Ciate Chalkboard Nails Packaging
Ciate Chalkboard Nails Packaging

Okay, so first, I love the packaging; it’s perfect for what’s inside.

Ciate Chalkboard Nails Interior
Ciate Chalkboard Nails Interior

And, here’s what you get inside. Four colour pens, one black chalk coat and a matte top coat to seal it all in.

Ciate Chalkboard Nails SwatchTwo Coats
Ciate Chalkboard Nails Swatch Two Coats

First of all, you definitely need two coats of this, and as you can see, black is a very unforgiving colour so any little errors will show up. This won’t go down in history as my best manicure but I did it really quickly (that’s my excuse!). Those who can’t bear the feel of chalk will be happy to know that it doesn’t feel like a chalk board.. more a smooth but dry surface.

Ciate Chalkboard Nails Swatch Decorated
Ciate Chalkboard Nails Swatch Decorated

I’ve done some very random designs just so you can see how it performs. As you can see, you can get a more perfect, and less chalk-like finish if you dot the pens rather than draw on them, but it’s personal preference with what you like. I love the pink shade, don’t think the yellow works quite as well and am quite happy with the blue and the white. As far as the chalk-on-board remit goes, well, it’s very true to that, with fade-outs just like chalk would have.

Ciate Chalkboard Nails with Gloss Coat
Ciate Chalkboard Nails with Gloss Coat

I just wanted to play about and see what would happen if I put a gloss coat over – the first two nails have the gloss coat on top. It really, really intensifies the colour – if I wanted black nails, I’d use the black chalk and then a gloss because it is such an intense black. There is a matte top coat which is on the other two nails (blue and white) so you can keep the effect. If I was to nitpick I’d like the pens to be just a little bit finer so that you can do more detailed designs if you’re able.

Overall, I genuinely love this – it’s fun! I need to think of some great designs and I’d probably dot them (easy for flowers) but it’s not out of the realms of possibility that I would write a rude message on them. #justsayin

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