I've been quite a big fan of caviar nails for a while now but never got the chance to jump onto the bandwagon and try it out ..until now. If you're wondering what 'caviar nails' are, they are tiny coloured beads that are applied to wet nail polish to create a textured look. I originally saw this design from one of my good friends eons ago but didn't pay as much attention to it until I saw it all over the blogosphere and youtube. Oh and when Ciaté released their caviar manicure kits I was hooked. Despite loving the trend I didn't purchase any of the kits as the price tag was a little too steep for my liking (especially here in Australia!). Also, I wasn't sure if the caviar nails design would be worth the money considering they only last for up to 48 hours (stated on the Ciaté caviar nail kits). Fortunately MUA released a similar product called Nail Constellations for a smidgen of the price which of course I decided to purchase and try out.
I picked up three nail constellations from the MUA range, including Pisces which is the one featured in this post. The Pisces nail constellation is made up of beautiful light blue and silver beads, which reminded me a lot of China Glaze's For Audrey, hence I decided to pair the two together to get this NOTD! Although the blue beads and For Audrey are not the exact same colour, I found them to be quite similar so I thought it would look good together.
Before I get into my review of the nail constellations let's take a quick look to see what MUA says about their product:
"MUA’s amazing NEW Nail Constellation inspired by the patterns formed into stars in the earth's night sky is a 3-dimensional extravagant nail art system you can create easily from home that leave your nails looking ‘wow!’. These Constellation beads have a beautiful shine to them in five amazing space theme colours. They are easy to use and with them you can create many different designs.
Supplied in a funnel for easy application with a re-sealable top! Using the Funnel application simply bed the constellation beads onto to a thick coat of your favourite MUA nail polish in a line design or just placed random and then allow another generous top coat to keep them in place."
Firstly off, I would like to say that I'm glad I held off buying the beads by Ciaté as I would have been thoroughly disappointed to pay around $30 for beads that end up falling off when doing the simplest of tasks. As much as these nail beads look beautiful when just applied after 5 mins at work half the beads were gone, leaving a very unattractive nail behind. With that said, the caviar nail affect was designed to give your nails a pop of fun and definitely not for longevity. So if you want to jazz up for nails for the nail these are definitely a winner!
I also want to point out that the MUA Nail Constellations bead dispenser is completely useless. As it says in the description the funnel lid is made for easy application, however I found that when trying to dispense the beads from the funnel they would often get stuck. Therefore the nail polish underneath designed to help the beads stick would get dry and become unsticky. To make the process quicker and simpler I just take off the funnel lid and pour the beads onto the nail. Of course I would use a small container to catch the excess beads and pour them back into the bottle to reuse.
If you look closely at the photos you can see that my beads are a little uneven. If you're looking for a clean look then I do suggest you pat down the beads to make them even - because I wanted a more textured look I left mine uneven. Oh and if you want your nails to be a little more long-lasting, I suggest you use a top coat or a clear nail polish. However it does make your beads look less textured.
What are your opinions on caviar nails? Hate them or love them?