Pupa Vamp! Scented Nail Polish Gel Effect

sreda, november 10, 2021

Like the name says these are scented, which is something that appeals to me as a fan of fragrances. There are three versions of fragrance in the nail polishes: pink, red and black. Nude collection of shades have a pink fragrance, red shades a red one and deep, vampy shades have a black fragrance. Each collection has 5 shades, but we have a more limited selection here. Pupa recently released a selection of pastel shades, which I don't know whether it has a special fragrance or one of the three. The Base and Top Coat exists in all three versions of scents to compliment the coloured nail polish. They also come in three colours of bottles, so you know which is the right one (I think we only have this pink fragrance one here). Nail polishes are free from toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and camphor.

My Scented Transparent Base & Top Coat is the "pink fragrance" version so best used with shade 103 from the two I have. When I used it the first time I was disappointed to see it takes hours to dry completely (I messed up my nail polish two or three hours after application) and I blamed this coat, but I later used my regular top coat Seche Vite, which is the fastest drying top coat I know and it still dried quite slow, so it's the colour nail polish formula that is odd when applied in two coats because that has never happened to me with any nail polish topped with Seche Vite. By the way, using a different, not scented top coat has no effect on the fragrance. 

Formulas are described as gel, but 103 still needs two coats for an even finish, while 302 is a great one-coater, as most similar shades are anyway. 302 is so pigmented I can paint 3-4 nails before needing to dip the brush again and all nails have a fully opaque coat of colour. 103 Powder Pink with a pink fragrance has a gorgeous powdery floral vanilla scent that I would love to have in a proper fragrance form (edit March 2022: They released all three fragrances and I got this one). 302 Irreverent Fuchsia smells similar to Lancome La Vie est Belle (& tons of similar popular scents), so a sweet vanilla patchouli scent, but patchouli dissipates quickly. Scent in its full intensity lasts a day, while on the second it's very faint and then it's gone. It's not like spraying a perfume, but if you keep your hands near your face, you can smell it. 

Both shades last well on me (in two coats), but most nail polishes do thanks to my hard nails. I get over a week & a half with these before I get tired of colours and change my polish. One coat is much more short-lived, so even though the 302 is very pigmented, I still bother applying an extra coat. 

103 Powder Pink

103 is a great nude with some peachy-pink tones

302 Irreverent Fuchsia

302 is a warm purple or better said purplish hot pink. 

These are sold in DMs here and maybe Müller. They cost 8,99€

Edit March 2022: I got two more shades and two fragrances from this line. Fragrances are described here.

Base & Top Coat, 103 Powder Pink, 104 Romantic Rose, 203 Sensual Red and 302 Irreverent Fuchsia.

104 Romantic Rose

104 is a muted nude pink. It's darker than 103, more neutral, but still more on the warm side. It has a pink fragrance.

203 Sensual Red

203 is a cool red. Among the 5 red shades in the middle one in terms of depth. It has a red fragrance, which is a rich floral that is in the same scent family as Alien. 

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  1. Thank you for sharing your experience with the Pupa Scented Nail Polishes and Base & Top Coat! As a fellow fragrance enthusiast, I am definitely intrigued by the idea of scented nail polish. It's great to hear that the fragrances are pleasant and not overpowering.