Saturday, January 19, 2013

New 31DC: New Technique

I planned this challenge poorly. I painted my nails using a new technique last night, but what I really wanted to post was the removal, which I wanted to give some time to. I tried Elmer's Glue as my base last night under a glitter polish.

**Warning: There are some majorly stained nails in this post. NOT for the faint of heart!

This is the magical result or working very hard to peel off my polish.  I was so bummed!  I have been very good lately, but I love to peel polish off.  To a damaging degree.  When I get bored, I peel.  So, I was so excited to know that there was a safe way to peel!  It really did not work for me, though.  I did not notice a difference in wear, though, compared to my usual bases, which is good to note.

*1 coat of Elmer's Glue
*3 coats Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Masquerade
*2 coats Out The Door

 I wanted to really test this out, so I went with a glittery polish.  Sapphire Masquerade is a blue-purple tinted jelly base with micro purple glitter, larger purple hexes and scattered large magenta hexes.  I know I'm not the only person to mention this, but I find it so interesting that such big, mainstream brands have been taking strong cues from indie makers lately!  This was kind of a pain to use, but not horrible.  The first coat was really sheer and the glitter was sparse.  The second and third (you may only need two--I was being cautious) coats built easily, though.  This is a dense, chunky glitter, and comes with all of those problems.  While pretty, it dries really gritty (and fast, which was great!).  I used 2 thick top coats and still wanted a third, but I really like my nails smooth and glassy. 

I used an old polish brush, cleaned with acetone and water, to scoop out and apply the glue.  I didn't pool it on my nails, but I don't think I skimped either.  I waited until the white glue turned completely clear before polishing.  While it did not peel well, something very interesting happened when I tried to remove it.  I use one of those little pots of acetone with bristles to remove my polish (and I know, it's probably horrible for my nails, but they seem okay and it's so fast and effective!).  When I put my nail in and twisted it once or twice, the acetone gelled the glue.  Then, it was easy to push/peel off, almost gummy.  While this is not what I had hoped for, it was much easier than usual for taking off chunky glitter, so it wasn't a total waste.
Have you used a glue base for peel off polish?  Did I use the wrong glue?  Did I miss something?  Any tips to make this dream base work?  I'd love to know!


  1. You don't use nail polish remover when using PVA glue as a base coat. I find that the polish will come off easily if my nails are buffed smoothly. That makes sense since they sometimes direct you to have two rough surfaces to glue items together for better adhesion.

    The easiest way I have found for me to get the glue off when I peel is to do it after a shower. The warm water will soften the glue.

    I read on one blog that for the blogger she found it best to apply the polish before the glue layer was 100% dry.

    I hope you get some success with this method. I rarely use traditional base coat anymore as this helps with removal and bring able to easily change looks frequently.

    1. I only used the remover when the polish wouldn't peel off because I needed to change it. I think I'll have to experiment some with this. I think that the acetone had the same sort of effect that soaking in water would on the glue. I haven't buffed my nails in a while, so I'll do that too--it makes sense that it will come off of a smooth surface easier. I'm hoping that this can become a go-to for swatching. I think I still like having a strengthening or hardening base because my nails break at work a lot, but this would be SO nice for times like this where I polish each day! Thank you so much for the tips!

  2. First off, I had to laugh at your desire to peel off nail polish safely... LOL :))
    I actually have the opposite problem with Elmer's glue, my polish chips off in a whole chunk way too soon!!! I even wrote a post about it how one day it came off at work and someone found it and saved it for me.... Horrifying!!!!!

    1. I found that when my nails were highly buffed and so smooth that my PVA based manicure would just pop off. I would look at my hands and find missing sheets of colour.

      I am not sure this is popular with the cleaners...

    2. I'm glad that you got a laugh because I laughed when I read that someone was kind enough to save your polish for you! That is amazing! It's reassuring, though, that you ladies are having such good luck. I think I just need to play with this a little bit more.