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Sunday, November 16, 2014

KBShimmer LE Nail Vinyl and Cuticle Oil Swatches and Review-Winter 2014


~KBSHIMMER 2014 LE Nail Vinyl and Cuticle Oil Review~

I'm really excited to share with you what I have done with the new LE Nail Vinyl sheet from KBShimmer!  I spent a long time using as many of these as I could, so that I could give a thorough review.  Below is a look at all the designs on the sheet.  
Photo courtesy of KBShimmer
My favorite mani that I did was with the candy canes.  I did a water marble using Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Milani Modern Rouge.   I top coated with KBShimmer Top Coat and waited for it to dry.  Once dry, I used the candy cane nail vinyls on two fingers and then used KBShimmer Eclipse over the top. I peeled off the vinyls and top coated again.
Here's a closer look...  The one thing I haven't quite figured out yet is how to be able to put a vinyl on the center of my nail and still be able to peel it off after putting a coat of polish on.  Notice that I put these on making sure that some of the vinyl was off of my nail in order to take it off.
Here's a close up of the finished look!  
My second manicure was using the mint candy pinwheel designs.  I did a gradient on my nail using Sinful Colors Snow Me White and 6 Harts Blow Me...A Raspberry.  I then used KBShimmer top coat and-once dried-I used the OUTER part of the design on my nail and did a reverse gradient.
 Taking the inner slices out was rough; they didn't always want to come out, so I had to pick some out.  This design (along with the large snowflake design) was too large for my nails, so you can't see the outer edge really well.
While there was a learning curve for me on these, I still enjoyed the end result and would use them again.
Here is a macro shot. 
My next manicure I tried using the long strips that are the outlines of candy canes and trees.  I really wasn't sure how to use these as I am not super creative on my own, so I did have a learning curve here.  
I used Mod Lacquer Luminidust as the base with top coat, and once dried laid the nail vinyl on the lower half of my nail. I then put two coats of Mod lacquer Lightning Lime.  I gradiented the other two fingers.  While I like the way it looks, I think the next manicure looks even better!

I am sure that other talented bloggers will draw within the nail vinyls once dried, but I am not that talented, so I wondered how it would look on its own with just one color.  I decided to do very contrasting colors with this nail vinyl strip of Christmas trees and ornaments. 
I used a base coat of Sinful Colors Snow Me White and then two coats of OPI Red Hot Rio after laying down the nail vinyl.  I think these look ions better when the polishes are polar opposites!
Macro shot!
I had a really great idea using these ornament strips, but it didn't turn out as well as what was in my head.  I'm just NOT an artist. :)  I used Milani High Speed Fast Dry polishes for the base on each finger.  I laid down the strips on each nail and then used A England Excalibur over the top.  I then used a black nail art brush to draw the strings for the ornaments. I think if I was able to draw in the lines separating the ornaments, the effect would have been better. 

Cuticle Oil
I was sent Peppermint Cuticle Oil and Raspberry Vanilla Cuticle Oil to review as well.  (I had previously bought Pink Sugar to use.)

Photo courtesy of KBShimmer
I love the pen!  It travels really well and has never leaked. It is convenient and easy to take with me.  I like the brush end of the pen and it does distribute the oil well.  My only issue (which isn't that big of a deal really) is that I never know how many clicks to do to get enough oil out of the pen. I either don't have enough or get too much.  If I do get too much, I just distribute it to the other nails, but I do wonder every time if I am clicking enough or too much. 
The smell of each one I have is fantastic.  None are overly strong, but just enough scent to be pleasant.  The raspberry vanilla is my favorite and I love smelling my hands when I put it on.  
Parting Thoughts:  I LOVE KBShimmer vinyls. I have several of her designs already.  I guess what threw me about this one was that it wasn't just one design and I needed to push my creativity a bit to make them work well.  The candy canes were hands down my favorite.  I also loved the mint pinwheels. I think I would prefer just those on a sheet.  I tried several times to use all three sizes of the cute snowflakes and also the lightbulbs, but they were so intricately cut that they kept tearing when I tried to take them off. :(   While a  couple of designs were too big for me, they are probably perfect for people with longer nails.  I say start with the more basic designs if you are a beginner, but if you want to branch out and do more artistic stuff, get this set.
Cuticle Oils: GET THESE.

Nail vinyls sheets: $5
Cuticle Oil Pens: $6


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*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*


cynthia decker said...

Love your thorough review! Now I am not afraid to give these a try!

Kelly @ Nails for the Sake of Sanity said...

So cute, love what you've done with them! I am gonna need a set of these :D