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.
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?
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
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
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
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!
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!