Sunday 6 January 2013

MUA Nail Constellation

One of the recent beauty crazes on the market are the Caviar manicures. It's a bit like taking a tub of hundreds and thousands and sprinkling them over nail polish for a unique and extravagant manicure. I've been intrigued to try this this for a while.

Many make up enthusiasts will be aware of the Ciaté  versions of this which is priced at £18 (!), however MUA (makeup academy)  have brought out their own version of this called 'nail constellation' and at a very reasonably priced £3 it's a steal! Even better at the moment they are on offer for £2 at Superdrug

They come in five different shades Gemini, Libra, Leo, Scorpio and Pisces, I chose the shade 'Gemini'  which is a pastel colour mix and I think it looks lovely in the bottle. The bottle itself has a funnel to enable easy application, instructions are available on the tag which is attached to the bottle. There is also a tutorial available here MUA tutorial.

I used GOSH holographic (shade 549, holographic hero) as my base, also available from Superdrug. I decided to just use on my pinkie's so as not to waste them!

They are actually really simple and quick to use. Here's what I did: 

1. Applied 1 coat of nail polish and then sprinkled the constellations over my nail using the funnel (make sure you have something to catch the excess like a bowl or paper)

2. Gently pressed the constellations into the polish and re sprinkled to have maximum coverage 

3. Working quickly while the polish is still tacky I then dipped the end of my finger in the excess beads to coat the top part of my nail

4. I waited until dry and painted over the top with a clear top coat to ensure extra staying power

In all honesty I was thinking these are never going to last, there is no way that they're going to stay on long at all (especially with an active baby, nappy changes, hand washing etc!) however I was pleasantly surprised. 

I took this picture after 5 hours and think they held up well. I lost a few beads in the middle but other than that they had good staying power. They are, in my opinion really only a one night type of thing as the next morning I had lost quite a few but overall I think they are a great product.

I'm definitely going to be experimenting with the other colours, I think for the price you can't really go wrong and the end result is manicure with a bit of a difference.

Helly's top tips:  When applying, use over a dish or something similar so you can then dip the tip of the nail in to cover that (this also allows you to put the excess beads back in the bottle). Gently press in the beads to the polish (too much pressure and you run the risk of the beads sticking to your finger!). Use a clear top coat when fully dry to ensure maximum staying power. 

Have fun!

Helen X

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