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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, read more.

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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