Monday, 1 July 2013

Neon Week with Born Pretty Silver Foil review

It is neon week on the blog this week and I have a confession, I don't own an awful lot of true neon polishes. But I do love some bright polishes so expect lots of in your face colour clashes this week to celebrate the start of summer!

So today I decided to neon skittles with a twist. I used China Glaze Flying Dragon (Neon), Orly Fresh, Nails Inc Atomic and an unnamed florescent highlighter pink from Stargazers. My camera found it hard to capture how truly bright and eye-watering this manicure was on the nail.

I then decided to use some of the silver foil I got from Born Pretty to review to add a little bling to this manicure.

Born Pretty call this glitter but it is actually very thin foil. Imagine gold leaf but not real gold or silver. Each sheet came in it's own individual screw top pot.  In a set you got 6 pots of silver and 6 of the gold foil.

This stuff is incredibly thin and fragile so you have to be very gentle when handling it. Don't do what I did and have your window open when you have your pot open or you will be running around trying to save your foil from the wind. 

 Once my neon polishes were dry I applied topcoat to the tips of nail where I wanted to apply the foil and then very carefully applied it to the nail. This foil is already scrunched up so don't worry about getting wrinkles in it and you really don't want to pull the foil tight onto the nail because you will probably rip it. Carefully remove the excess and apply topcoat. Although in my photographs it looks quite thick and noticeably bumpy it sits pretty flat on the nail and it's not at all bothersome. Of course this faux-texture is great because it is on trend and fashionable but not textured enough to be annoying.

What is also great about this product is if you made a mistake it is easy to patch it up with a little more topcoat and foil and it becomes almost unnoticable on the nail. Also a small amount of this product goes a long way. I used only about half a sheet of foil from one pot for this manicure so this pack would last a long time. Plus the foil completely disintegrated with my normal polish remover meaning that removal was stress-free (which is always a bonus!). 

The wear time on these foil wasn't the longest but I put this down to the fact that I used this directly on my nail tips which get the most abuse from typing etc. And even then the foil was only chipped away the the very tips and was still intact further up the nail.  Furthermore I have seen people add little ripped up pieces of this foil randomly scattered across the nail (like the gold-leaf topcoat) and thenI think it wouldn't look so bad if the foil started to chip on the free edge anyway!

I can't wait to use the gold foil, I think it would be a great alternative to the expensive gold leaf top coats that are being produced by the big brand names. If you have some patience I think this is a great thing to wear on a night out so add some extra bling to a manicure.

Remember you can get all your nail art products as Born Pretty- they stock so much! You can get the foils here. If you are planning to order form Born Pretty don't forget you can 10% off your order with the code "BA5X31" which is also on my blog sidebar.

Now check out the other neon nails for today!

See you tomorrow for more neon madness!

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  1. The neons look really good with the foil :)

  2. so clever! Love th idea, thanks!

  3. I like the combo! I've never tried foil but I always love the way it looks ;)

  4. Very cool. Love the silver with the neon!

  5. I've never tried foils before!! I've always been curious but never took the plunge!

  6. Neat! I need to try out foils!

  7. Love this! I need to try foil.

  8. I got some foils and I shredded them with my fingers for sort of a flakie look. Love this idea of covering a part of the nail with it too though. :-)


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