Doubtblush: Sula Paint and Peel Nail Polish

You may have noticed that we're hardly perpetual rays of sunshine around here, but even so, we seem to spend a lot of our time enthusing about one gewgaw or another. Doubtblush exists to make it clear that we do not, in fact, like everything.

Not all nail polish is created equal. And when a company tries to create a superior nail polish and fails, we have to call attention to it. Sula Paint and Peel Polish ($9) seems like a great idea. You apply it, you get bored with it, you peel it off. However, read the fine print. Seeing how it is a water-based polish, it takes a million coats to apply thoroughly; it lacks the chemicals that otherwise even out the color. And not only is the application terrible, you're prohibited from putting your nails under hot water for three hours once it's on. We're sorry, but when we use the restroom, we wash our hands with soap and hot water. And while we could just pee before painting our nails to spare ourselves a polish meltdown, that is far too much foresight required for what should be a simple polish job. Pass.

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Posted on 01.27.12 at 12:35 PM

Did you guys even try this product? If it's really no good, why even post it?

One Ring to Rule Them All

Posted on 01.27.12 at 2:39 PM

I've tried it, Caitlin....I just don't want anyone else to have the high hopes I did and then have them dashed on the rocks of disappointment.


Posted on 01.27.12 at 3:25 PM

Thanks for clarifying. The copy made it sound like your conclusion came just from reading the packaging. It's a bummer because I really like those colors.

Tara McCarthy

Posted on 01.27.12 at 4:01 PM

I have been using this product for the last couple of years and I like it. I fear the chemicals in polish and nail polish remover (even though Zoya is better than most, it is still toxic).

I use Sula on my toes and it lasts for several weeks; in some ways I think it has more staying power than regular polish. My hands, however, are a different story. I wash hands frequently and use my hands a lot, so I only expect to last on my hands for 24 hours tops.

So, I leave my hands sans polish unless I have a special event and my toes are painted all the time (but as I mentioned, the polish has better longevity there).

I LIKE that Sula does not have chemicals that make it lasts on my hands. If you are leery of chemicals, this really is a good option with a wide variety of shades. I have never had a problem with the application, either. It is worth trying, but you can't expect it to work the same way as the toxic stuff.


Posted on 01.27.12 at 8:47 PM

Do you guys realize that you've promoted this exact product three different times on this very same website? And now it's a doubtblush? Kind of shady in my opinion...especially because I bought it!

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