If there is one nail art technique I struggle with it's water marbling.
Freehand? No problem. Stamping? Tricky at first but got the hang of it after a few tries. Foils? Love it. But water marble vexes me. I have tried many times following various tutorials and with all different types of polish but have not for the life of me been able to get it to go right!
So I gave up, until now.
I know they are not a patch on some of the phenomenal water marble nail art designs I've seen elsewhere but I did it! A whole water marble mani!
And it was all thanks to the little box of magic after the jump.
When Rio Beauty contacted me and asked if I would like to try one of their new nail art products I pottered over to the website to see what they had to offer. The Marble Nail Art kit and a couple of other products caught my eye, but I decided I really wanted to give water marbling another try.
When it arrived I eagerly opened it up to have a look at what was included.
In the kit you get-
5 Marble Nail Art Polishes (Red, Black, Green, White and Orange)
5 Practise Nails
5 Orange Sticks
A Collapsible Marbling Pot (So cool)
Design Pen (Double ended dotting tool)
Mini Acetone Solution
2 in 1 Base Coat and Top Coat
After having a good rummage I popped the DVD on. Whilst watching it I started to get a bit worried, there was no new information, no secret that I hadn't been let in on, it was everything I had already tried. I was pretty sure I was going to need more practice nails!
I followed the instructions to the letter keeping the leaflet nearby and had a go with the practice nails.
The first thing I notice was how easily the polish spread on the water. This was something that quite often went wrong for me before, the polish wouldn't spread properly so I ended up with a big gloopy mess on my nails. As you can see from the photo I was still having some problems with creating a pattern (Still not great at it now, I think that comes more with practice) and air bubbles, but I felt ready to have a go on my own nails. For my first attempt I picked Black, Orange and White for a Halloween feel.
These photos show the very first time a water marble has gone well enough for me that I've managed to complete a whole look! I was sooo pleased, I took photos on my phone and sent them to my Mum and best friend who were very impressed.
The design card that comes in the water marbling nail art kit show various different patterns and colour combinations you can try, the Halloween ones were done using the flower pattern that is the default water marble pattern you see all over blog-land, and the nails at the beginning of the post using Red, White and Orange were done using a swirl pattern to give it a kind of raspberry ripple effect.
I was a bit skeptical about how exactly the polishes were any different to normal nail polish. We know that it is possible to create stunning water marble designs using normal nail polish so it did make me wonder are these polishes actually any different or are they just plain nail polish with a fancy name?
The leaflet says that these polishes have a higher pigmentation and thinner consistency, which I can't say I really noticed but I have nothing else to put down my first ever water marble success to other than the polish.
This kit has well and truly given me the marble nail bug. It is so easy to use, it would be perfect for someone just getting into nail polish or if you are like me and just cannot master it!
Put it on your Christmas list.
You can buy this kit at Rio Beauty website for £24.99.
Is it something you would use? Or are you some sort of nail polish whisperer or water marbling natural?
♥ A ♥
* Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review by Rio Beauty. Everything you read here is my honest opinion of the product after trying it out on myself. *