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      15.05.2013 23:29
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      Not the best of purchases

      =Avon Nail Experts French Manicure Set= My neighbour facing is an Avon rep, and I always have a look through the catalogue, and for Christmas one of my presents was the French manicure set. =Price and Availability= This is an Avon own brand product and can be purchased direct from a representive or on-line from the Avon shop, but postage may be applicable. I have seen these in the catalogue and they do vary in prices, but on average around £5. =The set contains= The set come boxed, and it had 2 x 15ml nail polishes and 2 x 15 nail tabs, so in theory I could get 3 sets of French manicures done at home. =Instructions= On the outside of the box are diagrams of how to use, plus there is an instruction sheet inside explaining how to do it. =How To Use the Set= 1st - You need to place the stickers across you nail, as this leaves a space as a guide to painting the tips. Once you have painted the tips and they are dry, you need to remove the stickers, and then apply 2 coats of the nude colour over the whole nail. =Is it too good to be true= Yes sorry it was a fun and games experience, my stickers that I had seemed to be one size fits all, so I was literally having to try to hold them in place whilst I applied the white tip, although it says one layer of white, I found one layer was not enough and needed two layers by this time I had to have help as I was holding the stickers with the other hand. The nude polish had more of a peach finish to it, which I did like as a normal nail polish. =24 hours later= Not even been knocked or anything hard but the white started chipping, and knowing what fun and games I had with the stickers, I got the nail polish remover and took the lot off. =Did I finish the stickers= The stickers headed straight to the rubbish bin, along with the white polish, the only saving grace was the peach (sorry Nude) colour nail polish Sorry this is not a product for me.  

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      05.05.2013 14:58
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      Not bad for the price

      == Avon French Manicure Set == I bought this set from my Avon rep, and you can also buy online the R.R.P is £6.50 , but I bought on offer for £5. The little set comes boxed and contains 2 x 15ml nail enamel and 2 x 15 nail tabs . On the outside of the box is a simple picture diagram of how to use , and there is an instruction sheet inside telling you how to use. 1st you place the stickers across your nails to form a guide to painting the tips . Then you use the white colour to paint the tips, wait to dry , then remove the sticker and apply 2 coats of nude over the top of the whole nail . == The Stickers == Ha they should just be called ers as there is no stick to them at all . They do not stay on , as soon as the brush from the varnish touches them they move and mess up the line they are supposed to be creating. Save your sanity and put them in the bin. == The Nail Enamel == Or varnish as I call it , comes in 2 colours , a peachy colour which they call nude , but its definitely a peach tone rather than beige. And a white which is slightly wishy washy . They advise one coat of white on the tips , but i find 2 thin coats is the way to go , it gives a much more even coverage and dries better . Then 2 coats of the peachy colour over the top , this goes on ok , but you have to make sure the tips are really dry or it will smudge . == Look and Last == If you have a steady hand you can get a pretty good result from the little set , but it will take a few practice runs . I find I can usually wear this 24 hours before it starts to chip or peel , but my hands do take quite a battering so others will find it lasts longer . They say this product lasts 24 months once opened , I have had mine over 12 months and its still ok. Ditch the stickers and you have a nice set that's a good price .

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        24.03.2012 14:45
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        Guides could be better but overall not a bad product

        I have always though that a french manicure looks lovely and classy however I begrudge visiting a salon and paying their prices so in the past, I have always purchased stick on false nails. While this is great for special occasions, it was leaving my nails in quite a mess and when I added it up, if I used these all the time, it was probably cheaper to go to the salon! Just before Christmas, the Avon catalogue came around at work and I spotted this kit on offer for £4.50 so I though I would give it a go. You get two 12ml bottles, one white for your tips and the other a neutral pink for the top coat. You also get 30 sticky guides. You start by applying the nail stickers and then painting the tips with the white paint. I always use two coats so they show as that brilliant white. Once dried, remove the nail guides and apply the top coat. I do only use one coat of this. The biggest problem I had was the nail guides, the did not stick very well at all, and the first time I did my nails, the white varnish seeped underneath on a couple of nails and when you looked close up, it did not look very neat at all. I also found that you need to leave the guides on as long as possible. After a couple of minutes, I thought it was dry and pulled them away, only for it to smudge the edges. Another negative is that you only get 30 nail guides and bearing in mind they did not really stick the first time, you cannot re-use them so theoretically, after doing you nails three times, you need to find something else to guide the varnish. I am now trying to get the hang of painting the tips free-hand and it is already starting to look better than using the tips. Something I have found with all Avon nail varnish is it does chip easy, within a couple of days I need to 'touch up' the tips. Overall, I think it is a good buy, for £4.50 my nails look nice, no damage it being caused to them like with falsies so I would recommend. Review may be on other sites under the same user name. Thanks for reading.

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        27.02.2012 12:55
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        hit and miss on whether you get a good look or not

        I bought this french manicure set from AVON as I have used a french manicure set in the past, many years ago and loved how professional it looks. You recieve the product in a slim black, glossy box containing a nude colour, white for the tips and nail guides. After reading the directions I began sticking the nail guides down on each nail of one hand. I then painted the tip of each nail with the white polish, after waiting for it to dry I peeled back the nail guides. To my dissapointment the nail guides dont do a very good job as some of the white nail varnish had bled under the guide slightly on several finger nails. I had to to try and wipe the excess away which was a very tricky job. After repeating the process on the other hand I found that it had done the same on the other hand aswell and on a couple of fingers the nail guides had started peeling off while I waited for the tips to dry. I then applied the nude colour over the top, which in honesty did give a better look overall but didnt quite distract from the slightly wobbly seperation of the white tops. I have tried this manicure kit several times since then and sometimes the white goes on perfectly and sometimes it runs underneath, you just have to be very very careful when applying. If it doesnt bleed underneath this manicure set does give a beautiful, clean look.

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          22.01.2012 18:25

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          I wasn't impressed...

          I bought this off eBay a few months ago for £3.50. I'm not sure how much it is in the actual brochure. I received a set of two nail polishes and thirty nail guides. These nail guides are there to help you achieve the white "curve" to the top of your nails, hence the french manicure look! Unfortunately I got into a bit of a mess with these. First off, the nail guides kept falling off my nails when I stuck them on. They were also really fiddly to use and virtually impossible to use if you have long fingers, like I do. I gave up with them in the end. Also, the "Nude" shade was supposed to look natural (like the base of your nails) but it still looked fake to me. It was far too "orangey" to look like a proper nail base, I wasn't impressed! The white colour is too pale aswell. It doesn't even look like the white of your nails. The polish doesn't go on your nails easily either. It clumps together and the two different colours end up mixing so it doesn't end up looking like a french manicure, it just looks like a mess! The nail polish itself is rubbish quality and the nail guides aren't much better. I ended up selling the kit for £1 at a car boot sale. Hopefully someone got the hang of it 'cos I didn't! I wasn't impressed with this product, sorry Avon!

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          14.09.2011 10:25
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          Worth looking for on offer!

          One of the gifts that my sister bought me for Christmas last year was the Avon nail expert's French manicure set. I often paint my nails in this way and so she knew it would be a gift that I would appreciate. The nail expert's French manicure set came presented in a small thin cardboard box which was black and looked quite glossy. The box was simple in its design with plain white writing but to be honest I liked this look as I felt it looked quite classy and should you choose to keep the box it wouldn't look out of place on a dressing table. Inside the box you get a bottle of 12ml white nail polish for doing the tips of the nail as well as a 12ml bottle of a pinky nude varnish which is used as the overcoat to make the nail stand out and look fresh. As well as the bottles of varnish also included in the kit was a set of stickers which are designed to be put on the nail and allow easier and more accurate painting of the tip. I was keen to have a go with this nail set and so I first got all of the things out of the box and laid them in front of me. There is no need to apply a base coat to the nail using this set so you do not need to worry that the guide stickers will pull that off and make a mess of your nails before you even get going. My nails are varying lengths sadly as they all too often break so I often have a decent tip on my thumb but smaller nails through the rest of my hand. I went about trying to apply the stickers to my nails but they just didn't seem to stick well at all. Now I did wonder if this was down to the length of my nails but on subsequent occasions when my nails have been longer they still don't seem to stick properly, lifting up and allowing the white nail varnish to smudge underneath so I soon stopped using those. Luckily I can paint a decent enough tip on my nails without a guide and this is something that comes with practice so I would definitely say give it a go. The white nail varnish which is used for the tip is quite thin I found but to be honest one coat is enough. You could apply two coats if you wanted it to really stand out of course but I would advise allowing the first coat to dry fully first as there is a lot of layering with a French manicure. I always make sure I wipe some of the varnish on the inside rim of the bottle too because as it is thin it can suddenly drop off the brush and I like to avoid that wherever possible! The pinky nude colour is ok although I do prefer the more sparkly one I already have at home from another brand. The pink could do with being a little bit lighter because when you paint over the white tip it does stand out a little more than I would like but unless you are a hand model I am sure you would be happy with the results as a whole! The kit is really easy to use and in my humble opinion French manicured nails just look the best because they are classic and timeless. This kit provides an easy way to achieve this look although I would like it if there was a clear top coat provided as well because the varnish does usually chip after a couple of days as my hands are often washing up or doing other housework! You can buy this kit from Avon for £6.50 but they do often have offers so it is worth looking out for those as you may pick it up for half price in the run up to Christmas. Thank you for reading my review

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            25.11.2010 15:46
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            Great product, use twice a week for the last 4 years!!

            To me nothing looks better than a french manicure on my nails, no colour can compete! This avon kit contains both the white and peach nail varnish's aswell as 30 nail guides for your white tips! The bottles are 12ml size and seem to last forever even with a twice weekly use! One of the problems with other manicure sets is the varnishes seem quite watery and difficult to get an even finish however avons varnishes are thicker and easier to apply with a great finished result. The peach varnish supplied in the kit is a great colour and covers the white just enough to leave a great result minus the 'bright bright' white some other kits end up with. I was dissopointed with only getting 20 nail guides the first time i bought the kit but they were easy to use and left a great shape. If your a beginner at french manicure's it may be annoying to only have a small amount of guides, but if like me you dont need to use them anymore you wont mind. Another big plus for this kit is the price as compared to some other kits this can be upto half the price of more expensive 'designer' kits when bought on offer. Not only that but with avons great deals and offers you can end up with some fab multi buys across the whole avon beauty range!

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            14.10.2010 15:22
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            Great for using yourself but also great as a gift

            I have previously brought 3 sets of these and have also brought this for people as a gift. So as you can see, I am very impressed with this item. ******AVON SAYS****** Nail Experts French Manicure Kit price: £6.50 2 step manicure with diamond dust. Contains Nude and White Nailwear. 2 x 12ml bottles plus 30 nail guides. ********************* When purchased, this comes in a lovely little black box with two sections, one for each nail varnish - along with 30 nail guide (stickers). Great for buying as a gift because otherwise it would be a pain to wrap! Plus I think it looks like a better gift than getting the plastic case ones that are hung on shelves at the supermarket. It comes with instructions, which tell me slightly different to other polishes I have used. This kit advises me to use the stickers and paint on the white first. Once dried remove the stickers. Then paint over with the peach colour. You would think that this makes the white look dull or even just peach. Well it doesn't! It makes the nails look so professional when done like this. I now prefer this look compared to others. The nailvarnish is actually quite runny but not enough to cause any problems. I find that this makes the nails look very glossy. The nailvarnish is very slow drying and because it is runny you have to wait a long time and make sure it is perfectly dry before you apply the next colour or coat. If you don't wait long enough the nails come up in lots of little bubbles which ruins the look. Therefore it is best to wait as long as you possibly can - especially if you are putting a clear colour on over the top. Broken down into segments I would rate this product as follows (out of 5) Quality - *** (3 because of how runny it is) Colour - **** (very lovely colour, glossy, not dull) Look once done - ***** (very professional finish) Easiness of use - **** (stickers stick well, brushes are good quality) Value for money - ***** (Lasts so long that value for money gets 5!) Avon usually includes this in an offer so I would recommend looking out for this.

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            12.08.2010 20:39
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            Easy do-it-yourself french manicure set

            I was bought this set as a gift and in the past I had not got on with french manicure sets. I found the varnish to be surprisingly thick compared to its competitors. I also have a Rimmel french manicure set and found the white to be very watery whereas this is easy to apply and only needs one coat. The nude varnish is very natural although two coats is a must to blend with the bright white. As with any home manicure sets I found the templates to be very large and so ended up doing the tips freehand. The brush is thick enough that once you find a line to work to all you need is a quick sweep. I felt chunky handles made it easier to use and therefore only needed to wait until my nails were touch dry before starting on my other hand. It lasted about 5 days before starting to chip and I must add that I have a 14 month old boy to run around after so tried, tested and very robust! I have since found out that the kit is £6.50 and I must say I would be reluctant to pay that had I not used it before hand. After trying to product I have to say I wouldn't think twice about the price.

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            13.04.2010 22:25
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            Wouldnt recommend to anyone.

            I have recently stopped biting my nails and started growing them. So with my nice new nails I have been willing to spend decent money on some different nail varnishes for them. I saw the French Manicure set on the Avon website and thought I would give it a try as I do like the look of a French Manicure but cannot afford to go to a nail bar to have it done on a regular basis and I have used Avon nail varnishes in the past with a good result. The set cost £6.50, which I thought was a reasonable price for what it is. In the box you get two 12ml bottles of nail enamel, one in white and one in nude. You also get thirty nail tabs to make sure you get a perfect line when doing the white. The instructions that come in the box are very simple: Place the nail guide on the base of the white of your own nails, paint the tip white and wait to dry. Then carefully remove the nail guide and paint two coats of the nude colour. Sounds easy right? Wrong! The first problem I had was actually applying the colours, it sounds simple when you read the instructions but it turns out it is a lot more fiddly than it seems. It took twice as long to do my nails than it normally would and it normally takes quite a while as I am a perfectionist. I followed the instructions to the letter but the white took a very long time to start to dry and when I got round to applying the other shade the final product was horrible. The nude colour is too strong, so where the main part of the nail looks nice enough the white tip turns an off white/pale pink colour where it has been painted over. I tried only applying a thin coat to the nail but it had the same effect. The nude colour is just meant to finish off the look but it completely ruins it. I tried removing it and re-applying may times but it just would not work right. In my opinion the finished nail just looked tacky and cheap. So in the end I gave up and put the set away. The price might be right but the finished look certainly reflects the cheap price tag. I would not recommend this product to anybody. I would suggest either shopping around for a set that gives you the perfect finish or saving French Manicures for when you feel like treating yourself and getting it done professionally. I was very disappointed in this as in general I like Avon products, especially their nail varnishes as they are not too expensive and they usually give a nice finish and last a long time.

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              06.04.2010 14:48
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              5 stars!

              Avon Nail Experts French Manicure Set We all love the look of a fresh clean manicured nails here is where you can get it at home easy and fast! I only like this home French kit as it's so easy to use and gives me a gorgeous day nail. The price from Avon: Avon sells this set for £6.50 cheap for what you get and great value for money. You can get this on other sites such as ebay but to make sure you get what you pay for its best to order from Avon. So what do you get? The kit contains: - Your pack of 30 nail guides theses help you paint the White tips on your nails making it easy and less messy! -The white 12ml bottle of nail polish, which you use for white nail tips. -A nude colour nail polish also 12ml, this is used to finish the manicure. Going over your white tip to blend the final look of the nail and it glides on beautifully I must say. * Diamond dust is in the set if you fancy some shimmer on the nail its up to you! My beauty opinion: I would say when I got the kit I did think it was good the amount you get is fair and good for money. Considering some nail varnishes would cost £6.50 just for one crazy I know. I was happy with the results but I feel the white could be thicker and it is slightly thin in consistency and if you are not careful it will be runny. If a few coats on the tip are applied then you have got it perfect. I think it gives a beautiful effect when you have finished, fresh and natural looking nothing fake looking about it. The nude colour makes the whole natural look. I have many different French manicure sets as I do pedicures and manicures on a daily basis but with this particular one it really is nice to use at home if you want a quick, fresh look because your nails are looking drab. I started using this set about 3 years ago and its still up to date and great to use even though the packaging has changed its still a beautifully designed bottle and still does the same job! Lele Tip: Have the white varnish and in your hand and give it a good shake, then give the the cap a twirl releasing the brush at this point there will be excess on the brush but you do not need that much. So lightly sweep the brush on side of the bottles to remove build up before application. No clumping nails! For a quick dry invest in a small nail dryer really makes it that quicker to dry them. Also remember when creating your tip peel the nail guide of slowly just to make its perfect and dry. So girls give your nails a fresh French and no biting now those nails are a beauty essential nice nails always gives a flawless beauty look! Pick it up am sure it will remain in your nail bag forever! 5 stars

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                06.04.2010 13:57
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                Good for a DIY manicure

                I have regularly used this set for about 10 years now. I sometimes do buy other french manicure sets but often come back to this one as I know what I am buying and what to expect. The set is available either through your Avon rep or online, they retail at £6.50 but it is worth noting that there is often an offer on so you can get them slightly cheaper. When the product arrived I was pleased to see the 2 polishes came in a black cardboard box which is handy to keep them together. Aswell as the two polishes there are also stickers in the set which you can use to put on your nails in order to achieve the french manicure look. Personally I prefer to paint my nails as I think this provides longer lasting results so I have only used the polishes. The picture provided by dooyoo above is the new design set that Avon are currently selling, I received this set last week and was initially impressed by the overall appearance of the product and felt that it was modern and not something I would be ashamed to leave on the table when friends came over. So each bottle contains 12ml of polish and you contain a white to do the tips of the nail and a skin tone to do the rest of the nail. The bottles are glass and a nice square shape. First I used the skin tone to coat my nail, I found that the polish was thick and provided a strong colour, I applied two coats and the colour looked strong and good when dry. Applying the white I was pleased to see that it was a strong opaque white colour. With a lot of white nail varnishes I find them too watery and find they dont provide enough colour. However, with this white I was really happy as it provided a good colour and after two coats my nails were ready to go. The brushes were a good size and shape and the polish glided on easily, I found it easy to get the smooth line needed for a french manicure look. It took me about an hour to do my nails which consisted of me putting a base coat on, 2 skin tone coats, 2 white coats, a top coat and drying time. The polishes from Avon dried quickly and only took a few minutes per coat. I have had the polish on for over a week now. It started to chip a couple of days ago so it lasted a good 4-5 days looking good. Overall, I think this set is quite good. However, for the money (£6.50) I think you could buy a better brand of polish. Nevertheless, it is good polish and provides a nice finish. I would recommend these polishes as I think they are a good product for a reasonable price. The brushes are good and help you to achieve a manicured look at home.

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