Piggy Paint is a well known brand of water based nail polish for kids. But Piggy Paint is no longer just for kids. They now offer five lines of water based nail polish! Piggy Paint is the original line, meant for children. Project Earth offers neon colors for teenagers. My favorite color from Project Earth is a bright yellow called Solar Power. The Spirit Paint line comes in the colors and logos of 14 different colleges. There is a line of colors for grown-ups called Refined. Refined from Piggy Paint is a great option for use during pregnancy, since it is safer than regular solvent based nail polish. And lastly, there is Puppy Paint, meant for dogs! In my opinion, that might be taking it too far. But perhaps puppies these days need nail polish to match their silly little outfits, while they ride around in their strollers.
Piggy Paint also offers nail pens, but they are meant for children who want to paint their own nails rather than for nail art.
Piggy Paint water based nail polish comes in regular shaped nail polish bottles, with a cute pig logo. The glass bottles seem a bit thin, so be careful not to break them.
I painted my nails after my shower on Wednesday evening. The instructions from Piggy Paint suggest using a hair dryer on the warm setting for 1-2 minutes, to speed up drying of the polish. But I did not have a hair dryer to use, so I just allowed the nail polish to dry over night.
I started by applying one very thin layer of basecoat. Basecoats from water based brands are much thinner than regular base coats. They do not cover up any ridges on the nail surface, and seem to vanish when they dry. I applied two layers of colored polish, allowing the first layer to dry to the touch before applying the second layer. I then topped it off with a layer of topcoat. See How to Apply and Remove Piggy Paint Water Based Nail Polish.
The basecoat had a normal smell for a water based formula. The nail polish had a bit of an unpleasant smell while painting it onto my fingernails. I did not notice much of a smell with the topcoat.
The basecoat and topcoat each come with a narrow brush. The colored polish has an average size brush.
The nail polish was a little thick for a water based formula. Perhaps it needed to be thinned with a drop of distilled water. The thick consistency caused the first layer to be a bit streaky. It looked okay after two layers.
Even after a few minutes it did not feel like the polish was drying, but it was getting late, so I went ahead and painted on a layer of topcoat. The polish was fully dry by the morning and did not smudge.
For this Piggy Paint nail polish review I chose to try Sea-quin, from the Piggy Paint line of nail polish for kids. Sea-quin is a vibrant turquoise color with a creme finish. It looks almost pale blue in photos, but it is truly turquoise. It is similar to Tiffany blue, except more saturated. The polish is a bit darker once it dries than it appears in the bottle.
It was almost opaque with the first coat, but it took two coats for opaque coverage.
Sea-quin is a wonderful bright spring or summer color for toenails. It was a bit bright for me on my fingernails, but I plan to wear it often on my toenails this summer.
Day 1 (Thursday morning):
The Piggy Paint nail polish lasted well on my nails for the 6 days that I wore it, and I did not take it easy on my nails during that time.
The two options of nail polish remover from Piggy Paint, the regular remover and the California version, contain ingredients that are almost that same as Keeki Pure and Simple and Honeybee Gardens removers, respectively. So I skipped purchasing another remover and just used my Keeki remover on Piggy Paint polish.
I used the Keeki remover for 15 minutes and then ran my hands under warm water. I tried for a little while longer to remove the polish, but the bits around the sides of my nails and cuticles were not coming off. I gave up on removing the rest of the polish and applied jojoba oil to combat the drying effect of the remover.
Overall Opinion of Piggy Paint
I love the turquoise color, Sea-quin! I also like that Piggy Paint lasts very well with the base and top coats. It is an excellent choice of water based nail polish for grown-ups too, not just kids.
The one thing that I do not like about Piggy Paint is their slogan, “Natural as Mud.” They claim their polish is natural since it is biodegradable. But I do not consider it natural, since it contains man-made acrylic. For more on that, see my post Is Water Based Nail Polish Natural?
Piggy Paint Ingredients
Nail Polish: Water, acrylates copolymer, butoxy diglycol, Neolone 950. May contain mica, red 34 lake, ultramarines, titanium dioxide, iron oxide pigments.
Update October 2013: The Piggy Paint formula has been changed to remove Neolone 950 and replace it with natural Neem Oil.
Nail Polish Remover: Corn alcohol, Aloe Vera extract, Vitamin E, embittering agent. Flammable.
California Nail Polish Remover: Methyl Acetate, Butoxydiglycol, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, embittering agent. Flammable.
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Have you tried Piggy Paint nail polish?