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swatched: kure bazaar afrika

June 22, 2012

I use natural beauty and body products and eat “real” food as much as I can, but cleaning up my nail polish act is another story. I’ve been wary of the fumes and chemicals I’m inhaling and painting onto my nails so regularly, so I was excited to learn about the French polish line Kure Bazaar a few weeks ago.

Kure Bazaar polish’s formula is 85% natural, originating from wood pulp, wheat, cotton, potatoes, and corn. “Detox your nails in color,” they say. Natural is good and all, but if it applies poorly and chips in an hour (like many of the natural/vegan polishes I’ve tried), what’s the point?

They were nice enough to send me Afrika from the 2012 collection, a deep orange that reminds me of Essie Meet Me At Sunset, one of my all-time favorites.

I used two coats but probably could have gotten away with just one. It didn’t level out as smoothly as an Essie or China Glaze, but I still got a beautiful glossy result without any trouble. Despite the thicker formula, it dried quickly and held its shine.

I love this rich, saturated color. It’s certainly a good orange for summer, but it’s wearable through the seasons into fall. I added a top coat for protection, but it was glossy enough to stand on its own.

Kure Bazaar has a gorgeous collection of colors and so far, I’m pretty darn impressed! These will be hard to find in retail stores, but Spirit Beauty Lounge has almost all of the colors in stock (and a lot of other natural goodies, too). They’re expensive at $16, but paying a little more to avoid the nasty chemicals just might be worth it. I’ve only had it on for a day so I can’t attest to its longevity just yet, but I have one more color to swatch so I’ll give an update on this one’s lifespan soon.

Does natural/eco-friendly nail polish matter to you? If you’ve tried natural brands, how were the results? I’d love to hear!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steph permalink
    June 22, 2012 1:18 PM

    I’m wearing the Kure Bazaar Mon Bleu today and it *might* be my favorite blue ever. Sadly, Nails Inc Baker Street doesn’t work on my skin tone, but this is the blue I’ve been looking for!

    I was stunned at how easy the polish applied, esp since I haven’t had much luck with “green” polish in the past. I’m with you on seeing how it passes the durability test, but given the gorgeous color and green-ness, I’m keeping my fingers crossed. It would make me swoon to find a green brand with on-trend colors!

  2. June 22, 2012 4:09 PM

    Love that colour, and love the concept! I’d be interested to hear how it wears…Less chemicals is moderately important to me, I prefer 3 and 4 free nail polishes, but the most important thing is not tested on animals. Ok, and colour, I’ve got stuff that isn’t green or animal friendly before I knew about it ,and because I went OOOOOH! When I saw the colour. Work in progress, I guess ;) Thanks for the info and the photos :)


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