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I Heart Nail Art water decals new formula review

*Press sample

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.

DETAILS

  • 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!


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I Heart Nail Art Lichtenstein nail decals

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Evening! Today I bring you some nail decals by I Heart Nail Art I wore last week. I showed you a Mark Rothko nail decal I wore a few months ago, where I just wore one as a nail accent. Obviously this time I decided to use a decal on all my nails. The nail decals you see are inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (famous for the comic strip look).

The nail decals are really easy to put on and it comes with simple instructions. All you need to do is cut the nail decal out to the shape of your nail, put down a base coat (and colour if you wish), dip the decal in water for five seconds, slide onto your nail and whack on a top coat. However, I found that trimming the nail decals a bit tricky. I had some problem last time with filing, so this time I used clippers to cut the excess nail decal off. This still created that “white tip” effect that you see below. I wish it looked neater! This is only a day of wear. The excess top coat around my cuticles doesn’t help the look either, sorry.

I Heart Nail Art Lichtenstein nail decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Lichtenstein nail decals by Dry, Dammit!

Some of the “white tip” effect was because I tried to wrap the excess nail decal under my free edge, but it didn’t seem to work that well. However from a distance it’s not too shabby!

I Heart Nail Art Lichtenstein nail decals by Dry, Dammit!

I Heart Nail Art Lichtenstein nail decals by Dry, Dammit!

I really like these decals, but I think you need to practice with them. Start off with an accent nail like I did. This would help with the trimming when on the nail and the cutting out to size to fit your nail shape in the first place.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: I Heart Nail Art
  • Cost: AU$8.08 (I paid AU$6.27 for mine in June)
  • What you get: 18 water nail decals (my pack is of the old formula with 30 decals)

I’ll note that since buying my decals I’ve been informed the formula has changed. You also get 18 decals instead of 30 (the new sizes are better shaped to the nail bed than the former decals) and the price has increased slightly. I look forward to trying the new formula some time! There are some really cute designs to choose from such as bunting, Pac-Man, palm trees and Tetris. What do you think? Thanks for reading!


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Ulta3 Dusty Rose & I Heart Nail Art Mark Rothko nail accent

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Evening! Today I have to show Ulta3 Dusty Rose. When I think of roses I straight away think of pink… but this is certainly not pink, I would call it more of a peach colour, close to a nude depending on your skin tone. It has a golden shimmer through it and it’s quite subtle. It’s a pleasant surprise, actually!

The reason I chose Dusty Rose is because I wanted something to complement a water nail decal I bought on Etsy at a store called I Heart Nail Art. The decal set is inspired by Mark Rothko, an American abstract artist. I believe the one I am wearing on my ring finger is called No. 2; the white line you see over the pink on the right-hand side of the decal is not part of the painting, it’s where the decal kind of folded over when I placed it on my nail, I believe this wouldn’t happen if I had flatter nails instead of annoying rounded ones!

Ulta3 Dusty Rose I Heart Nail Art

Ulta3 Dusty Rose I Heart Nail Art

Ulta3 Dusty Rose I Heart Nail Art

I am wearing two coats of Dusty Rose, which I found a really nice formula to apply. Not watery at all. You can probably see with the decal I had some issues in filing at once applied. In the instructions from I Heart Nail Art it says to just put a clear polish down, but I have a feeling it might be better to wear a similar polish underneath it, so you can’t see the jaggedness from filing the free edge. I have got in contact with the owner of I Heart Nail Art to ask if she has any advice; I will let you know if she has any tips.

Ulta3 Dusty Rose I Heart Nail Art

Ha ha, in that photo above you can tell how many attempts I’ve made with the decals to get them to work. Like everything new it’s all about practice, I guess. Just the filing of the free edge was a difficulty for me, but everything else went perfectly. You only need to put the decals in water for around five seconds and then slide it onto your nail. I think the decals would look better as a full manicure rather than an accent. I also bought some other decals, including a Lichtenstein set, so I’ll have to give them a go soon.

DETAILS

Ulta3 Dusty Rose

  • Where to buy: Terry White Chemists
  • Cost: AU$2.00
  • Volume: 13ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I Heart Nail Art Mark Rothko nail decals

  • Where to buy: I Heart Nail Art store
  • Cost: AU$6.27
  • What you get: 30 water nail decals

So that’s it for me tonight. Have you tried water decals before? I think I’ve also got some mustaches I should pull out and use. Thanks for reading!