For those who want an alternative to solvent-based nail enamel, we've got the solution for you! Our unique water-based polish is free from harsh chemical odors; no more nasty fumes! But perhaps best of all, there's also no need for toxic smelly nail polish remover - this product removes with rubbing alcohol, vodka/grain alcohol or our Nail Polish Remover! Thanks to our new patented technology, there's nothing else like it on the market!
odorless, non-toxic earth-friendly formula long wearing fabulous colors Contains NO:FD&C colors, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, xylene, or formaldehyde
Comes in 25 great colors to match our Truly Natural Lipsticks, plus clear: Shiny Penny, Camelot, Romance, Risque, Desire, Vintage Merlot, San Francisco, Hippie Chick, Valentine, Mocha Latte, Goddess, Tuscany, Cherokee, Burlesque, Fairy Dust, Whisper (sheer), Serenity (sheer), Destiny, Manhattan, Nude Beach, Abyss (pure black), Oasis (sapphire blue), Renaissance (rich wine), Tease (purple), Wild Fire (bright red), Manicure White and Clear1 (also acts as top/base coat) Clear2 (matte)
What makes this product different from traditional polish You already know it's water-based, it's free from harsh chemical odors and has no formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalates or FD& C colors. But let's take that a step further. Without getting too technical, let's explore the fundamental differences between solvent-based and water-based systems. Solvent- based polishes are simple solutions of nitrocellulose resins in strong solvents. Nitrocellulose is used because it forms a very hard film easily as the solvents evaporate from the base. These harsh, bad-smelling solvents, are then also used to remove the polish by dissolving the film. By contrast, water-based polish uses an emulsion resin in the form of billions of very small particles suspended in water. As the water evaporates, the particles touch each other and form a hard film which is no longer soluble in water. At first, it may seem that these systems are similar, the only difference being the carrier base. But they are in fact as different as night and day. One cures by reversible solvent evaporation, the other by creating a tightly knit film. One is easily dissolved, the other not so easily. Several states are beginning to regulate VOCs (volatile organic compounds) emitted by nail polishes and nail polish removers. WaterColors Nail Enamel has very low VOCs.
Product appearance You'll notice the Clear Base/ Top Coat polish actually appears milky white in the bottle. The milkiness disappears upon drying to form a clear coat. Sometimes minor settling occurs in some colors, and you may notice a light ring of color at the top of the bottle, or some sparkle floating to the bottom. We have shaker beads inside, so a light shake of the polish easily re-disperses the pigment.
Nail preparation Solvent-based polishes can strip healthy nails of naturally produced oils. Since our polish does not contain these solvents, the oils remain on the nail. Wash and dry hands thoroughly before applying polish. Those with very dry skin may wish to apply a cuticle oil to nails first before applying polish to help hydrate the nail. Make sure the oil is absorbed into the nail before polishing.
Dry time Dries to a tack-free state nearly as fast as regular polish. Two thin coats will dry faster than one thick. Cold hands, low temperatures and high humidity can prolong drying time. Water resistant in about 15 minutes. Able to withstand other chemicals (shampooing, doing dishes) after about an hour. For best results, polish nails at the end of the day so they have overnight to cure properly.
Product exceptions You may find this product is a bit more difficult to remove from toe nails, because toe nails are naturally more dry and have less natural oils.
Scratch resistance Unlike solvent-based polishes which reach their maximum hardness in about 40 minutes, WaterColors Nail Enamel must be given time to create a tough film. About 75% of the hardness is achieved very quickly, but it needs 4-6 hours to achieve maximum hardness. The more time you give it to cure properly, the longer it will wear. You may choose to apply it at night when the day's activities are done. However, because the film is quite thin, worn areas at the tips or scratches can be easily touched up to create a freshly-applied appearance.
Ease of removal The film that is formed by the water-based system becomes more difficult to dissolve as time passes. For this reason, we recommend you remove the polish at or before one week of wear the first time you use our polish. Apply Nail Polish Remover to the cotton ball or Honeybee Gardens felt pad. Hold the wetted pad on the nail for a few seconds, and then proceed to rub the polish off while applying gentle pressure. Do not scrape at the nail. It may take a few swipes longer than you're used to, but the product will come off. People with dry, ridgy or porous nails may need to work at it a bit longer. Acetone-based removers will not work because this is not a solvent-based system. Wash hands with soap and water thoroughly after removal. If you have naturally dry skin, you may also want to use a moisturizer.
Tips and tricks While WaterColors Nail Enamel may look and act like traditional solvent-based polish, it does have its eccentricities. Most of our customers tell us they would rather have to do an extra step if necessary rather than use polishes which contain potentially toxic ingredients. Here are some special instances and ideas which can help you create the perfect manicure.
1) Dry Nails We've found that individuals with dry skin and dry nails tend to have a more difficult time removing our polish. For those folks, we recommend moisturizing the nails first before applying polish. Rub a little cuticle oil (or any good oil like jojoba, sweet almond, olive, etc.) into nails until the shininess disappears and the oil is absorbed into the nail. Then polish the nails as usual. You may want to remove the polish after one week of wear. Moisturize after removing polish.
2) Cold Temperatures Since our polish is water-based, it can thicken in cold temperatures. We recommend storing our polish at normal room temperature. If polish does thicken, add ONE drop of water to bottle and shake well. This should return the polish to normal consistency. If it does not, the polish had been too cold for too long and needs to be replaced.
3) Length of Wear It's rare we ever hear that our polish doesn't last long enough. However, if you find the polish isn't wearing as long as expected, the problem probably comes back to application. We recommend that you try to polish your nails at night if possible. Though our polish is tack free in no time, it takes longer to cure at the molecular level than traditional polish. So the longer you give it to set up without exposure to water, etc., the better it will wear. That being said, everyone wears polish differently. How long the polish lasts on you also depends on your body chemistry, daily activities and environmental exposure. Applying a clear top coat can extend the wear of polish. We also recommend a base clear coat under our darker colors such as Vintage Merlot, Risque and Desire.
4) Removal The film that is formed by the water-based system becomes more difficult to dissolve as time passes. For this reason, we recommend you remove the polish at or before one week of wear the first time you use our polish. Apply Honeybee Gardens Odorless Remover to a cotton ball or remover pad. Hold the wetted cotton ball on the nail for a few seconds, and then proceed to rub the polish off while applying gentle pressure. Do not scrape at the nail. It may take a few swipes longer than you're used to, but the product will come off. People with dry, ridgy or porous nails may need to work at it a bit longer. Acetone-based removers will not work because this is not a solvent-based system. Wash hands with soap and water thoroughly after removal. If you have naturally dry skin, you may also want to use a moisturizer. Some customers have told us they have success applying our remover to a piece of white craft felt or even an old white gym sock (turned inside out) and then using it to remove the polish. The added texture from these items helps to hold the remover on the surface of the nail better and acts as a gentle exfoliant to better remove the polish.
Water, water-miscible acrylic, polyurethane formers and thickeners, non-ionic soaps. May contain: ultramarine blue, carmine, mica, iron oxides, and/or titanium dioxide
I have tried Fairy Dust, Manhattan, and Serenity with the clear base/top nail polish. They are all nice colors.
The nail polish has a mild watercolor paint smell but it does not linger nor stay on the nails like traditional drug store nail polish. Smell is significantly reduced and non-toxic. It's great!
I followed all the directions the nail polish came with and the polish looks great on my nails. Applying 2 thin coats does the trick to get a smooth surface and a full rich color. Also applied before bed time to avoid any damages to the nails. Plus, it dries quickly!
I will be sticking with this product for a while. Very happy with this nail polish and recommend.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Feb 2015
I am thrilled to have found polish that doesn't make my nails feel like they're gasping for air! And I love the Vintage Merlot color...so classic and fun!
Love it does not have solvents nor the nasty odor
Posted by Lee on 30th Jan 2015
I had not used a water base before trying Honeybee Gardens. It does seem to chip when doing a lot of hard handwork. Touching up the tips is easy to do and it still looks good. I have not tried it on my toes. It might stay on longer.
I am going to keep using it especially if I can get it on sale. The water base, variety of colors, and no nasty odor is awesome.
Posted by Vicki on 17th Nov 2014
Love that this nail polish isn't full of chemicals and that I don't get a headache when applying because it really doesn't have that terrible smell of regular nail polish. I applied it on Friday and today is Monday - it's chipped pretty badly. This might be to user error - it's the first time I applied it and my nails aren't in the greatest shape, so I going to try again. Love the Vintage Merlot color.
Posted by Unknown on 13th Oct 2014
My daughter and I have been looking for a polish we feel safe using. The Honeybee Garden water based polish goes on easily, and it didn't chip. It still looked new after 5 days when I took it off to change colors. Love all the colors we bought.
Color not as described, dried unevenly
Posted by Linda on 26th Aug 2014
Even allowing for differences in color monitors, this polish was not at all as described. I just went back to site to read the description so I could note it here, and the color, Hollywood, is no longer listed anywhere. It was supposed to be coral/pinky but in actuality it was closer to fuschia which I do not like. In addition, although it appeared to be going on smoothly, when it dried it appeared wavelike with some color variation.
Despite warnings about needing to remove polish with special remover, it came off easily with regular drugstore remover, which I had on hand. The good news was the fact that it dids not smell like a chemical, the main reason I decided to try it.
HONEYBEE RESPONSE: We never had a color called Hollywood; perhaps you were referring to San Francisco which is a peach/coral? Please contact us if there was a color mix up :-)
Great healthy colors :)
Posted by Unknown on 24th Aug 2014
I have bought the colors:
and I liked them all. They are colorfull (with 2 layers), but discreet; qualities I really appreciate for nail polish.
Plus: It nearly doesn't smell and it holds as long as normal nail polish. It also has a reasonnable price.
Really worth it!
Great for Toes & Tots!
Posted by Tara on 11th Jun 2014
This is the only brand of nail polish I buy for myself, my daughter, and family members. If the girls want to have a nail night, this is what I hand them. No noxious fumes and beautiful colors.
That said, I have only ever successfully worn the product on my toes. I put on two light coats and it stays in place for over a month without chipping or peeling. I can't rave enough about how much I love this. However, the product wears off my fingernail tips within 24 hours. I follow the same procedure as with my toes (no oil residue, clean surface, and applied right before bed so it can cure for a good 8-9 hours) and still it dissolves from the tips. So for a one night application/special occasion, I find is all that I can expect from it for me. On the other hand, my daughter does not seem to experience this problem so it may be my personal body chemistry, or I do too much water-related business.
Regardless, I recommend this over everything to anyone.
Best nail polish out there
Posted by Melissa on 29th May 2014
When I found out how bad most nail polish is for you, I went on the hunt for a safer version. I came up with Honeybee Gardens. I had my doubts thinking they wouldn't cover well or be very difficult to remove. They are beautiful, working just like regular nail polish, without the terrible smell. Removal is easy - it might take a touch more time but it feels better, smells better and uses way less remover. These are worth every penny. I love them!
Rich colors, smooth consistency
Posted by Liz on 6th May 2014
I've tried four different brands of water-based nail polish at this point and think Honeybee Gardens is one of the best. The colors are smooth, rich, and saturated and provide good coverage.
Vintage Merlot is my favorite. It's a fantastic complex deep purple, and I consider it a great substitute for OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark.
Definitely follow the tips on application in order to facilitate a low-frustration removal. Rub a little jojoba oil into toenail beds until shine disappears before applying the nail polish, and use a slightly textured cloth (like the inside of an old white gym sock) to ease removal when you're ready to change out the color.