So, the first thing that came to mind was my Island Girl "Yellow Out," which is supposed to take the yellow out of nails. I got this the last time I was in Waikoloa, but haven't tried it since. So I figure now was a good time to test it!
Price: ~$4. I think this is only available in Hawaii.
The only directions were that this is NOT to be used as a top coat over other nail polish, and it is supposed to take the yellow color out of nails.
The good stuff:
- Applies smoothly
- Dries quickly
- Does take the yellow out of nails, BUT...
- ...Only because it tints them purple.
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Upon closer inspection, the ingredients listed are EXACTLY the same as those in my other Island Girl nail polish, which is a "regular" polish. Strange, much? I thought it was supposed to be a specialized nail "treatment?" Do they just slap the same sticker on every bottle because they don't think anyone will read the tiny ingredients list?? Or is it REALLY just a regular nail polish?
It also contains bismuth oxychloride... I was a little iffy when I noticed that, but it's not like I'm using it on my face, so... eh.
They certainly do take the yellow out of my nails, by giving them a sheer purple tint. When it dried however, it accentuated the rough surface texture of my nails, which I didn't like.
My conclusion: I honestly think that because the ingredients are exactly the same as the other Island Girl polish, and because the directions specifically state NOT to use this as a top coat; this is just a "regular" nail polish that has a sheer tint to it (unless it is truly mislabeled?)
Furthermore, I do not think it is a specialized treatment because all it did was make my nails slightly purple. I suppose it made my nails look "healthier" because of the added color... but I kind of feel like it made me look like I was getting hypothermia or something too :/ It also really accentuated the rough texture of my nails in their current state. So, I think this would probably fare a lot better on someone that already has nice nails, and just wants to tone down any yellow. I personally would not repurchase this. Although I only own 2 Island Girl nail polishes (and I'm not sure of the formulation of the different colors), I was definitely not impressed with the ones I purchased. I doubt I will buy any more polishes from this brand.
You may be asking, "So where are the HEALTHY nails, Erynn???"
You will see in Part 3... : )