When it comes to nails, I keep mine fairly short and tidy, although I won’t say no to a bit of colour on special occasions. I had acrylic nails done recently and they were quite damaging (REALLY DAMAGING) and it took a long time for them to get back to regular strength. It’s made me quite cautious of what I should be putting on them.
Having said that I found some time to play with Red Carpet Manicure’s new Nail Colour Mixing Kit (£40).
As someone who is not mad “in to” nails, nail powders are an entirely new concept to me although I realise they have been around for a while. Read on if you are as clueless as me…
Nail powders are a long lasting manicure product lasting 2 to 4 full weeks – they are considered to be more on the acrylic side than gel. The process involves dipping your nail in to the powder (after applying a sticky base coat) and repeating if necessary. Applying something called an activator sets the powder and it becomes pretty solid.
Because it’s powder, you can mix them up and create some unique shades.
This particular kit provides you with everything you need to begin with (there’s quite a lot of bits and pieces you need to get separately other wise).
Here are the colours provided, plus you get empty jars to mix up shades and a guide.
This video here explains how it works perfectly.
So I followed the steps down to the tee, cleaning the nail, base coat and dipping.
When you dip, be careful and make sure you don’t leave gaps (if so, add more base coat and redip). You have to then add activator. I used an old fan brush I have to brush off the excess.
The activator has a thick gloopy texture and there is a product in the kit which will help you thin it up. Once the activator is on (it’s runny and smells like alcohol) that’s it! Your nail is set so make sure you are happy with it. You then need to file and wipe it, put activator on again and finally when you are happy add the shiny top coat.
I did have an issue with the bottles as you can see here because they are so sticky the the lids stuck.
I could use them of course but it was a bit tricker without the lid to hold on to!
In the end, it did take me an absolute age (over an hour) to do ALL my nails – it’s not a fast, dip and go thing AT ALL. You have to take care and make sure it is really neat. If you like acrylic nails, this is quicker and less stressful then doing that yourself I think, but it is still really time consuming and if your finish is uneven (which mine was – I am a beginner though), then you are stuck with it. It’s quite hard to remove and requires soaking like acrylic nails but luckily it wasn’t so difficult that I needed to file it off.
Pre gloss coat:
With a top coat on, it looks a lot better.
All in all, I’m glad that I tried it but it was time consuming, messy and not the easiest to remove. I passed this on to my cousin who is training in nails and it was gratefully received.
It is FUN though, and you can be creative as long as you have the patience.