Nail Polish Q & A

Since our founding in 1977, we have aimed to be the best in nail polish.

As Market Leaders we move the market forward and would like to share with you some popular beliefs and misconceptions.

Let’s speak the truth and dispell the myth through a simple Q & A.

Formulation

A “classic” nail polish is composed of so-called harmful substances

FALSE

Our nail polishes comply with various global regulations and in particular the European regulation which is the hardest. Our products are systematically analyzed by a toxicologist before putting them on the market. But we go even further by getting rid of any regulated, but controversial substance in our nail polishes. We have always been working towards ‘clean’ beauty.

All ingredients from chemistry are necessarily bad for your health

FALSE

Synthetic ingredients do not exist naturally, they are new molecules that can sometimes be more effective, safer and more sustainable than certain natural ingredients.

The manufacture of nail polish is very harmful to the environment

FALSE

It’s a question of commitment.
At Fiabila, we are the only ones to have invested in a cutting-edge, closed-loop production tool that minimizes the evaporation of solvents. We have also reduced our waste by a third over the past 4 years.

All ingredients of natural origin are necessarily good for health

FALSE

Some natural ingredients used in cosmetics can be harmful, irritating, allergenic and even toxic. This is the case, for example, of some resins from conifers or some essential oils.

Toluene, phthalate, formaldehyde, camphor are substances always present in so-called conventional nail polish

FALSE

Formaldehyde and certain phthalates have recently been banned by the European regulation. This is not the case with toluene and camphor, which are however highly allergenic. Our formulas, not only haven't had them for many years, but the resins and plasticizers that replace them are even more effective.

The semi-permanent varnish does not contain acetone but hypoallergenic acrylic gel

FALSE

All semi-permanent nail polishes contain allergenic or even toxic resins. They present a risk not only for the nails (weakening, yellowing, deformation ...) but also for manicurists (skin and respiratory infections, severe headaches …).

The Organic label does not currently exist in nail polish

TRUE

However, there are other labels guaranteeing compliance with environmental, social and ethical standards.

A nail polish sold in Europe is automatically "cruelty free"

TRUE

In Europe, it is forbidden to test on animals the ingredients intended for cosmetic products and the cosmetic products themselves.
Fiabila goes further by offering 100% vegan formulas, that is to say containing no ingredients of animal origin.

Performance

To keep your nail polish, nothing better than the fridge

TRUE

Reducing the temperature avoids the evaporation capacity of the nail polish and reduces the degradation process of the formula which can take place over time.

Since the launch of nail polish in 1940, very few innovations have been put on the market

FALSE

At Fiabila, R&D employs in France alone, more than 40 people. The formulations are constantly evolving. It is thanks to this in particular that we succeeded many years ago to get rid of the raw materials now banned, while significantly improving performance. Consumers have access to nail polishes that apply and dry very quickly, are very shiny and last a whole week, or even more! Not to mention the development of nail care products with proven efficiency that improve the health of the nail.

To dilute a slightly thick nail polish, add a few drops of solvent

FALSE

Rather than a solvent, it is advisable to use a thinner, a specific product that respects the composition of the nail polish and helps preserve its properties and performance.

A "green" nail polish does not bring wear or shine

FALSE

Our green nail polishes, some of them containing up to 85% of ingredients of natural origin, show results of wear and shine identical to "conventional" ones.  results proven by our multiple laboratory tests and in self-evaluation consumer panel tests.

A nail polish sold in supermarkets can be of very good quality

TRUE

Our formulas have different characteristics and performances, but never compromise on the quality or safety of the product. Whoever the client and their distribution channel.

Only LED lamps can maximize nail polish wear

FALSE

At Fiabila we first developed a patented technology which, thanks to simple natural UV light, allows the nail polish + top coat systems to last between 7 and 10 days.
Then we transposed this technology in order to make it reactive to LED lamps and to offer, for the first time, a safe solution that complies with the strictest regulations, as an alternative to semi -permanent nail polishes applied in salons.
All of them up to 2 weeks of wear.

A conventional nail polish does not last more than 2 days

FALSE

All our conventional nail polishes last up to 6 days. Thanks to hybrid technologies or the use of bases and top coats, it is possible to extend the wear of a nail polish up to 14 days, without having to use semi-permanent nail polishes applied in a salon.

Tips & Tricks

Like hair, nails are sensitive to external aggressions

TRUE

Heat, extreme cold, humidity, repeated washing or hygiene products weaken and dry your nails. They can split or become brittle. It is essential to maintain them with suitable products such as hardeners, moisturizers or nourishing oils.

Removers dry out nails

FALSE

There are mild removers without acetone, that do not contain aggressive solvents, largely of natural origin or infused with vegetable oils which gently remove make-up from your nails and that also have additional care attributes.

There are nail polishes specially formulated for children

TRUE

These are water-based nail polishes guaranteeing maximum respect for your children's nails, ultra-bright colors and smooth application. And to remove them, simply wash hands in lukewarm water.

The use of a base coat makes it possible to improve the wear of a nail polish

TRUE

Not only does the base coat protect the nail from the coloring of some pigments, but it also ensures better adhesion of the nail polish, which contributes to improve its wear.

There is no need to apply a neutral base coat under a nude shade

TRUE FALSE

To ensure the best protection of the nail in the event of frequent application of nail polish, a base coat can be applied.
However, the pigments contained in the red shades will be more likely to yellow your nails than those contained in a nude one.

To prepare the nail before applying nail polish, hydrate it with a cream

FALSE

To ensure the best protection of the nail in the event of frequent application of nail polish, a base coat can be applied.
However, the pigments contained in the red shades will be more likely to yellow your nails than those contained in a nude one.

Semi-permanent nail polish can be removed at home

FALSE

Removing a semi-permanent nail polish perfectly requires multiple operations and a solvent with acetone. It stays in contact with the nail and the skin, inside the wraps that surround each finger, for at least 20 minutes.
The nails are dried out, weakened and sensitized.

An additional layer of top coat can be added two days after applying nail polish to protect it

TRUE

The top coat, or overcoat, can be applied directly after the nail polish once dry, or in ‘touch-up’ during the week that follows.
It dissolves slightly its surface, repairs small snags and reforms an ultra-smooth protective film bringing additional gloss and wear.

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