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.