LACC nail polish stands for La Couleur Couture nail polish. Created in 2009, it’s a cruelty free, vegan-friendly lacquer that’s great for a whole bunch of reasons. The fact I can get it after work at 3am is just one bonus.
lacc: the stuff that’s not in there
above: lacc polish 1972
There’s a whole bunch of stuff not in this line of polish – no parabens, formaldehyde, or any of the other chemicals that go with that whole 5-free thing. There’s also no gluten in it. Is gluten-free polish a thing? Sorta. Lots of polish coats contain hydrolyzed wheat protein so if you’re trying to remove all gluten from your personal space and have therefore given up your beloved nail polishes, you can safely sport LACC and be all kinds of gluten-free.
lacc polish = happy vegans
above: lacc polish 1977
Yep, LACC is vegan-friendly. This line was developed without animal testing and without animal by-products. I know, you’re thinking that there might be animals in your polish, right? Well there might be – like maybe the super-finely ground sparkly fish scales of a herring. Or maybe there’s cochineal from which the dye carmine is derived. Yep, sometimes there’s not-vegan-friendly stuff in your cosmetics. Now you know.
lacc polish breathability bonus
above: lacc polish 1966
LACC is a breathable polish. Breathable? What? Yes. Apparently, it allows water to penetrate it and reach the nail.
We need to keep in mind this isn’t about your nails breathing (FACT: nails don’t have lungs, ergo they do not breathe). This is about the ability of both water and air to penetrate the polish and reach the nail surface.
While to me, that’s not the definition of “breathable” (it’s more like my definition of air-and-water permeable), this is a big deal for Muslim women. Why? Well that’s because Islam states that in order to pray properly, you gotta purify yourself by washing every part of your hands and arms – including your nails . If water reaches the nail, you’re good to go. What does that mean? It means Muslim women can now wear this particular line of polish while praying instead of having to remove polish before they pray and reapply it after. It’s wudu-friendly.
the application, the wear, the removal
above: lacc polish 1950
Because this stuff is formulated a little differently from most major polish brands out there, the result is a thinner polish that applies in thinner coats and dries a little faster than the regular drugstore offerings. It’s also nice and shiny without the use of topcoat. As for wear, I can’t speak to it because I only wore it for swatchin’. The removal though was easy-peasy with my trusty bottle of pure acetone and a cotton pad.
lacc: final thoughts
above: lacc polish 1979 (this one has glitter bits!)
I like this LACC polish a lot. I like the shades, the coverage, the brush, the application, the way it levels, and I really like the shine of it. I also like that it’s formulated without a lot of stuff that means a whole bunch of people who might have given up wearing polish have an option to wear it again.
above: lacc polish 1973
Here in Toronto, Canada, I spotted these pretty bottles ($12.99 each) at Shoppers Drug Mart during one of my 2am “just picking up cream for my morning coffee” trips. The shades I just showed you are all core so you can still get ’em. For more information, visit www.laccbeauty.com.
S’pretty great, huh?
Manicures and photographs by Karen Falcon (she really digs nail polish) ©2014 BEAUTYGEEKS/imabeautygeek.com