Try it on t’Monday – Lacquer Envy Naturally Pink Gel Polish

1 Apr

So I have something kind of exciting and different to share with you all today. After 3 frustrating weeks of nail breakage, I took my mother’s advice and decided to invest in a gel manicure set. Of course, that set me to the task of finding vegan-friendly, cruelty-free gel nail polish which wasn’t as easy as I would have liked it to be.

Here’s a list of the polish brands I was able to find out about:

  • Nubar — all their products are vegan friendly/cruelty-free, including their gel polishes
  • Fingerpaints — all nail polishes vegan and cruelty-free, gel polish included
  • Salon Manicure by Color Club — all Color Club nail polishes are vegan and cruelty-free, including gel polishes
  • Red Carpet Manicure — polishes are cruelty-free but they have not confirmed vegan-ness of their product (I messaged them on facebook and was told that they were looking into it for me, but I haven’t heard back again so I’d be weary of using any of their polishes, especially the reds)
  • Lacquer Envy — all products cruelty-free and vegan-friendly!
  • Lala Gel Polish — all products cruelty-free and vegan-friendly!

That’s everything I know at this moment, and I’l be hopefully updating my resource page soon to reflect my findings.

After all that research, I had to pick a brand so I decided to start with Lacquer Envy because they offered a complete starter kit with a lamp at a (reasonable-ish) price, plus they’re an Etsy company and you know how I love my Etsy.

Disclaimer: Polish purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

So here’s what came with my kit:

  • UV Lamp
  • 2 nail polish colors of my choice (I picked Naturally Pink and Night Tide)
  • base coat
  • top coat
  • Rubbing alcohol pads (like for first aid kits)
  • 4-sided nail buffer

And here’s the Naturally Pink gel polish:2014-03-30 18.10.45

I have to confess this was my third attempt at the polish, and it came out soooo much better than my first two times. Truth be told, I’m roughly 90% positive it worked so much better because I didn’t use the base coat… I know that’s a no-no, but the first two times I put the base coat on and cured my nails, the base coat shrank and had bubbles. You can imagine and understand my reluctance to try it again. The instructions suggest using the base coat, curing it, then two or three more coats of polish, curing again, and the top coat and more curing. It was a slow process. Removing the base coat cuts the time down, plus the finished look is smoother.

About the polish — I love it. Wow, what a difference in nail strength with this on! My nails are no longer flexible, and I’m not worried about them peeling. This color is pretty, a nice pale pink I could probably get away with wearing pretty much anytime. It’s supposed to last longer than regular polish, and I’m sure it will, but my mood is changeable and I suspect I’ll be using this pink as the base coat for my next manicure.

I know from my first two attempts with this polish that gel polish is tricky to remove. I tried the dip-your-nails-in-acetone method and found it very unpleasant — turns my fingers white and damages my nails, plus it takes approx 20 minute to 20 hours to accomplish anything. On my mother’s suggestion, I tried soaking my hands in a water + dish soap combo for 15 minutes, and that worked extremely well! I was kind of surprised. I used an orange stick and the polish slid right off my fingernails. I’ll probably use that method from now on though; my mom gives the best advice! (don’t tell her I said that haha).

Goodnight everyone, have a pleasant and warm week. I hope no one pranks you tomorrow for April Fools — good luck out in the world!

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2 Responses to “Try it on t’Monday – Lacquer Envy Naturally Pink Gel Polish”

  1. Leesa June 17, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    How long did it take to get your lacquer envy? It has been over three weeks and I can get no response from anyone at the company

    • The Secret Vegan June 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Didn’t take very long for me – maybe a week or two? I also contacted the company before I ordered and received fairly prompt replies. Maybe they are on vacation? I hope your issue gets resolved!

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