Friday, October 5, 2012

Fancy Friday- LynBDesigns- Purple Moon and Elmer's Glue Base Coat Attempt

I've got a super Fancy Friday post for you today. Not only do I have an awesome fancy polish to share, I have a science experiment and my first ever video for the blog!

Let's start with the experiment.

I heard about the Essence Peel Off Base Coat, thought it looked cool and sat in jealousy that I'd never be able to get it in the US. In come the nail polish science nerd girls! As you may have already heard, Essence's Peel Off Base Coat is pretty much the same as PVA craft glue, which is pretty much the same as Elmer's Glue. I won't get into the details here because I'm not as smart as the girls who figured it out. I'll just point you to the first places I heard of this at LabMuffin and Nails by Miss Lizard.

I put my Elmer's Glue in an empty Seche Vite bottle I had. I've never used up a whole bottle of nail polish but I go through base and top coat like no other. I read to water down the glue a little bit. I think I might have watered down a little too much. How do you know? I have no idea. It just looked like I didn't have anything on my nails after one coat. So I painted two coats. Still kind of looks like nothing I guess. I waited for it to dry completely before attacking it with glitter.

There's glue on my nails!
Just about dry

Ok now for the glitter! 

Blurry to show the glitter

Purple Moon is a blue gel based polish that features tons of light purple medium hexagons. It also has aqua, blue, and purple holographic glitter that give this polish a truly sparkling effect. Because of the blue tinted base, I had a hard time deciding on underwear for this one. I tried it over a few different colors and nothing jumped out at me enough so I figured we'd go for full coverage! This polish has loads of glitter so it really only took two coats. The perfect polish to experiment with peel off base coats! I used one coat of Gelous and my favorite HK Girl Topcoat to make it smooth and shiny.

Purple Moon is one serious glitter. I can't even. I knew pictures were not going to do this polish the sparkly justice it deserves so I made a video for all of you. Ok it's not my best work and I had to ask Robin how to remove the soundtrack so you couldn't hear that I was watching The Daily Show while I was making the video. But hey, LOOK AT THAT SPARKLE!

Pros- The whole time I was applying this polish I kept saying out loud, "This polish is SO sparkly!" The holographic glitter really pops.
Cons- I'm not a fan of the tall bottle. It doesn't fit in my Helmer standing up, where I have a designated drawer for indies. It does fit in the Melmer drawer standing up though.
Overall- This is a true glitter bomb. It sort of reminds me of Kleancolor Holo Chrome but the added purple glitter makes it better.

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**This polish was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

So how did my experiment turn out? After a day of wear and hand washing, it was time to take a shower. By this point there was a stray piece of glitter sort of hanging off the tip of my thumb nail. Ill admit it, I'm a picker. I picked at it. It ended up raising off the nail a bit and allowing the water underneath. Since Elmer's Glue is water based, guess what happened?

It came off in one piece!
Well I couldn't walk around with one thumb unpainted! So I grabbed my cuticle pusher and started working. Within 10 minutes, this is what I had.

Only one nail did not come off in one piece. Cool huh? Way easier than the foil method.


  1. Isn't it great to use the glue for swatching, especially glitters? I didn't add any water to mine. The only problem I ran into is that I have only been able to keep it for a day or two, if anyone has a remedy for that please let me know. :o)

    1. Mine would have definitely lasted longer if I had been more careful! MommyLady posted some great tips below too :)

  2. I feel like this is going to change the nail world when it comes to glitters! Amazing!

    1. It's definitely my new go-to base for glitters.

    2. I was so bummed with the results of this. Maybe I should've read better because I didn't water mine down. And though I did use SV as a top coat, one good hand washing later and water got right underneath and it all peeled off. Only a few hours that I got to enjoy it, I posted a picture on your Facebook page. I'm not giving up though!

  3. Use a good topcoat and make sure you get your free edge with it, and go over it again in a day or so with your topcoat. Using a PVA glue basecoat I've had my manis last for 5 days, with me being the one to initiate removal because I was ready for a change. This is with multiple hand washings per day, doing dishes by hand, and showering.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I definitely tried to wrap the tips with my topcoat, but I made sure to not wrap the tips with the glue. Was that right? I know it would have hasted longer if I hadn't picked at that stray piece of glitter. I can't wait to try it again!

  4. definitely way easier than foil! :) ill be pinning this for other ladies to see!

  5. I am so going to have to try this glue method! Easy glitter removal + satisfying nail polish peeling = I'm in! Also, nice glitter! :)