After getting into this nail art thing, I’ve found myself becoming more and more obsessed with finding cute rings. After all, what better way to highlight a nice mani than by wearing jewelry that compliments it?
Imagine my excitement when I saw this cute ring palette on Born Pretty Store’s Instagram:
Jewelry that is also functional? Yes, please! Sign me up!
It comes shipped in a nondescript plastic bag, so it isn’t exactly gift ready if you were thinking of buying this for a nail art obsessed friend. Shipping, although free, takes about 2 weeks for it to come from Singapore, so plan ahead.
Not exactly the most attractive packaging. Buy a box and repackage this baby if you are planning to give it as a gift.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ring comes with a little plastic cup for water. It fits in the hole of the palette and is so cute.
That notch in the palette isn’t just for decoration- it’s a water cup holder.
The unfortunate thing about the cup is that it does not snap into place. Because it fits so loosely in the hole, it is prone to falling out and therefore makes it impractical to use as part of the ring while painting. What makes the situation worse is the fact that the hole is in line with the finger band, meaning that your finger will naturally push the cup flush with your skin level as you slide the ring on and make it even more prone to falling out. A smarter design would have taken this into account and positioned the cup notch at a different angle away from your finger.
You can see that your finger will push the water cup out of the hole based on the positioning of the notch in the palette.
If you want to use the water cup to do your own nails, this position is the most practical one to keep it from falling out. It’s still safer to leave the cup on the table.
It’s even more practical to have a client wear the ring as you paint her nails because her hand can stay flat on the table, preventing the cup and colors from spilling.
The water cup fits best when the wearer’s hand can stay flat on a surface. Have the ring positioned with the cup pointing up towards the nail so that there is a little more space underneath the ring to accommodate it.
The truth is that the water cup issue wouldn’t have even bothered me if the ring didn’t come with it. A real full size artist’s palette has a thumbhole notch in it, so I thought the hole was mimicking that feature solely for decorative purposes. Besides, if you are using the palette with nail polish, you can’t clean your brush with water anyway. Filling the cup with acetone would only be wasteful because the acetone would evaporate faster by being placed in an open container. I say ditch the cup if you are using the product for yourself.
As for the band size, the width is pretty generous. You can see from my previous pictures that it fits on my thumb without a problem, and the band is open ended, so it is slightly adjustable. The diameter of the band is roughly the same as that of a penny.
The penny almost perfectly covers the circumference of the band of the ring.
As a palette, it does its job just fine. There are shallow indentations on the surface to hold 5 different colors, and there is space to blend your paints in the middle of the ring. The benefit of having the ring versus using a traditional palette is that you can keep the paint/nail polish closer to your nails, and it is super portable if you like doing your nails on the run. Plus how adorable is it to have a ring that functions as a palette?
Even at a slight tilt, the paint does not drip out of its compartment because of the indentations in the palette.
Clean up is a breeze when you’re done with your manicure. I wiped the ring down with a paper towel and some alcohol after using it with acrylic paint, and it looks as good as new.
While there are issues with the design for use with their supplied water cup, I still think that this is a fantastic buy. I can’t get over how cute it looks, and it’s fairly easy to use while painting your nails. It should be noted that this ring also is available in another design that looks like a paw print, although it does not look like that that option comes with a water cup, which is probably a good thing. Either way, this ring is a great gift for someone who loves nail art or for yourself.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this ring palette (retail price is $5.08 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy painting!