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Review: Essence Nail Art Decoration Kits

Shoppers Drug Mart is a dangerous place for me and it's worse because it exerts a kind of magnetic pull I just can't resist.  I have to go in nearly all I pass because WHAT IF THEY HAVE NEW SPARKLIES MMMM SPARKLIES I COULD GO THAT, I'LL JUST GO IN REAL QUICK.  Didn't help me that I found Essence now sells Nail Art Decoration kits and they have holo glitter in them.  I clearly wasn't going to not buy them.  The trick is how to use them...

The kits come in gold and silver and I had really high hopes for the gold and silver holo diamond glitter.  The hardest part about working with this particular shape is that it often isn't cut even.  When you're trying to do a precise design, having a piece be off in shape or size really gets old fast.  Anyway, I got started with two coats of Essence Back in Black as my base colour then went to work with my usual technique.  I started by laying a line of a single colour down the middle of my nail, then alternated colours, building out each side.  On my non-feature nails, I just laid a line near the tips of my nails.  When I had the glitter spread out on my little plastic tray, I could find enough consistent pieces but there's a lot in there that has cut-off bits, weird shapes or just generally not even.  It is very sparkly though, so I guess it's ok.  





The Verdict:  For ~$3, these kits are worth it, wonky pieces aside.  If you're too impatient or generally not into ebay, it's a good start for holo glitter.  And seriously, look how sparkly it came out.  

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