Review of 6-in-1 Dotting Tool and Pen Set

I’m always looking for a way to avoid having to clean my nail art brushes, so what really attracted me to this set was the fact that there was a pen head included with 5 different sized dotting tool heads.  Drawing with dotting tools never really worked for me, but maybe if there was a pen head…

Before we get to the demonstrations, let’s address the basics behind the product.

The pen comes shipped in a plastic tube.  Additionally, there is another piece of plastic tubing surrounding the pen nib to protect it from getting bent.

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The other dotting tool heads are conveniently stored inside the handle of the pen.  Talk about a space saver- you basically have 6 nail art tools in one little package!

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The detached parts of the dotting tool and pen set.

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Here you can see what the connecting holder looks like. The dotting tool nibs fit into the center of the holder while the pen nib fits into a small half-circle shaped groove.

The pen handle is made of plastic that is coated with a pink brushed metallic finish.  The dotted design that you see is inlaid on the handle and is silver colored.  This decoration looks pretty and stylish, and it also gives the handle a bit more grip compared to a smooth surface.

What I think would have made the design even better is if a matching cap was included or if both ends of the top half of the handle could be fitted into the base.  I for one will be making sure not to lose the original packaging so that I can keep dust and dirt out of the top half of the pen.

The pen tip looks very similar to those found on fountain pens and has a small chiseled edge.

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View of the top side of the pen nib.

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View of the underside of the pen nib.

Using a bottle of polish as an inkwell, you can dip the nib into it and write with the tip as if it were a normal pen.

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Writing is possible with this pen. I used OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark to scribble out some numbers.

I suggest lightly dragging the tip of pen over your surface in order to draw or write with paint or polish.  You will find that if you push too hard, the nib will split and make your lines thicker, and you also risk scratching your surface.

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Using the pen with white acrylic paint over Too Too Turq by Sephora by OPI.

I do feel like I am more in control of the paint when I use the pen nib over painting with a brush because it feels like I am drawing with a regular pen.  Another upside is that to clean the nib, I simply wipe off the excess paint or nail polish with a tissue with no acetone or water required.  Also, the handle is easy to hold compared to the thin handles you normally see on nail art brushes.  The downside is that I have to frequently re-dip the tip into my medium because the nib cannot store that much polish.

The dotting tools are great and would make an excellent set for any nail artist.

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The various sized dotting tool nibs included in this set.

The largest dot measures roughly 4 mm across while the smallest dot is about 1 mm in diameter.  The 3rd and 4th dots in the picture above seem so close in size that I wish the set included another tiny tip in lieu of one of the two aforementioned nibs.  I feel like a smaller point would especially come in handy for coloring in stamped decals and for making water marble designs.  After all, we nail artists work on miniature canvases- the details are what make what we do so special.

It’s a little hard to change the dotting tool heads in the middle of a manicure because the tips are only an inch long.  When you’re trying not to smudge your nails, size matters!  But if you’re crafty, you can figure out how to manipulate one of the larger heads to do different sized dots by varying the pressure.

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Dotted arabesque manicure. The same dotting tool head was used to create all the varying sized dots in this manicure by varying the pressure and amount of paint on the tip.

Overall, I think this set is a smart buy for any nail artist.  It’s easy to store and even easier to use thanks to the handle being the same size as your average pen barrel.  Clean up for these tools is a breeze, so if you don’t want to fuss with your brushes, this is definitely the tool for you!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this dotting tool and pen set (retail price is $7.48 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!

http://www.bornprettystore.com/6pcsset-nail-dotting-multi-size-dotting-head-nail-tool-water-marbling-tool-p-21724.html

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Arabesque Nail Art

My fiancé is also a musician, and he recently sent me a link to a Ibanez JEM series guitar designed by Steve Vai.  Even though I don’t play the guitar, I really want it!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-jem-uv-steve-vai-signature-electric-guitar

I imagined posing with my nails on the neck of the guitar and decided that some nail art was in order.

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Tools of the trade: craft smart Acrylic Paint in White, Too Too Turq by Sephora by OPI, and Evolve by Divergent.

I started with a turquoise base.  I wish I had the sea foam green color of the JEM, but it’s hard to believe that I don’t own a polish that is exactly that shade.

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Too Too Turq by Sephora by OPI, a part of the collection from their collaboration with Betsey Johnson.

I drew in some lines with the acrylic paint and a nail art pen (look for a review coming soon here), but a striping brush works just as well.

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The beginning of the vines.

I added little flourishes off the vines to represent leaves.  Artistic license is your friend here.

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This much of the design looks a little like bamboo.

To fill in the empty spaces, I added dots of varying sizes with a dotting tool.

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Feel free to doodle as you please and let your creativity flow.

For a little extra shimmer, I added the Evolve top coat by Divergent.  Yes, the nail polish is affiliated with the movie of the same title.

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Turquoise and white arabesque fantasy.

While I most likely will never own the guitar, I can at least enjoy the color scheme and a design that is loosely based on it.  What are you inspired by?  Let me know!

Happy polishing!