I’ve been hearing about this spray-on nail polish for months, so I was so excited when I happened upon it while waiting in line at Sephora.
For $20, I got the polish in Hoxton Market (a hot pink) and the brand’s 2-in-1 base and top coat. The can directs you to apply a base coat to your nails and allow it to dry, then spray on the nail polish from 10-15cm away. Allow that to dry, then apply a top coat and wash your hands in warm, soapy water to remove the excess polish.
I followed the instructions exactly and while I did need two coats of the polish to get it to opacity, it does dry really quickly so that wasn’t an issue. I ended up with some pretty nice looking nails!
Unfortunately, I have a few problems with this polish. I definitely liked how my nails looked immediately after application, however…
- The polish is very, very matte. While it’s almost sparkly when you first apply it, it looks like you’ve applied a matte top coat when it dries. I liked how the color looked as a semi-matte, but if you want glossy nails, you won’t get it with these. (I even applied Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Top Coat which is super shiny and I got the same results).
- On the topic of clear coat, the 2-in-1 clear coat is a pretty small bottle – only 5mL – but cost the same as a 15mL OPI nail polish. While the brand recommends this clear coat for the Paint Can, I didn’t find that it worked particularly well.
- I let the polish dry completely, and I still ended up with color in the clear coat when i applied it. I soon realized that this is because the polish is almost a powder (which is why you need the top coat to set it). Further, this powder will get everywhere. I scratched my nose before washing my hands and ended up with a smear of pink across my nose from the color left on my skin.
- My nails chipped ten minutes after drying. I didn’t have high hopes for the polish’s durability – the polish itself applies very thinly. But I was typing on my computer and a huge chunk of polish chipped off my middle finger, followed shortly by smaller chips at the tips of my index finger, ring finger and thumb.
I would give the Paint Can 2/5 stars. The concept is ridiculously cool – spray on nail polish that eliminates the need for precision and cuts down manicure time to about ten minutes. I also really loved the color (the matte grew on me) and it applied surprisingly evenly. I just can’t get over how quickly it chipped. Like I said, I did not expect this polish to last more than a few days, but ten minutes?
I’ll probably use this if I need a quick manicure when I’m going out or just need my nails to look nice for an hour, but if I want a manicure with staying power, I’ll stick to classic polishes.