If you are a devoted TIA reader, then most likely you are concerned about what ingredients are going into your skincare. But when was the last time you looked at the ingredients in your nail polish? Dermelect’s ME Peptide-Infused Nail Color Treatment ($14) definitely interested me – I had never before seen a nail color that claimed to be so healthy and beneficial to the nails. ME is packed with vitamins and peptides, which claim to help strengthen, hydrate, and improve elasticity of weak nails. These nail colors also claim to be fast drying with a high-gloss finish.

I was skeptical that a nail color marketed as a treatment wouldn’t have a great formula – in other words, it seemed too good to be true. Fortunately, ME is one of the best nail polishes, formula-wise, that I’ve ever had the pleasure of applying. The color I tested, Luxurious, is a vibrant lilac crème finish polish. It went on smoothly and easily; the consistency was perfect and I had zero bubbles with two thin coats. The brand’s claim about being fast drying held true for me, but Luxurious was no glossier than a standard crème polish. ME also wore for five days straight with no chipping (using topcoat), which is above average for me.
After I added some bling

As for the claims Dermelect makes about their ingredients, I was less convinced. Perhaps if you were to only use ME colors instead of other brands, you would see a difference in the health of your nails. However, I am too much of a nail polish enthusiast to commit myself to Dermelect’s small range of six crème polishes with no particularly unique shades. If you are that concerned about the condition of your nails, consider using a base coat with similar ingredients so you can get some of the benefits without sacrificing color choices. Dermelect has a peptide-infused base coat that I am particularly interested in!

Overall, ME nail colors are a good concept, but a little gimmicky for my taste. I would recommend them for the formula alone if you are looking for a good crème polish.

Ingredients: Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Nitrocellulose, Triphenyl Phosphate, Trimethyl Pentanyl Diisobutyrate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Ethyl Tosylamide/Epozy Resin, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Benzophenone -1 , Stearalkonium Hectorite, Diacetone Alcohol, Citric Acid, Water (And) Hydroylzed Keratin, Dimethicone. May Contain: Blue #1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Black Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Yellow #5 Lake (CI 19140), Red #6 Lake (CI 15850), Red #7 Lake (CI 15850), Red #30 Lake (CI 77360), Red #34 Lake (CI 15880), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Polyethylene Terephthalate