Essence Nail Art Kit Review

2 August 2013

I’m no hand-placed-glitter expert (I’m looking at you, Laura), and also couldn’t be bothered to order the glitters online. Luckily I walked past the Essence display at my local Shoppers (why are these displays always the furthest thing from the Nail Polish section?) and was delighted to find this $3 nail art kit!

There were Gold or Silver Kit options (they also had Nail Tape & Stickers). Each pack contained large hex glitter, small diamond holo glitter, stick holo glitter, nail foil and tiny bows. I picked up the silver pack to match my current nails and tested them out (except the bows, I’m saving those for later).


To start I got out my cheapest clear-coat. I stock up on Wet & Wild whenenever I see it at the dollar store, since I use it for lots of different nail art – and certainly won’t want to be using my precious Seche Vite just as a glue (besides, it dries way to fast for hand-placed glitter).

Here’s everything set up, ready to go:

 

I started with the small diamond holo glitter, and made a harlequin diamond on my pointer finger, next a line of the large hex glitter on my middle finger. Both were placed using a toothpick, on top of a layer of the clear coat.

The pinky I did a bottom-to-top gradient using the stick holo glitter, applied using a Q-Tip. I also had to use a Q-tip with the foil, which was applied to my thumb, also bottom-up. Foils are DELICATE, yo – if you’ve ever worked with Gold Leaf, then you know, you nearly have to hold your breath when working with them.

In the end, I found the kit to be pretty much amazing. You get a bunch of glitters, that will last me quite a few designs, and it was pretty, and easy to use. I’m delighted with my jazzed up, Bling’d out fingers.

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