Monday, 3 August 2015

Born Pretty Store - Nail Art Clean-Up Barrier

You may have seen my previous post about using liquid latex to help with nail art clean-up. I used a generic, cheap cosmetic latex.  However, you may well have seen things like Liquid Palisade, which is a similar thing designed purely for nail art, and which sells for over $20.  In today's post, I'm trying out Born Pretty Store's own version of this, which is a fraction of the price!

This is called Kasako Docai and is described as a "peel off liquid tape and base coat" on the Born Pretty website. It sells for $3.99 for a 15ml bottle, and is available here

The first thing I noticed about this is the fragrance. Unlike my basic liquid latex, it has a pretty floral smell, which is much nicer than the gluey chemical smell of pure liquid latex. The brush is nice, and makes the liquid easy to apply.

I've used this in several manis over the last couple off weeks, to give this a pretty thorough testing. 

I used it with this purple polish (I think it was Rimmel Ultra Violet) before doing some stamping. You can  see the freshly applied liquid on my thumb is still white, but on my little finger, which has had time to dry, it's turned clear. 

This is what it looked like after stamping. The liquid peeled right off, and left me with the finished design! You can see the full post here

Next up was my orange criss cross gradient nails - read the full post here.  I took some step by step photos here, so you can see the whole process. 

 1. Paint on - liquid is white, so you can see where you've painted it.
 2. Wait to dry (liquid goes clear) and do your nail art. I used a mesh of striping tape. 

3. I then sponged a gradient over the tape. You can see the strong orange polish all over my fingertips, as well as the glitter  particles.

4. Peel off! The tape and the latex together made this come off all in one piece, leaving perfectly clean skin underneath!

Ta daa!

Edit: I also used this with this weekend's louboutin reverse painted nails (see full post here) where I painted behind my nails. I managed to get a better photo showing the latex peeling off - it's not easy to take a photo of this! I need an extra hand!

As you can see, this peels off really easily (I use a cocktail stick) and leaves the skin underneath perfectly clean, with no additional clean up needed.  

I tried this out with watermarbling too, but found that it didn't work quite as well. It worked, but it doesn't seem to like water much, and the texture went a bit strange. It worked fine, but was a bit fiddly to peel off. 
Edit: I tried this again with a thicker layer, left to dry really thoroughly before marbling, and it worked really well! It was brilliant, made clean up very easy indeed.

Overall, I really like this. It works well - it's easy to apply, smells nice and peels off easily. Almost every mani I've posted over the last month has featured this - certainly every stamping and gradient design. One thing I really like about this is that it doesn't stick to itself, which is really handy!  With my bargain liquid latex I posted about previously, you have to be very careful not to touch your fingers together, as it pulls all the latex off! This one doesn't have that problem. 

I certainly wouldn't want to do gradient or stamping manis without this product now: it's a totally invaluable part of the process, which makes everything much easier and less messy. 

You can always get 10% off anything at the Born Pretty Store using my discount code. 

I received this product for review purposes, but words and opinions are entirely my own. I do not receive anything if you use my discount code, although when it's been used ten times, BPS will let me host a giveaway for my readers! See my Disclosure page for more details.



  1. I saw this on the stores site an was so tempted to buy it, unfortunately I didn't. But next time I have some spare money to spend on nail art supplies this may be a must :)

  2. I came to this from your previous post about liquid latex - I KNEW Born Pretty stocked it, I just couldn't find it! Definitely going to buy some now :)

  3. I got some as a free gift. this stuff is wonderful

  4. Approximately what is the drying tine?

  5. Approximately what is the drying tine?

    1. Depends how thick you put it on and how warm the room is, but a couple of minutes, max.

  6. My best friend just bought me a bottle of this! It came with no instructions so thank you for this post. I'm so excited to try it!

    1. Good luck! I love this stuff, I'm on about my 5th bottle.


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