In this VenusBuzz Exclusive, we tested out Inglot’s breathable nail polish line, O2M, to see if their claims were valid – that water could pass through the nail polish through a new technology using a new polymer KS-02 designed for contact lenses.
Now, to most women – this would not matter; but this could be a pretty big deal to Muslim women who aren’t allowed to use nail polish as it prohibits water from reaching their nails when cleansing themselves before prayer. Click on our earlier report here.
Before we begin on our test, we need to make a disclaimer: Firstly, we are not trained scientists; and quite honestly..didn’t really get good grades for chemistry in school either – so take this test with a pinch of salt. It might not be accurate methodology, but it’s what made the most sense to us in testing out if these nail polishes were ‘breathable’ or not, in the comfort of our home and what we could find around us.
Secondly, we are not deciding for you if this qualifies as ‘Halal’ nail polish or not, but merely adding to the literature out there for you to make up your own mind. As far as we know to date, there aren’t many test results available online in regards to the breathable nail polish claims – so this is a VenusBuzz first!
Here’s what we did. We took one piece of a cotton pad, and cut it in two.
Next, we applied a nail polish swab on both sides of the piece of cotton (to imitate the 2 layers of nail polish as we usually apply on the nail). On one piece, we used a popular nail polish brand (Brand ‘X’), and on the other piece, we used Inglot’s O2M nail polish in 643. We then placed this 2 pieces of cotton on an old newspaper.
Next, using a syringe, we placed a single drop of water in the center of the nail polish swabs and left it there to see if the water absorbed through.
10.42pm: We started the experiment by placing 1 drop of water in the center of the nail polish square for both samples.
10.45pm: The water droplet on the O2M is completely absorbed through the cotton, and leaves a wet spot on the newspaper.
10.50pm: The water droplet on the other sample is still on top of the sample.
11.19pm: The water droplet on the other sample has disappeared, but no water stain on the newspaper.
The water droplet absorbed quickly in the Inglot O2M nail polish (within 2-3 minutes) as proved by the water stain on the newspaper. The Brand ‘X’ water droplet disappeared about half an hour later, but there was no water stain on the newspaper, so uncertain if it was absorbed into the nail polish or if it just evaporated.
Is this proof enough that the Inglot O2M nail polish is Halal? Probably not, as this needs to be certified by a governing body. However, if you think of any other tests that should be run, do leave us a comment at the bottom and we’d love to try it out (if it’s not too complicated!).
Besides that, we loved the colours by Inglot; these three colours (642, 643, and 647) were gorgeous, deep purple colours that were multi-dimensional in colour and sort of reminded us of scarab beetles! These dried quickly, and looked good both with or without a top coat.
At RM62, these are something to consider on your next beauty splurge!