When I saw the new products listed on the Born Pretty Store website, this nail polish caught my eye. It said that not only is it a thermal polish, but it also peels off! I can get on board with that!
My Dear Nail Lacquer 04 is a pretty powder blue crelly polish with medium and small silver hexagonal holographic glitter pieces suspended in it.
The bottle is rather small considering the price. It is a 6 mL size, which is less than half of what you would get in a normal size bottle of polish.
The manufacturing and expiration dates are labeled on a sticker affixed to the back of the bottle.
No ingredients are listed either on the bottle or on the Born Pretty website, but who reads that stuff, anyway?
The brush is a good size where you can paint your nails in two strokes.
The formula looks a little on the thick side, but it suspends the glitter pieces well. You won’t have to worry about all the glitter settling at the bottom of the bottle which is good because there is no mixing ball in this lil cutie.
It doesn’t smell like there are any harsh chemicals in it, but it does kind of smell like glue. Makes me wonder if that’s really all there is to peel off nail polish.
More importantly, how does it paint? Because this is a peel off polish, I did not use a base coat. I also applied hand cream to moisturize my nails prior to application.
One coat of polish is so sheer that it looks like I only applied a glitter topcoat to my nails.
An interesting thing to note is that you can see particles of what looks like clear glitter in the photo above. This leads me to believe that they did not use a solvent resistant glitter in this polish. What that means is that over time, you can expect many of the holographic pieces to fade away into the polish as the silver coating wears off. It does not bode well that there are so many clear pieces in the formula when this polish is just over 6 months old. Good thing that the bottle is small so that you’ll use it up quicker!
Pictured with no top coat, this level of opacity required a whopping four to five coats of polish.
I do love the light blue color. The glitter distribution is pretty even, and the finish dries to a dull shine.
At this point, I tried to do a thermal color change test under hot and cold water, and what I discovered was that the polish must be water based because it started distorting the finish! I don’t even have a picture because I was horrified that all my hard work of painting just became undone. The good thing was that I was able to peel off the manicure easily so I could start again. More on that in a bit.
I tried using three coats of polish and a top coat this time around. The color looks a little streaky, but it is quite shiny.
Lesson learned: you must use top coat with this nail polish!
As a color change polish, this did not work as well as I would have liked. The website pictures show this polish going from light blue to medium blue, but what I found was that the color change is more like clear to light blue. I nearly burned my hand in hot water and practically froze it to see if it would shift more, but the thermal effect was not very obvious at all.
Top picture is effect under hot water, bottom picture is effect under cold water. Not much of a difference even under extreme temperature changes.
I feel like maybe if I didn’t have to paint so many layers of polish on, the color change would have been more obvious, especially given that one coat of polish looked like it was clear. I was still disappointed that the medium blue color depicted in the website’s photos was nowhere to be found.
I kept the polish on for another 24 hours. Nothing fell off my nails, and people thought the color was pretty. It did feel like it was starting to lift in a few spots, so I peeled it off that night.
The polish came off pretty easily, as you can see in the video. The tips of my nails are a little damaged so the polish clings to those spots a bit more. I’m sure that trying out all this peel off polish is not helping the situation, so I again urge you to moisturize your nails before using any kind of peel off product.
Not a bad collection of peelies.
As a peel off polish, My Dear works really well. It leaves a lot to be desired in terms of a thermal polish. I would maybe try using this as a top coat next time to see what happens, but then it would not have that satisfying peel off removal effect. Just make sure to use a top coat with this polish and leave out the base coat if you want to peel it off for removal.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ (3/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $8.92 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!