I had never heard of such a thing before but always willing to try out something new I purchased the black bottle of the mosaic effects for £3 which I believe is half price though I always wait for Avon items to be reduced which happens rather regularly. Other colours they had to offer were purple, green and white I think at the time there may have been a few other top coat colours.
Firstly you apply one or two coats of your base colour to your finger nails, I found for the black a nice blue, red or green worked particularly well. I then waited for my base layers to dry completely before applying a coat of the black mosaic to my nails. I then gave it a good 30-45 as I just hate it when your nail polish smears after all the time you have put into layering it up.
The mosaic kind of acts how oil acts when you add it to water it separates out and become kind of globular but do not despair this is part of the drying process, when it does finally dry it gives a sort of giraffe skin effect which is quite pleasant. Though I did find it a little heavy on my nails and it was a little coarse which I really wasn't used to though for people who use acrylic nails and beads or sequins to their nails I am pretty sure it wouldn't bother you.
The bottles contain 12mls so you can bring it in your hand luggage while on holiday too if you need to make any touch ups. It is maybe not my favourite nail wear purchase though as you do need to spend the time building up the layers and I maybe don't always have the patience for this as I a, not the type of person who likes to sit still for very long. Even so I still used it about 3 times though I would say to get it looking really nice it maybe takes your second go if you are doing your own nails.
Consistency wise it has a sort of matte look and if it spills on things it turns almost waxy or chalky while drying on a surface that isn't your finger nails. If you try to remove it also its nit the mosaic varnish I usually have the problem with but the coloured stuff underneath but if you let it chip usually adding a little blob here and there seems to make it look reasonably good again which isn't too bad.
I probably wouldn't buy it again or in different colours as I don't have the patience for it but for people who want to give their nails a look of what a beauticians could provide for minimal cost I would highly recommend it or even if you were having a girly sleep over or night in and had time to spare.
I love having painted nails and I quite like having them looking a bit different from time to time and so I will paint in alternate colours for example but what is great is many brands have come up with fun nail effect products that you can use. One product that my friend bought me for my birthday last year was the Avon branded mosaic effects nail polish and this review focusses on the top coat.
The Avon mosaic effects top coat comes in a small black box with the Avon and product name on it. There is all kinds of information and little symbols on the box that tell you things such as how long the product can be used for and if the packaging is recyclable. I have to say there are many symbols on the box which look foreign to me though and in my opinion there is a bit too much information presented on the box as it makes it look less sleek and more cluttered.
The mosaic effects top coat comes in quite a few different colours which are available either online or of course in the Avon catalogue should you have access to one. The colour that my friend chose for me was the white one and if I am honest this isn't one that I would have chosen for myself as I would tend to prefer the pinks or plums. The top coat sells for £6 apparently but this is Avon and as such there is often an offer to be had. Currently it is two for £8 across a range of make up items including this one so you can get a better deal.
Basically what you do with this product is you paint your nails in whatever colour you fancy really and then apply the top coat over it once it has dried and the top coat will then seperate and form a mosaic effect on your nails. My friend got me a purple colour to go with this one and for me it just didn't look right with the white top coat. In fact, none of my colours seemed to work well with the white top coat and as such I haven't used it all that much. That said when I did try it out a few times I found that it worked just as well as the Barry M mosaic effect polish that I have and the effect that it gave the nails was nice, I just didn't like the white colour personally.
This is a good quality product which can create a really funky look on the nails. I found it lasted well on the nails and that it certainly lasted longer than normal nail polish. What is great with this kind of polish is your nails can be a bit messy and it just looks as though it is part of the look so you can get away with messy nails for a day or two extra in my opinion. I would like to try some of the other colours in the Avon mosaic effects top coat nail polishes as there is a lovely red and pink one which I think would be more up my street and would be something I would wear a lot more with a black base coat underneath I think. At full price I think these are expensive and you can get better value from the likes of Barry M but on offer these varnishes are good value.
Thank you for reading my review!
I've always enjoyed pottering around with beauty products with my finger nails being no exception. I keep them well manicured and regularly paint them with one of the colours contained within my rather huge collection. As I had previously used Barry M's Nail Effects I decided to treat myself to a similar version from Avon, which is named Mosaic Effects Top Coat with this review discussing my experience with using.
For those consumers who are unaware of the effects of this product, I would advise that it offers a stunning crackled appearance to the nails. We are provided with a cardboard box containing a 12 ml glass bottle with an appearance identical to any ordinary nail enamel. Whilst the product is available in a choice of seven colours I opted for the black, as I felt it would make more of a statement when painted onto my fingernails.
As with the majority of Avon products, the directions for use are printed on the inside of the cardboard box. I find this extremely frustrating, particularly as I had no option but to reach for a pair of scissors and cut open the box along the section identified with broken white lines. After destroying my box I discovered only one line of English text where we are initially directed to shake the bottle well and to apply a thin coat on bare nails or as a top coat.
I chose the latter, as I had painted my nails with a stunning ruby red enamel and wanted to achieve a dramatic effect. The design of the glass bottle is extremely favourable, as instead of the cylindrical shaped lid, which is the case with many brands, it is oblong, which enables me to unscrew it with great ease and to maintain a firm and comfortable grip during application. The brush is of a sufficient size and offers a good set of bristles, which enable a perfect application without any of the product catching on the edges of the surrounding skin.
The aroma and consistency of Mosaic Effects is identical to that of any nail polish that I've used, which surprised me, particularly as the similar product from Barry M is slighter thicker. Consequently, this product is a little easier to work with although I would advise that you should not coat the same area twice, as this will spoil the effect. The enamel is black in colour and if you have never used this product before you would initially believe that you are covering your nail is an ordinary black nail polish.
However, within a couple of seconds and if by magic, the appearance begins to transform where small patches begin to crack and offer a mosaic like appearance. It takes approximately thirty seconds for the entire nail to reach its effect with no two nails appearing the same. Within approximately two minutes the nail is fully dried although it offers a slightly rough texture due to the crackling, so I favour applying a thin coat of clear enamel, which slightly softness the roughness. I love the effect that it offers, particularly when using bright coloured nail enamels underneath and it is so easy to use.
The beauty of using this product is that any imperfections or flaking are barely noticeable due to the appearance of the top coat although I find that after around a week it begins to look a little worse for wear with small areas of the top coat peeling away. I remove the enamel with an ordinary nail polish remover although it requires a little more effort, as it tends to adhere extremely well to the nail. Whilst Mosaic Effects offers a stunning appearance when applied over the top of coloured enamels, I found it useless on my bare nails, as for some reason it crackles in only a few areas, which was most disappointing.
Whilst Avon Mosaic Effects normally retails for £6 per bottle, at the time of writing you can make two purchases across a select range of make up products for £8. Due to the reasons discussed above, it receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I have seen these mosaic type nail varnishes around for a while now and had heard positive things about the Barry M version. However, with money being tight I didnt buy myself any until I saw that Avon were offering their version for £2.49 a couple of campaigns ago. I have lots of Avons nail polishes and 99% of the time I have been really pleased with the quality and the colour so I had no reservations about ordering myself one of these. Ideally I would have ordered two but my mum was looking over my shoulder (I hadnt paid for the last lot yet!) so I just opted for one. I went for the white version for a couple of reasons. Firstly white seems to be quite on trend at the moment and I do like white and secondly I thought that should the nail polish start to chip then hopefully white would be less noticeable on the tips of my nails.
The nail polish looks exactly the same as it does in the picture above. The bottle has a timeless look and I like the way that the mosaic effects has its own picture on the front so you can differentiate between this and other ranges from Avon. The lid is a glossy black in colour and quite square. I do like the lid because it allows you to get an easy grip on it even if the lid is stuck on or whatever. The lid of course houses the brush. The brush is of a good size and is around 2-3mm wide. The bristles are all nicely shaped to allow you to get the best possible coverage on your nail.
The instructions tell you to paint a thin layer on your nail either on top of a different colour or on your bare nails. For white, I think more people would opt for the additional colour underneath which is what I did. I went for a bright pink because pink is my favourite colour and I also hoped it would look quite striking with the white.
I began to paint a thin layer on my nails. I found that it wasnt as glossy and easy to apply as the other polishes in the Avon range and it felt quite tacky almost like a nail polish that has been left for too long and has started to get thicker. I found that it didnt look as glossy or nice as usual but I didnt expect this because of course it needed to get a chance to crack.
It took a while to dry and it was still tacky half an hour later so if you are planning on using this then please allow yourself plenty of time.
The cracked effect looks ok. I understand it is meant to look a bit messy as it is a cracked and old effect but I found that it really didnt give a nice finish at all. It cracked very unevenly, for example on some fingers I have a huge pink line up the middle of the nail and on other nails there are large white areas.
The nail polish looks very thick and it certainly doesnt give a look that I would describe as professional. They also feel very bumpy. The nail polish does last well though, I painted mine 7 days ago now and they are only a little bit chipped around the edges and this is without top coat.
I dont think my nails look terrible but I certainly wouldnt use this polish to get a professional look. Up close they look quite poor but from a distance they look ok. My step-daughter did tell me she liked my nails so it cant look too bad!
I think I would try the black one in the range simply because I have heard that black seems to work better than the white across all the brands. Also, for £2.49 you really dont have too much to lose.
I do think that the polish is a good way to paint your nails if you know you wont have time to see to them again for a week or so but it is certainly not the best quality. I just feel that it looks and feels too thick on the nails and doesnt give a particularly even coverage.
The latest trend in nail varnish seems to be a crackle-mosaic effect whereby you paint your nails one colour, apply a crackle top coat and bazinga....your nail varnish has a crackled mosaic pattern on them. Avon have been quick to pick up this trend and released a crackle nail varnish in both black and white and more recently in other colours such as pink, blue, red, purple and turquoise. I have both the black and white versions and each cost me around £3 as an introductory offer. Full price they are £6 and currently on offer 2 for £8 which is a pretty good deal.
I have questioned my application technqiue a few times with this nail polish mainly because I can't understand why reviews on here are so positive nor why the crackle finish is so popular when I seem to loathe the final look. I have tried a couple of different base colours in case that is making me biased towards disliking the crackle top coat but nothing seems to make a difference. I paint the base colour on and let it dry thoroughly so that the top coat does not 'drag' the base colour. I then apply a very thin layer of the top coat crackle which is easier said than done thanks to the chunk brush and the thick consistency of the top coat. You have to be pretty quick at applying this coat as the brush does tend to drag over the nail and the polish begins to go tacky very quickly. The top coat crackle then begins to separated and give the 'mosaic' effect on top of your nail colour. However for me, the white in particular looks like a child has been let loose with a bottle of Tipp-Ex on my nails. They look messy, chipped and I actually felt really self conscious of my hands when I went out and swiftly ended up removing the polish as it didn't seem to give a nice even crackle it just looked like lots of weird white lines on my nails. It definitely didn't look like it did in the Avon brochure which is why as I've said I questioned my application technique and tried to follow some tips online (i.e. thin top coat, let the base colour dry thoroughly etc.). Unfortunately none of it makes any difference. The black is slightly more successful because it doesn't have the Tipp-Ex look to it but ultimately it is more stripey (random stripes - like a tiger!) than crackle/mosaicy.
I really wanted to love this product but unfortunately I feel like I've wasted £6 on two bottles of nail polish that will probably end up in Nail Varnish Heaven (aka the bin) in the next year or so. It has definitely put me off trying a crackle polish from another brand as I'd be worried that I'd get the same poor and inconsistent results. Unfortunately for me, this is a one star review. I wouldn't buy this again and cannot recommend the product to you.
My mother bought this Avon mosaic effects nail polish a while ago.
She got it for me in white because at the time I think there were only black and white versions available and I had tried the Barry M nail effects paint in black, which I thought would be similar to this nail polish in black.
~ Price and availability ~
This mosaic effects nail polish is being pushed by Avon as a great stocking filler.
The product is now available in 9 different colours - black, white, silver, gold, red, green, blue, purple and pink.
It is in the latest Avon brochure for £3.25 per bottle, but it usually retails at £6.00 per bottle.
It can be ordered online at www.avonshop.co.uk or an order can be placed through your local Avon representative.
~ Appearance ~
The nail polish comes in the usual Avon nail polish bottle. It is rectangular, tall and flat and is made from clear glass. The lid is made from black plastic and is about an inch tall.
The front of this mosaic effects nail polish has a clear sticker on it with lots of black shapes in the top right hand corner. These are supposed to represent the mosaic effect that this nail polish creates.
The sticker also has, 'Avon mosaic effects top coat nail enamel' on the front in small black lettering. It also tells you that you get 12ml of nail polish in the bottle and that it was made in the UK.
~ Use ~
The nail polish is easy to apply with about two strokes per nail. The brush is quite a good width so if you really wanted to you could have applied this in one stroke per nail.
The polish is meant to go on over your nail colour. Initially it looks like a normal white nail polish, but as it dries it splits and cracks in a random way to create a design on your nails.
The mosaic effect I expected was not what I got with this product.
Over another nail colour, this white mosaic effects nail polish looks and feels matte and the white colour breaks into fine lines (like a Cadbury's flake - hence my title) rather than a mosaic effect.
This is the case no matter how many times I try and no matter which direction I sweep the brush in.
The effect looks nice sometimes, but because of the nature of the product you don't know when it is going to turn out nice and when it is going to turn out a pattern that I don't like.
Sometimes it looks like something has gone wrong.
I find it is best not to apply this nail polish too thickly as this will not crack as easily and may look out of place.
I find that the final effect lasts 2-3 days before starting to chip. For me, this isn't bad as most of my nail polishes chip after 2-3 days anyway. The nail polish has a matte finish, which I also think makes it easily to chip than a smooth glossy nail.
Overall I have been quite disappointed with this nail polish. It is not a mosaic effect at all, but it does produce quite a nice effect and I would consider buying this nail polish again in another colour.
I buy all sorts of nail varnish in many colours and brands, I do nail art have done for years and buy any new products that give different styles, patterns and techniques to nails. I bought these when they first came out; they were different and are similar to the crackle effects available in other brands. I paid £4 for each of the bottles, they have lasted a while and haven't gone too thick to use yet. I think they are normally £6 a bottle, but I bought mine when they were on offer.
I bought the black, plum illusion and fiery fuchsia. There are a silver (mosaic mica) gold glimmer, blue flash, red lava and gleaming emerald. Although these are a good idea, the effect given is more crackle than mosaic, this isn't a disadvantage just an observation.
The bottle itself is a square shape. You paint a thin coat of this varnish over a base coat and when it dries it gives a cracked effect. I bought three different colours and they look different every time you use them, also using different base coats gives them a completely different look. It took a little bit of practice to get the effect right. If you use too much you end up with a big gloop that doesn't dry properly or crackle, if you put it on too thinly it just looks messy. Once you have mastered how much to put on, it does look very good. I have found you need a few coats of clear on top or it does come off quite easily.
I think £6 is a little steep as you can buy these cheaper than that from other shops, £4 I didnt mind spending though.
This product hasn't been out that long in Avon. Apparently this type of product has been out in different manufacturers for a while but it was only when it came out in the Avon book that I paid interest.
This comes in the standard 12ml bottle that the Nail Polishes come in. The bottle looks ok with a sort of square shape. The brush is easy enough to unscrew from the bottle and apply this to your nails. This costs £6 normally but as usual with Avon it is on offer every now and again. I bought this when it was half price and ended up buying both colours on the offer. This comes in black and white.
So what is this? Well you apply this over your normal nail polish and this will "crack" and just add a bigot a different look to your nails. Just wait until your polish is dry then brush this on. It took me a few attempts to get this right as you don't want to apply to thin a layer as it is hard to build this up on your nails but if you put too thick a layer on then this won't crack and will just end up a blob.
For some reason I think the black one is easier to apply but I do like the black one more and it looks nice against the purple nail polish I wear.
You don't just have to use this with avon polish but avon recommend not to use with Matt polish.
A nice way to jazz your nails up
When I saw these in the Avon catalogue my immediate thought was oh, now I don't have to fork out like £5 each for the Barry M nail crackle!
I have loads of Avon nail polishes so I knew the quality would be great regardless! But these were like both for a £5 (ish) which was an offer that certainly could not be refused especially at the prices of Barry M's and other brands nail crackle effect polishes!
So when I got them I decided on using the black one first with a blue polish underneath, and trusting me, I did it wrong straight away and gave up! So at that point I was like this is rubbish, Avon your rubbish for letting me trust this product blah, blah, blah.
Anyway after a while I decided to use the white one over the top of some black nail polish when I was bored and this time I did it right! And it looked fab of course!
It was just as nice as the Barry M ones that I'd seen my friends do and at like half the price it was definitely worth it. The crackle effect is still really in so I'm really glad I invested in these nail polishes. And Avon nail polishes always last like FOREVER which is also good!
Really good buy if you're looking for a crackle nail set!
~~~Avon Mosaics Effects Top Coat.~~~
This is another Avon product I bought when being introduced in the last brochure and I only recieved it last week!
Being eager to try it as soon as I got it that is exactly what I did!
It comes packaged in a black rectangular cardboard box which contained the usual slim, square(ish) shaped glass bottles with a black screw top lid which also houses the brush.
The label on the front of the bottle shows what the product does with a crackle effect logo whilst also showing the name.
The bottle holds 12ml of product.
As I bought these on their release I managed to get them 2 for £5 which is great seeing as the usual rrp is £6 each.
I have one black and one white bottle.
I also bought an Arabian Glow nail polish in pink and used this as an undercoat ready for the Mosaic effect polish to be applied on top.
So the method is to paint your nails and I have found that one light coat works better than two coats. When dry you are ready to apply your Mosaic Effects Top Coat, I think with a little trial and error you will find a way of applying that suits you and having tried a few different way I found the way I like.
I find it easier to dip the brush and wipe off the bulk of the excess polish but keep a little blob on the brush and brush this over your nails in two or three even coats. Don't brush over it when wet though as this seems to take the polish off!!!
As it dries you will notice that the crackles appear in your nails and gives a cool, trendy finish. I found that it dries very quickly - well within a minute, and then apply a clear top coat to keep your nails looking new.
Everytime I have applied this polish it has given a different effect which I quite like.
Removing it is a bit of a nusiance or maybe my nail varnish remover isn't very good but it does take a good few wipes to get the polish off.
Having tried both the black and white I must admit that I do prefer the black and it looks very striking over bright pink, but the white does contrast nicely with darker nail polish shades, I used it over navy.
It seems to last pretty well and the coat I have on now I applied three days ago and they are still very much immaculate.
Overall I am very impressed by these nail polishes!
~*~*~ Update ~*~*~
Avon have recently added more colours to the Mosaic Effects range and I can confirm that these are spectacular. The colours added are -
I have Fiery Fuchia, Gold Glimmer, Plum Illusion and Red Lava.
These colours have a nicer finish to the original black and white as they have a nice velvet shimmer effect too.
They glide on much easier and are thicker than the black and white. I have to be honest and say I do prefer the coloured ones more than the black and white.
These last on average five days when applied which I think is very good.