There have been two extreme nail trends that I’ve wanted to try, but found them very intimidating: the Flocked Manicure and the Caviar Manicure.
Flocked nails have a crazy monster-fur texture. It’s almost like having turf on your nails. (If you use grass-green flocking powder, you could totally do some really fun golf nail art! The sport is a snooze to me, but I could get down with a nail design.)
And, I’m pretty sure that by now, every nailphile knows about Caviar nails. It consists of tiny little beads that completely cover your nails.
So, since I was a General Tao chicken *bawk bawk bawk*, what did I do? I turned one of my wild stallion male friends into a guinea pig, of course!
You may recognize his thumb. Yup, he’s the same dude who I did freehand sheep nail art on in a previous blog post.
He went from a firm “No!” to an “Okay, but I want you to choose which colours to use!” within literally a minute of my convincing, pleading, and sticking out of my lower lip for maximum pouting power. Haha! (This is the only time I resort to such infantile tactics. It’s probably also the only time that they’d work. Plus my friend doesn’t take himself too seriously. The dude’s cool like that.)
My friend’s bravery encouraged me to try the flocked manicure on myself. When I do, I’ll share swatches of it on here as well as a detailed review plus application tips in a separate post. Expect that soon-ish. (I won’t be sporting a caviar manicure, though.)
Edit: I ended up trying a flocked manicure. Click here to see my blue flocked nails!
Without further ado, let’s let my friend’s nails take to the stage. Spotlight, please!
It was my first time trying out these beads, so, yeah, it looks very messy. (I’m not a nail technician! :D) Haha! I almost felt like his finger was a cupcake, and I was putting on sprinkles. (Or…maybe I was hungry…It’s possible!)
I was lazy this time around because I skipped the base coat. If you read my post on the sheep nail art I did on him last time, you’ll remember how he was fascinated with the base coat. Soooo…when I skipped it this time, he asked, “What about the base coat?!” I fear that he’s now expecting stellar manicures from me all the time. *Starts to have performance anxiety* Hahaha!
The polish I used directly onto his natural nail was Nicole by OPI Spring Break, which is part of the Selena Gomez Collection coming out in January 2013. (That polish was provided by OPI’s PR.) If you want to see swatches and reviews of those polishes, click on the link(s).
I laid the nail polish on thickly to help the ‘caviar’ beads stick better to his nail. It was probably my lack of experience applying them, but just slightly rubbing his nail, some beads fell off. And, of course when he went to try it, all the beads just rolled off…and all over my carpet despite working over a piece of paper! (Looks like I can’t put off vacuuming any longer…)
The caviar beads are by a brand called Sina. The beads were provided by Natali Products, a Canadian beauty and esthetics supply distributor. (They currently don’t have the caviar beads available for sale on their website yet, but when they do, I’ll update this post with a link.)
I thought this was such a fun look, and I couldn’t help but be creepy and ‘pet’ his nail. It was fuzzy and cute! Haha, his thumb is so big, but the flocking made it actually cute!
For sure, I thought the second he washed his hands, it would come off, but we were both impressed that it stayed put. His description was perfect – it’s like a carpet!
You can see that it’s still a little messy. Some of the flocking powder got onto the rest of his hand and made it look like he had tiny white hairs.
I’ll be trying out flocked nails since, out of the two extreme nail-art finishes, this one seems to be the more ‘practical’ one. Keep your eyes peeled like a banana for a review and some swatches of it.
(Again, the flocking powder was provided by Natali Products, and it was by the Sina brand. This powder will be available soon to purchase from them. I’ll update this post with a link to it when it’s on their website.)
Oh, and no, my friend didn’t keep either look on. It never saw the light of day outside the house. Immediately after photographing each, the nail art was promptly removed…hehe!
Have you ever tried ‘caviar’ beads or flocking powder? Would you wear them on all your nails or use them mainly as accents?
Edit: Come see the blue flocked nails I ended up wearing!