Prosecco is the nation’s favourite fizz – so much so, that you can get sweets, lip balm and even crisps flavoured like the Italian sparkling wine.
Now a shimmery gold nail varnish claims to be the first Prosecco-flavoured polish.
Made with real Prosecco, the sparkly nail varnish claims it gives you all the smells and flavours of a crisp glass of fizz without the sore head the next day.
But beauty and health experts have warned against buying the lickable polish – saying it’s unhygienic and that it will encourage nail biting.
Groupon says it has made the world’s first Prosecco-flavoured nail polish – but beauty experts have warned of the dangers of licking unclean nails and encouraging nail biting
The zero-calorie polish, which can only be won in a free prize draw on Groupon’s website, needs to be applied differently to other nail polishes, as a thin layer should be applied first and then allowed to dry for 15 minutes.
Only then can you have a lick to enjoy the taste of the sparkling wine. More layers can then be added afterwards.
But skincare and health expert Lisa Franklin said she would warn against anyone using the polish.
‘Apart from encouraging bad behaviours like nail biting, edible polishes tend to be full of artificial flavourings and sweeteners,’ she said.
The polish is said to contain a ‘finely milled edible pigment’, which when shaken well, is supposed to mimic the appearance of bubbles
‘Moreover our hands and fingernails harbour the most bacteria found on the human body, so actively encouraging them to be continuously in one’s mouth is far from good advice.’
What’s in the Prosecco-flavoured nail polish?
Alcohol; Shellac E904, Artificial Prosecco flavouring, propylene glycol, Sodium saccharin, Prosecco, Colour; E555 Potassium Aluminium Silicate, E171 Titanium Dioxide, E172 Iron oxide.
Safety and allergen information:
Do NOT DRINK.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames.
Manufactured in a facility that also handles milk, soya, nuts, sulphites & wheat
Store in cool dry place away from direct heat and sunlight.
Aphrodite Paphitis, head of beauty at the prestigious Paul Edmonds salon in London, agreed and added: ‘With the bacterial content in your mouth it may discolour or affect the efficacy of the nail varnish and potentially lead to the discolouring of varnish, split nails, and a lifting up of the varnish – especially where the ends may not have been sealed properly upon application.
‘This is assuming you even have clean fingers to begin with – licking them may not be advised.
‘If you like biting your nails and happen to love the flavour of Prosecco it could be bad news, but if you don’t like the flavour of Prosecco then it could be a good deterrent and lead to healthy nails.’
As well as artificial Prosecco flavouring, real Prosecco, and alcohol, the polish created by The Robin Collective also contains chemicals such as titanium dioxide and potassium aluminium silicate.
It comes with a flammable warning – as well as instructions not to drink the whole bottle in a fit of thirsty desperation.
Jon Wilson, MD at Groupon UK, said: ‘We know how popular prosecco and manicures are with our customers.
‘Manicures in particular are a popular activity for mum and daughters to do together, so creating something that combined both of these things ahead of Mother’s Day seemed like a brilliant and novel idea.’