Oh god. This is AWFUL. I intended these for “pattern” day in the 31 Day Challenge but they are so so terrible that I couldn’t post them. I almost didn’t post them here. I’m cringing.
So, where to begin. I started with a grey-to-purple holo gradient using Diamond by Darling Diva and Vallis Sanguine by Gothic Gala. That went nicely. I even put down a liquid latex barrier to make clean up easy!
Then the trouble began. I pulled out the nail vinyls I was sent to review from the Born Pretty Store and started trying to pull them off their plastic backing…and they fell apart. The pattern is a checker board, and whole checks were falling off! Tearing, ripping…it was awful. I stuck the vinyls to my wrist before applying them to my nails (like I do for tape and really anything I plan to pull off my nail, just to make them a tad easier to remove.
Once on my nails, the vinyls were super stiff, and wouldn’t bend to my cuticle bed. I pushed them down hard, and tried to do an inverted purple-to-grey mani using Margo by Zoya and Sugar Cube by Salon Perfect (I started with a light grey creme, but it wasn’t opaque enough so I switched to white). The gradient went on fine…and then I went to remove the vinyls.
DISASTER. They broke into pieces as I pulled them off, some refused to come, and all this polish had seeped under the vinyl! I was using a makeup sponge, how was there seepage?! I can only imagine how awful this would have looked if I had actually painted the polish on rather than sponged it. Ugh.
What you are seeing is what it looked like after I tried to clean up the super super messy edges with a tiny brush and acetone AND two layers of top coat (because things were sticking up everywhere). I give up. Only my thumb came out even close to ok, and that was after clean-up as well. I’ll try the zig-zag pattern (it was two patterns, 5 pieces each, on one piece of plastic) but I hold very little hope for them.
In summary: Total And Complete Failure. Do not recommend. If you want to see if you can beat me at nail vinyls, you can find them for $4.59 at the Born Pretty Store. I’ve seen some pretty nail art with them, so either I got a bad batch or I am just as bad as I think I am at this! Don’t judge me for my terrible nails today 😦