Okay, I'm going to be honest with you guys. This post was originally meant to be a nail art tutorial using the Glam Manicare Express 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen.
BUT. I underestimated how difficult it was to use. I like to think that I'm pretty good at prettying up my digits, but this nail art pen was in a league of its own!
So instead of a tutorial, I'm going to share my experiences of using it. Think of this post as a first impressions / review post; I did give a few designs a go and I think they look "passable" but it was fun to give it a try! Read on to find out what I thought of this product...
What I will say is, clear top coat is magic and fixes everything!
First Impressions & Review: Glam Manicare Express 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen in "Sunset Orange"
|Left: the products I used in this post (when it was still intended to be a tutorial...)|
Right: What comes in the Glam Manicare kit (3 in 1 nail art pen, 300 jewels, 10 nail stencils and one cuticle stick)
First up, I painted my nails with two coats of white nail polish to give the bright orange polish something to contrast against.
I wanted to try out those stencils first, so I waited for my white polish to dry.
|These are the stencils that come with the kit. I wonder which ones I used... #captainobvious|
I'm not a huge fan of the designs included to be honest.
I decided to pretty it up with one of the jewels, so I applied a dot of polish using the nail pen and stuck one on. Better, but not fantastic. And I don't think they'll last that long...
I tried another stencil and that one was even worse... I had much better luck with the nail art pen and even though I don't have the steadiest hand in the world, the nails I drew on seemed to end up okay. What I have learned from this post is that clear top coat seems to fix polish mistakes and smooth out the polish really well! Below are the before-and-after shots of each nail art design I tried without and then with top coat.
Final Designs - Before and After Top Coat
|Sorry about my cuticles, cold winter wind has been wrecking havoc on my hands!|
The final result is passable, but I won't be giving anyone a close look at my nails any time soon! If I was to use this product again, I'd definitely just stick to using the nail art pen and maybe the jewels, but those stencils? A big miss for me!
Have you ever used a nail art pen before? Or even this particular kit? If you have, I'd love to hear your experiences, so let me know in the comments below.
*Disclaimer: This product was given to me by an affiliated company, but it was a gift and I was in no way obligated to write a blog post about it. I just felt like it :) All opinions are honest and my own.