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Monday, March 9, 2015

Proclaim Hair glue for nail art?


     Good morning everyone. I'm posting a little later than normal today, the whole day light savings thing has really messed with my internal clock and has thrown everything off for me. Anyone else feeling it's effects? 

     Today I have a review of the Proclaim hair glue that people have been using  in nail art lately. Hair glue for nail art? No I'm not crazy, it works as a mask around your nails to help with clean up. The product  was first brought to my attention by Amanda of Amanda Loves Polish when she posted a quick video and I immediately knew I wanted to try it.  After all anything that can make clean up easier is my kind of product!


     I picked this bottle up at Sally's for about $1.37. It's available in 2 colors light and dark and is a much cheaper alternative than liquid palisade. I went with the dark version so I could make sure I would be able to see it on my skin. 

     Application was a bit tricky and I ended up making a bit of a mess. I posted a picture on IG and Facebook with it on my fingers and received a lot of comments about decanting it into an empty polish bottle. Unfortunately I don't have any empty bottles laying around so I had to improvise. I started with a base of Milani White on the Spot and applied the glue once that was dry. 


     The hair glue goes on with a med/dark grey color and turns black when completely dry. It's a bit tacky even when dry and my fingers wanted to stick together on the sides. Which made taking the picture interesting to say the least.  As you can see from the picture above that there was a bit of a learning curve to my application but by the time I reached my pinky things had smoothed out.

     I tried to get as close to the nail bed as I could since my cuticle area is what gives me the most trouble during clean up. For some reason my cuticles always feel rough and dry even 5 minutes after applying cuticle oil. Because of this nail polish sticks to them like a magnet and never fully wants to come off. I suspect this is due to years of having my cuticles clipped at nail salons. They are slowly getting better but still are a major issue for me when it comes to messy nail art like gradients and water marbles. For this test I went with a gradient and I love how the colors look together!



     Wow look at the shimmery mess I've got going on! For my gradient I used Sally Hansen Black and Blue and Loves me Not from the complete Salon manicure line. Both are colors that I typically have a hard time cleaning off my skin. As you can see on my pinky I didn't cover quite enough of my finger and I have a little polish by the knuckle. I mention that because I want to make sure you notice how sheer Black and Blue is. That's important to note for the removal photo coming up and knowing what exactly is left on my tips. 

     Removal was not quite as easy as all those quick little videos of the liquid palisade is but didn't give me too much trouble. For the most part it peeled off in one piece, but not in one tug. I had to use my tweezers to slowly work my way around the nail. This may have been cause by my iffy application of the product though and I was left with little pieces around my nails.


     Those little pieces proved to be challenging to get off with my tweezers but came off easily with a little remover and Q-tip.  I did still have the issue of polish pooling at my cuticles which is what I was hoping to avoid. Next time I'll have to remember to apply the glue around the edge of my nail to avoid that. 

     Overall thoughts? This product does work well for clean up, but the application process is a bit of a pain. Will I use this again? Yes but only because I hate to waste a product. Would I purchase it again? Maybe in a pinch since it's easily available but most likely not.  Since picking this up quite a few other alternative products have come out and I'd like to give one of them a try. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing! 



26 comments :

  1. Thank you for showing such a thorough use with the product. I've seen videos or posts using hair glue and they make it seem as simple as latex. Personally, I think I'll stick with using latex rather than hair glue.

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  2. You're very welcome! I actually picked this up almost 2 months ago but just got around to trying it. If I can find an easier way to apply it, this might work better but as it is right now it's more of a pain than I want to deal with. I'd love to try the Ellagee one or something similar that comes with a brush for easy application.

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  3. Great review. Very helpful to see and know.

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  4. Thanks Lisa. Now I just need to find a product like this that works for me and I will be all set.

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  5. Great review and for once I am glad to hear about someone who actually struggled using this kind of stuff at first! I've recently ordered a cheaper version of liquid palisade, too, although I suspect it will show up as a peel-off base coat. Can't wait to get it and give it a try and see how this works for me!

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  6. Thank you for this review, it is very helpful!! :D

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  7. I think if you can apply it thinner and with a smaller brush, you'll be much happier with it! I usually just rub off the product instead of lifting it up with tweezers - this way it isn't as likely to tear and rip.

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  8. Great review! I had bought the liquid latex in a tub, and I love it... but the application is difficult!

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  9. Color Me So CrazyMarch 9, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Yes! Keep trying them so I can see what works the best! I'm on the eternal hunt, too. This whole time change thing has me all messed up- bad. It's my time to not sleep for a couple days until my body restarts itself.

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  10. ive been curious about this product as well but the thickness of it when applying scares me a bit haha

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  11. This looks too messy for me still, which is why I never do gradients either!

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  12. This is what I've been using for clean up! I definitely agree that there is a learning curve with this because you have to apply it quickly and thinly. If it's too thick it doesn't dry underneath but if you work too slow or go over a spot, it starts to pull up. I personally don't mind messing with this especially for the price but I haven't tried anything else to compare it to. Great review!

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  13. I'm so excited that you did this post! I've heard about using hair glue instead of liquid latex and I was wondering if it was worth my time to try. Considering the price I definitely think I'll look into it the next time I'm at my beauty supply place! Great post, definitely one to share! :)

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  14. Thank you. I always try to be as honest as I can in my reviews. I have a feeling this is going to have quite the learning curve to it since there is no brush that comes with it. I look forward to your review of the one you picked up!

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  15. It actually was thinner than it looks in my photos but was quite the mess. I thought about rubbing it off but the polish was still wet and I figured it would make quite the mess. I like the idea of a smaller brush, the would help get it closer to the nail.

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  16. I have a feeling any of these products that don't come with their own brush will be that way.

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  17. Ha ha sounds like you want me to be your guinea pig! Im currently looking at a few on line and reading reviews before I make my final decision about what to try next.

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  18. It's not quite as think as the pictures make it look but no where near as thin as all the other reviews I've sen for similar products.

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  19. lol it does look like a hot mess doesn't it! I'm hoping next time I can apply it better.

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  20. Good to hear that it can be worked with with a little practice. I havent found anything out there that beats the price.

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  21. Oh I'm so glad you found it helpful and worth sharing! Here's a tip if you do pick it up: Dip your brush into the bottle instead of wiping it on the side. You'll avoid all that nasty crunchy looking stuff that ended up on my pointer finger. lol

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  22. Great review!! I own Lickety Split from Ellagee and had thought about this beforehand but can't get past the dark so I would have to have gone with the light option. It's definitely worth the price though and I LOVE the gradient you did!! I'm glad I'm not the only one adjusting to daylight savings :-P

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  23. Awe thanks I loved that gradient too, sadly I got so frustrated with cleaning up the pooled polish at the cuticles that I messed it up. That's the main reason the finished photo is missing from my post. I've been looking at the Ellagee version but haven't made up my mind that it's the one I want to try next.

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  24. Cosmetic SanctuaryMarch 12, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    I have a bottle of this stuff, and shortly after I got the Color4Nails Crystalline Nail Veil to review... and now that I've used the skinny detail type brush I just can't open the bottle of Proclaim. I'm probably going to fill the old Color4Nails bottle when its empty, but like you - I don't have an empty polish bottle and I'm a klutz so I'd have hairglue everywhere otherwise

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  25. I would definitely pick one that came with it's own brush over one that doesn't.

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