Why You Should Not Use Acrylic Glitter in Nails

Maybe you are unaware of terms such as acrylic glitter, craft glitter, or cosmetic grade glitter. It may all look the same to you! They all shine and are used for nails, makeup, arts and crafts. However, there are huge differences you must be aware of.

The glitter mix used for cardboards and decorations is not the same as the one used for makeup and nails. Key differences in sourcing and manufacturing can play an important role in the product's performance and customer health. 

Indeed, the glitter terminology can be a bit confusing at times, but we are here to shed some light on this sparkly matter. So keep reading to find out which is the best option for your nails. And no, it is neither craft or acrylic glitter. It is a little fellow called Bioglitter™! 

Craft Glitter Vs. Cosmetic Grade Glitter

Craft glitter is a fan favorite because it is cheap and can give you lots of sparks. It is made from metal, glass, or poly-coated dyes. On the other side, cosmetic-grade glitter products are made from "non-toxic" plastics, even if ingested by accident in small quantities.

Craft glitter usually comes in bigger sizes and with sharp angles. This chunky glitter mix presentation is cut in squares or hexagons, giving you plenty of choices when it comes to decorations.

Many people think that these safety concerns are overblown. The glitter is supposed to be in between the layers of nail polish, with no direct contact with the natural nail. However, there is no way to ensure the material won't touch the cuticles and surrounding areas during the application. 

Cosmetic grade glitter is supposed to be safe for skin application because it meets rigorous health standards. The companies must follow strict sanitary protocols during manufacturing and packaging, ensuring no rust or toxic metals left from the machinery.

Regular glitter is PLASTIC, after all!

At the end of the day, it doesn't even matter whether you choose craft or cosmetic grade glitter for your acrylic nails. Both are plastic!  

Yes, in case you didn't know, glitter translates into tiny bits of plastics, which due to their size, are considered microplastics. Glitter ends up polluting our soils and oceans, disrupting marine sea life in ways that you couldn't imagine.

After all, plastic can take over 100 hundred years to degrade, and it can't be recycled. And since glitter is produced in a tiny formulation from the get-go, it makes it impossible to separate from the rest of the garbage. 

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Bioglitter is Better Than Acrylic Glitter

We know that whatever we say, you won't give up on your dose of spark and shine. However, you just have to choose an eco-friendly option to ease your "green consciousness" 

Bioglitter is a non-plastic eco-glitter primarily made from eucalyptus hardwoods. It is suitable for vegans, allergen-free, CMR, and GMOs-free. 

Also, our Bioglitter is naturally biodegradable. It decomposes like a regular leaf in nature, leaving minimal to no trace behind. It simply turns into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass. So, you get a naturally degradable spark without the litter!

Many companies claim their glitter has environmental benefits when actually they don't have many (or none at all!). Greenwashing claims are leading to confused consumers that buy these products confident in their "eco-credentials." However, instead of helping the planet, they keep damaging it.  

To be considered cosmetic grade glitter is not enough. Any glitter must pass the freshwater test and prove it to be labeled as naturally degradable. Bioglitter™ complies with third-party regulations like the "OK Biodegradable WATER" certification by TÜV.

Also, remember that compostable glitter does not decompose in nature. It requires complex composting facilities to degrade it, involving tons of energy and water wasted.

The only product that can actually guarantee to be a biodegradable cosmetic glitter is the real Bioglitter line: Bioglitter Sparkle and Bioglitter Pure. All of them are safe for the environment and human health. 

Bioglitter Is Eco-Friendly, Yet Effective!

Our Bioglitter Pure is compatible with various solvents. It shows high resistance for applications with gel, enamels, and other manicure products. Additionally, our Arts & Crafts Collection is safer than the regular cosmetic grade plastic glitter! 

Our Bioglitter complies with global cosmetics and rinse off legislations: 

  • European Cosmetic Regulation: 1221.

  • Korean Cosmetic Products Act.

  • Hygienic Standard for Cosmetics.

  • Industrial Chemicals. Act 1998 and Cosmetic Standards.

From our chunky nail glitters to our fine powdery shimmer, all of our products can be added to topcoats, mixed with acrylic to make your own powders, or added to wet gel polish and properly cured. 

So, don't worry because Bioglitter offers you a variety of colors to choose from for your nail decorations. Remember that nothing beats an eye-catching manicure that is both fabulous and environmentally friendly!

Bioglitter Sparkle & Bioglitter Pure

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