Evening! So I know what I’m showing you today has been out for a while now, but I’ve only recently been able to get my hands on the polishes to try them myself. Today’s post is more of a review of the product itself, as opposed to great nail art… he he I didn’t even try to do a school theme or something fancy to show you, just a few stripes and that’ll do me! Anywho, I bought these products individually, but I know there is a kit about that you can buy for I believe AU$10 that has the matte black polish, double-sided dotting tool and all five nail art stripers. It was my intention to buy that, but they were all sold out at the store I found the polishes at. 😦 Better luck next time!
This “blackboard” trend is not new, as far as I’m aware Ciate started it with its chalkboard kit, but instead of stripers it used nail art pens, which I think would be easier than stripers, but depends how confident with stripers you are, I guess. So I bought the Matte Black Base Coat, Matte Top Coat and three of the five stripers in blue, purple and white. The other colours of the stripers are yellow and pink. I was excited about the stripers because I don’t have any in colours other than white, black and silver but the brushes made the stripers a let down for me. I think next time I use them I will trim the tips with scissors. Not a big deal but enough to be annoying.
The bottles have a cool matte finish (rather than a glossy finish), which I think is a nice touch. The Matte Black Base Coat is very opaque and with one good coat you can consider your nails done. I would be careful though as I found this polish to stick to my cuticles like anything! It was so hard for me to remove, even with pure acetone. So sorry, that’s why my cuticles look a bit dark in the pictures. I’m looking forward to trying this polish in stamping, actually. If I have any luck I’ll let you know.
The Matte Black Base Coat dries super fast so I was able to use the stripers on it almost straight away and I have to say I liked how the colours came out – not too bright, not too pale. I used two coats of the striper colours and added a few dots using the tip of the white striper to prove to myself I wasn’t just going to be lazy and only do obvious stripes with the stripers. I used the Matte Top Coat on top – it was a little runny – so I would suggest using two coats or one really heaped brush because it kind of streaks otherwise and has an uneven finish. All in all though every polish was easy to use and had great drying times, which is a bonus of matte polishes.
- Where to buy: Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse (I got mine near Woolworths in Hobart’s CBD)
- Cost: AU$2 each
- Volume: Polishes: 13ml, stripers: 7ml
I really like that there’s a reasonably priced matte top coat available now that is quite good and I’m glad I bought the black matte base for its stamping potential, but I don’t think you need all these things to make a “blackboard” design – you just need a matte top coat, really. I wonder if whitebaord nails will become a thing in a few years’ time? I guess there’s nothing stopping people now from doing it, but I don’t think it would have the same effect as blackboard nails somehow. Thanks for reading!