This is going to be a 2-part review series on French Manicure kits. The first one is Kiss French Manicure Kit with bonus nail art. It comes with the white tip polish, base polish, non-yellowing top coat, french tip nail sticker guides and the bonus nail art stickers. It retails for less than $7 at Walgreens and other retail outlets. The packaging is okay, nothing fancy but it does give you a clear plastic window to all the goodies and colors inside. There are two shades of the base polish to choose from: Sheer Buff and Sheer Pink. The one I used was Sheer Pink.
(Review after the jump)
As I mentioned, there were french tip nail guides that were included in the kit so you can create your tips easily and neatly. I don't like how long it takes to wait for the nail tip color to be completely dry, because if you peel the sticker off before it is thorougly dry, it will mess up the crescent shape or "smile" of your french tip. That said, I used my French Tip brush (see pic above) to create a neat french tip. I take the brush, dip it in 100% pure acetone, and starting from the bottom-left of the nail tip, I slowly work my way toward the bottom right. I didn't make too much of a "smile" in this last work, though, but I couldn't believe how easy it was to clean up the french tip using this brush!! This is much easier and quicker than the french tip sticker guides, so I am definitely going to stick to this brush. It is also easy to clean up any mess on the sides of the nails using this brush as compared to a q-tip. It's like a magic eraser brush for nail polish.
I am now on my fourth day of wearing the french manicure, and I can say that I am really satisfied with it. My french tips are still neat, clean, and not discolored at all. I also don't see any visible tip wear yet, and I just LOVE french tips on natural nails, because acrylic french tips can look very thick and just, well, unnatural. I just did two to three coats of the white tip, let dry, clean the tips using the french tip brush and acetone, and add my colored base, Kiss non-yellowing top coat and Seche Vite quick dry coat. My lines were a bit wonky, but for a first time user of the french-tip brush, I think that's pretty okay. The bonus nail art is also not bad at all. For $6 something, this is good.
I will be coming up with a review of a second brand of french manicure kit, so stay tuned!