First off, I'm not sure if "rhinestone" is the correct term for this monster. I imagine there is a better term out there - please let me know in comments if you know it! Since starting my nail tech training I've realised that I have SO much to learn about nails, and the things we put on them.
Born Pretty Store sent me this "rhinestone" (I'll call it that for now) to review a while ago, and this is the design I came up with to go with it.
|New watermark - what do you think?|
In case you don't know, Born Pretty Store is an online store that has just about anything you need to go about your daily life - seriously. I normally just review nail art supplies from there, and I have found them for the most part, fantastic. And cheap! So cheap. Free shipping is good that way ☺.
So, on to the stone. It chose it just to try something a little different - I haven't reviewed any of these full-nail gems before. I knew I wouldn't be able to use it in the way you would in salons (you'll need something a bit stronger than clear polish to stick this baby on) but I figured it'd be a good way to have a look, see what I think of it and show you guys.
Personally, it's not my style, at least for everyday wear. Too big and in-the-way. It'd catch on clothing and generally be a tad excessive. Then again, I know other people love these things (and I have worn a similar one properly before, here) but I prefer my 3D decorations smaller.
In saying that, it's pretty cool. It's really good quality, feels strong, durable and well-made. It's very sparkly and pretty and would be good for a special occasion.
A problem I have with these things though, is that they are rarely curved to lay flush to the natural nail bed. There are those awkward gaps on the edges that you need to fill with liquid and powder, or gel in order to keep it secure.
|The design without the rhinestone on ☺.|
At the moment (16 May 2014) this is for sale on Born Pretty Store here for $1.99, but is normally $2.49. Below I also have a discount code, to give you an extra 10% off. I think when I have my own salon I will keep a dozen or so of these handy, in case my client wants them. I'd be sure to charge a little extra to make up for the extra cost though - 3D nail art isn't free and it's important that you don't go backwards!
The polishes I used in this manicure were:
Jordana - Black
Jordana Pop Art - Black Mark, Contemporary White
OPI - Did you 'ear about Van Gogh?
Orly - Rocker Chick
Revlon - No Shrinking Violet
So in summary, these aren't top of my list of favourite nail art products, but I think they're good to have available. That's it from me! You may have noticed my posts have been a bit sporadic lately, and I'm trying to fix that. It appears that I may have overloaded myself too much - I have a LOT going on! I'm making plans on how to reduce the workload on and off-line though, and trying to prioritise. I will enjoy the mini-break Chris and I are going on next weekend!
*This product was provided to me for honest review by Born Pretty Store*