Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by things that change color. It all started with mood lipsticks and rings, then progressed to Hypercolor T-shirts, and now it’s all about thermal nail polish.
While thermal nail polish has been around for awhile, the products are still not readily available in local stores. You usually have to order them online at specialty shops. Born Pretty Store happens to carry a wide selection of them, and now they are offering the powder pigment version at a very affordable cost.
Born Pretty Thermal Color Change Powder Pigment in color #13.
It does take awhile to receive the products from Born Pretty, but they offer free worldwide shipping and have great product selection and prices. I waited close to six weeks for the pigment to arrive in the US, but it is worth the wait.
The packaging for this item is very cute. There is one gram of powder inside a small plastic container, and it comes with a sponge tipped applicator. The set is presented in a holographic zip sealed bag.
To use this powder, you should first paint your nails white and then apply a gel top coat over this base but only cure the top coat for about 10-15 seconds so that it stays tacky. This gives the powder something to adhere to when you apply it. The white nail polish can be a regular nail polish so long as you let this layer dry completely before adding the gel top coat.
wild white ways from essence serves as the base color here.
I used Born Pretty Soak Off Gel Top Coat (not included in the set) over the white base, cured it for 15 seconds, then used the sponge applicator to rub the thermal powder over this sticky layer. It is helpful to be extra neat when applying the top coat so that the powder does not settle into your cuticles, and keep a piece of paper or a paper towel over your working surface to catch any falling loose powder. You can use a fan brush to sweep away any excess pigment from your nails and skin. Please do keep in mind that this powder is very fine, similar to baby powder, and it will get kicked up into the air during the application process. If you are sensitive to dust or will be using this with many clients in a row, it is advised that you wear a mask so that you don’t breathe it in.
The thermal powder applied over the white base. Note that the color already is changing with my body heat.
Once your nails are coated with an even layer of powder, apply another layer of gel top coat and fully cure it to seal it in. Just like that, you will have an amazing color changing manicure!
The pigment is more white in hot temperatures and changes to dark gray in cold environments.
I find that the pigment is very sensitive to any kind of temperature change, and it was hard to photograph my nails as one solid color. The instant that I tried to dry my nails off with anything, the color would start to shift. You can see how rapidly the pigment responds to hot and cold water in the video below.
I felt that the smoky color lent itself well to a geometric pattern, so I added some stamping over the thermal pigment.
I had slightly more success in photographic the color extremes with the extra nail art applied. I kept my nails underwater for one shot and tried to take another picture as soon as possible after taking my hand out of the glass.
Cold swatches are on the left, hot swatches are on the right.
The darker color is a little splotchy. This is due to the fact that the base color contrasts so much with the cold shade of the pigment, but I find that the smoky gradient is not a bad thing. It looks like it was an intentional design.
Another alternative use for the powder is to mix some into a bottle of clear polish to make a thermal nail polish. You might be able to get a more even distribution of pigment in this way because you can apply several layers of polish to your nails, but keep in mind that you will still need to have a white base color underneath it all.
While this pigment can be a little messy to use, it provides a great way to have easy, long lasting nail art. Over longer nails, you will see a natural gradient as the extensions will be naturally colder than your body temperature, and at the very least you will be constantly entertained by the way your nails can change color in different environments. Washing your hands has never been so fun!
I hardly used any powder to do this manicure, so you know this little jar will last you a long time. Add this to the fact that the product already is affordable, and you know you will have found an excellent bargain.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this thermal color change powder pigment (retail price is $3.69 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!