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The Picture Curable Guide to Help You Cure Your Nails

December 16, 2018 | How To, Curable

This is your go to guide on everything Picture Curable!

Is gel nail polish, acrylics, builder gel and dip powder damaging your natural nails?

Say goodbye to damaged nails and hello to a salon-worthy mani in the comfort of your home! The Picture Curable formula is a game-changer, somewhere between polish and gel, and lasts up to two weeks! No more piling on products or spending hours at the salon.

We’re talking quick and easy application, with self-leveling properties and a glossy finish that screams perfection. And the best part? You can remove it without causing damage to your natural nails! Get ready to flaunt your claws without the claw-ful consequences.

Here’s why you’re going to fall head over heels for PC!

Salon-quality nails on a budget so you can have the nails of your dreams without breaking the bank.

20 full sets in a bottle so your favourite shade keeps giving.

The perfect alternative to gel and acrylic nails for perfect nails with zero damage.

Tougher wear so you can get on with your day without worrying.

Quick application & short curing time so you can show off your picture-perfect nails sooner.

Lasts up to 14 days so your nails score you compliments for longer.

Damage-free removal with acetone treating your nails with kindness.

Vegan with no animal testing so you can enjoy your colourful nails without any doubts.

10 Free for stunning nails without the toxins or damage.

Australian-made & owned so you know you support local.

Blog articles:

How Does Picture Curable Differ From Other Nail Systems.

What is the Difference Between Nail Polish & Curable Lacquer.

The Lamp review by Buff and Polish (it’s extensive)

Curable Lacquer review by Buff and Polish (it’s epic)

Nails At Home review by Laublm (a first time user)

View all Picture Curable colors here.

Where is Picture Curable made?

Australia.  Picture Curable is formulated and made by a manufacturer that is certified to the international cosmetics standard ISO22716 GMP for Cosmetics.

We are often referred to as an ‘indie’ brand whilst we are independently owned we do not make our nail products in house.

All labels, packaging and printing for Picture Curable products are made and printed in Australia supporting local business.

The Picture Curable Lamp is made in China and the power supply has been assessed for compliance with electrical safety standards in Australia.

What ingredients are used to make Picture Curable?

Does not contain added Hydroquinone, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, Fragrance, Parabens or animal ingredients. No animal testing.

Tetrahydrofurfuryl Methacrylate, Tetrahydrofurfuryl Acrylate, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Di-Hema Trimethylhexyl Dicarbamate, 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate, 1,6- Hexanediol Diacrylate, Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Phenylbis (2,4,6-Trimethylbenzoyl) Phosphine Oxide, Phenyldimethoxyacetophenone, Nitrocellulose, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Etocrylene, N-Butyl Alcohol, Polyethylmethacrylate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Adipic Acide/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Trimethylbenzoyl Diphenylphosphine Oxide, Benzophenone-12, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Phosphoric Acid, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Diacetone Alcohol, Trimethylpentanediyl Dibenzoate, Dimethicone, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Silica

may contain +/-: CI 15850:1 Red Lake, CI 15850:2 Red 6 Lake, CI 77499 Black Iron Oxide, CI 77891 Titanium Dioxide,  CI 15880 Red 34 Lake, CI 77019  Mica, CI 77163 Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77491 Red Iron Oxide, CI 77510 Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 19140 Yellow 5 Lake, CI 77000 Aluminium Paste, CI 60725 Violet 2, CI 75170, CI 47005 Yellow 10, CI 77007 Ultramarine Blue, Polyethylene Teraphtalate

What is the volume of a Picture Curable bottle?

The bottle volume is 10 ml e 0.34 fl.oz.

How many applications in a Picture Curable bottle?

Each bottle delivers 20 full sets of nails that wear up to 14 days.  Individual results may vary.

Does Picture Curable have a used by date?

No.  We recommend 24 months from opening.

Picture Curable may become thicker and harder to use if:

  • the cap is not applied tightly after use.
  • the cap is left off the bottle for prolonged periods and the formula dries out.
  • the bottle is left in direct sunlight or extreme heat.

Add a couple of drops of properly formulated nail polish thinner (not nail polish remover) and mix well. This should return it to its perfect state.

Can I use Picture Curable with other nail products?

The Picture Curable formula is designed to be used on its own on natural nails and has been extensively tested for reliable performance using the application process recommended.

Picture Curable may work with other nail products however the formula has only been tested using the application process provided where it has been directly applied to natural nails.

The performance of Picture Curable cannot be guaranteed if other products are used with the formula.

Can I mix Picture Curable with other nail products?

No. Adding any nail polish or other products to Picture Curable may disturb the carefully balanced chemistry of the product and prevent good product performance.

Each Picture Curable has been extensively tested for reliable performance using the application process recommended.

The performance of Picture Curable cannot be guaranteed if other products are added to the formula.

How to store Picture Curable?

Caring for your Picture Curable is very important.  Always replace the cap tightly to prevent the product drying out. Store in a cool (do not store in the fridge) and dry place away from direct sunlight.  Keep away from heat, flame and unsupervised children.

Is Picture Curable breathable or permeable?

No. Picture Curable is designed to be a high gloss colour manicure for natural nails. Any water or oil between the nails and the colour film may cause reduced wear.

Is Picture Curable Halal?

Yes.  Picture Curable products are manufactured in a Halal certified facility, therefore all products are Halal certified.

Is Picture Curable vegan?

Yes. Picture Curable does not contain animal ingredients.

Are Picture Curable products tested on animals.

No. Picture Curable products have not been tested on animals nor do they include any ingredients tested on animals.

The UVA Lamp

Does Picture Curable require a lamp?

Yes. Picture Curable has its own custom made LED lamp aka ‘spaceship’.

For an extensive review on the Picture Curable Lamp see The Spaceship Review.

It is very important to ensure the product cures properly (under curing may cause skin irritation).  Picture Curable cures at 395 nm and our lamp has 395 nm diodes so it is different to most gel lamps.


  • Power = 48 W
  • Light Source: 33 x 395nm diodes only*
  • Diode Lifespan: 50,000 hours

*The Picture Curable lamp does not cure gel systems that cure at 365/405nm.

Can you use an existing gel lamp with Picture Curable?

No. Picture Curable uses a specific formula requiring specific diodes that are not common in lamps used by other systems.

Picture Curable has been extensively tested to ensure thorough curing with our lamp.  It is recommended to use the Picture Curable ‘spaceship’ and follow the instructions provided for best results and proper curing.

How does the Picture Curable lamp work?

The Picture Curable lamp has an automatic sensor that turns on the LED lights when a hand enters the lamp.

Ensure all the nails are inside the lamp and receiving direct light contact and wait until the lights turn off after 120 seconds (2 minutes).

What are the buttons on the back of the Picture Curable lamp?

The Picture Curable lamp has additional buttons on the back that come standard with this model.

Please do not use those buttons as the settings may lower the light intensity which is not recommended for use when curing Picture Curable.

What about the power supply for my country?

Picture Curable lamps come standard with a power supply that has been certified to Australian standards.  It has an Australian power plug.

When you place an order from outside of Australia, we will contact you to confirm you power supply and plug.

If we are unable to source your power supply, the lamp will be shipped with the Australian power plug.  You will need to use a power adapter.  We will confirm that this is OK with you prior to shipping.


Does Picture Curable need a base coat?

No. Picture Curable does not require a base coat.  Therefore there is no base coat product.

Does Picture Curable need a top coat?

No. Most Picture Curable colors cure to a high gloss finish.  However we highly recommend you apply ‘Glossy’ top coat for even greater shine and longer wear.

Plus ‘Glossy’ increases the special effect of some colors with an even glossier finish.

Do you need to wipe and cleanse Picture Curable products?

No. Picture Curable colors + top coat do not require any further cleansing.  All products cure to a wonderful high gloss finish.  There is no sticky, tacky surface or extra steps to finish your nails.

Once Picture Curable is cured, you’re done woohoo!

How to apply Picture Curable?

Firstly, please keep it simple and follow the process (it does not need to be re-invented).

Start with clean dry nails.  Apply the first thin coat of color (thick coats are not welcome) and cure for 120 seconds (2 minutes).

The Spaceship (lamp) is automatically set to come on and off at the right time for your convenience. Please do not use the buttons on the back side of the lamp.

Repeat the process for the second coat of color, then same for ‘Glossy’ top coat and you’re done.

What if I see wrinkles on the edge of my nail painted with Picture Curable?

If your Picture Curable colour is wrinkling at the edges, too much product has been applied and the coating of Picture Curable is too thick. To fix this situation, simply remove the coat with the wrinkles and re-apply a thinner coat before curing again.

What if I get Picture Curable on my skin or cuticles?

It’s very important to avoid contact of the uncured product with skin and cuticles.

Apply Picture Curable carefully to avoid any skin or cuticle contact.

Do not cure product which is on skin or cuticles.

Wipe away any product that is in contact with skin and cuticles with acetone or another suitable remover.  If any uncured product remains in contact with skin then irritation may occur.

What if my skin shows signs of irritation with Picture Curable?

Discontinue using Picture Curable immediately.

Some skin types do not tolerate different types of nail coatings.  Applied correctly and fully cured, Picture Curable has been shown not to cause irritation however if any irritation occurs using Picture Curable, discontinue use.

It is important that the product is applied correctly and fully cured. Uncured product is the most common cause of nail product irritation. Make sure the ‘spaceship’ correct lamp is used and the correct procedure is followed to get proper curing of Picture Curable.

Here is a great article by “Nail guru Doug Schoon” Doug Schoon about the importance of proper curing.

How long will Picture Curable wear?

Picture Curable will remain on your nails until you remove it.  Applied correctly you will have 10 to 14 days wear before your nails start to grow out.


How do you remove Picture Curable?

Picture Curable removes very quickly by soaking your nails in acetone or gel nail remover.

Immerse your nails for 2 to 3 minutes in 100% acetone or gel nail remover (90%+ acetone) and Picture Curable crinkles up and wipes away.  No sticks, drills, files or wraps. No scraping, filing, drilling or heating. It simply wipes off after a little dip.

You can also soak a swab and hold directly onto your nails for 2 to 3 minutes.

Acetone based nail polish remover and Acetone Free nail polish remover will also remove Picture Curable however the process will take longer.

Does Picture Curable cause damage to natural nails?

No. The Picture Curable removal process is very different to removing gel polish systems because there is no nail damage after removing.

Upon removing Picture Curable, you will find your nails are in good condition and ready for another manicure.

Picture Curable is perfect for quick color changes or a quick fix.


Can Picture Polish, Picture Curable and Nail Art be shipped together?

Yes.  Australia wide. Plus current international locations we ship nail polish too.

All international orders are shipped with DHL Express as per current shipping arrangements. Check out Shipping here.