I’ve shown you guys the Lickety-Split Latex Mani Mask from Ellagee before- an easy way to do messy nail art without as much cleanup hassle. It’s a great product, but it does contain Latex which can be an allergy to some (and some just aren’t fond of the smell), so she wanted to create an alternate option as well!
The Ellagee Lickety-Split Latex Free Mani Mask works much the same as the Latex version- you paint the product around your cuticles/sides of your nails and wait for it to dry. Once dry, you proceed with your nail arting (that’s a word, right?) and then remove the mani mask using tweezers or a similar device.
The differences between the two? Well, of course there is no latex or rubber, that’s a given. The smell is also more mild than the latex version. It’s also a fun bright green instead of blue! It is thicker and more stringy, so it takes a lot more care to apply- the thickness didn’t bother me as much as the stringiness did, that was tough. Once I got the brush fully out of the bottle it was okay but because it’s so stringy it kind of wants to stick to itself while you’re pulling it out. It’s also slower to dry, particularly if you use a thick coat. None of these are dealbreakers if you can’t use latex but if you can, the other version is preferable in performance IMO.
To try this product out, I decided to do some stamping! I began with two coats of Ellagee Bad Romance. While that was drying, I applied the Mani Mask around the edges of my nails. I then used the Konad White stamping polish and a design from the Pueen 27 plate to stamp. I’d love to say that I planned to use a bit of black acrylic paint to do the accent nail but really it was just because I couldn’t get the angle right while filming the stamping and accidentally stamped super crooked. So, random accent nail, woo! I finished everything up with a coat of Ellagee Glass Top Coat. You can watch a video of the whole process on my instagram.
My bottle of white is kind of old and crappy and needs to be replaced soon (this is me, blaming my own failures on the quality of my polish). This is one of those manis I’d be excited to post when I first started blogging but now that I’ve been doing so long it just feels a little embarrassing. Funny how that goes! Oh, well, the nuggles were still impressed and truly, impressing people who don’t know any better is all that matters.
Overall, I think it’s really wonderful that Ellagee has made this available for those who can’t work with Latex. Due to the bulk cost of this being higher, it is more expensive per bottle than the latex free version ($9 vs. $3.50), both are still cheaper than other commercial alternatives. This is available now in her shop if you’d like to pick it up!
What do you think of this product? Have you tried the other mani mask yet? Let me know in the comments!
|Mugen is…glad there are more options for latex-free people now!|