If you love the look of nail polish, but can’t stand chips, you have to bring mani-pedi products with you when you travel. The problem is, if you’re traveling by plane, and taking carry-on, you can only take a quart bag for all your beauty items. If you want to fix a mani pedi on the road, you have to minimally take nail polish, nail polish remover, and a nail file with you. Those items take up plenty of room in that teeny quart bag. Worse, if the polish or remover leaks, everything in that bag is going to be ruined.
A clever solution is the Nail Pak ($20.00) from Duality Cosmetics. It is an all-in-one, that features a generously sized bottle of 3-free nail polish on top, with a bottom portion containing pre-soaked nail polish remover pads. The cover that seals the pad container, is also a nail file. While Nail Pack is about the size of a bottle of liquid foundation, it does compress your must-have manicure items in one piece, clean and safe for travel.
With Nail Pak, you can change or fix your mani/pedi on the go, without worry. Simply unscrew the nail polish on top from the bottom container, locate tab with raised bumps on the seal (also the nail file), pull the seal upwards, use the seal/file to deal with any chips in your nails, then lift out pads to remove your old polish, and add new polish. Then replace the seal (gently push it down until it resets in the cup) and screw the nail polish bottle back in.
It sounds like a great idea, and it really is clever. The downside is that Duality Nail Pak isn’t inexpensive, but it is a little luxury that could be deemed a “must have.” The nail polish pads are small and the non-acetone nail polish remover may be gentle on nails. This could make hard to remove polish a challenge. Ideally you are going to use at least one pad per nail, maybe more if you are trying to remove stubborn polish (e.g. glitter nails). But on the upside, are 40 pre-soaked pads tucked in that little cup, so that shouldn’t be an issue if you are not going away for weeks.
There are several dozen different collections and colors to choose from ranging from the very trendy (e.g. light blue, yellow, orange, purple, hot pink) to more classic pinks, corals, nudes and berries. One from the Spring 2012 collection that is appropriate and classic for every season and every reason is “Maya,” a light pink creme that is elegant and ladylike.
The polish applies smoothly in two coats,with a nice lustre. At home, it is best to add a bottom and top coat, but when you’re on the go, it probably isn’t a high priority.
Nail Pak would make a lovely holiday gift for a “road warrior” or globe-trotting woman. Of course you can use it at home, or take it with you to ensure that your nails look nice without lugging a lot of products around.
Check out Duality and learn more at http://dualitycosmetics.com