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I Heart Nail Art water decals new formula review


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Hello! You might remember last year I showed you some Lichtenstein water decals from I Heart Nail Art. After posting, I was contacted by Julia who creates the decals. She has very kindly sent me four water decal sets in I Heart Nail Art’s new formula and I will show you three below.

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

The nail decals come in these really cute individual packets with instructions as well. As you can see from above I received some sail boat decals, Mark Rothko decals, bunting decals and Sweet Valley High decals. Yes, that’s right. Sweet Valley High. Who doesn’t love SVH from the ’80s and ’90s?

I Heart Nail Art decals package by Dry, Dammit!

So above is a comparison look between the old formula decals (right) and new formula decals (left). The new formula is better designed to the natural nail shape and there are less designs in number than the old formula. However, if you actually compare the application of both, I think you’ll agree with me that the new decals are much better.

I’ll show you all the pictures of the different decals and then do an overall application summary, as I found both the full nail decals and partial decals to have a similar application.

Boat Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art sail boat decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art sail boat decals by Dry, Dammit!

These water decals are so cute, I had to put them on over a blue polish to suit its nautical-ness. The polish is Savvy by DB Cruise. I topped it with Seche.

Bunting Flag Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art bunting decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art bunting decals by Dry, Dammit!

How cute would these be for a party? These decals are over two coats of Models Prefer No Angel with a top coat of Seche.

Sweet Valley High Nail Decals

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

So with the full nail water decals, you put them over a white or light base. I chose Models Prefer No Angel and topped with Seche. I received so many compliments on these decals! I loved them, they brought back some nice memories. And I couldn’t help but take a leaf out of The Bookish Manicurist‘s book (ha ha! Pun!) and do a nail and book shot, below. Ahh, so much teenage angst in those illustrations!

I Heart Nail Art Sweet Valley High decals by Dry, Dammit!

So now onto the application. As water decals, I came in with the assumption that they would be very difficult to manage. But I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they were very easy to work with, I used tweezers but I also used my fingers too to push the decals onto my nail. With both the full nail design and partial nail design you need to cut out the shape, I just used regular-size scissors to do this (not nail scissors) and I didn’t have a problem.

After cutting to your desired shape, you pop the decal into a bowl of water for about five seconds and then pluck it out with tweezers or your fingers. I rubbed the paper side of the decal and it slid right off, leaving just the thin plastic decal. This is what makes the new formula a lot better than the old formula; they’re actually plastic now rather than a plastic/papery formula.

Once the paper backing is off, you just slide the design onto your nail in the area you want it. If it sticks to a spot where you don’t want it, just put a bit of water on it and it’ll move around again. Too easy! After waiting for the water to dry off the nail, I filed the excess decal from the free edge and put on a coat of Seche and I was done! I wore my full nail decals for two days and I didn’t have any of them peel off or start to come off.


  • Where to buy: I Heart Nail Art
  • Cost: AU$8.19
  • What you get: 18 water nail decals (with the partial decals you get about 40-45)

So what do you think of the new decal formula? I like it much better than the older formula, especially that you can get a better looking free edge, it just tidies the look up so much. Thanks for reading!

10 thoughts on “I Heart Nail Art water decals new formula review

  1. These are goregous. I always assumed nail decals would be very fiddly, but after reading this it makes me curious to try some. Also, have you seen the new Revlon polishes? I bought the Wintermint version the other day, and didn’t even realise they’re scented until the girl at the checkout told me.

    • They are nice, aren’t they? I’m surprised as well. I have seen the new Revlon polishes, I was totally surprised by them as I’d only seen them on the interwebs so far. I was going to get Wintermint! But I’ve decided to wait until they come on special, if they do.

  2. Omg sweet valley high? How adorable. Love the bunting too! So even the full nail designs are water decals too?

  3. I like all of these, the boats, the bunting, but especially the SVH nails and your pose with the book! Thanks for the shout out ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Those are so cute! I clicked on a Pinterest picture and ended up here and I’m so glad I did! I don’t know if you’ve heard of this or not, but there are these things called Jamberry Nail Wraps that are really cool. You might like them. I actually sell them and would love to send you some. Here’s my website if you want to check them out: annahangstefer@jamberrynails.net. They stay on your fingers for up to 14 days, and on your toes for up to 6 weeks. They’re great for artificial or natural nails and won’t damage either. If you’re interested hit me up!

  5. So, I’m thinking that you may not be able to purchase them online bc you’re in another country. If you’re interested, find me on Facebook and we can figure something out. I’m in Chattanooga, TN. My last name is Hangstefer. I think I’m the only one with my name on fb ๐Ÿ™‚

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