Today’s review is on Born Pretty’s Odorless Fast Dry Top Coat. Typically when a company says that their polish is odorless, it tends to be water based. I’m still not sure how a water based top coat doesn’t wash off, but it’s one of those mysteries that I’m not going to question.
This top coat is strangely not clear and looks a little milky in the bottle. If you paint it on too thick, you will notice that the color of your polish will don a slightly foggy appearance. However, this polish is true to its word where it has no harsh odor. The formula is on the thinner side which I like because it dries faster that way.
Today I’m reviewing a water based clear polish from Born Pretty Store. If you’ve ever worked with nail foils, you will know that people swear by water based top coats to finish off their manicure. Foils are known to shrink and crack when virtually any top coat is applied, ruining their beautiful finish, so I jumped at the chance to get this product when I heard the words “water based” in the formula because I was curious to see just how effective it would be.
Born Pretty Water Based Base Coat comes in a box labeled with the ingredients on the back.
This must be their generic box because the list looks identical to the one they use with their other polishes.
As for the formula, it’s clear and on the thinner side but not runny. It smells a little bit like a mix of ammonia and some sort of cleaner, although I can’t put my finger which one. It comes in a 9 mL cylindrical bottle with a good sized flexible brush that can easily paint most nails in 1-2 strokes.
Happy Mother’s Day! I’m bringing some bright neon floral nails for Mom with this manicure so let’s get started!
I’ve been using a lot of foil lately, so I wanted to try my hand at combining foils with stamping, something that I’ve only done one other time. I picked this pretty shimmery magenta one from a batch I bought from eBay a long time ago, and then I picked colors for my manicure to go along with it.
This foil comes in a long piece that is placed in a small canister for storage. We’re definitely not using this much for the manicure!
For the stamping, I chose the rose design from the top row, 2nd from the right from the Valentine’s Day BP-L001 plate from Born Pretty Store.
To make the decals, I applied some HK Girl Top Coat from Glisten & Glow in rectangular sections on top of the silicone Lotus Mat from Bundle Monster and allowed it to dry completely. I then used Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in Purple to transfer the image from the plate to the patch of dried top coat and quickly rubbed the foil over the stamped area. If you are not quick enough, the foil will not stick to the image, and you will have to try it again. This is definitely not an easy process, and you can see that my bottom two tries were more successful than the top two tries. Practice makes perfect!
When the foil transfers perfectly, the image really shines!
Interested in using nail foils? Today’s review covers a set of 12 designs offered from Born Pretty Store. Let’s take a look at the product!
Set of Born Pretty foils, item 41600.
At first glance, these foils don’t look like anything special. The designs are folded lengthwise in half and placed inside a resealable cellophane bag so you don’t really know what you’re looking at. However, once you display each sheet of foil separately, their beauty becomes apparent.
12 designs, ranging from lace and flowers to animal prints and some Christmas themed patterns, are included in this package.
I have finally returned after a hectic month of taxes and concerts! I’m still quite busy, but I managed to put together some quick nail art in the meantime using nail foils.
I wanted to try out some gel polish from Born Pretty with the expectation that I was going to keep this manicure on for awhile. I used Born Pretty gel base coat, 2 coats of their black Color Coat polish, and a layer of their gel top coat, curing each layer for 1-2 minutes.
Born Pretty Color Coat gel polish in Black is deliciously shiny and inky.
I can’t get away with wearing solid colors anymore because people expect me to have some sort of nail art on my fingertips. Nail foils are a great way to have a dazzling effect without having to try too hard.
These foils are just a few of the 12 different designs included in Born Pretty’s item 41600. They are awesomely holographic when they catch the light the right way!
How many of you work with nail foils? There are several different ways you can use them- some prefer to stick small pieces of it to their nails with regular glue or nail polish, or you can apply them over slightly wet nail polish and hope that the whole thing doesn’t get ruined when you try to rip a piece of foil off, but the best application process for a full nail design requires a special nail foil glue, something that I’ve never owned until recently.
This glue comes in an unlabeled 10 mL glass bottle and is from Beauty Big Bang.
The bottle looks like the same kind that is used for striping polishes, but the brush is a normal sized one instead of being long and skinny. It is super convenient to have the glue in a nail polish type bottle because you can apply the glue the same way you would apply a regular coat of nail polish, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning the brush afterward!
The formula applies well, but it does have a bit of a strong chemical smell to it that is unlike any other glue that I have used before. It takes about a minute or two to dry, leaving behind a sticky surface to which the foil can adhere.
To use it, brush it on over bare nails or over nail polish that matches the color of the foil that you will be using. When no white spots are left, the glue is dry and the foil is ready to be applied.