I was so excited about trying this flower manicure out – it’s so perfect for spring nails and just cheering everything up. However, unless you have the skills of Marian Newman and/or the patience of a saint, it’s extremely difficult to achieve anything like the results shown on the box. And, for a good portion of Sunday morning, I really tried hard with this.
The little flowers are real dried flowers – bursting with colour and detail – the kit comes with a quick dry top coat, a mini pink polish in Candy Floss (gorgeous colour), two little pots of dried flowers and tweezers to help you to place the flowers.. and you will need them because it’s a delicate operation. The problem is that the flowers are extremely delicate – they break quite easily, and while you need to put them on wet polish so they have something to adhere to they do not want to lie flat, so you end up pushing them around a lot. I had to try three times with the white flower which has lots of little fronds to it and the result wasn’t great at all because I couldn’t get them smooth; even when I did get the fronds lying flat, you get a raised result nothing like the picture on the box. Also, what happens if you are too generous with the top coat is that it then disintegrates the flowers anyway, ending up in one hot mess.
I’m so disappointed with this – and that’s unusual for me because I’m a real fan of Ciate – and would have to say that unless you have sublime skills with nails give it a miss. I think, while the idea of real dried flowers is absolutely lovely, water decals would perform so much better and give a smooth result.
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