I very rarely wear nail polish on my fingernails, but during sandal season I like to polish my toenails to give them a prettier appearance. As a teenager I would buy nail polish brands that were at least free of some of the worst chemicals, but any solvent-based nail polish still smells strong enough to give me a headache and contains chemicals that I'd rather not have near my skin. So, a couple of years ago I began researching water-based nail polishes and decided to try Honeybee Gardens WaterColors Nail Enamel.
Since I wanted a more opaque look, I tried San Francisco, billed as a peach frost, next. The color is rich and lovely, but to me is more of a copper than a peach. It's a little brighter than what I was looking for, so I may try a more neutral shade next time. I swatched both on watercolor paper, since I don't have one of those nail color wheels that beauty gurus use:
However, it's important to note that water-based nail polish can be difficult to remove. Traditional nail-polish remover won't work on water-based formulas, which need to be removed with either a specialty product or something containing alcohol. Water-based polishes also become harder to remove the longer they've cured, so Honeybee Gardens recommends removing the polish after a week. I personally can't be bothered to paint my nails that often, but I've had success removing old water-based polish with Crabtree and Evelyn's soy-based nail polish remover wipes even though they're not formulated specifically for water-based polish.
If you're looking for a nail polish that's healthier and more enjoyable to use than traditional solvent-based polish, I highly recommend Honeybee Gardens WaterColors. It's just as easy to apply and has just as nice a finish as traditional nail polish, but doesn't have the odor and toxic chemicals of a solvent-based formula. In my opinion any little extra effort it takes to remove the polish is more than outweighed by the benefits of using a water-based formula, so give it a try and see what you think!
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