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This was the first set of these pens that I bought. I have been doing nail art for a little while, I used to use a paintbrush or a pin pushed into a pencil to do dots etc. I saw these in Argos for £25 and although they were a little expensive, they come with a thin brush when you unscrew them, if you just pull the end cap off you get the dotting tool. Although I love these, the different colours are great, each set are different, they do have a few bad points. The Rio set are quite bold, the silver doesn't really fit with the other colours but they are all still good. The varnish is on the thinner side due it having to come out of thin tube. The dotting tool works really well to begin with. You do get with each bottle a very thin metal pin (it is taped to the bottom of each bottle) so if/when the tip gets blocked you insert the pin and it unblocks it. Unfortunately this doesn't happen, the pin is too thin and just doesn't clear any blockages, and so once the tube is blocked I go back to the faithful pin in a pencil. (Should I buy anymore I will try to keep them standing up as this should stop them from blocking, it's a theory, and I haven't tested this yet!) The thin brush is fine, although the bottle is made of plastic that you can squeeze, (to get the varnish out of the dotting tool) if the screw top gets stuck on, trying to twist it off is made more difficult due to the plastic bottle squeezing. The bottles do need shaking before use as they can be watery when you first use them. The pack comes with an instruction manual, which also shows some designs you can recreate. Overall if the varnish doesn't dry out in the dotting tool (which it is partial to) this is a very good set. £25 is expensive but worth it if they last, the list of patterns you can achieve in endless only capped by your imagination.
This kit is quite good value, so long as you remember not to expect salon quality products!! The nail art pens are a great idea - combined pen and brushed varnish, completed with a de-clogging pin to clean the pen after use. The concept is simple in that the top of the brush handle can be popped off to reveal a thin metal tube, which can be used as a fine tip pen to drawn or write on the nail. It is a great idea, as it allows you to achieve a very fine line or small dots, that are difficult to freehand otherwise (unless perhaps using dotting toold, etc). The colours supplied are good too in that there is a good spectrum to cover all colour bases here although tend to stain if used on a naked nail bed. In practice unfortunately the nail pen can be difficult to use; it is difficult to gauge the correct pressure between blobbing too much nail varnish out, and making your hand ache gripping the bottle tightly when it clogs. The tube *can* be cleaned with the pin as provided (attached to the underside of the bottles), but this still doesn't give you a truly cleaned out pen. It gets very difficult on the hands once the tube clogs, so it is definitely worth trying to keep it as clean as possible. The brush is a thin striping brush, and so isn't suitable for coating the whole nail (it would take a long time, and result in uneven coverage). However, it is quite good at the designed use - the brushes are long and thin, perfect for lines and flicks. Yet again though, there is a slight downside that the brush quality isn't high, and they fray and splay easily. You may find yourself having to tweezer out the odd splayed fibre in order to keep the brush line clean. All in all, these are a good low-priced entry point into nail art. If you get on with these, move onto a better quality!
The Rio Nail are set was for me a waste of money. It cost £24.99 for a set of 8 selected colours (although I have had a little look and of you shop around it can be got for a little less now). The nail polish itself was a little thinner than I am used to which may be to aid its flow through the needle type detail tool on the top. However this detail tool still became clogged on some of the colours. Even of cleaned carefully after use this still happened - they may need to be stored upright. The fine detail brush of the bottles was a useful tool, and gave good results though. (However this could have been achieved with a fine paint brush). Overall I feel the quality of the nail art was good - it obviously depends on who is wielding the brush - but the pens / brushes themselves worked well... Though for me the worst feature of the product was that it was left in a drawer, (away from heat, and windows), and it basically exploded when it got warm. It made a real mess of the drawer, and frankly although the detail brush was 'somewhat' useful the fact that it managed to make such a mess far outweighed any benefits that were gained. It would have been more cost effective to have bought a fine paintbrush.
I was bought this kit when i said i wanted to attempt nail art. I loved it! There is a great range of colours to create a variety of looks and it comes with a book that allows you to attempt a few basic designs with a step by step guide. I used this book to work on my technique, it helps you learn how to create flowers and flicks. Then once i had learned the designs in the books i searched for my ideas online. The kit lasted ages before any of the nail varnishes dried up and when they do you can clean them out and put other nail varnishes in them and they still work fab. Also, if you're worried about the pen feature (which allows nail varnish to come out of the silver tip, under the pull lid) drying up then don't. At the bottom of the nail varnishes you will find a pin, if you insert this into the pen when they dry up then it removes the dried varnish and they work as good as new again. What I love about the rio nail art kit is that the brushes are at the perfect size to create nail art on your nails and if you pull the lid rather than twist there is a pen that allows you to create spots. Therefore it allows you to create a variety of designs.
The nail varnish is very bad quality. The varnish when applied is very thing and goes gloopy very easily. It takes ages for the varnish to dry and sometimes doesn't sit well on other brand varnishes. There isn't a very wide variety of colours unless you buy all the other sets. The one advantage to these nail varnishes are the brushes. The thin brush allows you to apply the varnish in different patterns which takes some practice and the small needle end lets you add smaller detail, however I find this gets blocked very easily. I received little diamonds and things to add for decoration which I was only able to use once as the bags they came in weren't resealable. I find that they are very overpriced for the amount/quality of varnish therefore wouldn't recommend to an average person unless you are willing to waste £25. However, if you are a professional these may be ideal.
This past year, I have started to have an obsession for nail varnish and nail art. And so after giving several hints, I was lucky enough to receive RIO nail art kit for Christmas. For those of you who don't know what nail art is, it's basically where you paint your fingernails or toe nails with decorative patterns. It could be something simple such as having spotty nails, or if you're really experienced you can even try painting complex patterns onto your nails. It's up to you! As I've said, I'm interested in nail art, as I think it just makes your nails look really cool, and it's a lot more interesting than just painting your nails with one colour. So anyway, this nail kit is aimed to help you create nail art patterns on your nails. This is what it says on the back of the box this kit came in: 'personalise your nails with Rio Professional Nail Art. Double ended applicators feature detailing pen and fine line brush. Chose from 8 stunning colours, including 3 primary colours and metallic silver.' So what's in the kit? Well you have 8 'pens', these are used for drawing out patterns onto your nails. Every pen is a different colour, there is: blue, red, white, green, silver, yellow, pinky/purple and black. When you pull up the lid on one of the pens, you see a small thin stick, which looks like a needle. You squeeze the pen and a small blob of colour will come out the end. I find that the needle is good for creating things like small spots. However if you like you can also use it for creating things like thin lines and waves. Once you have popped the lid of the needle back on, you can now twist the top of the pen, then pull it up, you will then see a fine line brush, I feel the brush is best to use for drawing things like lines. The pens are designed in an excellent way, if you want to use the needle part of the pen, you just pull off the lid, and if you want to use the fine line brush, you just twist the lid, it's really easy. I find the pens very easy to use. The easiest design I think you can do, is to first paint your nails a colour, say for example pink. Then once it is dry, grab a nail art pen, and just paint small spots all over your nails, it's an easy but effective look. After a while of using these pens, I have become a little better and less shaky, and so now I can do more complex designs such as drawing little hearts onto my nails, and I have even tried out a domino design where I have painted my nails black, then using the brush do a thin line across my nail, then either side draw on some spots so that my nails look like dominos. You really can create any look you like! A downside to the pens is that when I was painting some dots onto my nails, then needle bent slightly, and came out of place. After pushing it back into place I thought it would work fine again, until I realised that the needle was blocked up. I was very annoyed and left it for like a month until I realised that stuck to the bottom of each pen is a small pin, and you just push it through the needle, and it becomes unblocked, wonderful! Another problem is that if you're right handed like me, then it's a lot harder to paint your right hand. (This is obviously the problem with any kind of product like this, and it can't be helped!) However you might have a friend with a steady hand that can do your other hand for you. Or after a while of practising, it gets easier to paint both hands! In this kit not only do you get the 8 pens, but you also get a few other bits and bobs. You get a paintbrush, some gems, some glitter, a DVD, a leaflet with different nail designs on, and an instruction booklet with shows you basic techniques and designs to try. Honestly I think that glitter and gems look a little tacky on nails, and so I haven't actually used them. However I have read the instruction booklet and it gives very clear instructions on how to apply them, and it does sound very easy. To apply the glitter you just apply some of the nail polish from the pens to the area you want to cover, and then sprinkle the glitter over the top. And then the same technique for the gems, just paint a small dot of polish where you want the gem to go, then hold the gem firmly down until it dries. As I've mentioned, this kit also comes with a DVD, I have watched it once, and found it useful at showing you basic techniques and a few ideas to try. It shows you how to do dots, strokes, swirls, different designs, and also how to apply the glitter and gems. Overall I find this a fantastic little kit to make your nails look pretty and artistic. After a while you can create lots of different colourful patterns and make your nails look really cool. I love this kit and wont stop using it! (Well until the pens run out and I have to buy some more). You can buy this kit from Argos for £25.49.