I’m a big fan of nail polish, but it does have its down sides. Even if you’ve become a whizz at carefully applying it with both hands, there’s often still little bits that cling to the cuticles or need to be tidied up around the sides of your nails. Liquid Palisade is a clever invention designed to give you perfect nail polish application every time and does this is in a curious way.
The intent is to apply the Liquid Palisade formula to the nails where you DON’T want polish to go. Ideally this would be around the cuticle to keep it colour free, or under the top ridge of the nail so you get an even line for a French manicure. It can also be used to create nail art designs, as you can paint on stripes of this lilac colored formula to the nails and then use it to create interesting patterns. The secret to this is that Liquid Palisade stays on the nail temporarily- to be explained.
The Liquid Palisade formula is essentially liquid latex, which starts to dry when exposed to air. The color changes from lilac to palest purple as it dries and nail varnish can be painted atop of this. You then PEEL off the Liquid Palisade and leave the remaining nail varnish in place- so you’d remove excess from the cuticles and have a clean base left.
Liquid Palisade comes in a small box with the tube inside. It also has a small instructional guide which shows you three looks you can achieve. It’s very basic and doesn’t mention any tips or tricks to getting the perfect finish. The bottle is slim and easy to hold (about the size of the mascara wand and the brush tip is fine, but sometimes separates into two parts under pressure.
It’s easy enough to apply Liquid Palisade to the nails but my first attempt at a cuticle free manicure was unsuccessful. This is because I applied the polish straight after the formula had dried and found it difficult to remove the Liquid Palisade without disturbing the drying varnish. I realized I needed to draw ‘tabs’ on either side of the nail to give me something to pull the stretchy latex up with. I tried again and this time it worked much better, but still messed up on one finger.
I also attempted nail art- creating stripes and shapes on a nail and using the liquid Palisade brush to delineate these. This is where the brush messed up as it was impossible to get multiple stripes of the same thickness and consistency and the brush head folded and bent under pressure with varying thickness. The stripes were easier to remove- peeling the liquid palisade up is like pulling stretchy rubber off the skin, but I still got an uneven finish on a few nails. It was also really hard to work left handed, as I’ve mastered applying nail varnish that way but not nail art.
Liquid Palisade is helpful for beginners to nail art who are struggling, and some of the effects it creates do look very cool. However, it is let down by weak instructions, a brush head that’s not strong enough and the fact that most people aren’t great at working left handed.However, if you want to give it a try – $22 bucks won’t break the bank.
The Good – Helps to create neat looking French manicures and is easy to remove. The latex formula is unique in the nail market and it’s great to see innovation here.
The Bad– Difficult to create an even finish and Liquid Palisade doesn’t always come off cleanly. Hard to get a good finish on all fingers.