Review of My Dear Thermal Nail Lacquer 04

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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/bottle-color-changing-nail-polish-peel-polish-with-paillette-blue-transparent-p-23801.html

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Review of ATORS Nail Lacquer MS03

I get excited whenever I hear about peel off polishes.  They remind me of when I was a little girl and obsessed with one from FAZZ (just say yes to plastic jewelry and make up combos!).  It was a bright hot pink color, and it was so much fun to peel off.  With a few cries of anguish thrown in, I even managed to fool my brother into thinking that my nail was coming off!

But enter ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03, the adult version of peel off polish.  It comes in a very grown up 16 mL bottle and is a beautiful purple-gold-blue multichrome color.  There are a few holographic sparkles thrown into the mixture, but they do not really show up when painted on your nails.

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ATORS Nail Lacquer in MS03.

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It’s from France. Ooh la la!

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The brush on the bottle has a good width to allow you to paint a nail in two strokes.

Because this is a peel off polish, I would suggest that you not use a base coat.  Also, if your nails are dry, it is ok to put on some lotion or hand cream prior to painting so that the polish is easier to peel off later.

The application of the formula is pretty smooth, but if you leave the bottle open for too long, the polish starts to dry around the opening and gets a gummy sort of texture reminiscent of drying school glue.  Under normal circumstances, you should not run into this problem.  I think this happened because I had the cap open to get the picture of the brush above.

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One coat of polish looks very translucent but is magically shimmery.

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This level of opacity requires four coats of polish.

The bottle says that this polish is water based, so I recommend that you use a top coat.  You wouldn’t want your polish to melt off when you wash your hands, would you?

I tried to take a video to show the color shift in the polish.  You can see it turn from a deep purple into a steely blue, particularly on my pinky.  The chameleon effect is rather subtle, but it’s there.

 

A fun part of this polish is that if you happen to get some on your skin, you can rub it off quite easily with a finger.  It dries on skin the same way that school glue does, so that makes clean up very easy.

That being said, don’t expect to get a lot of wear out of ATORS Nail Lacquer.  I had polish start to fall off my nails during normal activities a day after I painted them.

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After a day, the polish looks like it is lifting up from the edge of my nail.

The good news is that you can easily peel this polish off your nail in one large piece.  To remove it, slip an orange stick or similar tool along the edge of the polish (try from a bottom corner near the cuticle) and lift up.  The whole piece should come off intact and fairly easily.

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Peelies from my fancy purple and white manicure. I’ve never had such an easy time removing rhinestones from my nails, and I get to keep some souvenirs!

Even without a base coat, this polish does not stain your nails.  Also, because I moisturized my nails prior to painting them, there was no damage done to them during the peeling process.

In summary, if you get a kick out of peeling off your polish and/or don’t like using acetone nail polish removers, this is definitely something to try out.  It’s not made to last more than a day so keep in mind that if you use your hands a lot, this may not be a good choice for you.

In terms of a chameleon polish, this one has subtle effects, although the color is a gorgeous purple.  I have to take a diamond away only because the polish is so sheer that it takes a few coats to make it look nice.  Considering how much time it takes to apply and dry versus how long it lasts and takes to remove it makes it seem like it’s not worth the effort.  Then again, if you are gluing rhinestones to this polish, the peel off aspect makes it worth its weight in gold!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this nail polish (retail price is $15.88 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/1bottle-16ml-holographic-polish-chameleon-nail-varnish-shiny-blue-p-22982.html

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Elegant Purple and White Mani

After so many fun hand painted manicures, I felt like stamping something elegant.  I was still pretty strapped for time, so after my last manicure peeled off unexpectedly, I needed to whip something together in a hurry.

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I started by painting my nails with this shimmery purple/blue chameleon polish MS03 from Ators.

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I used plate BPL-007 from Born Pretty Store to do the stamping. For this mani, I used the design in the top row, 2nd from the left for my middle two nails and thumb and part of the design from the middle row, 2nd from the left for my index finger and pinky.

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I used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (white) and a clear stamper to transfer my selected designs. For the index finger and pinky, I isolated the 3 leaves from the rest of the pattern by stamping the whole image first and removing the excess parts with a piece of Scotch tape.

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I glued a few rhinestones to the bottom center of the patterns to finish the look.

The ironic thing is that this Ators polish is water based and a peel off polish, so this design also started falling off in under 2 days!

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I got some souvenirs from this manicure!

I should have just used a regular purple polish, but it’s onto the next mani for me!

Happy polishing!