Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish in Poppy Red – Swatches and Review

Trying new brands is always exciting for me, so I was really happy to receive some products from Suncoat since I’ve never tried them before. And, they’re Canadian, woo! They make all-natural products which include non-toxic water-based nail polish, some makeup, and hair products. Today we’ll be taking a look at their water-based nail polish in the colour Poppy Red ($12 CAD), their Clear Base / Top Coat ($12 CAD), and their Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel & Balm ($14 CAD).

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I don’t usually list the ingredients for nail polish, but I will for this one so you can see what goes into non-toxic water-based nail polish.

Aqua solv, Acrylates Copolymer vc, Styrene-Acrylates Copolymer, Propylene Glycol h|solv 0 0, n-Butyl Ether (PnB), Dipropylene Glycol Dibenzoate emo
May Contain: Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891) col 0 0, Ferric Ferrocyanide col, Iron Oxide (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499) col 0 0, Ci 77288 col, Carmine (Ci 75470) col 0 0

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You don’t need to use a base coat with these nail polishes, but I used the Clear Base / Top Coat because I always use a base coat, it’s a habit. I then applied three thin coats of Poppy Red, followed by a coat of Clear Base / Top Coat again.

Poppy Red is a beautiful bright red with a bit of shimmer.

Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish in Poppy Red

I expected the formula to be a lot more watery than it was, given that it’s water-based. It was actually less fluid than regular nail polish and was a dream to work with! It did not flood the cuticles at all (I can have issues with that at times) and just stayed where I put it. The finish was a bit uneven; it does not self-level. Adding a top coat helped with that (using the Clear Base / Top Coat) and also added a bit of shine since the finish of the nail polish was a bit flat.

The formula dried fast so that was nice, especially since I did three coats. I was actually quite impressed with how fast it dried!

Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish in Poppy Red

The formula does not dissolve in acetone as regular nail polish does. I had a little bit of nail polish on my skin around my cuticles, which I always clean with acetone. And I also like to make clean lines around the nail (sometimes my application is not as straight as I like it to be) so I use a brush dipped in acetone to do that. With the acetone, I had to go over the nail polish repeatedly and it would eventually kind of flake off.

Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish in Poppy Red

Once all was said and done I was really impressed with this nail polish. But this is where the good ends.

The next morning I chipped a couple of nails while putting on my socks. It’s not like I pulled hard or anything like that, and I’m actually a lot more delicate with a fresh mani. But still, chips happened somehow. At the end of the day I had a couple more chips. This is what my nails looked like that evening (roughly 24 hours after doing my nails).

Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish in Poppy Red

For the removal I used the Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel. I wasn’t sure how much I was supposed to use, and it was a bit hard to work with (to apply a thin layer), so I ended up with a big blob on each nail. I waited about five minutes then tried to wipe it off, but the nail polish stayed on my nails. I found it was easier to scrape it off using a cuticle pusher (after soaking in the gel).

Suncoat Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel and Balm

This Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel smells strong, and I mean STRONG! I was quite taken aback by the scent. It may be plant-based and nontoxic, but that scent is something else. Here are the ingredients:

Ethyl Lactate perf|solv, Dimethyl Adipate emo|solv, Glycerin sii|h 0 0, Silica vc|abrasive/scrub, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) aox 03 03, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil

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The cap houses a cuticle balm that works well. It’s filled with a bunch of butters and oils that really moisturize the cuticles. Overall this is the product that worked the best for me.

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil emo|h|vc, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) emo, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter emo 0 4, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil emo, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil aox|emo 23, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil emo, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil emo 0 02, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil emo 0 01, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) aox 03 03

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While my experience with Suncoat was off to a great start, it didn’t end on such a great note. I really wanted to love these products, but the fast chipping of the nail polish and the strong scent of the gel don’t appeal to me.

Have you tried Suncoat products? What was your experience?

– Chantal 🙂

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