Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Born Pretty Full Nail Water Decals: Swatches + Review!

*Just to get this out of the way: I am in no way, shape, or form being paid to write this post. I was sent these water decals for review but, as always, I am giving my 100% honest opinion on the product(s). None of the links below are affiliate links and I get nothing in return for clicks or views. You're safe with me!!


After my last post on water decals from the Born Pretty store, I was delighted when I received another email from them to try out more of their nail products. I truly did enjoy the last sets I picked out (and wanted to cry when I used them up) but this time I wanted to try something a little different… 
full nail decals *dun dun dunnn*
It was scary for me, okay? Never have I ever used nail stickers meant to cover the entire nail because I've always been worried about the hassle of getting them to fit just right, cutting them too big/too small, wasting product because of said blunders, etc. Well, considering how easy the small water decals from Born Pretty were to apply I figured their large sheet decals would be just as simple to do.
Were they? Methinks the answer lies in the photos below (it does):



Like I alluded in the paragraph above, I was really happy about the format that Born Pretty uses when printing out their full nail decals. They're semi-sized (you can see in the very small 'steps' at the top of each strip) but are overall in one large block pattern so you can cut to whatever size you may need; no one's nails are shaped exactly alike so the pre-sized strips really do worry me in that sense. This assures you that you can cover your nails at your own discretion and not have to worry about wasting a ton of the decals by trimming down individually sized 'nail' shapes (which are usually too round or oval for my nails).
Not to mention the print is absolutely stunning. Truly, the amount of detail that they were able to print into these little sheets is pretty incredible and they retain the intricacy when applied to the nail. Unfortunately one of my strips arrived a bit damaged… I would hope that this was just an individual error in this batch or that maybe it happened during shipping (though that seems unlikely because these come in a nicely bubble wrapped envelope); I wouldn't want any of you to receive the same problem upon ordering (and doubt you would/will) but figured I would point it out anyways because it did effect the performance of the decal. That particular little section applied just fine but when I swiped the top coat over it the whole thing shredded (you can see it on my pinky nail in the very first photo).

Regardless, like I said before, this particular set of floral nail decals ended up being beautiful once applied to the nail and was just as easy to do as the small patterns I tried out last time. 







 You can see on that first pinky nail I did with the daisies that I didn't think to cut the decals a little smaller and thus ended up wasting all of that excess print. Definitely estimate the size of your nail before applying to avoid waste like that!! At least that's what I did for the rest of the nails and it worked out great. 
Really, I am so blown away by the quality and ease of these water decals. Being the nail polish/nail art fanatic that I am, I'm kicking myself a bit for not having tried them out sooner. They're extremely affordable (I was able to get multiple manicures out of each set) and even more so if you go ahead and use the code RIFW10 at checkout… it'll get you 10% off!! Always happy to save you lovely people some of your hard earned money :)

Have you tried water decals before?
Love 'em as much as I do?
Do share!!

xoxo - Cassie

10 comments:

  1. I kept going back to your last post because they looked so pretty and I was so tempted to buy them! Then I thought if they were really great, you'd mention them again and it'd be a sign to check them out. Also, last time, I missed the fact that they were so inexpensive, so of course I had to get some this time!

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    1. Ah yay well I'm glad to have convinced you!! They're seriously fantastic in every way ^__^

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  2. I've tried the Sally Hansen sticker ones, and those usually last me a week, these seem interesting. The sticker ones come in different shapes so as to best fit your fingers/toes, but I tend to cut them in half because they are pretty big. One big con on the ones I have used is that once you open the packet you need to use the decals because if left alone too long they harden and crack, thus leaving them unusable. Are these only activated by water? Meaning you don't have to use them straight out of the package? If so, I would totally give them a try.

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    1. Oh no, that's awful!! Shame that they get ruined if you open them and don't use them soon enough :/ As far as I know/can tell, these are only water activated so they'll last until YOU choose to use them! Which is exactly how they should work when you spend your money on something (stupid Sally Hansen stickers…) ^__^

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  3. Been a long time since I've used water decals, so long ago that I still have some Kiss brand Disney ones in my stash with a Genovese price sticker on it! Not sure if Genovese was just a Northeast drug store, but most locations became Eckerts, and then later Rite Aid. Anyway, since my comments won't stick on YT via my phone...I came here after watching your most recent best & worst and I got an idea for a jingle. It's somewhat of a jazzy ensamble, here we go...take it away Tim (Tim's my imaginary percussionist ;p)----tssst, tst, tt, tstt--> Oh it's the best and worst of beauty, and I feel it isss my duty- to share it all with youuuu, oh yes the best and worst of beauty, some "meh" some "yeahhhh", so let's climb the pyramid, and cheer a little bit *insert jazz hands here* shake yer booty....for the best annnd worst of beautayyyyyy!!!!!! Yeah!

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    1. I honestly hadn't heard of Genovese but I'll trust you when you say they're old haha! And thank you for the jingle idea, I literally laughed out loud XD I'll see what I can do with it!!

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  4. The decals are so cute! It saves a lot of time when doing nail art...I've seen some pretty amazing Sherlock decals on Etsy that I must absolutely try! Glad to see À La Meringue, my love for that polish is real <3

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    1. Agreed!! As much as I love good old fashioned D.I.Y. nail art, there are just some things that I'd never be able to do… photo realism being one of them haha ;)

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  5. Definitely buying some of these

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    1. Yay, I hope you end up loving them as much as I do!! ^__^

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