03 September 2012

lacquered up // fragrance-free nail polish

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You may remember this post from June in which I discussed some options for fragrance-free nail polish.  Albeit belated, I'm now following up on my promise to review these polishes.  Today's post features Acquarella.  The polish I tried was "Vex," a metallic, gunmetal gray shade.

Also, please forgive me -- I got lazy with my Mani Monday photography this week.

As you can see, I couldn't resist going without some flair in my manicure, so for my accent nail on my ring finger, I used "Bastille My Heart," a metallic fuchsia shade by OPI, and added polka dots in "Don't Touch My Tutu," a light pastel matte gray (also by OPI), with a dotting tool from Sephora.

When the Acquarella polish came in the mail, I was a little surprised because I thought "Vex" was closer to black.  It's difficult to tell on the Acquarella website's shopping page, but I could've done my homework a bit better by checking out the Color Selector, which goes into more detail about what to expect from each color (since it can be difficult to tell online).  Since I was kinda hoping for a true matte black, I would've been better off with "Void."  Anyway, I digress.

My review: Acquarella definitely held up to its odorless claims.  Absent was the "dreadful smell of chemicals" because it's completely water-based -- Acquarella says "no" to formaldehyde, phthalates, toluene, and other petrochemical solvents.  This is part of what makes nail polish so stinky and I think we can all agree that products without something like formaldehyde are a good idea, yes?  They also make nail conditioners, remover, and other chemical-free goodies for your digits.  They are also vegan, which means no animal testing, which I love.  :)

The polish also dries fast, and according to the Acquarella website, it's unnecessary to use a base or top coat, but I'm kind of stuck in my ways on that one, so I used both anyway (if you try it without, let me know!).  I polished two days ago and I'm already experiencing what I would consider normal chipping, so don't let its "no chip" claims fool you -- it's just like any other nail polish in that regard.

     ♥ Pros: truly fragrance-free, goes on like any other polish, chemical-free, vegan, great selection of colors

     ♥ Cons: expensive ($16 a bottle), not widely available in stores (to my knowledge), and not necessarily chip-resistant, as the website claims.

I'd also really like to try Scotch Naturals polish, and will probably snag one of those soon -- the only reason I haven't already is because every time I go to their website, I get lost in the colors and have trouble narrowing down which one I want to try.  I get frustrated and give up (haha!).  So I'll try to work up some decisiveness and make it happen.  I'll let you know how it goes.  :)

Remember to visit the other awesome Mani Monday bloggers!  Thanks to Heather at Glitter and Gloss & Heather at Just Love.ly Things for hosting!  Be sure to also visit Vicki and Tara at The Nail Files, hosted every Friday.  :)


  1. Oooh, good find! Thanks for sharing this, I know there's probably lots of preggers out there who would be interested!!

  2. wow I've never heard of fragrance free nail polish before. sounds interesting.

  3. I love your accent nail, super cute! Thanks for the info always great learning about nail polish that is green and good for the environment but also good for us! Loving your blog, your photography is amazing! :)

  4. so cute! i love the accent nail!

  5. I will definitely try this brand if I ever get the urge to splurge on polish! I live the shade,even if it's not what you expected. :)

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