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    ...ótimo final de semana.

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  6. Such interesting polishes! I love how they all cover in 2 coats and are safe to use on toddlers and such :).

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  7. Wow, I've heard of water based nail polish removers but not polishes. They look really awesome!

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  8. I love the idea of being able to peel the polish right off! Also, Smack looks fantastic!

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  9. they are lovely! the idea, colours and no smell :D

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  10. My first experiences with water based nail polish from Sun Coat weren't that great, but these look interesting. I love the colors and how nicely they peel off (with Sun Coat I had to soak my nails in water for several minutes and scrape that stuff off with an orange stick).

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  11. Really intrigues by this brand, especially if the formula is great. Thank you for your review.

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  12. What a fascinating product! I love how they peel off, and the low odour would be wonderful. Thanks for the review, I'll check them out. :)

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  13. Those colors are gorgeous and I love you nail art :)

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  14. I haven't tried these out yet but they're definitely next on my list

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  15. Peel off was around 20 yrs ago and soon went out of fashion :(

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  16. Has anyone experienced nail damage when using these? Followed all the instructions on the packaging, and found lots of white marks on my nails when I peeled off the polish!

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    1. Don't know how long you had it on you're nail but I remove it after 5 days or so and have, sorry had thin nails. Now I think the damage came from the remover but anyway you can soak your fingertips in warm water like try_again88; I always remove them when I'm taking a shower and wash my hair. Try gently to peel while still in the water and I didn't ever saw little white spots or other damage. Easy! If you peel a little piece loose from every nail most of the time some just fall of when peeling the others. I always give them at least one night to 'breathe' and put on Purol onguent. Don't know if that is typically Dutch :-) (that's where I live) it is a bit like vaseline with some other stuff, does wonders for your cuticles, little wounds and I use it as a base for lipstick to or just plain on cold winter days. A last tip: don't clean you're nails with alcohol before you put on the nailpolish just wash you're hands with cleaningstuff you use to wash dishes or so (make sure you're nails are dry before you start polishing). Good luck, wanna buy some more colors but dunnoo witch one its hard to choose in a internetshop and you cannot buy it in stores here in the Netherlands (damn!)

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  17. I had the same issue and found the solution: just soak your fingertips in warm water for a while and it will be much easier to peel the polish off without any damage. And don't forget to use cuticle oil after you remove the polish. Hope that helps

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  18. The nail art is amazing, thanks for sharing! Morning glory is my personal fav

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