Anyway. Ciate's Chalkboard Manicure kit was on my wishlist for a while and I was delighted to find it at Sephora ME. The base polish and the pens are intended to mimic blackboard and chalk respectively, creating "classroom chic".
Here are my thoughts on the Ciate Chalkboard Manicure Kit and a first attempt at nail art with it.
- Four chalkboard pens in white, blue, pink and yellow
- One chalkboard nail polish in black
- One Mattificient top coat
- A little pamphlet of instructions and ideas
The base polish is thick and gloopy. Rather like shatter polish. You need three coats to get a semblance of evenness. It dries matte, floods the cuticles and stays there. I would say this formula is quite unlike other Ciate polishes and very difficult to work with. Once it dries out, though, the idea is to make the base look like a blackboard. The black base "chips" easier than porcelain vases hurled off a cliff onto boulders below.
The sad part is that, within a couple of hours, despite doing no work except maybe turning pages of a book, this chipping happens. And then, it is a matter of minutes before I chip off the rest.
This is my submission to the freehand-themed GOT Polish Challenge. Polish bought in December 2013 does not count as "a year old". But chalk, blackboard and ABC-123 definitely featured in my life ages ago, so that is golden oldie enough, right?