Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsion

polyvinyl acetate

What it is
Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsion is an adhesive polymer that’s milky white in colour and is often used as an emulsion in water. More simply put, it is PVA glue.

What it does
Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsion is mostly used in peel-off nail polishes and face masks for its ability to create an adhesive film that is easy to remove. That’s because, once the water evaporates, the adhesive that’s left behind doesn’t have a very strong hold when applied on a smooth surface like that of the nail and can so be peeled off in big chunks. On porous materials such as wood, its hold is much more resistant.

Side effects
Polyvinyl Acetate Emulsion is generally considered to be safe. However, if it chips, it may remove a big chunk of the nail polish too, completely ruining your manicure.

(Sources: http://www.labmuffin.com, wisegeek and Beauty Therapy: The Foundations by Lorraine Nordmann)
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  1. says

    You’re a true gem, Gio, you really are.

    I tried this yesterday and it worked like a charm!

    I tried doing a glittery French once before – it looked divine, but it gave me so much trouble during removal I gave up and just cut my nails rather than subjecting them to more acetone, rubbing and scratching.

    With PVA… bliss! It peels away so easily and all in one piece.
    It didn’t chip, although in truth I only wore it for less than a day… but I don’t think I’d wear a glitter mani for more than a day anyhow.

    (I didn’t know they use it in face masks, too!)
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  2. Janessa says

    This is so neat. I always liked playing with glue and this is kind of like glue? I use glue not only to adhere things but to glaze crafts and make figurines by molding the glue like clay.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, yes, this is practically glue and it’s so helpful in removing glitter nail polishes and face masks.

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