This week saw one of the biggest blows to the indie nail polish community, sparking concerns over the safety of indie polish and the chemicals they contain. Mentality Polish has allegedly been the cause of several adverse reactions to their latest neon nail polishes. Effects include: burning, discoloration, dehydrated, peely nails that are lifting. Wearers of the polish have specifically cited Mentality Polish as the brand responsible for their condition.
It’s safe to say that no one, let alone nail bloggers or nail varnish afficionados would delight in seeing their nails deteriorate to that extent. It’s easy to understand how pictures of these shocking nails have gone viral, and the story has even been picked up by Huffington Post (CA), Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine. Not good news for indie polish which has worked so hard to make a name for itself.
In the presence of photographic evidence of injuries, multiple complaints and mainstream media coverage, it’s no surprise that lawyers are now involved. Mentality Polish has claimed that the suspension base may be to blame. The suspension base company in question vehemently deny any association between their products and these injuries. In legal documents they have issued Mentality Polish with a ‘Cease-and-Desist’ requiring them to “stop making these accusations immediately.”
The drama escalated further when customers were unhappy with the ‘apology’ that Mentality Polish issued via their Facebook page. As well as posting a flash sale (yes, they really did this) on the rest of the suspected problematic nail polishes! As of now, there is a full recall on the suspected polishes.
The success of indie polish brands has been a breakthrough that the nail community has celebrated in more recent years. Flooding us with chunky glitter, spectraflare, making glimmering combinations that major nail polish brands seemed to shy away from.
The Mentality Polish Saga will go down in indie polish history. Let’s just hope that mainstream media does not cast all indie polish in the unsafe category.