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When I was a teenager I loved everything to do with beauty and cosmetics and spent all my pocket money on make-up, hair products and nail art. This review is for one of my most anticipated birthday presents - the Rio nail foil art kit - when I was about 15 and I still have it today and it's still fit for use.
The kit allows you to apply foil patterns on your nails which makes a nice and interesting change from plain block colours.
The kit contains 10 foils, foil adhesive, top coat, a tool to apply the foil, scissors and some gem stones. The foils come in a variety of patterns including leopard print (my favourite), metallic, rainbow metallic, lace and some other which are harder to describe with words - but all nice and interesting! There are also instructions and a design ideas leaflet.
The kit also contains a 're-order' form which allows you to reorder the foils if you run out - this is a good idea, but something I haven't had to use and I'm not even sure they still take orders for this product as it is quite old. I've done all 10 nails quite a few times and I'm still not nearly out of foil - with 10 different ones to choose from this will last you a while.
Application can be really tricky - as I say I've had it a long time and still haven't really mastered it. It sounds fairly simple - apply a base coat if you require, apply the foil adhesive, leave to dry for a little while, rub the foil on, remove the foil and apply a top coat. You can also add gem stones and such before your final top coat. The main problem is with removing the foil - it just never seems to come off right and leaves it patchy. I've followed the instructions to the letter and I just can't get it perfect!
Perhaps this is just me, so somebody who perhaps uses nail art a bit more than I do might be able to get the hang of this better than me. As I say, it is a fairly simple process that is easy to follow.
If applied well, and that's a big if, the nails can look really cool. It's something really different and striking. Some of the patterns included could not be done by even the most skilled nail artist with just nail varnish so it is unique.
For me, the foil lasted a lot less time than standard nail polish even with multiple coats of top coat to try and 'seal' it. Sometimes it doesn't even last the day before big chunks of the foil have been chipped away and the thing is you can't just grab the bottle and paint over it to correct it - once it's started to fade there is nothing you can do but take it off and start again which is really annoying. It looks really cheap and tacky when it starts to chip as well - you really can't get away with leaving it!
Overall I give it 3/5 - it's a good idea and has potential to be great, but it just didn't quite live up to my expectations. It doesn't last nearly as long as I expected and looks really bad when it starts to crack.
If you want something interesting for your nails, I would recommend a 'crackle' effect polish. These have become very popular recently and last longer, are easier to apply and generally a better investment in my opinion.
I first saw the idea of foils on QVC and bought a set of 2 for £10, expensive yes but they really worked and I loved them. Seeing these I had to buy them, they cost £19.99 and came with a set of 10 foils in beautiful colours. My favourite one was a very delicate pink flower, with green/blue accents, I used to do a French manicure, then put this over the pink area of the nail, looked so pretty. I tried this with the Rio set only to be quite disappointed. The idea is to use the glue on the areas of your nail where you want the foils to go, wait for the glue to go a bit tacky then, smooth over the foil, and peel off. It sticks to some parts but not others, the glue is a bit lumpy and it seems a little temperamental, no matter how even you apply it, or how long you leave it, it never dries evenly.
I have some glue that I have used in the past and have tried that, it seems to work much better, still a little touch and go but overall better than the glue included in the Rio set. Although the foils themselves may be roughly the same wherever you buy them, they are not 100%, I don't know if they are a bad batch or just a bad make.
I was really looking forward to expanding my homemade nail art options with this kit, which is quite a cheap starting point to home foiling designs. However, try as I might I jsut cannot get the rotten foils to stay!
The premise is simple enough. Apply glue provided to whole nail or just area wanted for design transfer. Then, once the glue has settled into tackiness rather than wetness, the foil can be applied and rubbed onto the glue surface, which will then hold the foiled design once you peel back the backing sheet.
This is very exciting, especially when you look at their gorgeous designs and think how long it would take to freehand some of these things! However, I have had real hit and miss success with this kit :(
Personally I find that the glue dries intermittantly, leaving the design patchy in transferring. I also think it sets too thick despite my experimenting with thickness of layers - as the foil then sits on what feels like an undrying rubberly layer, and peels back with the slightest rub. After an hour of my first foiled tip manicure, I had lost sections of ALL 10 tips, and had lots of wonderful fluff attached instead.
If you can figure this kit out to make it work, then it's a huge bargain at the price. But.. I'm resigning it to the bottom of my manicure box, as I don't know if I'll attempt it again....
I bought this product for my daughter as a gift. In theory I thought this was an ideal gift for a teenage girly girl who loves pretty nails. However the foil was awkward to use and the foil definately did not come off as easy as shown on the dvd. Infact after a few attempts we have now given up on using it. At around £20 it was quite expensive and very disappointing! I would not recommend this product to others. It is a great idea if it worked properly.