2 Nail Polishes With Benefits You Didn't Even Know You Needed

Clinique and Inglot know you're sensitive, girl. That's what they love about you.
Publish date:
August 13, 2013
manicures, clinique, nail polishes, inglot, sensitive skin, irritation, accent nails, oxygen, polymers

After two months (minus a 24-hour interruption) without nail polish, I gave in and painted my nails last night. Oh, but I didn't just slap on a single color and call it a day, no--I did something I've never done before: ACCENT NAILS. They don't call me Marci Late-To-The-Game Robin for nothin'.

The thing is, I have no instinct for what nails to make the accent what nails to make the main color, so I just winged it (as you'll see momentarily). All I knew is that I wanted to use two colors from two of the polish collections that had grabbed my attention recently because they promise a healthier nail-polishing experience.

The first is A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins, from Clinique. Based on the name alone, I assumed that the polish goes easy on cuticles and the surrounding skin, which, for me, makes sense since I get nail polish way beyond the borders of my nails. But, oddly enough, the gentle formula isn't so much for the benefit of skin(s?) as it is for eyes.

The opthamologist-tested colors are less likely to cause burning, itchiness and watering than other nail polishes. Anyone easily overwhelmed by the odor of many nail products can appreciate that. (I mean, sheesh, nail polish remover false-positively tested as nerve gas at JFK airport over the weekend.)

The other polish I went with is Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel. It contains a special polymer (what polymer isn't special, really?) that allows a healthy amount of moisture and oxygen to penetrate your nails and keep them in their best condition. It doesn't contain toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor, because those bastards want you to dry up and suffocate.

The Inglot shade I chose is 688, a creamy mint. It goes on thickly and probably doesn't even need a second coat if you're a skilled polish applier. The Clinique shade is Pinkini, a bubblegum pink. It's thinner, but two coats created a good opacity.

I'm not sure what possessed me to pair them together--perhaps my years as a Delta Zeta sorority sister?--but I ended up with what I imagine Lilly Pulitzer might have painted on her girlfriends at a boozy sleepover party.

There is some accidental logic behind the seemingly inexplicable pattern I went with. Check it out.

I can tell deaf friends that I love them with minty goodess:

And then I can be the prissiest gal at Punk Rock Heavy Metal Karaoke:

While I prefer a more watery formula like Clinique's--more control, fewer bubbles--I'm really impressed with the much wider range of colors available from Inglot. But ultimately, it comes down to which benefit you want more: happy eyes, or freely "breathing" nails.

Does either benefit appeal to you? Do you think it's more gimmicky than it is health-conscious? Does pink and green go with leopard print?