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Peel-Off Nail Polish

Peel-Off Nail Polish Slinks Back From the '80s

Remember Tinkerbell Bo-Po nail polish? Meant for kiddies, Bo-Po stood for "brush on, peel off," and that's pretty much what it did. I loved it intensely, mostly because there's something strangely satisfying about peeling dried sheets of nail polish from your fingernails.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and Urban Outfitters has revived the concept. Their polishes seem to be a rebranding of Sula's Paint & Peel collection, which launches in April. Same bottle design, same colors — but at $8, Urban's version is a buck cheaper. I picked out a periwinkle hue, all the better to match my prominent veins, and went to work. The polish dries quickly to a dull sheen that isn't exactly matte (though those are coming back, too) but doesn't have a high-shine finish. For my thoughts on its, uh, appeal,


The color was cool, but unfortunately, the peeling begins pretty quickly. I followed the instructions to stay away from hot water for three hours, then went to bed. But taking a shower the next morning made the polish begin to peel back at the edges, rendering the previous night's manicure more or less worthless. It wasn't long before I peeled the polish off completely. The sensation is as enjoyable as it was 20 years ago, and it's convenient to remove a manicure when you tire of it. But beyond the novelty factor, is there a point to something so temporary?

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rednikki rednikki 6 years
I tried it today, in Blush. The nail polish is annoyingly sheer - after two coats it just looks like I ran a pink marker over my fingernails a few times. I'm hoping it's just this color.
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 6 years
Loved the Tinkerbell polish when I was little but I need something that lasts instead of something just for fun at 25 yrs. old. I am also one that likes to get my SHINE on w. polish - glimmer and glam! Oh - Elmers Glue - yeah - I think all kids have done the dry and peel thing w. that! Hehehe - memories :)
fullmoon fullmoon 6 years
I would rather peel it off when it chips than use nail polish remover!
luna08 luna08 6 years
This stuff is so yucky, but I remember peeling it off too! :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I would totally use it. Cause I'm a waitress and a kitchen hand I have to have bare nails, in case the polish chips and gets in someones meal. So I could paint my nails for a night on the town, peel it off when I get home and be bare nailed for work the next day. Using polish remover takes too long and I end up with little bits of colour all over the place.
emalove emalove 6 years
Bo-Po, LOL!!!! I totally remember using that stuff. It was so fun to peel it off. A lot of eco-friendly brands have the peel-off nail polish too, but not sure if I'm interested. Especially not if it starts coming off so quickly.
jessanne jessanne 6 years
What a waste of time and money. They should at least make it edible (and maybe even nutritious) so you don't just peel the polish off and fleck it in the air.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 6 years
that's the one reason I hate nail polish... the fact that it chips and peels off! No way will I buy this!
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 6 years
I think it's just for the nail peeling satisfaction, which is soooo satisfactory for whatever reason.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I remember this. The polish would only stay on my hands for 1 minute, before I had the urge to peel it off.
brittanyk brittanyk 6 years
It seems so pointless to have nail polish that peels off, especially if it does within hours.
kittykat83 kittykat83 6 years
Oh my God, I completely forgot about Tinkerbell cosmetics. This is amazing!
nylorac nylorac 6 years
haha i totally used to pour elmer's glue all over my palms and fingers and then peel it off when it was dry. little kids are weird like that :)
Zivanod Zivanod 6 years
I like my nail polish to last a little longer then a day. I do agree about the peeling though. Like when you were a kid and would purposely put white glue on your hands just to peel it off. Or was that just me? LOL
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