What’s Going on With Mentality?

Please read through to the bottom of this post. I updated it as information developed.

Earlier this summer, it came to Mentality‘s attention that the base they were using for their polish was causing issues for some customers. Many did not experience problems at all. Those that did experience some problems had issues ranging from a slight tingling to nails lifting from the bed. Mentality took this issue very seriously and issued a statement on their social media that if you experience any sensitivity to the polish to cease use immediately.

The owners did quite a bit of research behind the scenes trying to figure out what, exactly, caused the issue. While we’ll never know for sure, they knew they had to change their polish base right away. They have now switched to a base that is commonly used in nail polish across many brands. Update 8-25-2015: I no longer believe this to be true.

Mentality gathered information from the sensitivity reports received and were able to narrow down the base as the culprit, as it was not a particular collection or pigment that was affected, but a variety of products. The common factor was the suspension base. The manufacturer of this base was Arminex. They have since switched back to using base manufactured by Fiabila and Tecvo, whose products were used from 2012-2014 with no issues. To find out exactly what was wrong with the Arminex base will require lab testing. They are also compiling a report to submit to the FDA so that they may get the answers they need.  Update 8-25-2015: I no longer believe this to be true. In fact, evidence points to the theory that they may have been adding to or even making their own base with little to no testing.  See screenshot from their Facebook page. This comment has since been deleted.

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If you have purchased from Mentality from April – June and you are experiencing sensitivity, please contact Mentality directly to have your polishes replaced. Their email is info@mentalitynailpolish.com. As you can imagine, it will take a little time for this to happen as they are replacing many bottles for their customers.  As of this writing, there is approximately a two week wait time for replacements. Please be patient. They WILL get everyone taken care of.

There have been some untrue rumors about the timing of what happened. One of the rumors I’d like to correct is that Mentality had a sale to intentionally sell the bad base. This is untrue. Mentality was alerted of an issue with their base by their bloggers at least a week after the first announcement of their summer sale.

Mentality is safe to use, especially since they have gone to a reformulated base. Please keep in mind that issues like this can happen with any company – large or small. Update 8-25-2015: I would not recommend using their polishes regardless of time of purchase. Ashley from Ashley is Polish Addicted has posted an account that this might have been an issue for over a year.

Please join me in supporting Mentality as they continue to make gorgeous polishes and as they continue to do right by their customers.

Update 8-20-2015 12:20pm:

Why didn’t bloggers sound the alarms? The sensitivity and lifting issues occurred slowly over time. The reported issues are not something that would be noticed in a swatching session nor in a day of wearing polish. Bloggers began to notify Mentality in late June. Mentality posted on their social media a few weeks after that. Why did it take that much time? Because none of us were sure what was going on. I believe Mentality acted as quickly as they could have.

Why didn’t Mentality email their customers? I do not have an answer to this question. I do think they should have sent an email in addition to the social media posts they made.

Update 8-20-2015 1:49pm:

Why didn’t Mentality email their customers? Here is the response directly from Mentality:

“Since we posted the announcement to social media, we have been busy responding to emails, filling replacement requests, and filling orders. To take the time I would have needed to email everyone individually, it would have taken far too much away from production [of replacement bottles]. I chose to focus on production so these ladies would get the polish they were asking for.”

Update 8-21-2015 8:48am:

Mentality has posted another alert on both Facebook and Instagram.

Update 8-23-2015 7:13am:

Mentality will not be able to refund or exchange any more polishes purchased in the April-June timeframe.

If you experience any sensitivity to their product (or any product for that matter), please cease use immediately.

Update 8-23-2015 6:41pm:

This whole situation is a huge clusterf@$k and I will be refraining from making any more updates until things have settled down.

Update 8-25-2015 5:17am

I was going to eat crow for dinner last night but decided to wait until this morning. I didn’t want to write anything in anger. After sleeping on it, I still feel the same way.

These two posts that were on Mentality’s page yesterday were the final straws on this camel’s back. I screenshotted them in case Mentality deletes them. I also left the date and time of my computer in the screenshot so you can see when I took them in relation to the “5 hours ago” information Facebook gives you.




I now admit that I have egg on my face and, a little late to the game, retract an support of Mentality.  I am extremely worried about the mental health of both owners – for different reasons.

Thanks for the healthy debate in the comments section both here and on my Facebook page! Now it’s time to put my big girl panties on and go eat crow on social media!

Update 8-25-2015 8:39am:

I have made some updates to the original post. Also, it appears Mentality has (finally) put an announcement on their landing page. Unfortunately, I fear that will be too little too late.

Update 8-25-2015 8:25pm:
I’m starting to see recommendations on how to help your damaged nails heal if you’ve been hurt by the Mentality polishes. This is starting to worry me because the #1 thing you should do is go see a doctor. Or two. A second opinion never hurt anyone. But please, please be very hesitant to follow advice from anyone other than your doctor. This is completely different that the “how do I make my nails grow long” types of advice. This is a medical issue with your nails lifting from the bed and likely fungus growing underneath. That requires medical attention.

Update 8-26-2015 6:29pm:

In the last 24 hours, Mentality has been officially issued a cease and desist order from Arminex. This was posted to Mentality’s Facebook page:


Mentality has now issued a recall for the ‘bad base’ polishes. This is about two months (or a year) too late.



I know that I’m going to be holding on to my polishes for a little while. Why would you send evidence back to an alleged criminal? I believe in innocent until proven guilty but you still keep the evidence in a safe location!

Updated 8-27-2015 6:20am

OH NOOOO!!! It’s happening. Found this listing on ebay. I’m sending this response! I hope she takes it down!!



This might be the worst case yet….this Mentality user got a staph infection and had to wear gloves to protect her family!



Current Ingredients for the new Square bottle:

Cremes and holos – Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Phthalic Anhydride/Trimellitic Anhydride/Glycols Copolymer, Nitrocellulose, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40B, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Silica, Diethylhexyl Adipate, Butyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-1

Glass flecks and glitter – Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl, Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Silica, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-1, Violet 2

Mattes – Ethyl Acetate, Butyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl, Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Silica, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Acrylates Copolymer, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer,Benzophenone-1, Trimethylpentanediyl, Dibenzoate

UV Gel Base Coat – Dipentaerythritol Hexaacrylate, 2-Hydroxypropyl methacrylate, 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate, Isobornyl Acrylate, N,N-Dimethylacrylamide, Acrylic Acid, Bis(2-Methacryloxyethyl)Phosphate

UV Gel Colors – Dipentaerythritol hexaacrylate, Hydroxypropyl Methacrylate, 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate (HEMA), Hydroxycyclohexyl Phenyl Ketone, Trimethylolpropane triacrylate, Phenyl bis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)-phosphine oxide and colorants

UV Gel Top Coat – Isobornyl Methacrylate, Trimethylolpropane Triacrylate, 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate, N,N-Dimethylacrylamide, 1-Hydroxycyclohexyl Phenyl Ketone, Bis(2-Methacryloxyethyl)Phosphate, Carboxybenzene

All Polishes May Contain: titanium dioxide, pigment, mica, glitter, aluminum powder, and/or acetone. These are the pigments and glitters that we add to color our products. All have been approved for use in cosmetics.

Warning: Flammable. Do not ignite or use near heat or open flame. Keep out of reach of children. Do not ingest. Do not inhale fumes. Use in a well-ventilated area. Only for use on the nail plate. As with all chemical products, if you experience sensitivity, discontinue use.

Round Screen Printed Bottle Ingredients: Butyl acetate, ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, acetyle tributyl citrate, phthalic anhydride/trimellitic anhydride/glycols copolumer, isopropyl alcohol, stearalkonium hectorite, adipic acid/fumaric acid/phthalic acid/tricyclodecane dimethanol copolymer, citric acid. *If you experience any sensitivity when using this particular product, please discontinue use immediately and contact us at info@mentalitynailpolish.com*

Orange and Gold Nail Art using BP-L-005

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I was sent Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L-005 to show you some of the designs and to review for you! You can see all their available image plates here: BornPrettyStore Stamping Image Plates. I picked this plate because I can see myself using pretty much every image on it!!

Wave & Texture Patterns Nail Art Stamp Template Image Plate BORN PRETTY L005 12.5 x 6.5cm

For this mani, I started with two coats of OPI Rollin’ In Cashmere (plain swatches at the end) and then used Mentality Orange Opaque as my stamping polish.


I either need to take some length off my nails, or I need to start paying more attention to image sizes!! These are exactly the length of my nails so I had to be super careful when lining them up. And as you can see, I didn’t do so great on my middle one!



Thanks again to BPS for sending me this to review! You can find these supplies and more in the nail art section of the Born Pretty Store. Use code FYL91 to receive 10% off all your supplies at BornPrettyStore.com


Here are some plain swatches of OPI Rollin’ in Cashmere. Isn’t she gorgeous?!?!?!?!




Color Club Miss Bliss Nail Art

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Today’s mani is part of the Crumpet’s 52-week pick and mix challenge. The prompts for this week are Film and Holo. This mani is just addressing the holo portion of the prompts.  I grabbed Color Club Miss Bliss. To this day, the Color Club Halo Hues are some of my favorite holos of all time. I used Mentality Grey Opaque to stamp which was given to me as a gift from Mentality.  The design is from Pueen Plate 81.


I liked wearing this mani because the stamping was so subtle. Sometimes it’s nice to have nail art that’s just for me and not for the person across the room! :)




Here is a plain swatch of Color Club Miss Biss without and then with flash. See how beautiful this is?? And it’s easy to find on Amazon! Woo Hoo! This first pic is in a light box.


This is in natural light with a flash from my camera. This is really what you see in sunlight. It’s quite stunning!


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Night Before Christmas Poem – For Polish Lovers

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A Visit from the Mailman

By Anne Smith of Betty’s Beauty Bombs

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The polish was put in the helmer with care,
In hopes that more top coat soon would be there;
The cremes were all nestled in the top of the drawer;
While visions of stamping made their dreams soar.
And hubby in his sweats and me in my jammies,
Had just settled in for video games and mani’s.
When out on the porch there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Carefully opened the shutters and moved the sash.
The light was shining off the pouring down rain,
Showing me a smudged mani; I cried in pain!
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a late-coming mailman and packages so dear,
With a delivery man carrying packages quite smallish,
I knew in a moment it must be more polish.
More rapid than eagles my heart did soar,
And I whistled, and shouted, and called out some more:
“Here, Holo! now, Jelly! now Glitter and Texture!
On, Creamy! on, Shimmer! on, Topper and Mixtures!
On top of my pinkie! On top of them all!
Now dry real fast! dry real fast! Dry real fast, all!!”
Items used: Pretty Serious Red Carpet Treatment, Mentality Green Opaque (which was sent to me as a gift from Mentality), and Cici&Sisi Holiday 2014 Stamping Plate.

Snowflake Nail Art

When I swatched Mentality Gala for you on Thanksgiving, I could tell this polish was begging for some snowflakes on top. Mentality Gala is part of their new jellychromes collection and I was set this as a press sample to show you. I started with two coats. After it was dry, I used the Cici&Sisi Christmas Plate and Konad White to stamp the design. (Here are the Amazon affiliate links for those: Konad White and Cici&Sisi Plate.) I love how this mani turned out. It’s chilly and wintery but kinda fun all at the same time.





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Antique Stamping Nail Art

This stamping didn’t turn out as crisp as I prefer, but I actually kinda like how the end result looks. Normally, I wouldn’t even share a mani that ended up with this splotchy of stamping on every nail, but the effect against the Mentality jellychrome makes it look a little antique so I decided to share it with you! This is Mentality Shatter, which I originally received as a press sample. Then, I used a design from the white Cici&Sisi plates set. Here is my Amazon affiliate link if you want to check it out. I used Konad black as my stamping polish. Here is my Amazon link for Konad.




SuperGirl Nail Art using Born Pretty Store Supplies

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The Born Pretty Store sent me these Superhero Decals to review for you! They also sent me these lightening bolt tip guides. I couldn’t help but make these into a manicure together!! I started with two coats of Mentality Gumdrop which is a cheerful blue holo. Once dry, I used the lightening bolt tip guides at the tip and painted China Glaze Seeing Red on top. Then, I pulled off the tip guides. You can see that I had a little trouble with bleeding where the lightening bolt changes angles. I tried super hard to keep the guide flat on my nail, but it kept happening.

Lastly, I soaked the decals in water per the directions and applied them in the blue area. In general, I like how this mani turned out, but I wish the red line was a lot crisper. It looks the best on my two middle fingers. (And of course my thumb which I don’t show in pictures! LOL!)



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Three Color Gradient Nail Art

As you learned last week, the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge has been changed. Now it’s a 52 week challenge where there are two prompts each week. You can do one, the other, or both! This week’s prompts are three-color gradient and pink. I decided to combine them both! I recently received the Mentality Earth Tones collection as a press sample so I decided to use three of them for today’s prompt! I picked Spackle (white), Stucco (pink), and Kaolin (blue).







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Born Pretty Nail Art Studs Review

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The Born Pretty Store was kind enough to let me pick some nail art items for review from their shop. One of the items I picked was this set of nail art studs. I don’t use studs all that much so I thought it would be a fun experiment to see how they worked for a ‘studs beginner’. I was really drawn to the stars. There is just something about stars that I love in nail art!!

I started with two coats of Mentality Asphalt (which I also originally received as a press sample). Then I applied a top coat and right away (per nail) placed a star stud. After each nail was done, then I went an applied another layer of top coat to seal in the stud. If you really want the studs to last, you’re going to need to use nail glue. I change my mani every day so I did not want or need that kind of lasting power.



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Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate Review

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The Born Pretty Store was nice enough to send me a stamping plate of my choosing for review. I chose Qgirl plate 016. I think I was drawn to the flowers! (The Mentality polishes used in this post are also a press sample.)



For this mani, I started with two coats of Mentality Loess and used Mentality Asphalt to stamp. The images transferred very well! The images are etched very well. Sometimes I accidentally smear an image if there is a lot of area that needs polish, such as the inside of the stars. I found that these were deep enough to hold enough polish, but not so deep that the image was flooded. It’s a happy medium.


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The Steel Sky

For today’s mani, I started with two coats of Mentality Spaced which is a graphite colored polish. I then selected Sally Hansen Sterling Silver and Pueen Plate 73 to stamp  curly-q’s on top. I like how this turned out! I love stamping with the Sally Hansen Color Foils and I’m going to cry when I use them all up!! The Pueen stamping plate comes in a back of about 20 of them and I haven’t even used half of them yet! It’s a great deal!


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Steampunk Nail Art goes Topless

Ahhh!!! Saturday! I love Saturdays, don’t you?? For today’s mani, I started with two coats of OPI 4 in the Morning which is my favorite black. Then, I picked Mentality Shadow which is part of their stampers collection. I then paired those with my new Vivid Lacquer VL029 stamping plate which has cool lace and steampunk designs on it. I did not top coat this mani (hence my super clever title) because I wanted to retain the special finish of the OPI.




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Galaxy Nail Art

I have been crazy for the Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat which I first swatched here. Ever since that post, I couldn’t stop thinking about what Smoky would look like over blue. I also imagined that it would be a great base for a galaxy mani, so I decided to give it a shot. I like how this turned out and I think I was totally right about Smoky looking awesome over blue.

Polishes used:

Orly Royal Navy

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat

China Glaze When Stars Collide

China Glaze Cosmic Dust

China Glaze Winter Holly

Mentality Anne

China Glaze Fairy Dust**

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in White

First, let’s take a look at what Orly Royal Navy Looks like on its own. Then, we’ll view the magic of Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat.


And here’s Royal Navy with  Smoky on top. I think it adds a gorgeous amount of dimension to the polish without even hiding the natural green shimmers in Royal Navy. And, I think it’s a great base for a galaxy mani!



And here are all the shots of my galaxy mani. I used a sponge to dab on the different colors. I used the same spot on the sponge each time to try and blend the colors together. I like how this turned out, but it’s not quite as great as some of the other galaxy manis I’ve seen online.


















**If you haven’t seen it already, the Mercurial Magpie wrote a HILARIOUS post about China Glaze Fairy Dust. It cracks me up and you should go read it. You can find it HERE.


A Love Poem to Polish

Dear Nail Polish,

Whether chrome or holo or creme.
When I find the right one, it’s a dream.
I love the pinks, the reds, the nudes.
Something to suit all my moods.

Whether it’s stamping or taping or dots,
You are always in my thoughts.
You make me feel chic and pretty.
I hope someone finds this poem witty.

Whether you’re in my drawer or desk or rack,
I’ll never forget you–not even in back.
Sometimes it’s a simple mani and sometimes it’s art
But no matter what, you’re always in my heart!






I hope you liked my poem. Apparently, I’m in  dorky mood. :P
Used for this mani: Mentality Bliss, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and Vivid Lacquer Stamping plate VL018

Tri-Polish Tuesday: Psychedelic

Happy Tuesday! This mani is part of the tri-polish challenge. This month’s theme is blue, pink, and yellow! For this week’s mani, I went with Mentality Gumdrop, Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power, and Julep Charlie along with Pueen Plate 62.

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