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Nail Lacquer Designed For Men

The Rise of Male Polish: Nail Lacquer Designed For Men

It seems like guys are getting an awful lot of their "own" versions of traditional beauty products lately, but unlike the "guyliner" trend, male polish just keeps getting bigger. And it's also not just niche brands like macho rocker Man Glaze polish ($6.66), spa fixture Cuccio Men ($7), or the Euro pop Uslu Airlines ($30) polishes, designed by male DJs. Essie's got Man-e-cure ($15), and even Orly is getting into the act with its Nails For Males ($4). I have to ask: How is any of this at all necessary? There's a whole wold of nail polish out there in every shade imaginable. Do we really need to give it a gender? And do you think your Mr. or guy friends would be more likely to use these just because they have the word "man" on them?

Steve-wears-polish Steve-wears-polish 5 years
Thanks, Jaime! I have photos on my Facebook (look for my add request there..) and a Flickr account... but they're only OK photos of OK nails... the next time I have them done by a professional, I'll definitely have a good photo taken to share!
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Thanks for sharing, Steve! You ever post any pics of your nails?
Steve-wears-polish Steve-wears-polish 6 years
I've been wearing polish since July. For me, the girly names on the colors are just funny - I've worn pink to support breast cancer research, but the color I wore was named "Party Girl Creme". Next time a Komen event is in town, I'll wear almost the same shade, but it'll be from Manglaze - either their "F*ck Off And Dye", or their "Blue". I like that the companies are starting to acknowledge men's use of color, and having collections "for men" helps legitimize it in the eyes of our skeptics - I know the companies are really just interested in expanding their market and selling product, but I still feel like I have their support and encouragement, that I'm not alone in saying "There's nothing wrong with this!"
Overallbeauty Overallbeauty 7 years
I really think it depends on the guy and how it makes him feel. Its not for everyone sure but neither was wearing earrings years ago and look how that took off! If the guy is taking care of his feet, and having pedicures done on a regularly, then why not? Do you go around looking at guys feet? No neither do I. I don't think there is any harm in it. I don't think its a fad either. I rather see a guy with nail polish on his toes than his fingernails.
MichelleLov MichelleLov 7 years
My husband and I share this interest together. We are both into running marathons and our feet take quite the beating as a result! We will typically have more than one nail turned various shades of blue or gray due to the constant trauma, so rather than wait for it to grow out (which it really never does), we just polish over it. I bought him some "guy" colors of nail polish (yes, there are a number of companies that sell it just for men) and he likes deep gray and deep blue the best. It actually does look pretty good on his toes!
JakeK JakeK 7 years
Well, my wife thinks it's great! She was in a goofy mood about four years ago and she painted my toes dark blue after I complimented hers. I just went along with it, but the funny thing is, after a few days I actually began to like it. I asked her what she thought and she said it looked 'sexy', so I kept wearing it. I said that happened four years ago, and I am still wearing my toenails polished because I just happen to like how it looks and feels to have "better than average looking" feet for a guy. Besides, she thinks it is attractive on me, so who's going to argue with that?
beckkii beckkii 8 years
No way. I don't think that it's so far fetched that some men would do but I don't think that a lot of men would go for it. Probably only if it's a matt finish and depends on the colour.
gardeniagirl07 gardeniagirl07 8 years
I'm with yogaforlife. None of the males in my family would ever use any kind of nail polish. Never. They'd tell ya' that is "girl's stuff" regardless of how it's marketed.
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
yogaforlife...I feel your pain!!!!!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 8 years
most nail polishes have a shiny finish and the men i know will never touch it. I do think that some men will wear these instead not because of the name but because they are a matte finish. One of my male friends has nails that are always breaking and won't use any treatments because they all have a shiny finish, if he could find a good matte nail treatment i am sure he would use it.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Ugh! Not for my husband, but I bet that this man polish would be less likely to chip! Maybe I'll use it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
My husband won't touch anything associated as a woman's product: lotion, facial moisturizer, makeup, nail polish, or hair products other than regular shampoo. It took me forever to get him to use a pouf and shower gel because I was sick of scrubbing soap bar residue off of the tub. He has a rare talent for getting it everywhere: the tub, walls, faucet, even the shower head. Now if only I could get him to make a sandwich without bread crumbs being on four separate counters.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I don't see why a man can't just go and buy regular polish. It's just the same and probably cheaper.
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