When looking for a water based nail polish for women, some of you are wondering which is better, Acquarella or Scotch Naturals? You can read a detailed Acquarella Review or Scotch Naturals Review, but to make the decision even easier I am going to compare Acquarella vs. Scotch Naturals side by side.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of each of these two brands of water based nail polish:
Acquarella Water Based Nail Polish
- Lasts a long time on nails. Stays on toenails for at least a month with only minor chips. Looks good on fingernails for about five days. It is great if you want a polish to leave on your toenails for a long time and just touch up any minor chips.
- No unpleasant fumes while applying the polish.
- You only need to paint on two coats of nail polish. No base or top coat is needed.
- The nail polish comes in a decent sized bottle (12.5 ml).
- It takes a long time to prepare nails, due to the conditioning period. Before painting on color polish you should condition your nails for 4-5 days with Acquarella Conditioner. See How to Apply Acquarella Nail Polish.
- The Acquarella Moisturizer does not do much to moisturize hands. It is better just to use jojoba oil (really a wax) or an oil-free hand moisturizer.
- It also takes a long time to remove the conditioner or nail polish with Acquarella Remover, approximately 30-50 minutes.
- Update 04/20/12: I spoke with Mark Deason, Technical Liaison for Acquarella, today and he gave me some pointers on removing the polish. First of all, it is important to use dense cotton pads that have some texture to them, instead of fluffy cotton balls. Saturate a cotton pad with remover and wipe each nail for a bit. Keep alternating nails in a round-robin fashion. Also, the best time to remove polish is right after a shower or bath, since the polish will have absorbed some water. Do not be surprised if the remover works into a bubbly froth, it is supposed to do that!
For Acquarella nail polish, conditioner, remover, and buffer it will cost around $42.
Scotch Naturals Water Based Nail Polish
- Preparing the nails does not take too long, as you just need to add a drop of jojoba oil to each nail and buff.
- Scotch Naturals nail polish is much quicker and easier to remove. Removing the polish with Scotch Naturals soy based remover only takes about 15 minutes. The remover leaves your nails looking shiny and healthy.
- The base coat helps the nail polish apply very smoothly and evenly.
- There is a nice selection of chic colors.
- After letting the polish dry overnight it had already started to pull away from the tips of my nails. It began to show wear almost immediately. The nail polish looked pretty bad on my fingernails after 5 days.
- They say that if you keep painting your nails with Scotch Naturals it will last longer each time, until it lasts for a whole week. I will try it again and report back. However, Acquarella lasted much better the first time that I ever used it. And I had not worn traditional nail polish in at least 3 months before trying Scotch Naturals.
- Update 4/14/12: The second time I tried Scotch Naturals on my fingernails it started chipping the first day and still did not last a week.
- The base and top coats have a slight smell while applying. The base coat made my eyes burn a little, probably because it contains alcohol.
- You have to apply the top coat very carefully for it to go on evenly and to avoid bubbles.
- The nail polish comes in a small bottle- only 10.5 ml!
For Scotch Naturals nail polish, base coat, top coat, and remover it will cost around $57.
Have you tried both Acquarella and Scotch Naturals water based nail polish? Which do you prefer?