I've heard about Nailmatic Kids quite a while ago, which started off as a range of children friendly nail polishes that doesn't contain all the nasty things, and can be washed off too. I wasn't sure where to get them, and was disappointed with the ones from a different brand I did manage to find, as they washed off as soon as Abby's hand touches water. It wouldn't be very good if it stops children from washing their hands so that they can keep the polished fingers.
While I was dragging my sore feet through the Toy Fair, 1 Two Kids' stand caught my eyes and I've completely forgotten how tired I was, I finally saw Nailmatic Kids with my own eyes (they've been around, I just never noticed until now), and they are so pretty!
The range has extended to nourishing lip glosses too, and the lovely owner of 1 Two Kids has kindly given us the following to review:
Nailmatic Kids Rollette Lip Gloss in Blackberry (£7.99)
Nailmatic Kids Water-based Nail Polish in Piglou (purple glitter, £6.99, suitable for children 3+)
Here are some general information why the made in France Nailmatic Kids range are more suitable for kids:
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Although it's called a lip gloss, it's more like a lip oil (which we prefer). It does have pretty glitter in it but just enough will go on the lips (see the right picture), so it's subtle enough to use at school as well (I'm very against makeup during school days, even nail polish to me is inappropriate. They are there to learn after all, and all the colours are just a distraction).
It's not gloopy like a gloss, so it's not sticky. I tried it as well and it just felt very nourishing. Abby's lips are quite dry, so it took a little bit longer for the oil to sink in, but she commented how delicious the blackberry smell and taste like. I'm not actually sure if there is suppose to be a taste, but I guess with the natural oils and vanilla fruit extract, it probably wasn't an illusion!
The roller is perfect for kids because they don't have to stick their little fingers into a tub of lip balm (every single one of mine has little finger holes in them *sad face*), nor break a tube of lipstick-like balm by pressing them too hard on their lips (yes, that happened to mine too).
The glass bottle is really pretty and cute without being kiddy, so I think that teenagers will like them as well.
Price wise it's a bit on the higher end, but you are paying for the quality, and for children's safety (who knows what they put in children cosmetics nowadays?), I wouldn't mind to fork out a bit more. And I get to share them too!
There are currently 10 flavours available on 1 Two Kids' website, and I'm tempted to get banana and peach! Or raspberry and apple. It's going to be difficult!
Initially when we tried out the shimmery nail polish (absolutely love the silvery shimmer and colour!), we thought that it will wash off as soon as we touched water. So my teenager niece didn't want to wash her hands after the 2 coatings haha.
After I tried it out properly, we found out that it won't wash off as soon as it touches water, which is great because there wouldn't be a point in putting it on otherwise.
It takes warm soapy water to loosen the nail polish, so if you give it a quick wash, and pad dry your fingers, you'll find that a very good amount of the nail polish remains (this is based on a good 2 coating application). If you want to get it completely off, after soaping up your hands and nails, give your nails a gentle rub as well and you'll see them disappear really quickly.
So the lasting power is still great, and with it being washable, Abby can now apply nail polish during the weekend and have fun with it without choking herself with the nasty paint thinner smell, and wash them off properly the night before school.
The application is exactly the same as a normal adult nail polish, and it dries at about the same rate, if not sooner. I do recommend 2 layers for a stronger colour, but even 1 layer looks great.
There are 12 colours available on 1 Two Kids' website, each with a name. 4 of them contains glitter (like the one we were sent), and 1 of them is a glittery top coat for extra sparkle. Sets are available too.
Overall we think that it's great to have Nailmatic Kids around, and I don't have to be the mean mum anymore who doesn't allow her daughter to get pretty fingers during school nights and weekends. She can have a playdate and paint their nails without me worrying about them poisoning each other either. We love the colour choices and cute packaging, and I love the children safe Rollette too.
You can buy the whole range from 1 Two Kids' website now.