I know I usually blog about indie nail polish, but I'm gonna dip my toe in the waters of the more mainstream market today.
I recently received 3 polishes by daniPro - a Doctor-created toxin-free polish infused with Undecylenic Acid.
I know, I know - "Good grief, Shawna, what the heck does that even mean??"
The long and short is this - a Podiatrist (foot doc, in a nutshell - I have more info on him at the bottom of the post) created nail polish that is formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, TPHP, and Toluene free (the big 5-free that we all love about most indies). He took it one step further, though, by adding undecylenic acid to his polish - this ingredient is a fatty acid that works by preventing the growth of fungus (don't mistake this to mean it will treat an already-established fungal infection - it simply works to prevent fungus from developing in the first place).
I have never had any issues with fungus on my nails, but I know a few girls who have super sensitivities and get fungus easily just by wearing nail polish for "too long." I can definitely see this product catching on, especially in places like salons.
So, now that the specifics are out of the way, let's take a look at the three polishes I received!
*Please note: All polishes are shown in 3 thin(ish) coats with one coat of the daniPro topcoat.
We'll start with the new summer color "Forever Girl: Perfect Pink"
Of the three polishes, this one gave me the least issues. The first coat was very streaky, and it didn't really become opaque until the 3rd coat, but it leveled off nicely as soon as I added topcoat. I do really love this color! I am not an avid lover of the color pink - there are very few shades I like. This happens to be one of those shades :D It's a very nice, soft shade that can be dressed up or down (business or casual).
Next, we'll look at "My Girl: Pure Pink"
I did not like this one at all. Of the three, this one was the most challenging to apply - it seemed to be the thickest of them, and it never leveled out for me, even with the topcoat. I am also not a personal fan of the color, though I know several people who love pink that would really like this shade. It seems to me to lean purple just a tiny bit, too, which sets it apart from most typical pinks.
And lastly is "First Kiss Red"
First Kiss Red was okay - still a bit thicker than I like, and also did not 100% level off for me after applying the topcoat. It did not stain my nails though, which is always nice to see with a red polish, since a lot are notorious for staining. This is a nice shade for summer - I like that it's less on the vampy side and more on the fun-at-the-beach side :)
Overall, I feel these polishes are just okay. They were all thick, which isn't usually a problem for me personally. I don't mind working with thicker polishes - as long as they level out in the end. The only one that did for me was Forever Girl. The topcoat though was amazing - it is not advertised as a quick-drying topcoat, but it absolutely is one and it is nice and shiny, too. Reminds me a lot of Seche Vite.
These retail at $18 for a 15ml sized bottle. Would I personally pay that much for this polish? No. I have a hard time paying $16.50 for an Enchanted polish, though, and have always been a bit more stingy when it comes to price of polish. For those who suffer from susceptibility to developing a fungus on their nails, though, this may be worth the cost, even if the polish is a bit tricky to work with.
You can find the three colors above as well as many more at the website linked below along with all the company's social links:
So what do you think about this polish? Is this something you would consider purchasing or trying if you saw it at a salon? Let me know in the comments!
Polish was sent for an honest review, as I have provided above.
According to the information sent to me:
Dr. Gary Evans is a graduate of NYU and New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He is a board certified podiatrist and surgeon. He has been practicing in NYC for over 30 years and specializes in all aspects of podiatry (medicine, corrective foot surgery, and sports medicine). He named daniPro after his daughter, Danielle, and it is the first and only toxin-free infused nail polish containing the active ingredient Undecylenic Acid.