Liquid Palisade is a purple liquid in a tube with a fine brush that is specifically designed as a masking fluid to protect around your nails when doing messy nail art. Effectively, it can replace sticky tape around your cuticles if doing a watermarble, gradient or stamping.
The liquid paints on pink and drys to a darker purple shade, so you can easily tell when it's dry. It takes about 2-3 minutes for it to dry.
Here is a recent mani I did that used Liquid Palisade to protect my cuticles whilst stamping.
You can also use Liquid Palisade to mask of areas on your nails, then paint over them like I did with this mani. It also works perfectly for masking off the tip of your nail for a French Mani.
Here is an instavideo that shows how I did it. This isn't the best video because I had to total brain explosion when I was recording. I somehow got my recording out of sync, meaning I started recording when I meant to stop and then kept going for about 5 different takes of video. This meant I ended up with very long videos looking at a white piece of paper, and no video of me actually doing my nails. But hopefully you will get the idea.
Here is another instavideo with a bunch of mani's using liquid palisade. I love watching it peel off all the mess.
Next, let's talk about Art Masking Fluid. I purchased some of this mid last year in a hope that it would do the same thing as Liquid Palisade. I never bothered reviewing it here on my blog because I wasn't able to get very good results with it and didn't really want to recommend it to anyone.
Below is another video - a bit longer this time, which shows a comparison between Liquid Palisade and Art Masking Fluid.
I found the art masking fluid difficult to work with because a) it was really thin. Even when I put it into a polish bottle for more accurate application, I found it always flooded my cuticles and I would be picking bits of rubber out from under my nail our around the cuticle all day. b) this masking fluid has a yellow milky white appearance that dries totally clear. This combined with how thin it is, makes it really hard to remove - as you will see in the video. I know other brands of masking fluid or liquid latex available in other countries are available in different colours, so you might have better luck than I did.
The other big thing that I noticed with both the Art Masking Fluid and with Liquid Palisade was that if you let the polish dry on it (even if your nail is still wet), it will flake off everywhere when you remove the flexible rubber from your nails - and worse, then get stuck in your still wet nails. There are two ways to get around this.
- Do one nail at a time. This way you will pull the Liquid Palisade off your nail whilst the polish on the Liquid Palisade is still wet and stretchy.
- If you do all nails at once like I do, use some nail polish remover on a brush (I actually use non-acetone remover) and wipe that around the cuticle. It doesn't need to be neat or accurate and you aren't attempting to clean up the polish on the Liquid Palisade, you just want the polish to soften so that it becomes stretchy again, and then wont flake off. I've demoed this in the video.
- Shake your liquid palisade very well before and during use!
- Apply a thin coat of liquid palisade vs. a thicker coat.
- Let liquid palisade dry completely before polishing or nail art.
- Peel liquid palisade off BEFORE your polish is dry
- Gently tweak liquid palisade with a manicure stick or your finger for the perfect edge.
- If the liquid palisade application doesn't look right, peel it off and try again!
- For nail art, wait until your base coat of polish is dry before applying liquid palisade
- Apply liquid palisade to all nails BEFORE starting to polish.
I would absolutely recommend Liquid Palisade to any nail artist. It is so easy to apply, dries fast, is a nice consistency (not too thick or too thin), it's colour is good and it peels off beautifully.
You might be able to get good results with a cheaper Art Masking Fluid alternative, although I didn't.
Liquid Palisade is now available from Picture Polish or directly from Kiesque.
Product provided for review.