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Testing: Instant Artist Kit By Orly
Testing Period: An afternoon of experiments.
Tested By: Arti Patel, Associate Editor
Price: $5 to $15 for the tools. $32 for the entire set.
What It Is: A set of bright nail polishes and nail art tools.
How To: This nail kit comes with different tools. There is the nail polish itself, which is specially designed with a thinner brush for easier application. There's the double-ended dotter, which can be used to create small- and medium-sized dots on nails. There's also a detailer brush that's designed to help you create specific shapes and patterns on top of polish.
What We Thought: If you love nail art -- this is the perfect way to start experimenting. I played with two colours, the fiery red and 24k glitter, while using both the dotter and the detailer. The nail polish itself was easy to apply, and I loved the double-ended dotter -- though I would have liked more instruction on how to create a wide array of polka-dotted nail designs. That said, I tried a flower and a row of dots (big and small), and both pieces of art were easy to do.
The Downfalls: Create yourself a space to work with. I used a plastic plate to mix polish colours and to dip my tools in. You should also keep a lot of nail polish remover on hand. Tools will accumulate paint -- and you may not want to mix colours. That and, if your hands are shaky, you're liable to get polish on your hands -- not just on your nails.
Tips: I didn't need to use the detailer brush, really. For example, I used the nail polish's actual brush to create french tips.
Final Remarks: At this price, I would say this kit is a great tool for nail art beginners. If you want to get fancy, invest in the dotter and detailer -- it will help you create fine lines and vivid designs on top of polish.
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