Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Photo Credit - Lacquerous
Ever wanted to try all the latest nail polish colors but have so many that you barely get more than three uses out of them before you move on to the next bottle? Well, Lacquerous might be something you would be interested in.It's a renting service [think of Rent the Runway but with nail polish] where for $18/mo you can "borrow" 3 luxury nail polishes of your choice sent to your home. The price does contain a pre-paid return label to send back the bottles when you finish.

Currently, the program is by invite only but I got a curious about it and decided to read a bit more. I personally don't like sharing nail polish because I assume it would not be sanitary but according to their FAQ, it isn't. 

"Due to the cocktail of chemicals found in nail polish, no bacteria, fungus or any living microorganisms can survive in it. In fact, it dies within minutes. According to scientific research (and our friendly microbiologist), "The cocktail of ingredients in nail polish is really tough to be resisted by microorganisms including bacteria or fungi. Ethyl acetate, butyl acetate, toluene, isopropyl alcohol, tosylamide/formaldehyde are organic solvents and in combination they are the toughest to be resisted or tolerated by microorganisms. Therefore nail polish is safe to share." Lacquerous inspects all nail polish for cleanliness and quality. Nail polishes are sealed for at least 2-3 days in transit and brushes are cleaned upon return."  

Photo Credit - Lacquerous

While it seems like a good idea, I got turned off by the fact that you can only keep the nail polish for 30 days otherwise you get charged the price of the nail polish and return shipping. And you can only use the nail polish three times.  I am the type of person that  fix chips and blemishes throughout the week. Sometimes if the nail is badly chipped I would redo the entire nail or if I am really bored the entire manicure. While I do understand that they don't want people to over do it on the nail polish and be wasteful with it, I think it's a bit limiting. Since many people will try to get as many uses out of it as possible to get their money's worth. But then again maybe I am just the only crazy person who applies 5 coats :)

"You can use it on yourself for up to approx. three applications throughout the month. Why three, you ask? While testing we found most women - when presented with three color options in a 30-day period - used the lacquer twice (at the most). Lacquerous also monitors the amount of nail lacquer in each bottle to ensure there is no abuse of club policies. We trust our members to abide by our guidelines but they are just that - guidelines. We want you to enjoy your lacquer."

Personally, for me right now $18 a month is a bit steep but I might try it if I get a promotion for a cheaper price.

If you are interested in joining, please visit Lacquerous.

What do you guys think? Is it a good idea or a bad idea?


  1. I totally agree with everything you wrote. Too limiting, too expensive and although they say its hygienic it still freaks me out a little.

  2. Yes! I did like the idea though. I think it was a bit cheaper it would be worth it for people who do their nails constantly but don't ever finish a bottle. Besides, I think it would be a lot easier or cheaper to sign up for one of those nail polish samplers like Square Hue, Julep, Color Me Monthly or if you are really lucky getting them in Birchbox or other makeup subscriptions.