Topshop Peel-Off Nail Varnish

Everything 90s seems to be making a comeback in 2013. We’ve got ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ fashion, reunions featuring our favourite boybands, re-releases of Ministry of Sound’s classic tunes and an appreciation for everything fluro. One of the trends that filled my childhood was peel-off nail varnish; most of the time though I don’t think that was the design objective, just a sign of cheap polish brought from the chemist for a quid. Topshop are bringing it back with a modern twist this Spring with the launch of this grey-lilac shade of peelable goodness. I love the shade as it’s a slightly new take on nude – not strong enough to be classifed as a proper ‘colour’, but not the traditional beige or brown we’re so used to seeing. I’m not sure how they make the formula ‘peelable,’ but the polish is definitely a lot thinner than any other I’ve used – you need a good three or four coats of this to overcome the transparency and really build up enough for the result of other polishes. The consistency is almost gel-like, forming a rubbery-layer on nails that stays put without peeling off naturally; my main concern with this was that it was going to peel off without me actively trying to do so, but it really stays without chipping. The benefit of the gel formula means the polish doesn’t chip like traditional polishes, because it dries in one layer with the aim of it all coming off in one strip. When you do want to peel it off it’s easy to do by catching a corner and pulling it across the nail; it takes base coat with it though, leaving nails completely clean without the need for polish remover. Suprisingly it doesn’t appear to damage the nail in any way either, although I probably wouldn’t recommend using this every day and peeling it off every night! This is a perfect solution if you’re going away or to a festival this Summer – you can peel off grubby nails and re-apply without the need for nail varnish remover. Fun, fabulous and very practical too.

Peel-off nail varnish available in four colours in Topshop stores and online.



  1. RuBee
    February 24, 2013 / 2:29 pm

    I travel a lot and hate having to carry nail polish remover. This would be ideal. I'm pleased it seems to be better quality than the ones I used in my childhood!

  2. Zoe
    February 24, 2013 / 2:39 pm

    I really dont like the idea of these polishes, i just think they'd accidentally peel by themselves or id be peeling them off myself within minutes of them drying! I like that they don't chip though, definitely plus!Zoe, x

  3. gleepface
    February 24, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Man, I used to love peel off nail polish! I actually discovered a decades old bottle during a recent nail polish clear out session, obviously it didn't look like it would still work though. I am definitely picking some of these up <3I'm gonna buy some Jelly Shoes and peel off nail polish and a Fresh Prince shirt and absolutely 90's my heart

  4. Rachel
    February 24, 2013 / 2:57 pm

    ooo this is such a cool concept! quick and easy… why aren't all polishes like this? and the color is gorgeousssss! i definitely want to get my hands on this.. thanks for sharing!rachel

  5. Lauren
    February 24, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    Gorgeous colour, not too sure about the peeling though, it would save nail polish remover though!

  6. Becky Smith
    February 24, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    I really like the idea of this. As soon as my nail colour chips I tend to start picking it off and I love it when the whole nail pretty much comes off in one go. So a nail varnish designed to actually do this would be perfect for me!

  7. Becky H
    February 24, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    Aww wow! I used to love peeling my nail varnish off 😛 i would paint my nails just so that i could peel it off afterwards. Definitely going to check these out!Becky x

  8. Meow K.
    February 26, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    please any nail polish does that with seche base coat

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