Don’t rub your eyes. Yes, my nails in today’s post are indeed fuzzy! These are Blue Flocked Nails that made me feel like I was the Cookie Monster…or Fuzzy Wuzzy (the bear)!
You saw me try this look most recently on a guy for fun, except I used pink flocking powder in that case.
To achieve this extreme nail art, I used blue flocking powder and secured it to my natural nails with a regular (and beautiful) nail polish (Orly Royal Navy).
I wore this as a full manicure and went about my normal routine to test it out.
It’s definitely not a practical manicure. This is best suited for a special event like Hallowe’en when you need something ‘out there’ and don’t require it to last as long as nail polish. When worn for such an occasion, I think it’s a really cool novelty!
After ‘surviving’ a full day of wearing this, I’m really excited to share my experience with you. This was like nothing I’ve ever tried before, and I’ve never heard many people talk about it, either.
Come see more swatches of this fuzzy manicure, and allow me to tell you all about what it was like to wear flocked nails!
Blue Flocking Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- Blue Polish Base: Orly Royal Navy
- Flocking Powder: Sina Nail Art Flocking Deep Blue
- No top coat!
Natural Light Photos
What I Used to Achieve Flocked Nails:
The Sina Nail Art Flocking Kit I used was provided by Natali Products.
I decided not to use the included nail polish because it was several shades lighter than the flocking powder, and I was concerned that if the flocking fell off, my nails would look ‘off’. So, I reached for my own bottle of Orly Royal Navy, which I’ve reviewed on here before. (It’s a gorgeous blue jelly polish, and it was closer to the shade of the flocking powder.)
Closer look at the flocking powder:
On the back of the kit were application instructions:
Even though I’m by no means a flocking expert, I decided to not follow the instructions exactly.
Here are my application tips where I veered off the recommended path and/or added something:
- Prep: I suggest working over a cup or a piece of paper because this process is messy, and there’ll be lots of powder that falls down. You’ll want to save the fallen powder and re-use it.
- Base Coat: Prior to using Orly Royal Navy, I applied a base coat to help the polish (and the flocking) adhere to the nail better.
- Apply the Coloured Polish: I suggest painting on a thicker-than-normal coat of polish so that it acts like the glue for the powder.
- Pressing Down the Flocking Powder: I found that the brush was too gentle for pressing down the powder. I ended up pressing it down using the handle of my tweezer and my index finger.
- Using the Brush: You can use it not only to sweep away the excess from the skin, but I suggest also lightly brushing the top of your nail because there’ll be excess there.
As I’ve mentioned before, a flocking manicure isn’t a practical manicure for everyday wear. It’s best suited for a special occasion such as Hallowe’en when you’re dressing up in costume and need something extremely different on your nails.
I was pretty nervous when I wore this look for a whole day because I thought for sure all the flocking powder would fall off, and I’d be left with strange, bald patches.
I was shocked that when I gently (but thoroughly) washed my hands, the flocking didn’t just go down the drain. It actually adhered to my nail polish really well! It was so strange, though, because the fuzz was damp and turned a shade or two darker, just like a wet carpet.
It was a weird experience to have to carefully dry each of my nails. By patting it with a towel, the flocking dries back to the original look.
When washing your hands, you shouldn’t scrub hard if you want this manicure to last. For this reason, it’s a far from practical nail look.
Using Hand Lotion
If you get even a little bit of lotion on the fuzz, that part will start collecting more debris, and it’ll look dirtier. So, try really hard to avoid getting any lotion on the flocking!
I had to be extra careful when zipping up and buttoning my jeans. When I had to add pressure on my nail to get the buttons through the holes, I noticed that it created slight bald patches in the flocking.
If you saw me dressing (haha, well, you’d be a pervert!), I looked so ridiculous! I was trying to go slowly and not wreck my nails. Something that takes me 5 seconds took me 60 seconds.
I was too scared to see what would happen to my nails after showering, so I cheated. I showered and then did the flocking manicure. I wore this look for a full day and into the evening, but then before I took my shower that night, I removed it. So I really can’t say if it’ll hold up after you shampoo your hair and bathe. (I’d recommend that you not wear flocked nails for more than a day, anyway. It doesn’t seem hygienic.)
How Do Flocked Nails Feel?
It’s fuzzy…almost like turf. And it feels plush. The whole time you wear it, you’re conscious of it.
For instance, I tend to touch my hair a lot throughout the day (to get it out of my face, put it behind my ears, etc.). And with flocking, there’s a thick texture that catches on your hair (but it doesn’t pull your hair). It just provides some friction. Very strange experience!
Be Prepared for People to Start Petting You!
This was probably the funniest and strangest thing about wearing a flocked manicure. Everybody who sees it wants to pet your nails!
I’m used to people looking at my nails, but this was the first time I’ve had a bunch of people rub my nails. It made me laugh every time. It made me think just how weird humans are. We see something soft and fuzzy, and we feel compelled to pet it. (I’m totally like that. When I’m in the store and see a cuddly blanket, I pet it. When I see my mom’s cat, I must pet him. When I see a fuzzy jacket, without thinking, my hand moves to pet it.)
So…with my flocking manicure, I got a glimpse into what it must be to live like a cat, dog, or other loveable, furry animal. 😉
Seriously! It wasn’t just that people wanted to feel the texture of my nails. They were petting my nails for quite some time! (Yeah, it was a bit creepy! One woman said it reminded her of her cat. She said this with a fond smile on her face, and she didn’t stop petting my nails until I pulled my hand away.)
How I Suggest Wearing Flocking Powder
Although this experience was very interesting to try (and I’m glad I had the opportunity to test-drive a crazy look), I can’t see myself wearing a full flocked manicure again soon. I need to use my hands a lot, and having fluff on my nails really slowed me down from my everyday tasks.
For this reason, I suggest that if you do try out this extreme nail art, just use it on an accent nail and only for a special occasion that runs for a few hours.
Would you dare to try flocking powder? If you’ve tried it before, was your experience different than mine? Are there any extreme nail-art trends that you’d like to try or have already tried?