Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Review

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This was one of two brands that I tried when I decided to opt for water-based polish after clinging to my toxic, smelly stuff for quite awhile after learning about their toxic ingredients (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/).   The other brand I tried was Suncoat.

First of all, there was not much odor, which is great. They have a good variety of basic colors, and a few modern ones too. I bought clear, Hippy Chick (purplish pink) and Valentine (candy pink). You’d never know by looking at it that this wasn’t a traditional polish. The first time I used it I only applied a base coat of clear and one coat of color on my toenails. Within about 2 days the polish came off one nail entirely. By the end of the week I’d lost the polish off a few more nails. During this time I didn’t wear tennis shoes, only open toed shoes because I wanted to see how the polish would perform if basically left alone. The next week I re-painted my toenails using the same products, only this time I swabbed my toenails with alcohol to ensure I didn’t have too much oil on the nail. I applied a coat of clear, two coats of color and another coat of the clear polish. This time the polish lasted a little longer, but still not as long as traditional polish. By the end of week one, I’d only lost the polish on 2 nails. By the end of week two, the only polish remaining was on my big toes, and a tiny bit on my pinkie toe. If you only wear polish for a few days at a time, this might not be an issue. Personally, I prefer to keep my toenails painted at all times during sandal season. At a discounted price of $8 per bottle I expected better performance (it sells for $12.99 on their website).

I tried it on my fingernails just to see if there was any difference in the performance. Usually toenail polish lasts longer on me than fingernails simply because of usage. Well, this was no different. I painted my nails with the same polish, ensuring they were clean and free of oils when I applied two coats and the top coat. The paint was applied on a Saturday night, and by the next morning (less than 12 hours later) I had several large chips in my nails. By the time 48 hours arrived, it looked as if I’d been wearing the polish for a week & there were chips in almost every nail.

Since it chipped so easily, I thought it was going to be a breeze to remove. Boy, was I wrong! The remover that’s made by Honeybee Gardens didn’t work to remove it. Unless you call rubbing vigorously for several minutes per nail working (I don’t). The company says that the polish can be removed with only rubbing alcohol, so I tried that too. Fail! It didn’t work at all. Even with acetone polish it was very difficult to remove. By difficult I mean that I had to rub vigorously & the polish didn’t dissolve, rather it clumped up and remained stuck to my nail.

While I love the idea of a natural polish, I still expect a reasonable level of performance, and don’t feel like this product delivered. This is a great company making nontoxic products, so it pains me to give a negative review of anything they make, but I must give my honest opinion.  If you need something with no odor and aren’t concerned about it lasting more than 1 day, then this might not be a bad option. However, if you don’t have time to repaint your nails every day, then I wouldn’t get it

Please don’t let this turn you off to the company as a whole.  I really love some of their other products, like eye liner, lip liner, and lipstick (reviews soon to come).  They are a company with wonderful values:  gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty free company that refuses to use toxic chemicals in their products.  The prices are very reasonable, and the other products I’ve tried work great! 

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