I was recently wandering aimlessly through Penny’s, as you do, and of course had to stop at the makeup counters on my way. I was browsing the Catrice counter and out of the corner of my eye I spotted some cool looking nail varnish on a shelf near by. It was a plain silver varnish and what I though was a glitter varnish but realised was a jar of little beads. It immediately reminded me of the Ciaté Caviar manicure sets.I love a bit of nail art so I thought to myself for €3.50, I’m having that!
Well for the sake of a few euros I had great fun with this I have to say! Basically you paint your nail with the silver varnish and while it is still wet you pour the beads over the varnish and they stick to it, you can press them a little to help them stick a bit better. You’re supposed to leave the beads for about 10 minutes for them to fix fully.
They include a small plastic tray that you use to catch the beads while you’re pouring them over your nail. You can then pour the excess beads back into the jar with a little funnel they include with the set. Nifty!
There’s something weirdly satisfying about pouring the beads over your nail and it gives a really cool effect. I decided to just do an accent nail as I thought all of them might be overkill but really I didn’t have the patience to wait for them to dry :).
I have to admit it’s not the longest lasting manicure but If you use a good top coat and base coat, I’d say you could get two days out of it. It’s perfect for a fancy schmancy night out, I’m definitely going back to get the gold version!