Benecos nail polish review and give away

I confess, I’m not a nailpolish person. I’ll never have those perfectly shaped nails that really show off nail polishes in all kinds of colours, like you see with other bloggers. I’m always too messy to stay within the borders of my nails with that teeny-tiny brush, too.
But my biggest issue with nail polish is the smell. It gives me an instant migraine. When I first started to change to natural cosmetics, I happily thought: ‘Good, now maybe I can put my nails in a beautiful colour sometime too!’. But I learned quickly. Turns out a completely natural nail polish just doesn’t exist. What I did find, were water based polishes. What a relieve!
However, a downside to water based nail polish is that it doesn’t always cover that nicely. Putting it on isn’t easy either. Your nails have to be grease-free completely, and you have to be patient to let different layers dry. It’s fun for a special occasion, but the water based polishes didn’t make me a true fan either. Of course, I'm not done trying them yet, so who knows!


Benecos Nail Polish: Cherry Red

 

Dutch web shop Solobiomooi gave me two nail polishes from Benecos to try. The colours are exactly my cup of tea: a deep dark red (Cherry Red) and dark purple (Deep Plum). In the Deep Plum colour there is a subtle shine present. Beautiful!
Unfortunately, as this isn’t a water based nail polish, the smell is a big downside for me again. Nail polish is the only part of the Benecos range that isn’t BDIH certified. The same irritating smell as with standard polishes greets me when I open the bottle. Too bad! 
 
Even though this nail polish isn’t certified, I kind of like the fact that Benecos chose to complete their range with it. A lot of girls or women don’t want to give up their nail polish, even though it isn’t natural. The ingredients of the Benecos polish may not be perfect, but there are some common toxics that are not present. There’s no formaldehyde, phthalates, camphor, sodium lauryl sulfate, earth oil, DBP or toluene in it. So that's better than a lot of other brands.

What is in it then? This:
ETHYL ACETATE, BUTYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ADIPIC ACID/ NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/ TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE (+/- (MAY CONTAIN) SILICA, MICA, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77891, CI 15850, CI 15880, CI 77266, BARIUM SULFATE, CI 77510, CI 19140)).

The nail polish from Benecos is sitting in a stylish 9 ml bottle and there are a lot of nice colours to choose from. You can buy them at Solobiomooi for 6,85 €, and I saw them at a lot of other shops as well. 


 

The test

I expected, since this isn’t a water based polish, the lacque would dry quickly. But this wasn’t the case entirely. The coverage is very good, but you do have to give this polish the time to dry properly. I am lacking some of that patience, and I can see that on my nails now: little cuts and prints in my beautiful red colour. One layer was enough for me to have a nice result, so luckily if you don’t have much time, you just have to let that one layer dry. To have an even better finish, I have put on a second layer after all. Later, I saw on Benecos website that you can set the polish by rinsing your nails with cold water. This probably would have prevented my sloppy nails. It’s completely my own fault, I promise! 



Personally, I’m not going to buy this nail polish again, simply because I can’t cope with the smell. But I think for the true fans, this is a good budget choice with less harmful ingredients. The colour I tested now, Cherry Red, is very nice. It’s intense, and has a stunning glow on it. I noticed the colour changed a lot according to the lighting. Outside in the sunshine, it was very bright red. Inside it was a nice bordeaux, and in my bathroom, where there’s only a TL light, the red became so dark it was almost black. My nails are really showing all stadia of cherry colours, from not so ripe yet to delicious dark and sweet! The name Cherry Red is well chosen :-).
Although I’m not the biggest nail polish fan out there, I do like to have a splash of colour on my nails. And it feels soooo smooth! 


 Give away time! 

 



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This contest is for all European readers, so yes, UK and others can join too this time! One winner gets a bottle of Benecos Deep Plum, and will be announced on Valentine’s day, February 14th. Good luck! 

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