Monday, September 6, 2010

Piggy Paint Project Earth: LOL

Piggy Paint LOL (3 coats)

Today I have a company that is new to me, and also features little piggies called Piggy Paint (not to be confused with Piggy Polish). This company is geared more towards children and teens, but can be worn by everyone. This is what they have to say about their polish: 
  • Non-toxic
  • Low Odor
  • Water-based formula
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fun, vibrant colors
  • Dries to a hard, durable finish
  • Cruelty-free 
  • Safe for use during Pregnancy!  
"My name is Melanie Hurley, founder of Piggy Paint™. I am a stay-at-home mom with two very fancy little girls, ages 4 and 6, who love to have their fingernails painted. I’ve always hated the thought of my kiddos putting their hands in their mouths after I painted their nails with traditional kid polishes. Not only did the ingestion of the chemicals worry me, but the smell nearly left me light-headed after painting two sets of fingernails and toenails.

One day while we were painting nails over a foam plate, my daughter dropped a glob of her solvent-based polish onto the plate. Shortly after, the paint began to bubble and “ate” through the plate. I looked in dismay at the hole in the plate and decided to test all of her other “kid” polishes on the foam. Within minutes, ALL of the solvent-based polishes began to bubble and eventually left big holes in the plate (Click to see plate). From that day on, I decided that any flammable substance that could eat through foam was unacceptable for my children’s fingernails, which would inevitably end up in their mouths.

My quest was on, and Piggy Paint™ was born. As you may have guessed, our polish is NOT flammable and sits beautifully on the unaffected foam. We hope you enjoy this water-based polish that is specially formulated of natural ingredients. Finally, a kid-friendly polish without the accompanying drawbacks of traditional polishes. It is free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, biphenyl A, ethyl acetate and acetone... and made in the USA!"

When I learned this about Piggy Paint, a few things had me skeptical. Is it really low odor and water based? For nail polish?! But yes, it really is very low odor and I was so impressed by this. If you have a husband, roommate or friend who always complains about having to smell your smelly nail polish while you do your nails, this polish may be for you. Also, you can see that the formula is definitely different than your normal polish (it seems to separate a little bit if not mixed often, but all you need to do is mix it and it's fine). The application is slightly watery, but it's not too big of a deal. I also noticed that since it is a bit thinner, it needs more coats to be opaque. The polish shown here, LOL, has three coats, and probably could have used a fourth. If this is for your child, I don't really think they care, so a couple coats may just be enough. LOL is a bright neon pink creme that definitely makes a statement. One weird thing about it is that I tried to use a topcoat with the polish, but they didn't seem to play together well for some reason. It just smeared the polish around some. Fortunately it seemed that the polish dried fairly quickly, and they suggest on their website that you use a blow dryer on the nails for 1 minute to dry the polish faster. I didn't do this, so maybe that will help some. Their website has a helpful link of FAQs since this isn't your normal nail polish type.

Piggy Paint was kind enough to include a discount code to my readers for 10% anything (including sale items) in the store! To use it, go to their website and use the code RIGHTON10L which is good until October 31, 2010. You can also follow them on Twitter or on Facebook where other sales and information can be found. 

*These polishes were provided the the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

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