Did you all survive the holiday hullaballoo? In the midst of all the goings on, I received a sample of the soon to be released Nail Art Starter Kit from Kiss. They were gracious enough to honor my request for a sample for me to review on this blog. Receipt of a sample for review does not ensure a positive review and all opinions are my own. I’ll always let you know when I’ve received a sample directly from a company or individual for review and I will always give you my honest opinion.
Tonight’s post is brought to you by Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA. It’s alright. I’ve had worse, but mostly I’ve had better.
Shall we get to the actual nail stuff now? Yah. I thought so. Behold the packaging!
As you can see this comes with a decent selection of tools for beginners to nail art. The dotting tool it comes with it has no ball on the tip so it’s really better for using to swirl for a dry marble look like this:
I did this by applying a large drop of Julep’s Billie Jean, Essie Lilacism, and China Glaze Dance Baby to my pinky and using the dotting tool to swirl them.
The glitters it comes with are actually nice and fun to work with. Here are a few examples of ways to use the glitters. This is OPI Affair in Red Square with the zebra decals and red glitter included in the kit.
I really loved the green glitter over OPI Fly. As you can see tip wear came pretty quickly. This is after about half a day of wear. I still love the glitter.
This was a fun little go with stars and the iridescent glitters in pink, white, and purple.
As for the striping tape, it’s okay for making lines by peeling it up after layering another color. For creating designs with the actual tape? Not so much. The edges peeled up within a couple of hours and looked AWFUL. I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture. But what you WILL see in the picture below is a nail only half manicured because the area with the striping tape design actually popped off. Not so awesome. I share the shame of my half unpolished nail with you, dear readers. I’m not a total newb when it comes to striping tape so I did find this tape pretty disappointing because the cute pink holo color looked great with the Zoya Mason. The addition of the decal included in the kit does make it look almost like a tiara mani. Maybe I just invented something?! Probably not. /kicks dirt
The fan brush that comes with the kit was fun to play with. I’d never experimented with one and quite liked the result on my thumb in the picture below. I used a side sweep motion with Julep Mia, Sparitual Running with Wolves, and Color Club Poetic Hues. The striping brush is slightly better than I’d anticipated it being. I used it for the design in the picture below using Orly Luxe and OPI Fly with crystal accents that are also included in the kit.
Finally, the total girly, Barbie nail. China Glaze Dance Baby with flower accents and butterfly decals from the kit.
Overall I think this a fun little kit if just for the brushes and glitters alone. The top coat is really nothing to write home about. It doesn’t provide any real shine or protection from wear. If you’re just venturing into nail art this could be a nice way to ease into it. The flat brush it comes with for glitter application could also be used for doing edge clean up on a manicure. The fan brush is a nice little plus in the kit. For those out there looking to get a collection foundation going, this isn’t a bad way to start.
The Kiss Salon Secrets 2014 Nail Art Starter kit will retail for $9.99 in CVS and Walgreens nationwide beginning January/February 2014.