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I love the look of French manicured nails and I have tried for many years to get the perfectly even white tips with the brushes usually provided with nail polishes, however, this proves very difficult, even with the sticker strips that you can get to help get the even line. I had recently had my nails French manicured at a salon for my recent wedding and loved the look so much and was amazed at how even she managed to get the white tip. She mentioned that pens were available to use rather than brushes to draw/paint the tip of the nail and when I was flying back from honeymoon, I noticed in the duty free magazine an Yves Saint Laurent French manicure kit which contains two pens, one white and one pastel pink. I bought one at the price of £27 where the recommended retail price was £32.
I have enjoyed using other Yves Saint Laurent products and felt confident that the product I had purchased would live up to my expectations and I would have perfectly groomed nails from now on. I opened the box and found two pens - one containing white nail polish which had a nib a bit like a thick felt tipped pen to use to apply the white polish neatly to the tip, and another containing pastel pink polish with a brush applicator at the bottom. Both pens have pump action clicky tops at the other end of the pen to enable the polish to come down into the applicators.
According to the instructions, the white polish is to be applied first to the tips of the nail and it was fairly easy to apply, keeping a reasonably even line depending how shaky your hand is. I found it easy to apply to my right hand, being left handed, but really hard to use with my right hand. Once that had dried, I applied the pastel pink polish which was a little bit clumsy due to the polish being quite thick and not spreading so well. I persevered and once it had dried, I gave my nails a close inspection to see if they met to my expectations. The pink colour was lovely and natural but I noticed that applying the pink polish had wiped off most of the white tip, even though it was dry!!! I found that applying the white over the pink seemed to be the only way to do it.
I think it would also be advisable to apply a clear top coat once finished as the texture of the dried white tip is a bit like matt paint - a little bit chalky and easy to scrape off. After a few minutes of doing normal things in the house, I noticed the white polish was chipped and scraped - not what I expect from a YSL product really!!!
Overall, I think this product will be good for a quick fix for chipped French polishes although there will be many quick fixes needed, and I was very disappointed with the poor quality of the product. The main plus point was the stylish packaging and the clicky pens but I guess this is a prime example of form over function. Wholly disappointed. Poor show YSL!!!
For years I've struggled to find the perfect French manicure kit. I've never been able to find the perfect shade of pink/peach and the brushes for the white tip have never been that easy to use, I've tried long brushes, short brushes even angled brushes but none seemed to make much difference. Then I heard about the YSL French Manicure and decided that for the price, surely it had to be good. It comes in the form of 2 pen-style varnishes. The pink shade has brush application and the white has a felt-tip style nib.
Negatives: It's quite difficult to control the flow of varnish on both pens and the pink in particular can end up looking quite streaky.
Positives: The idea of the felt-tip style white pen is really good, like colouring on the tip rather than painting which is always going to be easier to do. The pink seems to be the ideal shade for me - a matt natural rather than shiny iridescent. It also stays chip-free for well over a week which is the longest I've ever gone without my nails starting to look a bit scruffy.
The end result is never quite as bad as I expect it to be considering the mess I make while applying it. French manicure fans should definitely give it a go.
A great idea you might think, a french manicure look achieved in not much more time than it takes to apply normal polish but sadly, as with a lot of great ideas, it just doesn't quite work.
You get 2 pens (4ml each), one for the pinky colour, one for the white tip. The pinky one has a brush and you push the button at the end of the pen to coat it with polish. You can then paint your nail as you would normally do. The pink is quite subtle and peachy and would probably suit most people.
The white pen has a 'nib' at the end, similar to that of a thick marker pen, and again you push the button at the end to soak it in white polish and you draw on your nail tip to create the white line, on top of the dried pink polish.
If done correctly and you wait for the first coat of polish to completely dry, the final result is pretty good! It takes a lot less time than those other french manicure kits and the pens are very easy to use. Drawing the white tip is much easier than using a brush as you have more stability and it is easier to be accurate and get a neat white line.
So, why doesn't it quite work? Firstly, the white pen smells and acts like tipex. It is quite a strong smell. In fact, I have my suspicions that it actually is tipex! That would be a cheaper way to achieve this look! The consistency of the polish is quite thin and the pen tends to leak. Added to this, the polish comes out far too quickly at times making it hard to create a neat line as it smudges and 'blobs'. As it comes out too quickly, a lot of polish is wasted and it runs out far quicker than the pink polish, which apart from a slight 'splaying' of the brush, is fine to use.
Lastly, once the manicure is complete, it barely lasts the day without chipping/wearing off!!
I bought mine from BA high life (duty free) for about £26.00 but i think it is normally around £28-30.
Maybe I had a faulty set but I certainly would not buy this again as for a YSL product, it truly is disappointing. If they resolved the white pen issues, it would be a winner!