| Beauty | Water Colour Nails

It has been quite some time since anything beauty related moved me to write. Yet this unassuming nail polish, with its unusual  label, has done just that.

If I told you that it is a water-based nail varnish that is also non toxic, solvent free,fast drying, completely natural in its formula and odourless, you may well suggest that I am serving up a pile of porkie-pies. 
But I promise you - no pies in sight.

Ueba Esou is a company that established itself in Kyoto in 1751 as manufacturers of high quality paints with seashell powder (gofun) and a variety of natural pigments. Today Ueba Esou uses the same natural gofun based formula and many of the same techniques to produce these unique nail polishes from their humble factory in Kyoto.

Though I rarely find the time to paint my nails these days, I am glad that I managed to buy a bottle while I was in Japan. The colour I chose is a sheer watery shade called 'mizu momo' (water peach) a shade that I am finding particularly charming this summer.  

I must admit - I didn't have high hopes on the 'odourless' claims but to my astonishment, it doesn't have a hint of the toxic nail polish smell I am used to. Instead it has a barely detectable scent that can be likened to artists water paint and rose water. Hiro is very happy about this as he really finds the smell on regular nail polishes most disagreeable.

It also meets its claims of being fast drying as each coat is touch dry in under a minute.

There is a large selection of shades available and I do wish that I got a couple more to try. I have heard that some the more pigmented shades dry  matte but this can be seen to with a shiny topcoat if required. And if you are wondering, the polish can be removed with a bit of alcohol.

I do wish that these were available in the UK but try as I might, I have yet to find a supplier. I have heard that Miyake Issey sell these in their shops in Japan so will ask their UK representatives about this and will let you know if I hear back.

If you are interested in learning more about Ueba Esou, I can recommend visiting The Design Files who visited their factory HERE 

USEFUL LINKS | Ueba Esou Gofun Nail Polish (Japanese)| 


  1. everything about that nail polish is beautiful

  2. Oooh...these are gorgeous, I shall be checking them out. Any polish that dries fast is dandy with me :) xx

  3. Water Peach. And the label. Little pieces of heaven x

  4. i've never once considered the chemical content of nail polishes but it is something definitely to consider. the colour that you've shown is super cute and has a shiny finish!

    thank you for your comment re:my drawings xxxx

  5. i love everything about that nail polish! i never used to paint my nails before but for the past year i've been loving switching up colors. it started when i picked up a color that resembled these flower dyes that are used for nail coloring. i remember having them done as a child. little boys would just get their pinky done. such fun memories. i actually wanted to try and see if there was a way to do the flower dye here in the states.. i should really look that up to see if it's possible :)

  6. The label is so cool! Like how it is natural. I don't mind the usual nail varnish smell but my poor nails does get fragile everytime.

    Katrina Sophia

  7. I've actually got the koubaibyaku colour which is really great in summer with a tan as it's a very pale whitish pink that looks like paint. Love it and want more colours!


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