Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Ciate Velvet Nail Polish

You don't see a lot of nail art on my blog because that's one thing I'm not great at. My nails are usually plain, or have a deep plum/red colour on them, or a nude tone. Apart from that I'm not at all inventive with what is on my nails.
I have heard great things about Ciate's Velvet nails so I was excited when it popped through my letter box last week.

It came beautifully packaged with the nail colour, matching crushed velvet and a brush. The picture of the nails on the front looked gorgeous, so I was eager to try it for myself.


As much as I tried to copy the box, my nails did not look that great. Not going to lie, it was a bit of a messy procedure and I wished I did it over some newspaper and not my expensive jeans, but I think I got the hang of it.

It's easy to do, you just need a steady hand...and lots of practice. First you apply the nail colour and wait for it to dry. Then you do a second coating, while sprinkling the crushed velvet on each nail while it's still wet, so that it dries. At first, I might have tried to make it stick to dry nails then I wondered 'hmmm, why won't it stick'. But I figured it out. The final step is to brush off all the excess velvet so it's smooth.


Technically those are the steps I took, but for next time I know what I did wrong. Firstly, I had no where enough velvet on my nails. I think another dose on each nail would have given it a much 'furrier' look. And secondly I should have waited longer before brushing of the excess. I might have smudged more than ne nail like this. 


But over all, I liked how it came out and am excited to try it out again, hopefully doing a better job of it.

But what did I think of it? I'm a fan. Once you get the hang of how to do it, I reckon it'll come out great. It's also pretty practical. Unlike Ciate's Cavier ones, you can actually do stuff without it ruining your nails.
In terms of longevity, it's not amazing if I'm honest. As you can't put a top coat on, it's easy to chip and the actual velvet moulds into the nail polish giving it a more concrete vibe (which Nails Inc have been doing well lately) rather than fully velvet. It lasts about 2-3 days before you're forced to take it off as it looks messy and cracked after.
I think this is a great thing to have if you want it for the evening or a day or so. It'll be a great stocking filler, that's for sure! And I recommend putting it on any Christmas Wishlists too.

Have you tried Ciate's velvet nail polish? What's on your nails today?

Sherin xx

14 comments: said...

I need one too! :)

LillianZahra said...

I'm really intrigued by this kit although I can imagine it being quite messy! Your nails do look velvet-y and the colour is lovely. x

Couture Carrie said...

Sooooo cool!
Must try it!


Cee said...

This sounds really cool - not at all practical, but still cool :) I recently discovered Ciate {totally the last person on earth, I know} and now I'm so intrigued by all of their different products, I want to try everything! I think your nails turned out really well... but I'm also awful at doing my nails so I totally understand the feeling of not being satisfied with the job you did :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

Loving the colour, but honestly, what I appreciate most about nail varnish is a shiny, smooth finish. I don't think I'd want 'velvet nails' - but hey, that's just me. X

Unknown said...

Ohw that looks fun!
From hats to heels

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ohmigosh Sherin this looks awesome - I LOVE it!! :)

Ida said...

I havent tried Ciates yet, and today I have a natural on my nails from MAC :)


I like the overall colour, and think it looks great! :) xo/Madison

Elizabeth Victoria Clark said...

It looks a little messy but I imagine it's very cool! I love the colour. xE

Kylie said...

Oh wow, this looks fab, I want to try it! I am totally boring with my nails too. I usually leave the nailpolish on until there is a couple of chips left..xx

Audrey Allure said...

Definitely looks super cute, I love the color!

Kimberlee said...

Nice to see you getting into the nail game ;) haven't tried this... but Julep has suede polishes that looked pretty cool

Johanna L. said...

I will try this - though with MUA velvet as it only costs £3 ;) It looks fun, though I'm pretty much a glitter/leopard print girl when it comes to nails as you know ;) Today I'm having gradient nails (black to pink) with flakes and matte finish :)

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