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FAQ

How large is a bottle of SOPHi nail polish and Remover Gel?

SOPHi Nail Polish is the size of a “normal” bottle of polish (0.5 fl. oz./15 ml). Unlike Piggy Paint which has a skinny brush for small nails, SOPHi brushes are flat and wide to provide smooth, even coverage. Our remover is 2 fl. oz. and comes in a glass bottle with pump for precise application directly to the nail.

Does SOPHi wear the same as traditional polish?

When applied with SOPHi’s PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System, SOPHi nail polish typically lasts the length of solvent based polish. Wear depends on nail type, the activities nails are involved in, and how polish is applied. For maximum chip resistance, we recommend blow drying polished nails for 1 minute between coats with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blower setting.

Do I need the PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System if I’m only wearing SOPHi on my toes?

You do not need the PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System for your toes. SOPHi polish can wear up to 3 weeks on toes when applied correctly. This varies by nail type. Use Shine Topcoat over color for extra shine and scratch resistance. Blow dry polished nails for 1 minute between coats with hair dryer set on warm heat/low blower setting to increase length of wear and speed up the application process!

How long will it take for my nails to dry?

SOPHi nail polish dries to a tack-free state nearly as fast as regular polish, though it takes longer to reach its ultimate hardness. We recommend using multiple thin coats since they will dry faster than one thick coat. If your hands are cold, the temperature is cool, or there is high humidity in the area, it may take longer for the coats to dry.

What is different about SOPHi’s nail polish formula?
SOPHi’s nail polish formula is different from others on the market because every ingredient in the polish is biodegradable with no traces or residues left behind, thus it would make an excellent addition to your mulch pile. The acrylic resins are present in the polish as emulsions-very similar in form and function to milk. The term “resin” is quite generic and refers to any polymer which can form a film as it dries. In this sense, proteins, celluloses, sugars, and DNA, to name a few “natural” polymers, are resins and none of these are any less harmful than the resins we use in our polish.

What should I do if there is separation in the nail polish?
Although separation is very minor, occasionally a light ring of color will appear at the top of the bottle. Simply shake the bottle to mix the polish.

What is the shelf life of your polish?
SOPHi has a shelf life of several years, though there may be a slight tendency for the polish to thicken as the months go by. To correct this, add a drop or two of water to the bottle and give it a good shake!

What should I do if my polish thickens up?
If thinning is needed, add 1 or 2 drops of water, and shake well. For best results, gently remove any nail polish clumps present on the brush with a paper towel.

What should be done to prepare nails before putting on the polish?
Simply, clean nails with soap and water. Healthy nails naturally produce a mixture of oils and proteins, which serve to protect, beautify and enhance their appearance. Normal nail polishes remove these substances from the nails, requiring the user to prepare their nails with other products. However, since SOPHi Nail Polish is a waterborne polish, it does not remove the oils so your nails remain strong and healthy.

How hard is it to remove the polish? Do I need nail polish remover?
When used without the PRIME + SHINE SEAL System, SOPHi can be removed within 1-3 days with rubbing alcohol. Afterwards, the polish becomes increasingly more difficult to remove, particularly for dry, porous nails or toenails, and a nail polish remover is necessary. Our SOPHi Remover Gel is specially formulated for our polish, though it will remove solvent-based polishes as well. On protected surface, apply a drop of SOPHi Remover Gel to each fingernail and spread to edges of polish. Allow to soak on nail for 1 minute. Use paper towel to remove nail polish. For hard to remove polish, repeat as needed. For best results, use with SOPHi Nail Polish Remover Sticks (now available).  The remover sticks help to lift and peel the polish from the nail once the Gel Remover has soaked through.

Will SOPHi Nail Polish stains come out of carpet?
On the carpets we tested, SOPHi Nail Polish was easily removed, as long as the stain was taken care of quickly (before it dries). We have had several customers praise SOPHi for not ruining their hardwood floors, as well as their carpets. This is not a guarantee; but you have a much better chance of saving your floors with SOPHi Nail Polish, since solvent-based polish stains set in immediately.

Is your polish gluten, soy and nut free?  Yes, our polish is gluten, soy, and nut free. Our nail polish is not a food product, not manufactured in a food processing plant, and is not meant for ingestion, therefore does not contain any food allergens.

Is your polish vegan? Yes our polish is vegan.

Are your products cruelty-free?  Yes, our products are cruelty-free and do not contain any animal by-products.

How does your company reduce its impact on the environment? SOPHi is a natural, eco-friendly nail polish that can be removed with our acetone free, biodegradable remover.  Both are made in the USA!

Our mission is to reuse as much packaging material as we can. The flats and boxes used to hold our polish travel from the factory to our warehouse and are used in the warehouse to pack materials to send to retailers and distributors, reducing the amount of waste generated. Packing  materials that cannot be reused are recycled.

Does SOPHi give back to your local community?  SOPHi / Piggy Paint has many charities that are close to our heart. National MS Society and Get Well Gabby Foundation (to promote childhood cancer research) are organizations we have been sponsoring for years.  We also donate to Children’s Safety Center, Strides for Strokes, and many others in the Northwest Arkansas area.

 

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