“ Brand: Andrea Fulerton / Type: Nail Varnish „
I recently celebrated my birthday, and one of the gifts I received was a nail varnish and this Strip and Sparkle Nail Art from the Andrea Fulerton colletion, which can be purchased in Superdrug. Now, up until I was given this gift, I had never heard of Andrea Fulerton so I wasn't sure how good quality the varnish and nail art would be. I don't get much time now with a baby to paint my nails and even less time to do any sort of nail art, however, because it was my birthday, and we were going out for the evening etc I decided to use these new products.
This Andrea Fulerton Strip and Sparkle Nail art comes in several different colours each with its own name - I was given the Kathleen version which is white in colour with white sparkle. Other colours include blue, gold and silver. This nail art costs £3.99, which I think is a fair price for the size of the bottle, and given that you are actually getting two in one, the fine brush to paint the nail and then the powder at the other end to sprinkle over the nail.
The brush is a super skinny brush tip that allows you to paint stripes, polka dots, tips (like a french manicure) as well as letters and flicks. I wouldn't have the steadiest hand in the world and so expected my first attempt at using this brush to be a bit messy, but I couldn't have been more wrong. I painted my nails with the varnish I was given from the same collection and then went to create two stripes at the corner of each nail. Even using my left hand which is usually more difficult I managed to get two straight stripes on the edge of each nail, without any smudges or waviness and I was very impressed with how profession the finish looked.
In fact I was so impressed that even though I don't usually paint my nails much anymore, that a few days later I did my nails again and put on some dots in the corner of each nail, and again they looked very professional.
If I had one complaint, I found the sparkle powder harder to apply as when you sprinkled it over it was hard to get right at the target area of the nail. The powder tended to go over the entire nail. Now, maybe those more used to applying nail art are better at applying this, but I simply found it difficult to get it go where I wanted it to.
All in all, I was very impressed with the brush in this nail art and it really is very very easy to apply this to a varnished nail and make it look professionally done. I wouldn't be so keen on the sparkle dust, and find it difficult to use, but in general this is a good product.
I first came across Andrea Fulerton online while searching for Christmas presents. Both my best friend and brothers girlfriend are terrible for borrowing my nail art stuff so a set of 3 Andrea Fulerton nail art stripe and sparkles seemed perfect and they were in the 3 for 2 gift section that's one for each of them and the free one.....for me!
*+*+* THE PRODUCT*+*+*
Andrea Fulerton's stripe and sparkle comes in an 8ml circular bottle, the screw lid (which holds a very thin nail art brush) has a small pot of very fine glitter on top with a pop open lid. Once open the lid reveals small holes perfect for sprinkling over wet nail varnish.
Stripe and sparkle is available in a multitude of colours.
In the set I got:
* Brooke - silver glitter varnish with silver glitter in the top pot.
* India - gold nail varnish with copper glitter
* Pattie - which is black nail varnish with red glitter (however if bought individually it has silver glitter instead)
*+*+* APPLICATION *+*+*
Application is easy just like a normal nail varnish, its just painting yet on a smaller scale. The size of the brush makes perfect lines of around 1mm wide, these can obviously be painted in any direction or pattern so there are endless options.
As previously stated the glitter lid pops open to reveal the holes and a gentle tap over the wet nail varnish makes sure to get plenty of sparkle for your claws. I clear top coat seals in the glitter and finishes the look.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
These are fabulous they are easy to use and the glitter gives that extra something special. There really is no end to the different patterns and designs some of my favourites being zebra print, candy stripes and even alphabet letter to spell out whatever you want. The black of Pattie means it go with anything and allows it to show up well on a variety of different base colours. The silver glitter looks great over polishes and highlights designs. I have been using these for a couple of months now and they are still perfect no lumps or bumps in the polish however I have had one problem. Recently I noticed that every now and again when I unscrew the lid and remove it, the brush remains in the bottle and I have to replace the lid tight and then remove it again this does not effect the product but can be slightly annoying although, when I'm next at the shop ill grab some superglue and solve the issue, to me this isn't enough to dock a star as the product and its use are unaffected.
I paid £9.99 each for 2 of the sets getting the third free but I have now seen the single bottles in Superdrug for around £4.99 each. Personally I don't believe this is bad value they last quite a while and their versatility is incredible and is guaranteed to make your nails look completely unique.
I use stick on false nails from my local pound shop as practice, I've found if you blue tack them to a straw or lollipop stick you can practice your designs without having to keep removing the nail varnish from your own fingers repeatedly.
I have a couple of pieces of advice....first of all always paint your more dominant hand first using the hand you wouldn't normally paint with....if you can do it with that hand you sure as hell can replicate it with the other
Secondly, be prepared to not just be painting your own nails. I frequently get the puppy dog eyes from my mum if she has somewhere to go and even after buying my friend the set I end up painting hers however I don't mind its another way to test out designs.
Would I recommend this ....Absolutely a great design every time that's guaranteed to make you feel and look good.