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The 411 on Inglot O2M: Is It Halal? Find out what Jeddah Blog thinks


Inglot breathable nail polishes have hit the stores. Muslim women of all ages have been waiting with bated breath to be able to wear nail polish whenever they like. For those unaware of ablution conditions for Muslims, and are wondering what all the fuss is about, let me explain.

Muslims pray five times a day, and the prerequisite to prayer is performing wudu, or ablution. One of the conditions of the ablution is for the water to touch every small part of the body being washed. This includes the nails. A regular nail polish obstructs the flow of water to the nails. Hence, many Muslim women choose not to use nail polish on a regular basis.

Recently though, a few companies have claimed to have discovered the holy grail of makeup – breathable, water permeable nail polish. Inglot, a Polish company, is one of those companies who are selling a range of these halal products in Mall of Arabia at SR65 apiece.

Some of Inglot's gorgeous colours. Inglot O2M.

A few of Inglot’s O2M colour range.

A note of caution though. Although the colours are gorgeous and vibrant, the jury is still out on whether these nail varnishes are truly water permeable and halal. Some customers have carried out experiments with varying results. Easmin Miah votes against it in her blog Oh So Peachy. Reem Faruqi conducted an experiment on Doodling Through Life, and says that some colours permeate if they are rubbed, and submerged in the water sufficiently long enough.

Here is Inglot’s official video on the water permeability of this range:

We would recommend that you do some research of your own on this. There is lots more information out there to read up on. Mustafa Umar has a pretty comprehensive piece with lots of relevant links at SuhaibWebb.

We at Jeddah Blog conducted our own, totally non-scientific (but very cool) test on Inglot, and we did see water permeate through the nail polish and material. Going by this result, we do feel that Inglot is breathable.

Well-known makeup artist Nilo Haq, Founder of IGlow and Editor-in-Chief of Jeddah Beauty Blog (and previously columnist here at Jeddah Blog) told us exclusively, “I am sceptical about Inglot’s breathable nail polish. Firstly because I don’t want to take any risks with my prayers. I’m not sure if the tests done by Inglot are okay, because out of the people who have tried to recreate the tests, some claim it has worked for them while others claim it hasn’t.” Nilo went on to say, “When I tried it, to me my heart didn’t agree. I’d wait for more research and tests before I’d go ahead and perform wudu with Inglot’s Breathable Nail polish.”

Jeddah Blog reader Bushra Masood says, “I love the Inglot breathable nailpolishes. They don’t come off easily though, and I’ve heard that they might not be breathable.”

Another brand catching everyone’s attention and getting more favourable results is Tuesday in Love, the breathable, peelable nail polish. Read our review here.

What do you think about all this? Have you bought Inglot and tried it out? Do you think it is a halal nail polish, or is it doubtful? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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18 thoughts on “The 411 on Inglot O2M: Is It Halal? Find out what Jeddah Blog thinks

  1. Sakeena Sheikh on said:

    Where do we buy the REAL and truly halal nail polish?

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  2. Maryam on said:

    Found this video of Tuesday in Love vs Inglot.. thought it might help your readers 🙂

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  3. Blogger007 on said:

    In my opinion it is not very practical if you keep in mind having to put on a base coat and top coat sandwiching the claimed “permeable” nail polish in between which makes its ability to pass water pretty much useless to all us muslim women doing wudu with it on. Applying it alone on the nail is not the best option as it could stain the nail and it would chip quickly too. I’m not an expert, but we should keep this in consideration when evaluating its effectiveness. 🙂

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  4. Pingback: A Review of Tuesday in Love: the Breathable, Peelable, Halal Nail Polish | Jeddah Blog

  5. I have a question, what actually makes nail polish haraam? What specific ingredient that is considered “haraam” Because one puts nail polish vs henna, why the differences? Because today’s henna does contain similar chemicals and ingredients as nail polish, so it can stay longer and more colors shines. Please do advice. Thanks!

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  6. Uzma on said:

    Assalamu alaykum, today i conducted tests on two of inglot shades directly on my nails with 2 coats on them. I put some water drops on them and rubbed them. I could feel a cooling effect on my natural nails. Kept rubbing for 15 to 20 seconds. After little while my nails absorbed the water. In my opinion it is breathable. Also, i am not a mufti but just a common person. I would advise everyone to conduct a test themselves.

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    • Wa alaikum salam Uzma, thanks for your valuable feedback. The test (very unscientific) we performed also came out positive and we feel the water did go through the nail polish.

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  7. sherry on said:

    INGLOT was never invented with Muslims in mind. It was created for women who regularly apply nail polish and are concerned of getting their nails damaged. The best to do is to stay away from it.

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  8. The inglot brand is a total scam. Tried their polish and it doesnt work.. the only reason the water is going through the filter is because the rubbing is causing abrasion of the paper. I did however test the tuesday in love and it works! A lot of people have been posting their tests on youtube and showing that tuesday in love is indeed permeable as they claim. Plus their nailpolish is peelable for those sisters who still prefer not having any polish on at all during wudu.

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  9. I’m not sure if it is practical becouse in video it’s showed ,how water go throw the nail polish but it takes 15second just for one nail..so when muslima will do wudu she will must perfectly wash each one nail..becouse if not,her wudu will not to be valid..so it’s questionable if it is really halal.maybe…but practical for muslima sure not. 🙂

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