Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House

A handy kit for hassle-free lace nail art.

Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit

This Valentine's Day, I wanted to avoid the regular red and hearts for my manicure, and try something different. I've wanted to try out lace nail art for a while, and my first attempt, with cotton lace, was an unmitigated disaster involving little bits of fabric all over my black sweater.
I came across the Etude House Rose Flowering Nails kit on Jolse.com. There are two shade options, Watery Rose and Velvet Rose - I chose the latter. This set contains two nail polishes; a dusky pink and a deep maroonish red, and costs just $7.58. There are 20 bits of black fabric lace for the nails, in two designs. The kit seemed like a better idea than further experiments with lace from the sewing kit, so I gave it a try yesterday. At first glance, the lace in the kit seemed like adhesive wraps, but the fabric peels off from the glue. The lace is thicker and stiffer than I expected.

Check out my Valentine's Day lace nail art with the Etude House Rose Flowering Nails kit.




The Etude House nail polishes had surprisingly smooth formula and were opaque in one coat, but I applied two for this mani so I could press the lace down. The brush was wide and clean-up was easy. The polishes:
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit

Both laces felt a tad stiff and starched.
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit
I opted for the design below:
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit

Close-up of the lace, trimmed to size.
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit


I picked the densest part of the lace for the accent nail. The kit is straightforward to use; you just apply two coats of the polish - it dries matte - and when the second coat is fresh, press the lace firmly on the nail. The lace cannot be filed off like nail wraps, so I trimmed the lace before I pressed it on the nails.
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit


I had to work fast to get the lace to adhere to the nail before the polish dried, and even so, the polish bubbled a bit when I pressed the lace down. As it is, not all the edges of the lace lie flat.
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit

I did not use topcoat because I loved the texture. The mani has survived two showers so far. 
Valentine's Day Lace Nail Art with Etude House Rose Flowering Nails manicure kit

Overall, I love that this kit lets you create a mess-free lace manicure with minimum hassle. You can get this kit here from Jolse.com. Hurry - Jolse is having a 5% discount for the next couple of days. 

Have you ever tried a lace mani? What are your thoughts? Any special nail art or makeup plans for Valentine's Day? Ever tried Korean nail polish? Tell me in the Disqus comments widget below. 


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