2 Nail Polish Hacks For Sloppy Painters

Elmer's vs. Liquid Palisades. The battle is on!
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Elmer's vs. Liquid Palisades. The battle is on!

Nail art is not my forte. My-13 year-old cousin puts me to shame with her tiny stamping tools and professional-looking designs. Me? I like it easy. A couple of coats of nude and I'm happy. I typically stay away from darker colors, both out of preference and because application can be less than forgiving. Enter Liquid Palisade

If you've ever tried the Elmer's glue hack, Liquid Palisades works the same way. Using the brush applicator, product is applied around your cuticles, acting as a barrier between your nail polish and your skin.

But at $22 a tube, is Liquid Palisades really better than the trusty Elmer's hack? 

Liquid Palisade vs. Elmer's glue. The battle is on. 

Liquid Palisade vs. Elmer's glue. The battle is on. 

Personally, I find the Elmer's glue method finicky and time consuming. Seeing as I am impatient with nail polish in general, waiting around for glue to dry isn't ideal.

Here's how Liquid Palisades stacks up... 

Liquid Palisade on my pinky and ring fingers.

Liquid Palisade on my pinky and ring fingers.

Polish applied, glue/LP drying. LP dries in 30 seconds--way faster than Elmer's. 

Polish applied, glue/LP drying. LP dries in 30 seconds--way faster than Elmer's. 

Peeling off LP. They recommend using tweezers.

Peeling off LP. They recommend using tweezers.

Peeling off glue. Cuticles could use a little work, but more my fault than the glue's.

Peeling off glue. Cuticles could use a little work, but more my fault than the glue's.

BTW: Both peeling-off processes felt equally satisfying.

The Results 

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Truthfully, if you are a patient person, both do a fine job when it comes to simple nail polish application. Liquid Palisade will just get you there faster.

Bonus Negative Space Nail Art Use   

Where Liquid Palisades product really shines is nail art! Remember Zoe’s amazing negative space manicure? This product opens up so many possibilities.

Obviously, my original idea was to do individual portraits of One Direction on each nail, but I settled for these lines.

Obviously, my original idea was to do individual portraits of One Direction on each nail, but I settled for these lines.

This stuff dries a whole lot faster than regular glue, and the brush makes application smoother. The purple color is also perfect when it comes to seeing what you’re doing. The smell is similar to eyelash glue--so perhaps that's a good hack to try?  

Sally Hansen New Lengths 83 over Liquid Palisade.

Sally Hansen New Lengths 83 over Liquid Palisade.

Another cool thing: When the glue dries you can actually reshape it on your nail, in case you made any mistakes. I corrected some wonky lines with a toothpick.

I made the nail polish too thick here, but in the immortal words of Alanis, "You live, you learn."

I made the nail polish too thick here, but in the immortal words of Alanis, "You live, you learn."

Peel off the Liquid Palisade, finish with top coat, and you're good to go.

Some Tips:

  • Avoid too many coats of polish, which makes the product harder to peel off.
  • Peeling off the product while the varnish is still wet is easier, too.
  • Don't brush the product on too thick.

I kept it simple with a nude negative space nail.

I like my nail art subtle.

I like my nail art subtle.

An accent nail for when I need more color in my life.

An accent nail for when I need more color in my life.

Overall, I'm down with Liquid Palisade. It's compact, easy to use, and doesn't make a mess.

  • How real is your nail polish struggle? Do you find it hard to stay inside the lines?
  • Have you ever tried the Elmer's glue hack?