I'm a sucker for bright colors. Happy, vibrant, glowing, exuberant- these kinds of colors speak to my very soul. But have you noticed that many gluten free and all natural companies tend to stick with more conservative shades? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but sometimes a gal wants a little brilliant something to break the monotony... Like maybe gluten free nail polish. 😉
Keeki Pure & Simple is a company as vibrant as their colors, started by a Mom on a Mission: To make safe, fun, beautiful, all natural products that she could feel good giving to her daughter.
Their products are entirely:
- Gluten free
- Earth friendly
- Cruelty free
- Paraben free
- Acetone free
- Soy free
And did I mention colorful?
Pictured above, from front to back:
Aren't those colors fabulous? So bright! And they really do translate that same color to the nails! But I'm getting ahead of myself...
Gluten Free Nail Polishes
I'm so in love with Keeki Pure and Simple's colors. They have everything from these neon shades to traditional nudes. From kid-friendly to true adult shades. And to make it even better, both of the colors above end up pretty much the same color on the nail that they are in the bottle. There is very little darkening, or taking an off color.
However, they are not entirely opaque. When I follow the instructions to the letter, with two thin coats of polish, you can clearly see where the white of the nail begins. But if you keep piling on the polish to cover that entirely, pretty soon you'll have a far too heavy glob that will peel almost immediately. I've found that three coats is the best depth for still staying on and reducing the "white line" at the end of your nail (like on the right).
When applying this polish, it has very nearly no scent. There is nobody walking by and yelling "Someone's putting on nail polish!" because the stench has drifted through the house. No chemical headache that drives you out to the fresh air to clear your head (just me? M'kay...). And that's so nice. It takes half the pain out of applying nail polish.
Oh and speaking of the pains of nail polish... This stuff dries to the touch ridiculously fast. Such a big bonus. I hate sitting around without the use of my fingers for a full 15 mins before everything is dry enough not to rub right off. I know, I'm an impatient gal. But that is the #1 reason I don't paint my nails more often. This nail polish dries to the touch after a minute, each coat. With 5 total coats (base + polish x 3 + top), that brings this up to a five minute manicure. Now of course you still need to be gentle with it and yes you have to wait an hour before getting it wet. But hey! I can read a library book and not stain it! It's the little things, don'tcha know. 😉
The base coat is so thin on the brush that it is almost like water. When dry, it leaves a matte finish that has more visual presence than when it's wet.
This base coat really seems to work well. It does not stop chipping around the edges entirely, but it does keep it from happening right away. Peeling, however, is pretty much out of the question when this base coat is on. To make it even better, there is no chemical stench that I typically associate with base coats!
I was vaguely worried when I saw how cloudy the top coat was. Would it hinder the color of the polish below it?
Nope. Not at all.
The top coat does a beautiful job of lending high shine and a rubbery feel to the finished polish. It really helps to keep the polish from chipping right away. And just like everything else of Keeki's, there is no icky scent when applying! It does have the strongest scent of all three nail products, but it's still nothing that is troublesome.
Overal Wear and Removal
When every layer is applied together, it lasts only a few days before chipping. For me, I get the first chips by day 3. But I'm also a notoriously bad nail polish applicator (don't laugh OK, but whenever my sisters catch sight of my painted nails they shake their heads at me). So who knows, maybe someone else would have better luck.
Also, make sure you follow the removal directions to the letter. This polish can be a real pain to take off, so soaking it with the cotton pad is vital. And it's not like you can just let it chip away into oblivion, because it will cling to the center of your nail with surprising tenacity. Perhaps with the Keeki Nail Polish remover it would come off easier than with a traditional remover. But since I didn't try that, I'm not sure.
All in all, Keeki Pure and Simple Nail Polish is an exuberantly colored, stink free and gentle nail polish.
You just can't beat this kind of safety in a nail set. The colors are fun, the fast drying time is total win and I will never not adore being able to breathe while applying nail polish. Whether for yourself or for your child, these are nail polishes you don't have to worry about.
This is Part 1 of a 2 Part Review. Stay tuned for more about Keeki Pure and Simple!