Holiday Nailspiration - Kure Bazaar Review *

When it comes to nail polish, I am usually pretty basic about what I use as long as it is nontoxic.  Since there are so few truly 'clean' formulations, for me it was a matter of ensuring the worst of the worst were not inside my varnishes and selecting products that are at least five free.  But then I learned that there are brands out there who are trying their very best to create safe, natural options.

Meet Kure Bazaar, one of the nail polish brands out there who have made massive strides towards crafting eco-friendly products for your nails!

Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Review

Made in France using innovative technology, Kure Bazaar offer seventy shades of nail polish along with all the tools you need to carry out your perfect mani-pedi.  Each of their products is 10-free, meaning the formulas are free from toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, synthetic camphor, TPHP, parabens, xylene, styrene, nano colours and benxophenone 1-3, and all are up to 90% natural.  And you would never guess that their polishes are made from the likes of wood pulp, cotton, corn, potato, and wheat - they're so beautiful and apply like those in the mainstream!

While not cheap, Kure Bazaar is so worth checking out if you are looking to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients.  I've been super impressed by several of the green goodies in their range, but I have to admit there are also a few I might skip in future.  And I adore how festive many of their polishes are -- perfect for the holiday season!!

So today, I'm sharing my thoughts on all the products I have tried so far in hopes I can guide all you lovelies towards the best of the best.  And of course I would love to hear your thoughts too!



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Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Review - Nontoxic Nail Polish Remover


Nail Polish Remover:
Okay, so this is not your average nail polish remover.  No, it's not an acetone, and it's not a harsh alcohol based formula that smells more like a paint stripper than a manicure treatment.  It's the first nail polish remover of 100% natural origin!  Plus it comes inside a gorgeous presentation box and is packaged in glass!!

Made with cane sugar, wheat, and corn, "A La Rose" remover cleanses nails safely while gently removing your previous manicure.  Not only that, but it actually works to hydrate your cuticles at the same time!  No more worrying about dried out skin after using a high street acetone - just apply a bit of Kure Bazaar's exclusive formula to a cotton pad, soak each nail for 5-10 seconds, and let the varnish dissolve.

This actually used to come in a much larger glass bottle, but it seems they have sized down since I picked up my last order.  Instead of the 250ml you now can get a 100ml pot - more cost friendly, plus it is easier to fit in the cupboard.  I do like that I managed to grab the bigger one before it disappeared though, as it has a shelf life of 24 months, meaning I don't have to replace it for ages!

In terms of how this works, I have to admit it took some getting used to.  It's nowhere near as fast as what I'm used to, and if you don't let it sit on the nail for the allotted time then it's very hard to get to work.  But as long as you let it soak for ten seconds or so, it does indeed usually do the trick - with one catch... "A La Rose" works best on Kure Bazaar's own polishes I find.

Yep.  When used on their own shades, it pretty much slides off which is amazing.  But if you use it on any other brand, prepare for a longer wait, as you will definitely need to let the remover work longer to dissolve the colour.  It's a little frustrating to be honest, but I guess that is the price you pay for a 100% natural product that isn't filled with harsh ingredients.  And I can deal with that.

Ingredients: rose damascena flower water, diethyl succinate, pogostemon cablin leaf oil, rosa rubiginosa seed oil, tocopherol, citric acid, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate.

Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Review - Organic Cuticle Oil


Organic Cuticle Oil:
One of my top five most memorable products I judged that were winners in 2019's Beauty Shortlist Awards was Kure Bazaar's L'Huile Biologique Rose Infusion oil.  This 100% organic cuticle treatment is made with an exclusive blend of 10 precious oils, including borage, cameline, hazelnut, virgin bean, and hemp.  The formula has been designed to deeply hydrate and strengthen dry and brittle nails while also softening and soothing the skin around the cuticle.

I find everything about the cuticle oil  breathtaking - from the crisp white presentation box to the consistency of the oil, this formula has achieved perfection in my opinion.  Suspended within the fluid is a pinch of rose petals, so the first thing you see after opening the gift box is a pop of sensual red.  The overall impact is one of beauty through and through.

One of my favourite things about Kure Bazaar's cuticle oil is actually the application method as odd as that sounds.  This is one of the most unique methods I have come across, and since it is so quick and easy to do I am not sure why more products haven't tried this!  The oil is applied via the brush, just like a nail polish, meaning you get total control over how much product you are using and where you are putting it.  For me, that means I can pop it on my cuticles as well as under my nail (is that weird??) with no extra work - yay!

Another thing I love is the thickness of the blend, as I find this means you use less without skimping on your nails.  Not only does Kure Bazaar's Huile Biologique Rose Infusion oil have the look of a luxury salon product, it feels like it too!  In fact, this is far more gentle and effective than any professional manicure treatment I have ever had done.  The oil isn't slick or overly heavy, but is incredibly nourishing and really sorts everything out.  Lately I've been picking my skin a lot, and this really heals the wounds and softens the skin, meaning I can recover much more quickly and not have to be self conscious about my nasty looking fingers.

The oil definitely gave my sad cuticles the boost they needed to start looking healthy again, plus it seemed to make my nails grow faster and retain their strength longer.  I did not have as many splits while using this oil, meaning I got to keep my long nails for longer -- and for me that is a huge deal as I love doing more intricate patterns and designs that require a good length!

Overall, I find this the star of the show when it comes to Kure Bazaar.  If you want to invest in your nail health, this is where I would start, as it is just so beautiful and effective.  It's luxurious, yes, but also totally worthwhile.

Ingredients: Organic Argan Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Organic Sweet Almond oil, Virgin Biological Linseed Oil, Organic Cameline Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hazelnut Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Virgin Bean Oil, Oil of Onagre, Rosa Damascena

Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Review - nontoxic Peel Off Base Coat


Peel Off Base (Limited Edition):
Okay, so I'll keep this one brief as it was a limited edition product released especially for the Christmas season, so it's not actually widely available to purchase at the moment.  It may come out again later in the year, but as the push to reduce plastic grows, I wouldn't be surprised if this stayed off the racks.  Why?  Well, the peel off formula was created to help remove glitter based polishes, making it easy (and more gentle) to take off the plastic particles.

Of course, you can use it for regular colours too, and that's just what I tried.  But unfortunately I find this hit and miss as a peel of product.  It's kind of a hard base to apply and I hate the smell.  It's fairly thick, a bit gloopy, and reminds me of a bottle of Elmer's glue.  No, really, it's like the paste you used in school, scent and all.  Plus it takes *forever* to dry down.  I have so much patience for some things, but my ADHD brain just cannot deal with how long this takes to dry before I can actually move on to painting my nails.  The tops matte down fairly fast (maybe 45 seconds or so) but the tips just never seem to go clear!  I've tried using different amounts, and that doesn't really seem to change anything unfortunately.

On the plus side, it definitely does what it promises.  When you are ready for a new style on your fingers, you simply peel off your polish.  No faff, no soaking the previous design in acetone or remover, no long waits -- you just peel up the paint!  It's so easy and quick, I can't help but find myself returning to it despite all the issues.  So would I rebuy if it does return?  Probably!

Ingredients: BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL, GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SILICA, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, BENZOPHENONE-1, TRIMETHYLPENTANEDIYL IBENZOATE, PHOSPHORIC ACID, ALUMINA.

Kure Bazaar Natural Nail Polish Review


Nail Polish:
Of course most of you will be most curious about the nail polish, as that's usually the main event for any mani-pedi!  Kure Bazaar is definitely out of my usual price range for a single bottle, but considering how clean the ingredients are compared to other brands on the market, I totally understand why it's priced a bit higher.  Each formula is 10-free, made with potatoes, wheat, cotton corn, Vitamin E, and bamboo, and they actually work to strengthen and repair your nail while also offering a gorgeous design.

I have tried two shades so far, Parisienne and Or Rose, as well as the Dry Finish.  Parisienne is a gorgeous creme polish in a deep wine red, whereas Or Rose is a metallic effect in a beautiful rose gold, and along with the difference in style both products actually perform fairly different from one another.  Dry Finish is of course a top coat, but one that has a quick dry formula.  It can be used as a final layer to lock in your mani-pedi, or as a clear polish if you aren't one for a pop of colour.

The wands on all of these polishes is exceptional.  One of my pet peeves for brushes is when they are too thick or skinny, meaning you end up with a wonky application that needs to be touched up.  All I want is a perfectly shaped wand, and that's what Kure Bazaar gives!  They are perfectly sized for a one sweep coat - and one I say a one sweep coat, I mean that.

Both Parisienne and Or Rose are fully opaque with one coat!  It's not often you find a brand that consistently gives full coverage, but Kure Bazaar surely does.  I love this, as I'm definitely one to use a base coat, polish, and a top coat, along with a special effects option usually too, so I like to keep the main varnish layer as thin as possible so my nails don't feel weighed down.  The only downside is if you do only opt for the single sweep, you may find your manicure doesn't last as long.

That's the only issue I've had with Kure Bazaar polishes actually.  The lasting time isn't always ideal.  On their own, they only last a few days, and in fact Or Rose chips even faster.  Metallic shades often are not as durable as creme colours, but I've never had a nail polish wear down as fast as this.  However, with a top coat you will get at least six or seven days worth of enjoyment before you need to touch up your nails - much more reasonable, especially when you consider these are up to 90% natural!

Polish Ingredients: BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ISOSORBIDE DICAPRYLATE/CAPRATE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ALCOHOL, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, DIACETONE ALCOHOL, N-BUTYL ALCOHOL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL (HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL), POLYURETHANE-67, PHOSPHORIC ACID, METHOXYISOPROPYL ACETATE, BAMBUSA VULGARIS EXTRACT, DECYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL.[+/-]: CI 77891 , CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499 , CI 19140 , CI 19140 (, CI 15850 ), CI 15850 , CI 77510 , CI 15880 (RED 34 LAKE), CI 77007 , CI 77000 , CI 77742 , CI 77266, CI 12085 , CI 42090 , CI 77820), CI 45410 , CI 45410 , CI 60725, CI 77163 

Kure Bazaar Natural Nontoxic Nail Review


Kure Bazaar is an interesting brand, as they are doing something not many other brands are attempting - creating truly natural nail products that are free from the usual harsh ingredients and instead opting for plant based ones!  While I did have mixed feelings about some of their green goodies, I honestly appreciate every single one as I love having options that are pure, nontoxic, and totally safe for use.

Overall, I have had a great time testing out their range of nail treatments, and I have so so much love for their Organic Cuticle Oil.  Kure Bazaar does an amazing job with presentation too, so all the products make excellent gifts if you have someone in your life that loves doing at home manicures and pedicures.

I am super curious to hear about your experience with Kure Bazaar.  Did you have the same thoughts as me, or is your opinion totally different?  I really want to know, so share your thoughts below xx


2 comments

  1. Good to hear your thoughts on their nail polish remover and how to use it in the best way. I have one bottle at home to test (I picked it as part of LoveLula Blogger Accredited Program recently) and will see how I get on but your tips will certainly come handy, thanks!

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    1. yes it's an interesting one as it works brilliantly for the KB polishes but it definitely needs more time to work on other brands. I think that is a good thing though as it highlights how much more "pure" the KB formulas are :) I hope you enjoy the remover - can't wait to hear how you get on xx

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