For those who are looking at the title of this blog post with a strong sense of “wut?” I’ll give you a quick run through. Muslims pray five times a day and before each prayer they perform ablutions called wuḍū which involves washing their arms, feet and head. So most Muslim women don’t wear nail polish on a day to day basis because it prevents the water from reaching their nails. These Ingot O2M Nail Enamels allow water vapour and potentially even droplets to permeate the varnish and reach the nail, which of course is very exciting for Muslim lacqueristas.
I understand that there may be those with reservations and those who believe that it is not sufficient for wuḍū. I don’t want to argue over whether or not it is, but provide swatches for those who’d like to see them. However, if you’d like to see the experiments then you can check this link out and formulate an opinion on your own or with the help of your Imam.
And if you’re not particularly interested in the ‘halal’ aspect then O2M lets your nails “breathe” by letting water and oxygen reach your nails even when there’s lacquer on them.
In Toronto Inglot cosmetics can be purchased at their store at Yonge and Dundas or via their website but it doesn’t look like they ship to any gulf/middle eastern countries. Featuring 81 shades in the range they retail for $16CAD/$15US for the old shades and $22CAD for the new ones.
These are the ones my best friend had that I shamelessly borrowed for the purpose of swatching.
This one by Tuesday in Love (another ‘halal’ brand) in the colour Milkshake was sold at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit conference in Toronto, so it’s definitely got some approval.
I hope these swatches were helpful.