Sunday, July 1, 2012

Lazy Solutions

There are base coat wearers and base coat ignorers.  What if these two groups of people came together and had a party?  What if in a tragic turn of events the base coat wearers had a momentary lapse in memory and forgot base coat?!  All is not lost.  A good time can be had by all, as long as Dermelect comes to the party.

Dermelect has come out with a new collection of color nail strengthening treatments for the summer.  I had a chance to try 3 of the colors.

Above It











These polishes are infused with peptides.  Peptides are made of small chains of amino acids (2-20 for example).  In contrast, proteins are large chains of amino acids, greater than 100.  My general view of protein based treatments (or polish) can be found in this post.  In short, I don't believe protein based treatments change the nail plate like formaldehyde, fluoride, DermaNail, and DMU can.  I do believe they can provide a nice layer of protection for as long as it is on top of your nail plate.  

What is interesting to me with these polishes is that because peptides are much smaller, I wonder if they somehow have the ability to interact with the nail plate?  I wonder about this, but have no other insight to give you.

The other tid bit I found interesting is the description of how to use the polish...

"The first coat instantly bonds to the nail, while the second fuses with the base coat to create a flexible web of color that resists chipping and improves brittleness (patent-pending technology)."

Wait, wait!  Are you telling me I can skip base coat??  That would be a fantastic option for my laziness and the ultimate solution for a successful party comprised of base coat wearers and ignorers.  I wrote Dermelect just to make sure that I was correct in my assumption and indeed you can do either or.  As soon as I heard this I ran with it.  *Feel free to click on the pictures to enlarge*

Out of the three, 'Above it' gave me the most trouble.  I did two coats for each polish except this one.  It was a bit thick and after two coats it was still a bit uneven.  I think some thinner will fix it right up.  This was the first coat, no base!

After 3 coats, 'Above It' ended up being a bright baby blue that is definitely eye catching.  I really enjoyed wearing this color.  

In direct sunlight.

This blue still manages to look bright in the shade.

The first coat of 'Luxurious' went on smooth and I only needed two coats to make it look flawless.  Again, I wore no base coat.

My camera makes Luxurious look a bit blue, but I guarantee it is lavender purple.  You'll be able to see it more clearly in the comparison pictures in the next post.

Lastly, here is Persuasive in full sun.  What an interesting color.  It is described as peach, but I noticed it tends to morph between pink and peach depending on the lighting.

 Indirect sunlight makes Persuasive look bright light pink.

More shade makes Persuasive look more peach ... and makes my skin look dirty. lol  

OPI's Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs. also has this distinction.

Aside from giving me "dirty skin syndrome", I liked the formula.

You know how I feel about stains?  Look here, here, and here for major stains and how I remedy them.  However, none of that was necessary.  None these colors left any sort of stains. Woot!

I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed skipping base coat for once.  It was very freeing.  I'm usually the type to wear two layers of base to prevent stains, so skipping this step allowed for frivolous dilly-dallying.  If you are looking for a Dermelect base coat, I reviewed their Anti-aging Ridge Filler in an earlier post, but as always feel free to use what works for you!

My absolute favorite out of the three polishes was Above it, even if the formula was a bit thick.  It was so bright, cheerful and compliment worthy.

This is the first color collection for Dermelect's color nail treatments, so I wouldn't expect the color range to be especially cutting edge, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have appreciated a surprise.  The colors are basic and as I will show in the next post, dupable.  I'm interested to see if their next collection keeps it safe.

These three polishes, along with 3 others, can be found on the Dermelect webiste.  
$14/0.4 fl. oz. 

 *Sent for review* 


  1. I dont know if I could go w.out base.. but I love luxurious

  2. They all look great! I can't believe you didn't have any staining! That is amazing! It probably helps that they were pastels, so they wouldn't stain like a darker color would.

    1. Yes, I completely agree. I would be supper apprehensive about not wearing base coat with a dark color with this line or any other.

  3. Even though these polishes are pretty I could never put them on without base coat. Not because of staining, but because my favourite base coat doubles the wear of polish.

    1. Very good point! That is the main point of base coat, right?

  4. Above it is too gorgeous - too bad about the formula, maybe a thinner would help.
    But I really like all three of them!

  5. Above it is a really pretty color but as you say streaky like all baby blues. I always put base coat it just became regular part of my manicure so I'm not of the ones wishing to skip it :)

    1. Blues like this are tough. It definitely wasn't the worst I have ever tried. As I recall that distinction goes to Color Clubs Take me to your Chateau, but it's been years since I've used it. Maybe it has improved sitting in my drawers.

  6. sooo purdy!!
    I love that i learn something everytime i read one of your posts!

  7. I teach us so much! What a coincidence since I was considering ordering the Persuasion...but being in Canada, the shipping is as much as the I shall wait and lust.

    1. oh dang, not worth it. No worries, I lust a lot too. It's good for our character.

  8. Wow, Above It is so beautiful!

  9. Now I just read on another blog that adding thinner is a no no because it ruins the self leveling of this polish. either way, I'm not spending $14 on these until someone can prove to me it fixes all my problems! HAHAHAH~

    1. Well considering the self leveling agents are not doing their job properly (or can't with this pigment), a couple drops of thinner can at least give my some wiggle room.

      These are very basic polish colors. Unless someone is looking for a treatment in their colors then it may not be worth it to pay $14. It all just depends on your needs/wants.

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