When you hear the term, “breathable beauty products,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Let me guess — it wasn’t nail polish, right?
Lacquer isn’t exactly the first thing that pops into my head when I think about “breathable beauty products.”
Breathable foundation? Sure, I can see that. Don’t want mah precious pores gasping for air.
But breathable nail polishes?
Well, with these new Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamels, it’s their schtick.
Their designed to allow oxygen and water to pass through the enamel to the surface of the nail.
Kinda cool, although I’ve never actually thought of my nails as suffocating beneath my polish, but ok. Inglot says the formula is supposed to contribute to healthier nails.
I do have to say that when I wore six of the 16 numerically-named (grr) shades a while back, my nails did seem like they were in pretty decent good shape when I removed the polishes.
Who knows if my nails were any healthier than before, but none of them had any peeled bits, and the tips didn’t look or feel brittle, which happens to my nails with some polishes.
As for wear time, these aren’t bad. Maybe not OPI caliber, but decent enough to make it through a week without major drama.
I tested them without wearing a base or top coat, and they made it through four days filled with typing Tabs’ memoirs and a few dips in the neighborhood pool (where I imagined the water passing through the polishes) without any chipping. On the fifth day, a few small chips appeared around the edges; bigger ones showed up on day six.
For normal, non-testing wear, I probably would use these with base and top coats. I have ridges on my nails, and when I don’t do a base coat with the O2Ms, I can see the my ridges through the dried polish, even through multiple layers (I used two for the shades in this post).
If you like super smoooove-looking polishes, resist your inner lazy girl’s advances (I know it’s hard), and take the time to apply a base coat.
A few more things to consider…
- The formula is DBP-free (no toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate). It also doesn’t contain camphor.
- The only shades here that gave me trubs were the two blue and green ones. Both of them stained like cray!
- If you like shades that shine like a mirror, go for that top coat, because these aren’t nearly as shiny as other brands I’ve tried.
I think I will wear these again, despite a few quibbles (not a fan of the numerical naming). I do like the colors and the decent wear time. I’m not completely sold on the whole breathable angle, but I think they’re worth a try if you have very sensitive nails or nails that peel and/or dry out easily.
PRICE: $14 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Inglot boutiques and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Hi. Hope you’re having a nice night.