Inglot 603 O2M Breathable Nail Enamel
|January 11, 2012||Posted by peach_ under Inglot|
I’m the type that’d really like to expand my brand horizon, but have difficulty doing so. I tend to be brand loyal; when I find something that I like within a brand, I stick with it and want to try other products within that range. That’s not a bad thing (especially for that company!) but how do you know something is great if you haven’t explored others, right?
Well, a push in the right direction came when a sweet girl recently gave me Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel to try in the color 603. I’d heard raves over this Polish (as in the country, not nail varnish :P) brand, but since it’s only sold in select countries and not readily available to me, I had never tried it. Thanks to her, I was stoked and ready to dive into the world of beauty polygamy!
603 (their products are merely numbered, much like many Japanese cosmetics) is a sheer, pale milky pink with silver shimmer. It’s such a sweet, girly pink, but not one that flatters my warm-toned skin; my skin unfortunately looks dull and uneven.
I wish I could wear these type of feminine, “dainty” colors, but it’s best reserved for fair and/or cool-toned complexions. (*mumble* Lucky you. Hmph. *mumble)
You can tell from swirling the bottle that the formula is thin and watery, meant for subtle, translucent manicures to enhance natural nails or as a base for classic French tips.
What it isn’t meant for is a completely nontransparent finish. But I’m quite stubborn and prefer full opacity, so I attempted it anyway. I stopped after 3 coats because it’s opaque enough in person, but you can see from these photos that the nail lines are still visible. It’d look fine if my nails were shorter.
I was quite impressed that the color flowed evenly without streaks. Even with 1 or 2 layers, the sheer overlay wasn’t patchy unlike Julep Malin, a slightly warmer baby pink, which showed streaks. With both at the same price point of USD $14, Inglot 603 wins in terms of formula. It’s best left sheer with 1-2 coats on short nails for a manicure appropriate in a professional setting.
By the way, their O2M formula indicates it’s 3-Free (free of chemicals toluene, formaldehyde, DBP) plus camphor-free, for “healthy” and “breathable” nails using technology used for contact lenses. (Right.) Inglot also has another line of less expensive ($10) polishes, so I wonder if that means those are not 3-free.
I’m happy I got to try Inglot and will be sure to check them out when I visit the US. Have you tried Inglot nail polishes? Any favorites? Do you wear sheer formulas?