I’m a little snowed under this week as I juggle a new job and some Real Life Business, so there’s just a fast nail swatch from me today. BYS nail enamel in Shadow Puppets is a slightly green-based grey cream lacquer.
The lacquer itself is super thin and slightly sheer, so I used three very thin coats to get full coverage. There’s also a fairly… shall we say, piquant point I should mention in regards to this lacquer: it stinks. It gave me the kind of nasal assault I haven’t experienced since using some Rubi Shoes polishes (which, also like BYS lacquers, are made in the PRC).
Stank aside, I’ve got to mention that this polish wore like iron. Most lacquers only last a few days in me due to the amount of typing I do day in and day out, but Shadow Puppets lasted a solid five days on my nails and probably would’ve kept on going if I hadn’t removed it to start nail swatching other polishes. The reason for this is down to one key thing: BYS nail polishes are not 3-Free. It still has all the stuff in pre-Three Free formulas featured that made lacquers less inclined to chip or peel.
Personally a lacquer not being Three Free isn’t a dealbreaker for me – while I’m obviously 100% behind the removal of harmful ingredients from cosmetics products, you’d have to be chugging old formula nail polish like it was schnapps to have an identifiable, measurable effect on the body – it might be an issue for you and be a key factor in you choosing or avoiding BYS nail polishes.
If you’d like to read more about mail polish ingredients, All Lacquered Up has an excellent breakdown of what The Big Three are. It’s a great read, trust me.
What: nail enamel in Shadow Puppets
How Much: AU$3.95 for 14ml
When: available now
Where: K-Mart, selected pharmacies and at fashionaddict.com.au