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Earlier in the summer, Seána from Innocent Illusion sent me some goodies from Suncoat, a company in Canada that specialises in natural beauty products. Suncoat claims to be dawning a revolution for all things nails, “giving the world a natural, wholesome way to wear the colours they love with a collection of water-based nail polish bursting with lots of attitude and none of the bad stuff”.
Suncoat nail polishes contain no formaldehyde, toluene, acetates, phthalate or alcohol and come in several colours that are completely safe to used on your nails.
All Suncoat products are made from nature’s finest ingredients, innovative science and a dash of mother’s love. The company was actually founded by polymer and organic chemist Yingchun Liu when her daughters developed an interest in nail polish.
In an effort to steer her children away from the poisons and toxins in the typical bottle of nail polish, she put her scientific skills to practice and developed the first ever non-toxic, natural formula for nails.
Fusing nature with technology, Ying created a range of innovative products founded on the balance of vegan, mineral-based ingredients and water.
The products I received in my package from Canada were the highly acclaimed nail polish I’ve just spoken of, an all-natural nail polish remover to go with it, a natural mascara, eye shadow and brow fixer.
Suncoat Water-based Nail Polish:
The chemical solvents, toluene and acetate, are replaced by water in this product, bringing the water content up to 70%. When applied, water vapour is released instead of the chemical fumes you can smell from other non-natural nail polishes.
This nail polish is also environmentally friendly, virtually odour-free, non-flammable, doesn’t dry or discolour the nails. It contains only mineral pigments and natural ingredients.
This nail polish comes in 22 different colours. I got it in lilac. It’s a really beautiful colour – one of my favourites in fact. But, unfortunately, I didn’t like this product.
When I applied it to my nails, I could see the brush strokes and no matter what I did to try and smooth it out, it just didn’t work.
I also found that it chipped or peeled off very easily, leaving me with one or two unpainted nails, which looked bad.
It’s such a shame, because I love all-natural products. I’m not a fan of nail polish in general and never paint my nails, but if I did, I’m afraid this wouldn’t be the product I’d us. From far away, it looks really nice and the colours are beautiful, but up close it’s just a load of uneven brush strokes.
Suncoat All Natural Nail Polish Remover Gel:
This is the first natural nail polish remover gel on the market. It’s a plant-based formulation that’s earth-friendly, non-toxic, non-drying, free of petrochemicals and biodegradable. It’s not tested on animals, has no animal ingredients and is therefore vegan friendly.
You can apply this nail polish remover to the nail, rub it in and leave it for a few minutes. When it’s been left on long enough, the nail polish should just peel off easily.
I’m torn between two opinions about this one. I found it worked sometimes and didn’t work other times. There was once or twice when I had to abandon hope and go with an acetone nail polish remover. But there were other times when the nail polish just peeled off like stickers, which was great.
Like I said, I don’t wear much nail polish, but if I do wear it in the future, I’ll be trying to remove it with this nail polish before I try the usual nail polish remover.
Sugar-based Natural Mascara:
This sugar-based natural mascara is a unique product made with natural sugar-based biopolymer, kaolin clay, earth pigments and is enriched with vitamin E.
It’s free of PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone polymer), acrylic, copolymer, and VA (vinyl acetate) polymer. It’s also free of fragrance, paraben, alcohol and glycol. It’s kind to sensitive eyes, made of biodegradable ingredients, and naturally builds lash volume and length.
It’s not waterproof and the website claims it has “great wear-ability and resists smudging, but washes off easily with regular skin cleanser and water”.
Unfortunately, I can’t praise this product either. The colour is lovely and very intense and it certainly brings out your eyes. But the smudge-resistance claim just wasn’t true in my case. I found that if I touched my eye lashes, even hours after applying this product, the mascara came away on my hand – it took no rubbing; just a gentle, experimental touch.
It’s a shame, but I’ll be sticking to my Body Shop mascara, which I praise regularly on my blog. It’s reliable and beautiful.
Suncoat Natural Brow Gel:
Of all the products I received from Suncoat, this is the one I use the most to fix any makeup I apply to my brows.
Like the mascara, it’s sugar-based. It’s completely natural, like all Suncoat products, and it’s enriched with vitamin E, which is great for nourishment. It contains no chemical polymers and it’s function is to define and hold brows in place. It comes in brown and clear. I have the clear one.
I usually use powder to define my brows and I use this product to hold the brows in shape.
Suncoat Duo Mineral Eye Shadow:
I’m a big fan of eye shadow – especially natural eye shadow, and I was very excited to receive this duo mineral eye shadow. It came in a beautiful bamboo box with a little mirror and tiny eye shadow brush. The plates of eye shadow can be replaced when they run low and it’s all very compact and mobile.
I’ve only tried this a few times but I can’t say the results were as good as other natural eye shadows I’ve tested; Benecos is still a firm favourite for me. This eye shadow looked beautiful when first applied, but unfortunately, after a few hours, I caught sight of it in a bathroom mirror and was shocked to see it had all sunk into the crease of my eyelid.
Perhaps I didn’t apply enough of a base, and I’ll be making sure I build a good foundation before trying it again. But I was very disappointed that it all disappeared into the crease so easily. It’s a shame because it really is beautifully presented and the colours were also beautiful.
Products I would buy:
I’m not sure it I would purchase any of the products I’ve reviewed today, to be honest. I’ll keep testing the nail polish remover and the eye shadow, and I’ll keep using the brow fixer, but so far I’m not that impressed.
Having said that, Suncoat seem to have a range of other products that might be worth trying, such as blush, lip gloss or hair sprays, mousses and gels.
The hair products, I think, would definitely be worth testing out, and I may try them at some stage.