Using Masking Fluid with Nail Polish

I saw Liquid Palisade and my interest was peaked but at $22 it is a bit steep. In fact, I think it is way, way overpriced for what you are getting. I'm not shocked often but I was shocked at the price of that product. I knew about masking fluid and it's basically the same stuff just not packaged towards the nail folk. Ah, an experiment!

If you have any allergies to latex or rubber you might want to patch test before using or avoid it to be safe. Please use caution.

I bought a 1oz bottle for about $6 and I transferred it into an empty nail polish bottle. This is what I bought because I was familiar with it.

Here it is in an empty nail polish bottle. Kind of rubbery and I suggest wiping the brush before each use to get the residue off.

When you apply it it is a light blueish color and it dries clear. It takes about five minutes to dry. When you apply it make sure you get some on the skin. When it dries this is where you will begin to pull it off - like a tab. When it is dry I apply the color I want to use as an accent. I let that sit for a minute or two and I use tweezers to pull the masking fluid off. It doesn't mess up the polish and it came off very easily. It comes off like rubber and is oddly fun to pull off. Like when I put glue on my hand and peel it off when it dries - yes I still do it. Don't judge!

I'm still playing and learning but so far so good. Here it is wet.

Here is the finished results. Don't mind any hair or dry skin. Again, I was just playing but it has some nice potential and it's way, way cheaper. I probably should have used more contrasting colors but you get the idea!

Here is my right hand where I did a simple french manicure.

So there you have it. Check out your art/craft supply store for some masking fluid and save yourself the money and use it towards new polish. It works the same exact way as Liquid Palisade. Again, use caution when using something new and I would avoid it if you have latex allergies.


Rachel Marie February 7, 2011 at 11:05 AM

:) What a great alternative to LP.

Aseya February 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Oh how interesting!! I found some "3d nail paint" at my local Daiso, I think it might do the same thing, but it isn't clear.

Unknown February 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Love this, and it's so much cheaper than the liquid palisades stuff! I'm going to need to buy some of this!

jeannie February 7, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Oh, awesome idea! I'll be trying this!

Rory February 7, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Great idea! I'm definitely going to have to try this!

Kira February 7, 2011 at 12:31 PM

I'll be checking out my craft store soon as the LP had Ben on my lemming list but the price and shipping had me down :-(

Kendal February 7, 2011 at 1:48 PM


LB February 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Also, you can use a thinner brush to do a neater more detailed line. It's not the easiest to clean off so use a brush you would feel ok with throwing out. It's fun and cheaper so you don't have that guilt if you don't reach for it very often.

Liane February 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Interesting product but I probably wouldn't buy it. I like the glitter on the tips :-)

The Phalanges Friend February 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM

This is such a useful post! I wanted liquid palisade so much, but with my brokeness, that wasn't gonna happen.
I'm going to keep an eye out for this stuff instead.

Ulmiel February 7, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Ok, revelation, I didn't know things like this existed. o.O Awesome! :D

Libby's Pink Vanity February 7, 2011 at 7:10 PM

That's a great DIY idea. It does save a ton of money.

nail crazy February 8, 2011 at 11:41 AM

i need this :-D

ABOP Laquerlove February 10, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Thank you so much for posting this! People without alot of $$ to spend will definitely find it useful.

Thresa March 8, 2011 at 2:06 AM

Nice trick. I put a link to it on my blog ( I hope my readers will like it too. Thank you.

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