NOTD: Ciate 'Cookies and Cream' & Caviar Pearls

I've only just got around to trying out the Ciaté Caviar manicure set that came with last month's Marie Claire magazine. I put the Caviar Pearls only on my ring finger as I thought having them on all of the nails might get a bit annoying!

I really like the colour of Ciaté's Cookies and Cream, but I'm not a huge fan of the consistency. I applied 3 coats to get it properly opaque and close up the brush strokes can be seen on the nails which really bugs me! Maybe the brush on the full sized pot is better though? (Let me know if it is!)

The Shooting Star Caviar Pearls were a bit of a pain to be honest. You have to pour the beads over the nail whilst the polish is still wet, put a tray underneath to catch the excess and firmly push the beads into the nails to set them. Then comes the mission of getting the excess beads back into the bottle - not an easy task when you're using a makeshift funnel made of rolled up paper! The full kit does come with a funnel though so I imagine that would make it easier.

Once they're all back in the bottle (and on the floor...) the instructions say to put a topcoat on the tips of the nails to keep them in place. I decided to put topcoat all over just to try and make them stay in place a bit more. The beads around the sides of the nail did fall off within about an hour, but other than that the rest has actually stayed in place quite well for the past 24 hours, although I'm not sure how much longer it will last!

I do love the look of the Caviar manicure despite the slightly annoying application, so I think it's safe to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it at the moment. 

(Update: They lasted a week without much change in appearance! Taking them off was a bit of a pain though!)

Have you ever tried the Caviar nail look?

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16 comments :

  1. That nude color is gorgeous -- and I usually don't even like nude polish!

    Hmm...I probably won't be trying out that pearl trend. I didn't realize that it would be so difficult. Boo for it getting everywhere :(

    <3 Kelly | The Patch Diaries

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    1. I'm not usually a fan of nude polish either but this one is nice! :) x

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  2. Your nails look gorgeous! I'm not into the whole caviar trend but I like how this looks on you :)

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  3. I have a full sized Ciaté nail polish and don't like the brush on it either!
    I've never tried the caviar look on my nails but it looks so pretty on yours, not sure if i'll try it though as it sounds quite fiddly!

    Hannah x
    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ooh that's a shame I thought maybe the full size would have a better brush! Never mind :) x

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  5. I have jelly bean polish from Ciate it's very nice. I can see the attraction to the Caviar, it looks very pretty on you but I don't think I could be bothered with the hassle, too lazy lol x

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  6. I like nude nail polishes but this is a little grey for me and the formula is quite watery. I prefer Samoan Sands or Don't Pretzel My Buttons by OPI. The caviar beads look lovely but are such a hassle with very little pay off..

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  7. This looks lovely - I love the caviar nails trend! Lovely post! Cute blog!
    Rachael x
    Rachaeleeno | Beauty, Fashion & Thoughts

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  8. Ooo great nails! I Love a nude nail polish they always make nails look so neat and tidy x

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  9. Love this combo great colours! :) x

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  10. My friend did this with her nails ad it looks amazing!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  11. I have the same set but have to say I wasn't impressed with it. It looks good but wouldn't last long :(
    Adela x

    Misspinkstyle.net

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    1. That's a shame yours didn't last long! Mine lasted almost a week in the end! x

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  12. This looks really nice, so sophisticated! Shame it's such a hassle to put on because it really is lovely! xx

    Sarah
    Squares - Bookworm and Beauty Enthusiast

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