Peel Off Your Nail Polish With Little Ondine In Back To Black

by Gio

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I love wearing nail polish. It makes my nails look so chic and pretty. When I have it on. When I remove it, my nails look a mess. Dry, cracking, even peeling. That’s what acetone does to them. But acetone-free removers don’t work that well. What’s a girl to do? Give up nail polish? Never!

Enter Little Ondine. The brand makes water-based nail polishes that can be peeled off. You just have to gently loosen the edges, and they come off in one go. At least, that’s what they promise.

From the reviews I’ve seen online, they deliver too. Usually. But not to me. I’ve worn Little Ondine in Back To Black several times, and was able to remove it in one go only a couple of times. On a couple of nails, that is.

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The rest of the time, the polish did peel off, but in chunks. Some were so stubborn they just wouldn’t budge at all. Guess what I had to use to take them off? Yep. Acetone. Kinda defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?

Now, before I put you off completely, let me reassure you. Little Ondine does work. For most people. I just belong to that small, unlucky, minority whose nails are too dry to allow the nail polish to peel off as it should. Typical, isn’t it?

To get the most out of it, though, you have to follow the instructions carefully. First, you need to wash and dry your nails so that your natural oils won’t interfere with it. Then, shake the bottle well and apply 2 to 3 coats (although, with Back To Black one is enough – it’s that pigmented!).

Then, if you get some colour on your skin (and I ALWAYS do), you need to clean it up. Water will do the trick, but you need to be super quick. The polish is water-based, so if it gets in contact with water, it’ll get ruined. That’s why Little Ondine recommends you keep your nails away from water for 1 to 3 hours after application. So, no showering, washing dishes, or swimming.

Then, of course, you need a top coat. When I skip this part (what can I say, I’m lazy like that sometimes), Back To Black lasts one day. Once, it chipped on a finger after a couple of hours! And, because it’s a peel-off polish, the chip got pretty huge quickly.

But hey, if Little Ondine works for you, you just have to peel it off and apply a new coat. Easy peasy and fuss-free. If it doesn’t, tough luck. Just get a bottle of acetone, and remove it the bad old way. And, next time, use a top coat! That, at least, makes the polish last 3 or 4 days. Longer, if you’re not tough on your nails.

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Although I had no luck with Little Ondine, there are a couple of things that I adore about it. First off, drying time. It’s so fast. Like, you apply it and, wham bang, it’s already dry. Ok, you can’t get it wet, but you can just go about your business without worrying about ruining your manicure.

The formula is lovely too. Not too thick nor too thin, it glides smoothly on the nails, without leaving any ugly streaks behind. The brush is on the larger side, which makes application even easier.

I also love the colour. Back To Black is a shiny true black that’s just perfect for the cold season. Not that I wouldn’t wear it in the summer either. But there’s something about black nail polish that makes it ideal for cold, gloomy winter days. Don’t you agree?

If black is not your thing, there are so many other shades to choose from.If Little Ondine works for you, you can even wear a different one every day. Taking off the old and putting on the new will only take 5 minutes.


Pros: Pigmented; Dries Quickly; Peels off easily for most people; Lovely, easy-to-apply formula; No streaking; Cute packaging.

Cons: Chips very quickly without a top coat; Because I have drier nails, the nail polish peeled off in chunks.

Summary: Little Ondine nail polish in Back To Black is pigmented, non-streaky, and quick-drying. It peels off easily on most people too, but not on me. *sighs*

Price & Availability: £8.40 at Amazon

Rating: 3/5

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Janessa October 30, 2015 - 10:14 pm

I wouldn’t like this. I need my nail polish to stay on and I don’t like how it peels off in chunks. If I forgot nail polish remover on a trip, it’s not expensive to buy a small bottle of it form the drug store.

Gio October 31, 2015 - 7:44 am

Janessa, I get this is more for the fickle of us who like to change their nail polish frequently. It can last a few days with a good top coat, but yeah, it’s not as longlasting as a regular nail polish.

Kiss & Make-up November 1, 2015 - 7:33 pm

Ugh, a shame that it peels so quickly. I mean, NORMAL nail polish already chips really fast on me, so I can only imagine how fast this would get ruined on my nails…

Gio November 1, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Melissa, yeah, this chips so quickly, it’s a shame. These nail polishes are more for girls who want to change their nail polish every day or so. If their nails aren’t as dry as mine, these nail polishes make it very easy to do so.

Stavroula DrugstoreBLover November 3, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Too bad it didn’t work :/ Have you thought of trying a treatment as a base coat to improve your nails? 🙂 x

Gio November 3, 2015 - 6:32 pm

Stavroula, they didn’t say anything about using a base coat. I’m not sure if it’ll work on top of one. But I may get some cuticle oil or something to make my nails less dry. That should do the trick. 🙂

Team Ondine November 30, 2015 - 10:07 am

Hi Gio!
Sorry to hear you didn’t have a great experience with our polish- here are some Little Ondine tips! Perhaps you could try again with these and update your blog post 🙂

– never remove with acetone! an alcohol wipe will remove our polish.
– before & after painting, apply LT Secret, our 2-in-1 base and top coat. This will *really* help – its the secret to making our polish last and helping it peel!
– apply our polish before bed, this gives time for the resin to set and also means you’ll avoid water completely.

let us know what you think 🙂

Gio November 30, 2015 - 5:58 pm

Team Ondine, thanks for your comment and tips. I really love the concept of a peel-off polish, so I’ll definitely give them a try. Hopefully, they’ll help. 🙂


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