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Now You See It, Now You Don't

Now You See It, Now You Don't

If you can't break a rule, outsmart it. That's what a few British high schoolers have done. Wearing colored nail polish is against their school's dress code, so they developed a nail polish that's red in sunlight, but looks clear inside.

How does it work? The polish reacts to ultraviolet light, which is why the color changes. The students came up with the idea while working with professors from an area university, and the academics were so impressed that they created a formula with the girls. (They're working on manufacturing it for the general market.) I love this story because it shows that being interested in beauty doesn't mean you're a dingbat. And anything that lets girls show off their ingenuity and problem-solving skills is a plus in my book. Would you buy their polish?


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milo milo 9 years
i would like try it
untitled1 untitled1 9 years
I would if my school didn't allow it. It's a really cool idea.
tglynn tglynn 9 years
cool! I remember I had a polish hat changed from pink to purple with UV light when I was little. I loved that stuff!
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 9 years
Hell yeah i would! At my job, i'm not allowed to wear any nail polish but neutrals, which sucks!
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
cool idea! but since im grown and allowed to paint my nails now, I have no need for it. But I think its a great idea for school kids.
swwonder swwonder 9 years
I think if a schools having rules such as no make-up/nail polish/jewellery is a good thing. When I was at school people would make themselves late trying to get ready, just to go to school. As my mum always said it's not a fashion show you go to school, you learn you go home. You've got all your spare time, weekends and the rest of your life to express yourself. It simply teaches children to abide by rules that they may not agree with in the 'real world'.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
So freakin' cool! I wish students like these were recognized. It's not just students who find a cure for cancer or something that should win science prizes and get attention. It's something totally interesting and new. Kudos!
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
Not a new idea though, I have some now like this, bought it about 2 years ago
maddiekayxoxo maddiekayxoxo 9 years
Del Sol made that years ago! You can still buy it and it's really cheap.
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 9 years
thats genius! if i had a dress code i would totally wear this
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
Sounds cool, although I'm going to check out the Del Sol that a couple of people brought up.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
I guess its kind of like those "transitions" lenses, the glasses that darken and turn to sunglasses under bright light. I'd definitely try that nail polish.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I love this story. They are very clever! I love that they were probably just sitting around discussing the school's polish policy and said, "you know, it'd be cool if there was a polish that was clear at school and switched to color outside of school!" Then they did it. Good for them!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'm lucky since the school(s) I went to didn't have many restrictions; just no: clogs, jeans hanging below your butt and clothing with horrible sayings (like ones that promote violence, degrading comments about women (or men.) Although this is a cool idea for people that do have those polish restrictions.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
I would buy it just to support the girls. Way to go!!!
doogirl doogirl 9 years
Girls rule, and smart girls will rule the world! I'd definitely be up for some clear indoors/color outdoors nail polish!
steen steen 9 years
The technology behind it and product itself is nothing new but I do like the clear-to-color variety.
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 9 years
smart girls! what a cool story!
omilawd omilawd 9 years
I went to this place called Del Sol when I went to the beach a few years back and got nail polish that changes colors in the sun. They only had COLORS, though, no clear-changing polish. This is neat.
koolbr33z3 koolbr33z3 9 years
That's a very interesting idea! Yay for girls and nail polish that changes with UV light!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
It's not an elementary school, judeandam. It's a high school. It's not like you can tell if it's designer polish when it's on, so there goes that argument too. It freaks me out because it reminds me of bootcamp where they want you to look like every other person there so they can break you down. Not exactly how I would've liked my school experience.
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
i think i would definitely try that...even though my school allows nail polish....
judeandam judeandam 9 years
and for mondaymoos: the elementary school i went to when i grew up didn't allow makeup and nailpolish either. i think it's less about the school suppressing the students and more about them promoting young children to focus on school and being a kid... and less about trying to be like the other girl with her new stylish such-and-such.
judeandam judeandam 9 years
hooray girl power! i'd totally consider buying this product. it'd be great for sporting those stylish new nail polish hues that aren't exactly "work appropriate" - like bright neon-ish orange, red & pinks and dark blues.
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