Saturday, August 25, 2012

The 12 Days of Kleancolor Day 6 - Lavenbaby & Essence Peel-Off Base Coat!

Hey!

The sixth of my Kleancolor swatches is a lovely lavender/lilac creme called 'Lavenbaby'. It reminds me of a polish I had when I was 12 or 13, it was a Rimmel one and had a name with 'delight' in it. Apologies about the light in these photos, time was not on my side yesterday evening!



Lavenbaby has a great formula, the best of all the Kleancolors I've tried so far. It dries to a gel-like, almost rubbery finish and it's really pretty.

Outside, fading light, sorry!

I got rid of the acrylic from my pinky nail, it was driving me absolutely bananas. Please bear with the tiny nail for a week or so, I've started taking calcium & vitamin D supplements (which half of the Irish population probably need right now, considering the lack of sun this year) so hopefully my nails will get a little stronger.

Outside, fading light, flash. Look at the formula! Brilliant. 2 coats.

Now, yesterday I went into Penneys (Primark) to get their exfoliating gloves, but was blinded by the Essence stand.They have a whole new range of polish, including a glow-in-the-dark topcoat, a new holo topcoat, lots of treatments & nail art stuff, colour change polish like the recent Barry M chameleon polish (in 4 shades) and this: a peel-off basecoat. 


Before you paint your nails, put on one coat of this basecoat. It's thick, and looks for all the world like PVA glue. It goes on like this:


The box states that it takes 10 minutes to dry, and it was fairly accurate - it took 12 minutes to dry. You'll know it's dry when it looks like this:



I put a coat of this on before I swatched Lavenbaby, but I think that this could really be a saviour when it comes to glitter polish. I grabbed the glitteriest (yes, it's a word) polish I own, Rainbow in the S-Kylie from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors collection. This is another of my Voldemort polishes (the ones I don't like to talk about where I own a polish, sell/swap it, then instantly want it again). 



I layered on 3 or 4 coats of Rainbow in the S-Kylie, and then I had to wait the whole night without picking my nails until I could get a decent picture this morning. It was like picker hell. Everytime I went to pick at a nail I had to remind myself of this post. I need a prize for willpower! Here's the picture I waited all night to get:

Outside, natural light

And now for the big question. Did the stuff work? Does the polish just peel off without damaging your nails? 


Well, yeah. It does. Now, it all peeled off fairly easily, but it did leave a kind of tacky residue behind, so this is definitely no substitute for nail polish remover. I definitely couldn't paint my nails again without doing some extra clean-up. Still, a nail polish remover wipe would get rid of the remainder. 

Would I use it again? When I'm layering on the glitters, I probably would. For everyday polish or swatching, I don't think so. I'll tell you when I AM going to use this, I'm going to use a layer of it on my wedding day so that I can change my polish really quickly for the next day. Great idea Essence, but if you can find a way to make the tacky residue disappear, then it's a winner in my book. Until then, it's a novelty. A picker's dream, but a novelty.

Have a great Saturday,





23 comments:

  1. The peel off base coat sounds like the best invention ever! I hate removing the glitters, so this one is perfect for me!

    Sandra from The Puzzle of Sandra's Life

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    1. I really do think it's gonna be great for the heavy glitters! x

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  2. I'm not going to wait 12 minutes for a base coat to dry! Sure I barely have time to let the polish dry some nights. That's a shame :(
    Also the glow in the dark one only glows under UV light!!(I'm a negative nancy today :P )

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    1. In fairness, you can see from the picture that I put on a stupid amount of it. It was so thick! Next time I use it I'll do a thin layer & time it again :)x

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  3. Oh, this sounds interesting!!

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    1. Definitely handy to have in the collection B! x

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  4. Twelve mins is madness, but for heavy glitter use I can see why it could be useful. I need to go check out my Primark, see what nail things they have. Shame there will be no Essence though!

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    1. 12 minutes was mental, but I didn't find it that long to be honest, I was watching telly haha :) It's a pure balls that the UK can't get Essence, you need to all gang up & lobby them! x

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  5. Oh totally forgot, lavandababy is nice too, don't think I have anything like it in my collection.

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  6. Oh this sounds brilliant, I put off wearing my glittery varnishes cause they're such a pain in the bum!

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    1. Same! I buy them because they're so pretty and then I swatch them once, curse them & never wear them again x

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  7. Seems like a pretty cool concept, especially for varnishes that are harder to get off like glittery ones! I'm also the worst for removing mine with nail varnish remover so this would probably work well for me :)
    -xo
    tobequitefranki.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm a serious picker so this was like heaven for me haha :)xx

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  8. Woa, I've never even heard of the Peel-off basecoat, but I really want to try it now!

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    1. I remember peel-off polish from the 90s, I hope more brands bring it out! x

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  9. I have been dying to try the peel off basecoat...I had the same intentions to use it with glitters, lol. I hate removing glitter and actually avoid wearing it for that reason!

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    1. So do I! I love how it looks but my glitters are the last ones I reach for. Hopefully not any more! x

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  10. I didn't know Primark had Essence stuff! I was in one while I was in London but didn't see any. I would certainly get this base coat. When I first saw it I thought it was stupid but I forgot about glitter. I would definitely use it with glitters to make removal easier.

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    1. Ah it's not available in the UK! I have no idea why, because it would be a huge seller.

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  11. Interesting idea from Essence, with the peel off base coat. Thanks for sharing your opinion about it, because I was thinking to buy it...but, reading your post I think I will manage just with the polish remover!

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    1. Thanks M.A! I think it's a handy thing for really thick awkward glitter but if that doesn't bother you I'd stick to the remover :)

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  12. Love the idea of a peel off base coat for glitter polishes. Even having to remove the residue will save so much time as you normally end up using a few coats of glitter :)

    http://cosmeticsshoppingandintoxication.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/selfridges-beauty-boxgiveaway.html

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