I have been spending a lot of time at home since my recent seizure and have sadly been neglecting my nails. Normally I repaint my nails every 2 – 3 days to keep them looking their best. The only thing I’ve managed to do since my seizure back on March 22nd is to put on a coat of clear L.A. Colors Nail Treatment Ultra Nail Hardener a couple different times. Which, by the way, is the only nail hardener I use. It is super cheap and works awesome! Anyways, my mom thought I needed to get out of the house and so she took me to the book store and to look at nail stuff and I came across this Kiss Marbleizing nail kit. I’ve never tried this brand before, or this technique, but I’m hoping that since I have been shaky lately that it will be easy for me to do.
~ Instructions ~
So the box says that it takes only three easy steps: Polish, Dot, Swirl. More specifically, it says:
- Select a base color and apply over entire nail.
- While wet, select another color and squeeze bottle to drop 2 or 3 dots.
- While still wet, using pen tip, squeeze bottle and swirl 3rd color through dots and base color.
Let dry and seal design with a topcoat. Okay, sounds easy enough. Let’s give this a whirl!
~ Pros ~
I love that each of the color pens have a base so they stand upright. You don’t have to worry about it falling over and spilling.
I picked out the set that has white, light pink, and a magenta like color. They also had a purple set but I love pink so naturally I selected this one.
The pen tips would be great for creating designs that aren’t marble effects like lines, dots, zig zags, flowers, etc.
The polishes are easy to remove with nail polish remover.
~ Cons ~
The polishes do have a stronger odor than some polishes I have tried so I’m not liking that.
They give you a little piece of folding paper with instructions on the inside of the box. I expected this paper to show how to do the marbleizing effect. It didn’t. It “tells” how to do it but in terms of actually showing examples, it showed how to do flowers, stripes, paw prints but not what the kit is advertised for. This makes it kind of confusing, especially for those of us who learn better by seeing rather than reading. See what I mean?
The light pink bottle’s lid was on crooked right out of the pack. No matter what I did, it wouldn’t go on straight. I looked on the inside of the lid and the plastic where the base of the brush meets the lid was warped and preventing it from going on correctly. This also prevented me from using it as the pen option without making a huge mess. To use it as a brush was fine but trying to squeeze it through the pen tip wouldn’t work because since the lid couldn’t be screwed on properly, nail polish just leaked out the side.
~ Bottom Line ~
Would I buy Kiss Marbleizing Pen & Polish again? Probably not. I haven’t worked with this technique enough and it is not as easy as stated on the box (then again, hardly anything ever is). Maybe I was just not with it enough to get it. When I tried “swirling” the pen through the dots like the instructions said, it just mixed the colors and didn’t achieve the marble effect. I had to do my nails twice just to get a half way decent example that I was comfortable displaying on my blog (hence the image above). But for the amount I paid for this kit, I at least expected the pens to work properly and the one didn’t. I think the idea is great but the follow through needs a little more work and the products a little higher quality (or the price a little cheaper).
Have you tried this kit? What did you think? I hope you had an easier time than I did.