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August 18, 2014

Piggy Paint* Review, Swatches and Where to Buy in Australia

I've never really given my nail polish much thought; it's paint for your nails but that's about it, right? Wrong. I know it's important to try and buy nail polishes that are 3-free (free of Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde) but, apart from that, I have no idea what the hell I'm putting on my nails. As an adult, I know it's important to keep my hands clean and away from my mouth, especially when I have nail polish on, but what would I do if I had a little daughter (or son) who wanted their nails painted? Would I be happy to apply this to their nails, knowing that I had no idea what was really in it?

A friend of mine has recently become the Authorised Australian stockist of Piggy Paint, a water based, non tonic and eco-friendly nail polish which is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. Yikes, a whole bunch of words that I know nothing about! My amazing friend, Kasey, sent me two beautiful colours, the base coat, top coat and some 3-D Nail Art sticker and, over the past few months I've been playing around.

For more information on the Piggy Paint products, keep reading. 

Piggy Paint PINKie Promise | Piggy Paint Eat Your Peace | Piggy Paint PINKie Promise with Piggy Paint 3D Hearts Nail Art stickers 

I have to say, I am very happy with the way the Piggy Paint products perform. The Piggy Paint Base Coat* creates a really nice base for nail colour. It's thin in consistency, dries nicely and has a semi matte finish that I really like, if I'm honest. The two colours I have, PINKie Promise *and Eat Your Peace*, have different finishes and I enjoyed seeing how the formula varied. PINKie Promise is a neon matte light pink. This colour applied really nicely, dried quite and was quite opaque. Eat Your Peace, however, is a shimmery neon pink. I found this colour to be a bit more streaky in application, requiring an additional coat to give the same full colour. I also feel like this colour took a bit longer to dry, though it wasn't a ridiculously long time. Finally, I would highly recommend the Piggy Paint Top Coat*. This polish was beautiful. It left the nails with a beautifully glossy finish and, like every good top coat I've ever used, it also blurred out a few little imperfections in the nails to create a seamless finish! 

These Piggy Paint nail polishes* lasted a really fantastic amount of time. Given that they're natural and made for children, I was expecting them to rub off quite quickly but, in fact, I think they're a bit more durable than a lot of nail polishes I've tried in the past! I'm not sure if it's the combination of Piggy Paint nail colour*, Base Coat* and Top Coat* that makes it so durable but, whatever it is, I am definitely impressed. The 3D Heart Nail Art* stickers, whilst they are cute, weren't exactly my cup of tea but, after being reinforced with the Piggy Paint Top Coat*, they also lasted really well!

Piggy Paint* can easily be removed 1-3 days after application with rubbing alcohol. Piggy Paint also has their own nail polish remover but, at this point, Kasey isn't stocking that online. I believe I used my Maybelline Express Remover to remove the polish and, whilst it took a bit longer than it does to remove traditional nail polish, it did work! 

I am so impressed with all of the products I tried from Piggy Paint and I would highly recommend them all, especially to those who have children or are in contact with children who like to have their nails painted. In saying that though, this product is appropriate for any child, big and small!

As I mentioned at the start of this post, a friend of mine has recently become the Authorised Australian stockist of Piggy Paint, meaning that this product is now easily accessible to anyone in Australia! A full sized Piggy Paint nail polish (including top and base coats) contains .25 fluid oz of product (works out to be just under 15mL) and will set you back $13.50. A mini nail polish, much like the two colours featured in the photos above, is .25 fluid oz and costs $9.00. If gift packs are more your thing, there six different sets available on the Saucy Sweetheart's website, with prices ranging from $16.00 to $35.00. Finally,all of the Pigy Paint 3D Nail Art Stickers retail for $5.00. You can get all these products from www.saucysweethearts.com.au

Have you ever put much thought into the ingredients in a nail polish?

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*This product was sent to me, however all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this review

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