Feather nail art with Born Pretty Store water decals

Hi lovelies!

I was recently contacted by Born Pretty Store to see if I would like to review any of their new nail art products, so today is the first of few posts featuring what they sent me. Yay nail art!

Today I'm featuring these pretty Feather Nail Art Water Decals (#20609), which you can grab for US$2.99 (currently on sale for US$0.99!) with free shipping and you can get 10% off using the code TGBQ10.



First up I need to talk about the packaging. Physically it was as expected - a small cardboard slip containing the sheet of decals in a plastic sleeve. But the instructions? Ohhh boy, they are something else. Not just some simple grammatical differences you naturally get when translating from another language, they are honestly near impossible to understand. Luckily the internet exists, so punching "how to use nail art water decals" into Google will get you some easy to follow instructions.

So that's my one gripe, onto the actual water decals!



This design was done using the individual feathers from the top half of the sheet. There are five different feather designs in total with either five or ten of each design (total of 40). I love that they aren't all made to look like actual feathers you'd see on an animal, they're bright and cartoonish with cute details like polka dots and diamonds.

For this mani I cut out the top row of the sheet and used two feather layered on each finger. I applied them one at a time in whatever position took my fancy and was really pleased with how opaque they appeared over my bright yellow base, and that the clear outline around each image essentially disappeared after patting them with some paper towel.


Now given the instructions on the packaging were impossible to follow, here's how I applied the water decals. You'll need scissors, tweezers, paper towel and a small dish of room temperature water:

1. Cut each image out separately and remove the shiny protective film - it should slip off with no effort
2. Using the tweezers, place one decal in the water for about 15-20 seconds. Hang on if you can!
3. Remove from the water and place on paper towel plain side down
4. Using your opposing index finger (ie. right index to apply to left hand) gently press and swipe the image so it clings to your finger
5. Carefully place the decal on your nail - it should be repositionable for a few seconds while still wet but you don't want to fuss too much
6. Once in place, gently press down to ensure no air bubbles or creases, then pat dry with paper towel
7. Repeat 2-6 until your mani is complete, then seal with top coat.

It's worth noting that for my mani above, I didn't place my decal down on something after removing from the water so it was still a bit too wet underneath and even after patting it dry it dragged with the top coat. So do as I say, not as I do!


For my second look I used the full nail image section from the bottom of the sheet. I have fairly small nails at the best of times but I was extra nubby when I tested these so I went for a feature nail rather than waste too much decal. 

To get an approximate fit I just eyeballed the size and cut from the bottom corner of the sheet. I applied using the same method as above and removed the bulky excess with nail scissors and then cleaned up with some acetone and a cleanup brush.

I was fairly happy with how the full image transferred to the nail - I ended up with one little crease but I didn't even notice until I got into the lightbox and it caught the light.


For something I've only used a handful of times, I think water decals might just be one of my favourite nail art shortcuts. For so long they were all kinda bland designs or only able to be used over a white base but in the last year or so there's been a definite improvement in range and quality. Born Pretty Store have several other designs of their own brand that I'd totally use if they're of a similar quality to these ones. 

Don't forget you can pick these up from www.bornprettystore.com with free shipping and 10% off using the code TGBQ10.

*The abovementioned products were provided by Born Pretty Store, which in no way affected my opinion of the product. Please refer to my Disclosure page for more information



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