Review: Born Pretty Store Nail Foils

Painted Fingertips| Nail Foils

Some items in this post have been provided for honest review.

Hi everyone!

I have another review to share with you today. This time I have tried out some nail foils from Born Pretty Store. This was the first time I have tried nail foils and here’s what I did in my first attempt: Painted Fingertips| Nail FoilsI couldn’t decide what polish to use as a base colour, so in the end I decided to go with my wedding colours of turquoise and silver. I used LA Girl Teal Dimension as a base colour. Painted Fingertips| Nail FoilsThe foil didn’t come with any instructions but I had an idea of how to use it from using similar products for crafts as a child. I didn’t have any foil glue, so I decided to try applying the foil directly using the nail polish. To do this you have to apply the foil when the polish is dry enough not to smudge, but still a little tacky. If you want a look with the foil uniformly covering your whole nail, the glue might work better, but I really liked the effect this gave. Painted Fingertips| Nail FoilsYou can see the original pattern of the foil on a few of my nails. There are several different patterns and colours available. I really loved how shiny this was! This is far more shiny and sparkly than what you would get just using a silver polish. I didn’t add a top coat since I had heard this can take away from the reflective finish of the foil. The disadvantage of this is that the foil didn’t last all that long – it is a very thin layer and after a few hours, I noticed that it seemed to be wearing away. I would recommend this for a fun look for a glamourous night out! Painted Fingertips| Lightning Nail FoilsI decided to try a second look as well to see what else these foils could do. For this look, I started off with a base of Essence Prom-Berry and added a matte top coat. I wanted to capture the contrast between the matte polish and the reflective surface of the foil. Painted Fingertips| Lightning Nail FoilsAt first I had wanted to add the foil as a dotticure, but after testing on my right hand I wasn’t quite getting that right. That was when I realised I still had some nail vinyls from Loki’s Nail Vinyls (previously reviewed here). It was the perfect answer! I applied 2 different patterns to my nails. To make sure it looked like the foils were covering the open area, I used a coat of Sally Hansen Pedal to the Metal to apply the foil. This time, I found it effective to stick the foil a few times in a row (kind of like I was dabbing it on) to help the foil to stick everywhere I wanted it to, up to the edges of my nails. Painted Fingertips| Lightning Nail FoilsI peeled up the vinyls and there you have it!

Overall, I think that the foil is great for a night out or an event and it has some fun nail art possibilities. I’ll definitely be using mine again! It can take a little trial and error to figure out how dry/tacky the polish should be when you stick the foil, but nothing too difficult. What do you think? Have you tried nail foils before?

If you’d like to try them, they’re available here, along with a variety of different colours and patterns. You can also use the code KGG10 for 10% off on any Born Pretty Store purchases.

  • Cheyenne

    way better then my first try with foils! I still can’t freaking do it! haha I love the look with the vinyl pattern!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Haha! I confess I did test how dry the polish should be on my right hand first and that one was a disaster!

  • Lothwen Akira

    Coooool! I should try this soon. I love how you combined foils with vinyls!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Roselynn787

    Foils are always so interesting. I love the effect they add to a mani.

    • Painted Fingertips

      Aren’t they great?

  • Ashlee(PaintedNubbs)

    I keep meaning to try foils but never do. I definetly agree that they are more appropriate for a night out. I really like the second look that you did.

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! You should give them a try 🙂

  • MyNailPolishOnline

    I love what you’ve done with the foils <3

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Polish Those Nails

    I really need to try foils! I love how shiny they are haha. The zig zag manicure is really nice!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! Haha, yes that’s the beauty of foils for sure 🙂

  • loveforlacquer

    These are kind of awesome – Love the design!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Deborah – Love Varnish

    Oh wow, these looks are both AMAZING! The foil is so eyecatching.

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thanks Deborah!

  • Simona @LightYourNails!

    I have yet to try nail foils, I’ve finally purchased a few to test!
    Love your second attempt although the first one has killer colours and is sure more unusual!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy them when you do try them 🙂

  • Dani FromPolishwithLove

    I really like the look of foils and have been wanting to try them but have just not gotten around to ordering any! I really like the 2 looks you decided to do and the fact that you didn’t use foil glue!!!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! I didn’t really want to buy a special glue for something I’ll only use occasionally, glad I could get it to work without.

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    I haven’t really tried foils before but I love the different ways you used them!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Katherine

    These look great! I had zero luck the last (and only) time I tried using foils so I’m envious you got the hang of it so quick!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Haha, thanks! I did do my right hand first and that was disastrous so maybe next time you’ll get it right 🙂

  • vonimoller

    I love the first Mani more as it kind of looks almost like dry brushing/acid wash which looks damn awesome in my opinion

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