Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Review: Nail stencils/vinyls by Born Pretty Store

Press sample [?]: These nail stencils were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for my honest review.

Born Pretty Store does not need much introduction to nail art enthusiasts! This online shop sells an enormous variety of affordable nail art supplies, from polishes to stamping plates to brushes and beyond. Recently I got the chance to try out some of their new nail stencils (aka vinyls).

These stencils caught my eye because the patterns are very finely cut. The lines are even thinner than striping tape, and some of the gaps in the vinyls are really small. I wanted to find out if these would work well, or if such fine details are best left to other techniques like stamping.

I'm glad to say that they worked wonderfully, and I would definitely recommend them. They are especially suitable for short nails that don't have as much space for detailed designs. Read on for the full review, the nail designs that I did using these stencils, and a video tutorial.

Each stencil sheet is 12 x 7 cm, and the stencil is not scored into smaller sections, so it is just a large, continuous sticker. As you can see from the photo above, they are also a shiny gold holographic colour! The stencil stickers are placed against a sturdy clear plastic backing.

To use them, I cut out sections of the pattern before removing the stencils from the backing. Because of the clear backing, I could hold up the stencils in front of my nails to easily judge the size that I wanted to cut out, which was quite helpful.

Here's the video tutorial, featuring the diamond and chevron patterned stencil (K001). I'll then go over what I thought about the stencils, and after that will be the photos of all my designs.


As you can see, the stencils worked! The patterns transferred well, with clean and crisp edges. Even though the gaps in the stencils are so small, you can clearly see each diamond and chevron that I painted in. I did not have any issues with polish leaking under the stencil, as long as it was stuck down properly.

For the stencil to work it is crucial that the base colour on the nails is completely dry. Otherwise, the stencil will very likely pull it up when it is peeled off the nail. You can let the base colour dry overnight, or apply quick-dry top coat and wait for at least 15 minutes.

The stencils are actually quite sticky, which helps to prevent polish leakage. You can reduce the stickiness by first applying it to the back of your hand and removing it. I often forgot to do this though, and still had no problems, so I'd say that the key thing is just to have a completely dry base colour. (In fact, I used a peel-off base coat for all of my designs here, and not once did the stencil pull that up. I suspect this is because the lines are so thin - I have noted that striping tape never pulls up my peel-off base coat.)

If you're wondering why I did not paint in the pattern over my entire nail, it is because my nails are very curved - from side to side and cuticle to tip - and there is just no way to get the stencil to stick flatly on such a surface. If I try to press the stencil down anyway, it will just wrinkle in some places, and so I won't be able to fill in those spaces. It's absolutely not the stencil's fault!

In short, I definitely recommend these stencils, if any of these patterns have caught your eye! There are of course more patterns available - if you search 'hollow vinyl' on Born Pretty's website you should get the full list. (I believe 'hollow' is a misspelling of 'holo'.) They are easy to use and work well, and the fine patterns are suitable for short nails too.

Moving on now to the photos of my nail designs! I've included the item codes in brackets, which you can use to easily search for the item on Born Pretty's website. Don't forget to also use my discount code LILIW10 for 10% off full-priced items!

Diamonds with chevrons (K001)
Geometric pink and gold nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store

Geometric pink and gold nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store

The polishes I used for this are:
  • Cirque Colors 'Whitney' (pale pink creme)
  • Cirque Colors 'Cin Cin' (gold holographic glitter)

Flowers (K005) + triangles with circles (K010)
Floral and geometric pink nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store

Here's a picture-tutorial showing how I did the flower design:
Pink floral nail art using stencils by Born Pretty Store

To complete the flowers, I used the round end of a bobby pin (you can also use a dotting tool) to add a dot of gold to the flower centers.

Pink floral nail art using stencils by Born Pretty Store
Ring finger
Pink geometric nail art using stencils by Born Pretty Store
Index finger
For this design, I used:
  • Femme Fatale Cosmetics 'Rose Red' (pink-red with aqua shimmer)
  • Cirque Colors 'Don't Forget the Cannoli' (ivory creme)
  • Cirque Colors 'Cin Cin' (gold holographic glitter)

Stripes (K004) + diamonds (K008)
Black and white geometric nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store

For these stencils, I wanted the sticker sections to show up as the patterns in the foreground in the final design. In the previous designs, you can see that the foreground patterns were the gaps of the stencils that I filled in. So I started with a very dark base colour - well, black - so that the lighter colour I layered over it would end up appearing as the background.

Here's a picture tutorial of how I did my middle and ring fingers. As I mentioned above, I have trouble with getting the stencils to stick down smoothly over my entire nail, but it works much better over just half the nail.

Black and white geometric nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store

The white speckled polish is Cirque Colors 'Hatch' - look at how well it shows up over black!

Black and white geometric nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store
Ring finger
Black and white geometric nails using stencils by Born Pretty Store
Index finger

For this design, I used:
  • China Glaze 'Liquid Leather' (black creme)
  • Cirque Colors 'Hatch' (white polish with black speckles)

Thanks for reading, I hope you found this review helpful! Do let me know your thoughts on these stencils or my designs in the comments below. I'll be back this Friday with my next entry to Nail Polish Society's ABC Challenge.


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