I was contacted a little while ago from Iona from StickyNails Nail Stencils about trying a new product she was working on. I like to try new things so I gave her custom nail decals/stencils a shot and look! Her package included a few different patterns of nail stickers but I'm always partial to a good chevron or zig zag so after pulling out the brightest colour combination I could find - Claire's Neon Orange and Pretty & Polished Boombox - I went to work.
Iona's stencil stickers come on a white sheet of pseudo-plastic, with the designs pre-cut out, ready to lift off. After applying three coats of Claire's Neon Orange polish with a coat of Seche Vite and waiting for it to dry completely, I peeled off one of the larger chevron stencils and laid it on my thumb. She warns that these are strong stickers and she's not wrong because the first time you use one, you probably haven't waited long enough, and the base colour is going to come with you when you take it off. I found that if you press the sticker against your palm first, it's much less ferocious. The good thing about it being sticky is that you can press it down fully, and get right to the edges. And your zig zags come out perfectly spaced! I even used the in-between pieces on another manicure so win there. Anyway, on my other three fingers I did a small freehand triangle half-moon and surround it with teeny studs from the Essence Nail Art kits I found at Shoppers. Neon zig-zag stud win!
The Verdict: I really like the stencils Iona has come up with. I was able to re-use the same sticker 3-4 times, no issue, and you still get nice, even spacing and clean lines. Also super digging Boombox as a holo blue, it's absolutely gorgeous and applies really well.
You can find StickyNails Nail Stencils on Etsy, $8-10 a set. Worth it!
These products were sent to me for my honest review.
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