Hello, loves! Today I’m so happy to share my experience with Honeybee Gardens line of natural, vegan, nontoxic nail polish called Watercolors Nail Enamel! It’s literally the most NATURAL nail polish I have ever come across that actually performs like conventional nail polish! I remember trying this polish waaaaay back in the day when they first came out with it and I wasn’t impressed at all. Luckily, that was at least 10 years ago and they’ve since reformulated over time and have produced the closest thing to perfection that I think we’re going to get when it comes to any form of nontoxic nail art.
So, HBG was kind enough to gift me their new Endure Primer/Sealer, which is stated to substantially extend wear time. I purchased the shade Fairy Dust, which is a gorgeous, sheer, frosty light pink that is so very aptly named. It’s sheer with one coat (as shown here) with an ethereal, frosted, silvery iridescent sheen that whimsically dances with the light. This shade reminds me why people take the time to paint their nails: it’s FUN & BEAUTIFUL! Every time I catch a glimpse of my nails (which is so often throughout the day), I have to smile 😊. That’s what sell-care is about! Doing small things for yourself to bring joy, lightness, peace, and inspiration into your life. Maybe I’ll get crazy and try two coats next time! I can’t wait to try other colors, as well!
The true show-stopper here is their newest product launch in the nail polish line, their Endure Primer/Sealer, which when applied as a primer and top coat, it really, really increases the longevity of your polish (and it can be used with other polishes other than the watercolors line!).
So, my goal is to try to keep my newer posts short & sweet (I can be super wordy 😅). Let’s get right to it, shall we?
To start, I’d like to highlight the fact that these Watercolors have ZERO odor! I mean absolutely NO smell that lingers or makes you want to run for the hills or put your toddler in a protective air bubble 😂. They apply just like regular polish and dry super quickly. (not too quickly!) You’ll definitely have time to apply evenly and clean up any mistakes that may have happened along the way (I should know, I’m the world’s least coordinated person 🤣). The Endure Primer/Sealer has the faintest odor if you hold your nose to the bottle and have a super sensitive sniffer, like me, but this mild scent fades instantly upon application and does not waft into the air leaving behind any traces. Prior to testing out this duo, I haven’t painted my nails since before my son was born and he just turned 2.5! I just didn’t want to deal with the smell and the damage conventional nail polish does to our nail health. Although, I will say, ANY polish that is putting a barrier on your nail is going to prevent your nails from breathing, so I still recommend giving your nails a break from time to time in between manicures.
After four days, the slightest bit of wear and tear can be seen along the edges of my nails from scrubbing hardwood floors every day on my hands and knees like Cinderella and doing dishes four times a day, etc. Colors like Fairy Dust are my personal favorites because they’re sheer enough to not show initial chipping or fading around the edges.
What I particularly love is how this polish wears off in a very natural way! There were no big chunks of polish missing, anywhere… Rather, it gradually started to wear away as my nails grew out and the biggest noticeable difference is the fading through the edges of my nails. If this was a deeper color, it would be much more obvious, but with a shade like this, I literally wore this shade for two weeks straight and felt comfortable with the way it looked!
I’m super impressed with how far the Watercolors Nail Polish line has come from Honeybee Gardens! It really rivals the 10 Free shades I’ve tried from 100 Percent Pure as well as the 7 Free shades I’ve used from Pacifica. I’ve also never had a conventional nail polish, such as Essie, last for longer than a week or five days without chipping.
What makes this polish different? *taken from the HBG Website Description*
You already know it’s water-based, it’s free from harsh chemical odors and has no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalates or FD& C colors. But let’s take that a step further. Without getting too technical, let’s explore the fundamental differences between solvent-based and water-based systems. Solvent- based polishes are simple solutions of nitrocellulose resins in strong solvents. Nitrocellulose is used because it forms a very hard film easily as the solvents evaporate from the base. These harsh, bad-smelling solvents, are then also used to remove the polish by dissolving the film. By contrast, water-based polish uses an emulsion resin in the form of billions of very small particles suspended in water. As the water evaporates, the particles touch each other and form a hard film which is no longer soluble in water. At first, it may seem that these systems are similar, the only difference being the carrier base. But they are in fact as different as night and day. One cures by reversible solvent evaporation, the other by creating a tightly knit film. One is easily dissolved, the other not so easily. Several states are beginning to regulate VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emitted by nail polishes and nail polish removers. WaterColors Nail Enamel has very low VOCs.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Acrylates copolymer. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77490), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007)
You can always save 15% off your order at Honeybee Gardens with the affiliate code Clarity10! You can check out my Brand Spotlight Blog post for more of my thoughts on HBG! And be sure to follow me on IG @completenaturalclarity for more swatches, FOTD’s, & mini reviews!
I hope you’ve found this post to be helpful and are inspired to take a few moments out of your day for some form of self-care!
Love & Light, 💖✨
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