None of Piggy Paint’s products are in the Cosmetics Database, so I’ve linked to each ingredient above. I couldn’t locate Neolone 950 in the database, but that ingredient isn’t actually listed with the others on my bottle. In its place is Methylisothiazolinone, which has a hazard score of 6. After doing a little research, I found that these are two different names for the same ingredient. Apparently, Neolone 950/Methylisothiazolinone is a common preservative used to replace parabens. This ingredient is the only one in Piggy Paint with a hazard score above a 3. It isn’t ideal, but I find it much more acceptable than most Sally Hansen polishes, which typically have ingredient lists that are three times as long and include around 7 ingredients with hazard scores above 3.
Some great things about this product:
1. It’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.
2. It’s cruelty-free.
Product Description(also provided at piggypaint.com)- “Piggy Paint is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.”
Price– around $8.99 for a o.5 fl. oz. bottle.
Performance– I painted my toenails with this polish just before going to the beach, and it held up surprisingly well to the sand and the chlorinated pool water. It only chipped a few times throughout the week, and a little polish and a blow dryer to the formerly chipped area remedied the situation each time. With my old polish (formaldehyde resin and all), I would’ve likely experienced no chipping at all, but I’ll take chipped polish over horrible ingredients any day. I have noticed that the polish is much more resistant to chipping when I use a blowdryer afterwards, as opposed to just waiting a few minutes and running out the door. Also, the color pictured above (which is the same picture from the Piggy Paint website) is a few shades lighter than my bottle of Sea-quin, which is less of a pale blue and more of a turquoise. Like this:
Scent– This polish hardly has a scent at all, but I’d compare the light scent that it does have with acrylic paint. It’s much less offensive than typical nail polishes, and I didn’t get light-headed once while painting my nails. For me, this is an accomplishment worth mentioning.
Rating– 8/10. I’m subtracting 1 point for the questionable ingredient and another because it’s slightly less chip resistant than polishes I’ve used in the past.
Would I purchase this item again? Absolutely! I’d like to try a new shade when I run out of Sea-quin, though. I have my eye on Sometimes Sweet and Tea Party for Two. I’d also like to buy some Puppy Paint for Clementine (specifically Fire Hydrant Fun), but something tells me Kirby might object. He tends to ruin my fun with his voice of reason.
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