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Scented Nail Polish?

April 29, 2012

This bright summery pink is It’s My Pink from the Betsey Johnson line at Sephora. It’s a scented nail polish, which when I first heard about it I was very skeptical. I mean, nail polish already has a strong smell to it–you know, that chemical smell. So, would a “scented nail polish” work?

Well, let me tell you it does! Apparently, it’s scent is the same as Betsey Johnson’s Too Too fragrance. I’m not familiar with that perfume, but when you apply the polish (no topcoat), your nails do smell really nice. After the polish dries, the chemical nail polish smell goes away and you’re left with the perfume scent.

My complaints? I only had two. First, I’m sensitive to perfumes and when my hands were anywhere near my face, it was almost overwhelming. However, the scent did diminish over the course of the two days that I wore the polish. By the end of the second day, it was fairly faint.

My second complaint is that I really did miss my usual Seche Vite topcoat. :( It makes my nails so super glossy and I love the look. Without the topcoat, not only did the polish show the lines (ridges) in my nails, but they had almost a satin/matte finish. I was never one for matte nails, so this really bugged me. One of the reasons I took the polish off after two days.

Wear was pretty good. I didn’t have any chipping over those two days, but I did have minor tip wear. I really think that would have been diminished with a topcoat. So if you love the color and don’t mind not having the perfume scent, you could use a topcoat.

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  • Michelle Liimatainen April 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I bet it smells good. My daughter who is 10 just got Jolly Rancher Apple from Justice for girls and it smells so good I want to eat her hands! lol :) Loving this blog!

    I have to ask though…how often do you change your nail color?

    • kristina April 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      Usually 2-3 times per week. But sometimes I get the color painted on and I’m just not feeling it so I’ll remove it after just a day.

  • Marsha Hamilton April 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    They ought to do a scented shiny topcoat instead!

    • kristina May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      There ya go! That would be awesome! :)

  • Becky Chandler April 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I wear polish on my toes only but you make me want to put it on my fingers. I love all your colors but I am not a good fingernail painter.

  • H April 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Maybe try putting the top coat on and see if the smell still comes through a little? Maybe it would help to lessen the strength when it is near your face?

  • denise hickenbottom April 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    DearKristina, your card blog was the way I found out about nail stamping. I do my nails every 2-3 days and love it. I am so glad you now have a blog just for nails. I will be a follower from now on. I don’t know how you find the time to do everything, but I’m glad you do! Keep up the good work! By the way what is your favorite brand of nail polish, and have you tryed the gel nail polish? thanks *denise*

    • kristina May 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

      My favorite brand is probably China Glaze. I haven’t tried gel polish yet. Not sure I will since the major selling point is that it stays on a long time and I change my nail polish color too often. :)

  • melissa April 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I think I would miss my top coat too!

    Can you provide tips for whitening yellowed nails? I have been wearing polish every day for a few months and the result is nails with a yucky yellow tint :(

    • kristina May 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      There are some whitening treatments out there but they don’t really work. You’re best bet is to buff your nails a bit and then trim them down and grow them out. :( It totally sucks, but that’s really all you can do.

      • Melissa Bi. May 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm


  • Maddy February 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    i was wondering, what is in the nail polish that makes it scented? perfume?

    • kristina February 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Yes, I think they added a bit of the perfume to the polish. :)

  • Maddy March 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    thank you very much