I have used the nail whitening pencil from Rimmel for ages. It costs £2.99 and I buy mine from Boots. It's simply a small pencil, in white, which just looks like a child's normal colouring pencil. However, this is specifically designed for the nails to make the tips look white.
Using this little nail pencil is really easy. When I first started to use it I got it wrong and tried to use it underneath the tips of my nails while it was still dry. From having a lot of practice however, I have discovered that if I gently pop the very end of the pencil onto my tongue before colouring in the nail, this makes the pencil softer, more pliable, and really does help with the application process.
It helps if you have a little bit of length to your nails beforehand but really, at the minute my nails are quite short and I can still manage to get the tip of this pencil underneath them so long as I keep it really sharp. I just sharpen it every now and again (usually after doing all ten nails) with my daughter's pencil sharpener.
The result is that I get ten much healthier and better-looking nails. I always finish off with a coat or two of clear nail varnish. It lasts for ages too, but it will come off more quickly if my hands are constantly in water.
This is a really quick way of giving yourself a mini manicure, and I can even manage to do this in the dark and by candlelight now as I have had so much practice. My husband likes to watch movies at night with all the lights switched off and I can honestly manage to do my nails this way simply by feeling. I just clean around all the excess bits with a little cotton bud afterwards (if there are any) once we've put the lights back on.
It's a really simple but effective idea and not a bad price either. It's a simple but really effective idea.
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Before I started getting my nails done professionally I used to like to try and achieve than manicured look at home myself. I like that look where you have pinky coloured nails and bright white tips. If you've ever tried those strips that you place across the nail with the white polish you'll know how darn fiddly it is to do and half the time after removing the strip some polish came with it. So when I saw this pencil I thought I'd give it a go.
It's a very simple idea but it works! All it is is a soft white pencil that you use to colour under your nail tips to make them look white. I cut shaped and filed my nails so that they were all nice and even, pushed back my cuticles and applied a clear gloss polish to my nails to give them a lovely shine. I let that completely dry then took the pencil and simply rubbed it in under my nail tips. You're basically just colouring them in. The look achieved was very nice but obviously it doesn't last. Washing your hands will make it start to come off in places and as we all need to wash our hand several times a day it's soon coming off. It's ok for an evening out if you just apply it before you leave the house but don't expect to pop it on and for it to last a few days because it won't.
At only £2.99 for the pencil it's very cheap and good to have in your bag to touch up your nails and make them look manicured. You do need to have a bit of tip there though or there's no point buying it because you apply it under the nail not over.
£2.99 in Boots and Superdrug
I was given this as a present one year, cause I was given a manicure set however there was no nail pencil, but luckily I was given this!
The aim of the pencil is to give the end of your nails a nice, clean looking white touch (as when you paint nails all the time they turn yellow - like mine have done cause I'm so addicted to painting my nails!)
This nail pencil is sold for only three pounds, it comes in 30 m, 0.9 grams and 0.03 oz. plenty there to last a long time.
However if you have small nails, then this can be difficult to apply, but if you have longer nails it will be easier but just be careful to make sure that they don't break or it doesn't hurt while applying cause the point of the pencil is quite sharp.
To be honest I am quite pretty impressed by the results that the nail pencil has given my finger tips. And it doesn't rub off after you apply and lasts up to a day! amazing I think!
Another good thing about this pencil is that it has a sharp point on the end which you can use to get dirt out of your nails cause that can make nails look untidy and dirty - not attractive.
You can find this where any store sells Rimmel products that's mostly Boots, Superdrug, and various supermarkets such as Morrisons and ASDA. All sold at the same price of three pounds.
Overall, this is a nice touch to all nails of all sizes, if you have tiny one or xxl ones - which all girls love. As well it is also good if you can't be bothered to paint your nails with french manicure.
If there wasn't a Rimmel 3 for 2 offer happening at the moment then I doubt I'd of bothered with this pencil. I've seen these types of products dotting about the place recently and have always been left a little puzzled as to what would be the point. But as somebody who's a continual sucker for nail products I decided to give it a go.
It's packaged very simply, just a pencil with a lid to stop the tip from getting damaged but there is no instructions as to how to use it. You might think that it would be pretty obvious but in this case there's nothing to suggest whether you'd wear it under the nail, on the top of the nail or both. Although the pencil is quite thin they could easily of fitted in a brief line about where is the best place to apply it.
When I first opened it up it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I thought that the pencil would be a bit creamy and easy to use, the consistency you'd usually find in a kohl eyeliner. This however is quite chalky and needs to be given a certain amount of pressure to get any sort of result. After several attempts I figured that it would make more sense to apply it underneath the nail as it's likely to stay on for that little bit longer.
Making sure your nails are clean beforehand you just colour (for want of a better word) underneath, providing a straight forward approach to giving your fingertips a whiter look. It doesn't give the impression that you've just had a manicure it just makes them stand out in a more natural way. It is only giving a pale shade and is quite cloudy really, if you do have a steady hand and would like a bolder white then you could always apply another layer on top as well. Although I think it's better to do this when the tip of the pencil is slighty blunt as you can apply more pressure and aren't left with chalky powdery marks. It would also need a layer of clear or pale varnish to finish it off as the pencil easily rubs away.
This is a product which you'd have to use regularly as at the end of the day it's more or less rubbed away and you're nails are practically back to their normal shade. After being a bit unsure about this product I am still in two minds about it. Considering it's only good for about a day I don't know if it's worth it for the results you get. This cost me £2.99 from Boots but I'm starting to wonder if an everyday pencil crayon could of done just a good job. Won't be something I'd buy again.
The Rimmel Nail White Pencil seems like a quick and easy approach to beautiful nails, but surprisingly it does require a little practice. It is in appearance and size pretty much like any ordinary colouring pencil, but with the advantage of a plastic lid which means you wont ruin the lining of your handbag if you decide to carry it around with you. The lid is angled to a point and looks to me like maybe it was made that way for a reason - I have yet to figure out what reason that may be and whether it has a specific purpose but I am thinking that perhaps it could be used to clean away the pencil residue from under your nails after use???
This is one of the immediately noticeable problems with this nail pencil - there's no instructions. Ok so it's good that they haven't wasted materials by packaging this pencil up with an instruction card, but all the same they have managed to fit 'Nail White Pencil' in about 4 different languages on the side of the pencil itself, and there's still alot of white space, so surely they could have fit something along the lines of 'apply to underside of nail' on there somewhere. Assuming of course you are supposed to apply it to the underside of the nail?
Personally I find this works well both under and on top of the nail, and produces the best effect when used under and on top with a coat of clear nail polish to seal it. However, both ways can be problematic. When applying to the underside of the nail it's quite important not to poke it too far in to the nail to the point where you push the fingertip back too far, as you end up with an uneven tipline, and also, it hurts! It also leaves a fairly powdery residue which I find can however be rectified by dampening the end of the pencil before use. Using this under the nail does whiten it but in a very subtle and natural manner so it's great for everyday wear. It's also very quick to apply once you get the hang of it. However when you wash your hands it tends to come right off, so you will need to carry the pencil around and reapply it after washing your hands.
Another alternative is to apply the pencil to the top of the nail which creates a far more 'manicured' effect but is also alot trickier and requires a very steady hand. Easier than applying French manicure nail polish, it is nonetheless time consuming and once again seems to work better if the pencil is slightly damp. If's also necessary to apply a few coats of clear nail polish if using the pencil on top of the nail, as otherwise it will wipe right off. Applying to the top of the nail means that people with very very short nails could in theory use this product as well - although I think that might look a little strange if it's not done very very carefully.
For best results, as I said, i apply this under the nails and then again on top and seal with nail polish. This creates a longer lasting and more striking effect, ideal for the evening. It's also alot quicker to touch up a chip using a pencil and a clear polish rather than having to repaint a French manicure with polish.
Using this pencil I don't think you will ever get a pristine perfect French manicure to the standard you might obtain in a salon - but who can afford to get their nails done often enough in a salon? And who has a relaxing enough life not to chip there salon manicured nails within a couple of days? For most of us there's cleaning and other household chores to contend with. As a result I think this is a handy little product that can drastically improve the look of your hands and for very little cost. It's not perfect, but whiter tips definitely make hands look cleaner, fresher and prettier and with this pencil you can achieve that. Definitely worth buying as I think hands really do make an impression and clean looking white nails are so important - nobody wants to shake hands with someone with grubby looking fingernails.
(£2.99 for this pencil and it lasts ages - cheap and cheerful nail solution)
Rimmel Nail White Pencil
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With motherhood leaving me tired quite often with no spare time for myself (though I am certainly not complaining as I love being a mummy!), I wanted to try to pamper myself to make myself feel better, though when looking at professional places I had to take a step back. With the costs of bringing up a toddler, redecorating the house and every day living, I simply could not justify spending loads on a simple nail pampering.
This is when my sister recommended Rimmel Nail White Pencil.
Rimmel nail white pencil boasts to give a lovely 'french manicure' finish to your nails without the expense and with a simple application. It is meant to whiten and brighten the tips of your nails for a well defined, pristine and lasting finish which will last for a whole day.
Who would have thought in the past that one day you could draw your own nails!
The product is a simple pencil, rather like a colouring pencil, with a white, waxy and soft nib end to it. It is small and compact and can fit into any container, from purse, to bag, to coat (though this isn't recommended as if it gets really hot, you may find a lovely melted mess instead of a colouring pencil!)
The first thing I looked for is the instructions as, although I wear makeup and other such products, I am completely useless when it comes to pampering myself in this way, and low and behold - there were no instructions what so ever! After a couple of tries, I managed to achieve a result I was mainly happy with.
As with French Manicures, it is best to clean your nail both on top and underneath for the perfect result. This takes literally seconds and is something I actually do often (you have to when playing with toddlers with the mud and paint getting everywhere!!).
Firstly, I tried drawing on top of the nail. Imagine how silly I felt when I complained to my sister that it rubbed off straight away to which she burst into laughter and informed me that I need to actually put it 'under' the nail. Well, I don't know about the whiteness of my nails, but the redness of my face was certainly more pronounced! So, again I get out the pencil and have another attempt. I found the best way of doing this is to look straight down inside the nail whilst trying to colour it in. I actually found this slightly difficult, though got slightly better after a few attempts. This could be due to the fact that my nails are not exactly long, so you may have better results with longer nails. I also found that if I applied too much, it would simply leave nasty clumpy pieces under the nail making it look as though you have sprinkled chalk down there. Not a pleasant sight, though too little application does not really do anything at all. It is difficult to know exactly how much to apply.
I did try to put this on top of the nail after my friend said that is what they thought I should do, though I got the same results as before. It was difficult to actually apply right and simply came off before I had even walked out of the front door. I did try putting clear nail varnish over the top to try to smooth it off and make it stick as I had read this somewhere, but it really did not do much at all.
If you continue to use this product (which I simply gave up and allowed my daughter to use it to colour in clouds on black paper!) then you will need to over time buy a special sharpener. These are pretty cheap and can be brought in the same shops as this product.
I brought this product from Boots for £2.99, though I have later seen them for a whole pound cheaper. Yes, this is a lovely cheap price and yes, this is a whole bank of money cheaper than a professional French Manicure, but in my opinion, it is not worth the money. Each to their own, of course, but it really does not meet up to expectations.
They say that this product will last all day, though I was lucky (with the under nail attempt) for it to last even a couple of hours. It is also quite difficult to put on and can become rather frustrating. After many attempts, I still could not get it looking the way I wanted it. My sister has had slightly better results, though she does not recommend this product either. Very disappointing.
I agree there is not a cheaper way to get that French Manicured look but this Rimmel whitening pencil has been laying in the back of my rather large make up drawer for over a year now. It seems to be keeping some of my other impulsive buys company.
Rimmel have made it affordable to all at around £1.50 a time, they have experimented and tried to come up with a simpler way to get that elegant look for your fingernails and credit where credit is due they are very reputable make up manufacturers. There is no way on this earth that I could ever afford to go to a nail bar and pay for a French manicure on a regular basis.
So what is it that stops me from using the whitening pencil?
All will be revealed in a couple of ticks.
What is the Rimmel whitening pencil like and how does it work ?
The whitening pencil looks like an eye liner pencil, both the pencil and the cap are white. Lift the cap off of the pencil and you see the sharpened tip of the whitening pencil.
How do I use the whitening pencil?
I suppose the first job on the list would be to make sure that your nails are the shape that you want them to be, square topped nails and French manicures usually go hand in hand but I still love to have a curve at the top of my fingernails.
Then make sure that you hands are spotless, paying particular attention to the area underneath your nails.
Apply either one or two layers of clear varnish to the fingernails and wait for it to dry.
When the varnish is completely dry then you are ready to use the whitening pencil.
You don't use the whitening pencil on the surface of your fingernails, you apply it to the underside of the top of your fingernails.
Take the pencil, ensure that the tip is sharpened sufficiently and then run it along the underside of the top of your fingernails.
As you run the pencil along the underneath of the tip of each nail you will see a white layer building up, this creates the French manicured look.
You might find that you need to resharpen the pencil to do both hands.
When you have used the pencil on all your nails then you should have created your new look.
OK, so what stops me from using the Rimmel whitening pencil -
Firstly - when you apply the layer of pencil it feels uncomfortable underneath your fingernails, the chalky layer feels bulky though there may be some who can get used to that odd feeling.
The contour of the whitening pencil makes it hard to work into the entire top underside of the fingernail, thus it is hard to get a good finish.
If your hands have a speck of dirt on them it picks it up and smudges it into your whitened nails.
After you have applied the whitening pencil it doesn't stay put for long, each time that you wash your hands it washes some of the whitening away, so you would need to keep re-applying it.
So, has the Rimmel whitening pencil got any good points?
Yes. If you were going for a special evening out and wanted to have a quick French manicure that wouldn't stand close inspection then the pencil would be ideal.
I am sticking to my normal nail varnish, it is far easier to handle and lasts a good deal longer. But well tried Rimmel, it was worth a shot.
I often use Rimmel's Nail White Pencil as it works well and is a great product. I used to always see people with nice french manicures but I didn't want to waste money on having mine done, and besides the polish always seems to chip so quickly.
People often comment on my nails to say they are elegant, thin and long. However I hate how dirty they can become underneath.
Since purchasing this pencil I have been so pleased. I can paint clear varnish on my nails, use this pencil underneath and they look great. It's so much quicker than doing a french manicure and it has the added benefit of looking natural. Now I get many compliments and I am quick to tell people about this great product.
Being so small you can carry it in your handbag to touch up your nails if necessary. It is so quick and easy and you don't risk making a mess like you can easily do with nail polish. Top product!
On the outside, this looks like a good product, it looks like a good idea. I don't know, I am sure someone else has already invented it, but to me, it seems unique.
The product comprises of a white pencil with a lid that holds a cuticle flattener. This is good as its essentially a double product, you get not just a nail whitener, but you also get a cuticle tool which is easy to use for as long as the pencil is a decent length.
I have quite yellowy tints to my nails, so one really knows why, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't even go out to bars or clubs but I do live in a large polluted city and also eat many many portions of fruit and vegetables. I have been told the beta-carotin in coloured fruit and vegetables can turn your skin and nails yellow (strange but true) so when I saw a product saying it would whiten my nails (without needing to coat the edges in nail polish with brushes that are so thick its stupid,) I leap at the chance and picked up the £3.50 brush from my local Boots store.
I went home, soaked my nails in warm water, took out all the grime from under them and used the cuticle tool to deal with the cuticles.
I found the cuticle edge slightly too harsh, its really just hardened plastic, it has some give, but not really enough, this was a bad point for me, but on the other side, it would be good for cuticles on your toes and also getting grime out from under nails.
Now the pencil itself, which was sold to me sharpened, this was a good idea as I had less work to do. I lined the underneath of my nail with the pencil and held my hand back to get a look.
Some more grime actually came out with the white tip of the pencil, despite me cleaning them before, and the whiteness didn't really feel that convincing It felt heavy and it did not go on evenly, it was almost like I should have heated the pencil up before had, and I stopped right there and held it in my pocket for a while to warm it up.
After warming the pencil, it still didn't go on evenly, it still crumbled as it went on and it still was hard to get used to the feeling- its a bit like if you go to a sandy beach and you get digging in wet sand, or garden with bare hands (not like I have done that for 20 years though!) and you get dirt and mud or sand under your nails. You then feel the urge to get it out. It feels uncomfortable, and you feel like you want to scrub at your nails to get it out.
At a cost of over £3, I would not buy this again, I bought it a year ago and have tried several times to use it. I even wondered if I had got it wrong and tried colouring in the tips of my nails on the upper side. But it just did not go on evenly, and also just wiped straight off.
I also noticed that even trying to grin and bear the uncomfortable nail thing all day with this under my nails, it just seemed to collect extra dirt, maybe it just was able to stick to the pencil where there had been no pencil before. It basicly had little of no staying power. I will not be buying this again.
I really cant see how else to use this pencil, to me it has become a useless item- aside from the cuticle remover which I use to clean out the underneath of my nails.
I've been using Rimmel's White Nail Pencil for a couple of months now and I love it. I had previously seen the pencil's in shops such as Boots etc but never thought about giving it ago until I read a brilliant review in a magazine about them.
Before using the nail pencil, I used to French manicure my nails with nail polish frequently as I think a French manicure makes nails look a lot prettier and tidier. However, the disadvantages of painting nails is the fact that the nail polish can chip very easy, even once a top coat has been applied. This can be extremely frustrating if you have just done your nails to perfection and then a few hours later, they are all chipped. Not only this, but re-applying a base coat, white tip and finally a top coat can be extremely time consuming and you run the risk of smudging your perfectly manicured nails as you wait for the polish to set. I also think using nail polish can sometimes look to fake which is not the look you are going for.
As well as nail polish, I have also tried fake nails you stick on and I have to say they are the most disgusting, fake looking things ever! After filing them down so they were of a natural size, they still looked kind of freakish. It was obvious they were made of plastic and they felt uncomfortable to wear as well. Once I took them off (almost immediately after), my nails were left looking damaged and ragged. The same effect also happened when I had a professional acrylic manicure.
Using a nail pencil such as Rimmel White Nail Pencil has many advantages. For a start, it is extremely easy to apply. When applying, I always make sure my nails and hands are clean. I then use the pencil to "colour-in" the underside of my nails. From the outside, your nails will then look perfectly white and manicured. To achieve the best results when going for a French manicured look, I file my nails so they are of a nice, even shape and apply one coat of clear nail polish to top of my nails too. The only draw back is that the white pencil will only stay on your nails for up to a few washes before it needs re-applied, however, this doesn't bother me too much as it is so much quicker than re-applying nail polish. The good thing about this pencil is you don't get any leaks or spillages, it doesn't smudge and you don't have to wait ages for the pencil to dry. It is extremely handy, small and light and can fit in your handbag so you can tough up your nails almost anywhere at anytime. The pencil also comes with a lid so you won't damage your bag either.
I also think the pencil makes your nails look natural. You can't see any tell-tale lines or marks on the top of your nail which may make you question whether you have had a manicure or not. You can also put a small amount on your nail or more if you want a brighter look. The pencil is easy to remove if you scrub your nails with a nail brush and some soap.
Using this pencil will also save you lots and lots of pennies. A manicure done in a salon can range from £20.00 - £40.00 and needs to be done regularly (every 4 weeks or so) so that they are kept in good condition. Nail polish is not expensive and will cost roughly £12.00 for a full manicure set (base coat, white coat and top coat). However, a nail pencil will cost as little as £1.99 and lasts ages. The one I have at the moment has lasted me about 5 weeks and I use it every 2 - 3 days.
I have seen this particular nail pencils in many shops such as Boots, Superdrug, Asda and even salons. I got my pencil for roughly £3.50 although the price does vary.
I have been using Rimmel nail white pencil on and off for quite a few years, and thought it was about time I wrote a review on it!
~What is it~
This is a pencil - similar to your standard colouring pencil or eyeliner even, which is used to colour your nail tip to make it look whiter, and give that French manicure effect without the effort!
These are fairly simple to use, although there is no instructions with this - I suppose it might be a bit difficult to fit instructions on the side of a pencil!
The way I typically use it, is to colour-in the underside of my nail tip. Obviously to do this, your nails have to have a bit of length to them and be clean. I found that when I first started using this it felt a bit scratchy and would leave a sort of streaky finish. I quickly discovered the best way to do this is to either wet the nail or the end of the pencil itself. This makes it much softer, therefore easier to apply and gives a much stronger and more noticeable white colour as well.
As well as applying under the nail I have also tried applying this to the top of the nail. I wouldnt actually recommend this method at all, because it comes off very easily - basically just rubs off as quickly as you have put it on, and can look quite messy.
One huge plus point of this product is that it is very quick to use. Giving yourself a full French manicure can not only take quite a while, but you have to have a very steady hand to do it yourself. You dont get either of those problems here, it literally takes about a minute to do all nails and leaves no mess, and no chance of mistakes.
This definitely did help make my nail tips look whiter and brighter, and gave my nails a bit of healthier look, but definitely didnt give the same results as a proper French manicure would.
One of the main problems with this product is its lack of staying power. I would say on average it lasts around 3 -4 hours. As soon as your hands get wet it starts to come off, but I would say that it fades rather than comes off in streaks or anything like that.
This costs about £2.99 from Boots.
This is one of those products that is better for occasional rather than regular use. I prefer to use it when I want my nails to look neat and tidy, but havent got the time for polish or a proper manicure. It gives a nice finish and is extremely quick and simple to use. Its a shame that it comes off so easily, but if you do need to re-do it, its as fast as re-applying your lipstick. If you dont like wearing polish, or you just want to give your nails a bit of a healthier look - perhaps if they have gone yellow from smoking - this is well worth a try.
Easy to apply Nail White Pencil whitens nail tips for a well defined, pristine finish / Apply under the nail tip to help achieve the perfect French Manicure.