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The Chemistry of Nail Polish

The Chemistry of Nail Polish – Polymers, Plasticisers and Pigments

Infographic on the chemistry of nail polish. The graphic highlights the film-forming polymers, such as nitrocellulose, used in polishes, the solvents, such as ethyl acetate, that give it its characteristic smell, and some of the different pigments used.
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Painting your nails with nail polish might not seem like a particularly complex chemical process, but there’s much more to it than meets the eye. Polymerisation, thixotropic agents, solvents and thermochromism are all terms you might expect to hear more frequently in a lab than in a nail salon, but they can all crop up in relation to nail polish. In this graphic and article, we take a look at the different chemistry that comes together to colour your nails.

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