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In the last few months, I've gained an affinity for wearing polish for a few hours (to match an outfit maybe...and for swatching) but my skin just cannot handle the amount of acetone that it takes to try on polish after polish. I've got strong nails, but even they have a limit. Through the wild world of facebook, I learned of clear liquid latex...and I had to try it.
Ahhh swatching. I love it so. Except for the wear-n-tear on my slightly sensitive skin. I don't really tolerate acetone/polish remover well. But swatching appeals to my short attention span, so I soldier on. I looked everywhere for things to make it easier. I oil my hands before polish, I have tried the PVC glue trick, the commerical peelable bases...and it just wasn't right. They either took too long to dry, didn't give me an even level to polish, or were just a general pain in the backside.
But clear latex...oh my. It was glorious. I have secretly been using it for months with wonderful results. I bet you can't tell which two fingers have regular bases, and which have a nice layer of the Graftobian stuff...
Let's look at a macro, I am sure you'll see something to give you a hint...
Still can't guess? Ok, ok...I'll have mercy. Check out this collage for the answer.
Yup. It peels off just like that. If I'm careful, I can remove it in one piece, and my bare nail will be practically in its original condition. It definitely speeds things up when it comes to swatching. I even like it for wearing thick glitters. No more foil and cotton and waiting! I can now just peel it off when I'm done.
You are skeptical? Of course you are...so maybe watch this video? I did a live-action peeling featuring OPNL Go Deep.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy, right? Plus, you end up with pretty little chunks of polish...that I do enjoy staring at.
Some tips for using liquid latex as your base:
- Don't skip the base coat. I find that using a base over the latex gives me an extra smooth starting point. It also seems to help it peel off easier.
- Don't touch your fingers together until you've applied base. The latex will stick to itself.
- Buy a cheap empty bottle of polish or buy the stuff with a brush. Trust me.
- Beware applying it anywhere you have hairs. I got some in my arm-hair...it fucking hurts.
There are some caveats I should mention:
- You can't do super thick layers of polish when using latex as a base. I have found that it peels and curls like cheap glitter when I used more than 6 layers of polish (generally at least two are Seche Vite)
- You have to be careful when you use a latex barrier on your skin. If you touch the two at all...you'll peel it all up together.
- It won't survive a shower, at least not for someone whose nails change shape when very wet like me.
Have you tried using this stuff as a base? What were your experiences with it?