With the New Year in full swing and the weekend approaching, I thought this was a perfect time for a fresh mani. I was short on time so I wanted to go with something simple but with a kick! I decided on a nude/gold mix.
Main Polish: Sephora By O.P.I in Leopard Optional
Top Coat Polish: Sephora By O.P.I in Only Gold For Me
I always start and end my manicure’s the same way – 1 layer of a base coat and 1 layer of a quick dry top coat.
I applied 2 coats of Leopard Optional and then followed up with 2 coats of Only Gold For Me.
For my CHRISTMAS manicure, I decided to go with a bold red and include a fun accent color on the ring finger.
Main Polish: Sephora by O.P.I in And A Cherry On Top
Accent Polish: Nailtini in Millionaire
I love the Sephora by O.P.I brand – all the colors are so beautiful and the polish does not chip easily, which is always a plus! Nailtini is a brand I was not familiar with until I received this full size bottle in my November Ipsy Bag. The texture is a little on the rough side because of the confetti in the bottle but I actually love it. The color is so nice and again, this polish is not moving!
As a self-proclaimed specialist when it comes to the at home manicure, I was intrigued when I came across the Ciaté products at my local Sephora. They offered a few different options but I went with a smaller set since I was not too familiar with the brand.
includes: – 4 x 1.7 oz Paint Pot Nail Polish
– 4 x Caviar Pearls
I started off with a Sally Hansen basecoat.
After the basecoat, I decided to try out a nail polish that I’ve had for a while but never got around to using. Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Mermaid to Order.
I did double coats on all my nails except the ring finger since you need to pour the Caviar Pearls on right after the last coat is applied. I decided to use the Caviar Pearls in CandyShop – I felt like all the colors blended so well with Mermaid to Order.
The Ciaté set comes with a plastic tray so you can place it under your hand while pouring the Pearls on to your nail(s) to catch all the excess. It also comes with a funnel for easy clean up. You just place the funnel into the bottle and pour the unused pearls back in from the tray. After I poured the pearls on both desired nails, I pressed down on them to set them into place. I also used the same basecoat and went around the edges of the nail to try to hold them in place more. I do not recommend using a top coat over these pearls. It makes the pearls look super sloppy and basically ruins the look.
Overall I love the concept. The Caviar Pearls give a very unique “rich” look and makes the nails stand out. Do not purchase this product thinking your manicure will last a week or honestly, even 48 hours as the box states. Within an hour I had pearls coming off but it is not very noticeable. This is great for a special occasion or a night out but definitely not your everyday longwear manicure. I was a little worried that the removal of the pearls might be difficult but with a swipe of nail polish remover, they were gone with no mess or fuss. I also want to note that I am not a big fan of the actual nail polish the set came with. I felt for the price point that it lacked quality. I tested them out and they peeled pretty easily and needed about 3 coats for the color to pop and that is why I decided to use a different brand of nail polish for this look. For $29.00 though I got my moneys worth and I do not regret the purchase. I am excited to try different styles of manicures with the Caviar Pearls.
Here are a few other kits Ciaté offers:
Ciaté Sequined Manicure Kit, available in 3 colors – $19.00
Ciaté Velvet Manicure, available in 3 colors – $19.00
You can view all the Ciaté sets Sephora offers here.
Have you tried any of these products? If so – let me know what you think!