Girls who were born in the 80’s… do you remember the Tinkerbell nail polish for kids that you could remove from your nails by peeling them off? Well, it’s time to get a little nostalgic now. Hop into my time machine because I’m gonna take you back to the 80’s for a short moment. Kind of.
Little Ondine Peel-Off Nail Polish
is a nail polish brand that have developed a non-toxic, natural, peel-off formulation which totally reminds me of Tinkerbell nail polishes back in the 80’s. Unlike those cute but probably nasty-smelling bottles from the 80’s (I can’t remember from all those years back), Little Ondine’s nail polishes are odourless. An odourless nail polish? I know, right?! That itself is pretty remarkable!
When my sister came round last weekend, she saw my small collection of Little Ondine and said that she had previously looked into these when she was pregnant. They describe their polishes as a natural nail colour composed of water, purified resin and organic colourants.
They contain no potentially harmful fumes and as I’ve said, does not give off a strong, toxic smell whatsoever. As they peel off cleanly, you can remove them without the use of a polish remover either.
I was skeptical about the colour and pigment to begin with. Could something described as natural be opaque and strong in pigment? Or was it going to be weak, wishy-washy, and sheer? Upon the first stroke of the brush, I could tell immediately that the strength of the colour was as strong as any other polishes I’ve ever tried – if not better!
The red (shade L001 Fusion) and black (L100 Back To Black) was a sharp, bold and glossy. So opaque that there needs to be a new word for opaque! All you need is the one single coat of colour. The orange (L072 Ibiza) was slightly less so but still an impressive strength of colour. I also got a bronze nude metallic (L004 Obsession) which came out exactly as you’d imagine. Both the orange and bronze needed 2 coats.
And a glitter. Oh the glitter! We all know what an absolute pain the bum it is to remove glitter polishes from our nails, right? They’re pretty, but a pain in the arse! With Little Ondine, you don’t have to worry about getting the hammer and chisel out because when you’re ready to remove the glitter polish, you simply peel it right off.
You can see how the shades look on my Instagram as I am posting photos of my manicure on there. I will be adding more so please keep your eyes peeled.
Now on to the staying power. Because of the formulation, it stays chip-resistant. And I have read on other blogs that they’ve been able to keep the polish on their nails for up to 4 days. But… for me, it started peeling by the end of the day. And definitely by the time I had a good soak in the bath.
I have to admit though, I was one of those kids at school who would find hours of amusement by covering my hands in PVA glue and peeling it off. Some might find that gross but I always found it somewhat therapeutic! I don’t really know what that says about me, but because I knew these nail polishes could peel off, I guess I was always looking for that imperfection in my nails… an excuse to peel them off!
If I paid no attention to them, the polish would potentially last on my nails for about 3 days. The short-time wear is something I am willing to accept. It’s an alternative and a compromise that I’ll make for a product that isn’t as bad for your nails as all the other polishes out there.
Applying them takes me no time at all, though. Because they are completely free from odour, you can actually use these on the train, at a cafe, or at your work desk without stinking the place out or annoying anyone around you! I would suggest applying Little Ondine nail polishes after your evening bath and give it time to to set overnight. The easy application and fast drying time means you can paint all 10 nails in less than 10 minutes.
You need to thoroughly clean the surface of your nails from oils and dust before applying Little Ondine’s secret polish as a base, 1 or two coats of colour, and another coat of the secret polish to bond it all together.
Each bottle retails at £8.40 each (Secret based/top coat cost £7.80) and there are A LOT of shades available!