By Andrea Feick
Sitting at the Elie Saab show this FW 13, I was struck by the rich colour palette on the runway: deep indigo, mysterious teal, rich rose and blueberry shades particularly stuck out. Nail Girls has produced a range of polishes inspired by runway colour trends, which would look amazing with every outfit from not only Saab’s collection, but all the couture catwalks. And best of all, they’re free of nasty chemicals.
I must admit, I have never tried a ‘natural’ nail product, but then again, I had no idea why I should until I read that ‘normal’ nail polish contains harmful ingredients like formaldehyde (which causes cancer), Diputyl Phthalate (DBP) (which can interfere with hormones) and Toluene (an eye, skin and lung irritant), all of which are absorbed into your bloodstream through the pores in your nails.
To know the toxicity level of these chemicals, check out Skin Deep, a popular online safety guide for cosmetics and personal care products. The search results at the Skin Deep database show that DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde all have a high hazard score of 10.
Ok, so I’ve side tracked a bit here. The point I’m getting at is that I’m always looking for safer beauty products and more specifically, new nail polishes to use, so when Eluxe invited me to test Nail Girls nail polish, I was happy to try it out and share my personal thoughts.
First of all, I loved the Tangerine colour. As I had just come back from Tulum, Mexico it was a perfect shade to match my tan! I set up a little nail station in my apartment, giving myself a perfect manicure with this new brand, slightly worried that the quality wouldn’t be quite the same as my usual favorites, Essie and OPI.
To be honest, I was curious to see the difference between my “usuals” and Nail Girls, so I painted one hand in the Nail Girls polish and the other with my personal favorite (Essie Strawberry Daiquiri) to see which one I preferred. The verdict? I loved Nail Girls. It was easy to apply, and the warm coral tinted orange gave a delightfully creamy finish. Two coats were needed to get enough coverage without streaking, and the product dried quickly. It was so shiny, there was no need for a topcoat (unlike the Essie product–great, even more chemicals on top of chemicals!). I’ve worn both nail polishes for a few days now, and chipping is very minimal. My editor tried the rose shade, and said she had the same good results.
As I removed the polish a few days later, my nails didn’t stain and were in good shape. In fact, the only downside of Nail Girls, in my opinion, is the aesthetics of the bottle–I felt the small size and dull white font were rather uninspiring, especially for a product priced at £10.50, which is a bit higher than, say, Essie or OPI.
Still, if I manage to get my hands on a silk Elie Saab cocktail dress in peacock blue this summer, I know exactly what I’ll be painting my nails with to accessorise it.
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Main image: Elie Saab’s FW 13 collection courtesy Elie Saab