Luckily, Essence Australia released a product called Ready for Boarding Peel off base coat to ease our glitter removal woes.
It's a base coat that you apply to your nails and when you want to change your color you simply peel it off. This does no damage to your nail plate and no remover is involved. This is reminiscent of the peel off nail polishes for children.
Upon further investigation some other bloggers found that the Essence Peel Off base coat contained the same ingredients as PVA craft glue. They speculated that the Essence base coat was simply PVA glue in a nail polish bottle. Click here and here for further reading.
I found this at my local art store in the scrapbooking section. It was $4. This is a brand called Lineco, Books by Hand.
So what does this mean for nails? To start, I poured some the PVA glue in a clean empty polish bottle.
I decided to try it on my thumb. Here is my thumb nail free of polish.
I applied the PVA glue directly to my nail.
If you are trying this, be careful not to touch your cuticles or the sides of your nail with the PVA glue. Otherwise, once you apply your polish it can cause it not to adhere properly.
After a couple of minutes, it had dried clear and was slightly tacky to the touch. I held my nail up to a desk fan to dry it quicker.
The glitter I chose was Deborah Lippman's Across the Universe. I bought this last year and it's still untried. I didn't want to deal with the removal!
To remove, I used a cuticle stick and started at the base.
Some the glue and glitters were still on my nail. I removed the rest with a quick swipe of remover. Here are the glitter remnants.
Also, can you use Elmer's glue if you can't find PVA glue?
I'd say give it a try. Labmuffin used white craft glue in her DIY peel off base coat post. She added a bit of water to thin it down. Now, I can't say how well it will adhere but for short term wear and if you change your nail color frequently, this might be a good alternative. Make sure the glue says water soluble and non-toxic!
I'm still on the fence about this method. I like the concept and it seems like a great idea! I'm unsure of any possible damage to my nails over time and would not want to find out the hard way. Feel free to refute me in the comments but this is simply my opinion. I might try a layer of PVA glue over regular base coat so it's not touching my natural nail.
My concern is that it will peel off in the shower or will chip off easily. The instructions for the Essence Peel Off say not touch water for at least 3-hours.
As always, please try this at your own risk and discretion. Do not apply to already peeling or damage nails. If you start to have any type of adverse reactions, please remove immediately.
If you do try it, please let me know how it works for you!
Thanks for reading!