***Update at the end***
I have another nail art review for you, thanks for the Born Pretty Store. This time, I am reviewing the Born Pretty 500Pc Mini Gold and Silver Round Stud Box. I have several reviews of their products up now, so be sure to click on the Born Pretty Store link under “Categories” on the right hand side of the blog to see all the items that I have received from Born Pretty and how they worked for me. Though I have never been a fan of three dimensional objects on my nails, my previous experience with the BPS Nail Art Decoration Wheel of Round Rhinestones has made me want to expand my horizons. So, when Born Pretty offered to send me some more nail art products, I decided that I wanted to try out some hardware on my nails.
The Born Pretty 500Pc Mini Gold and Silver Round Stud Box has twelve compartments of mini dome-shaped studs. The studs come in both gold and silver, and come in three different sizes: 1.2mm, 2mm/, and 3mm. They are mostly separated by color, but the 1.2mm are small enough to sneak into neighboring compartments. The gold and silver can look very similar in certain lighting, so you have to be more careful with the smallest studs to make sure you have the color you are looking for. If you look closely, you can see that a single gold stud snuck into my manicure with all the silver ones. I used the 2mm (medium) size on most of my nails, and the 1.2mm on my accent nail. Here is a closer look at the three sizes, side by side.
The smallest studs can be a little tricky to pick up because of their tiny size, but otherwise the studs were easy to use and stayed put for the length of my manicure. I did not need to use nail glue to secure the studs. I chose to apply a layer of Seche Vite to top my polish and pressed the studs into the topcoat. I then added a top layer of Seche Vite over the studs to seal them in. The result was super glossy, and the suds did not budge. Just like the rhinestones that I reviewed previously, these studs can be used on a number of projects, not just nails. I think all three sizes are perfectly appropriate for nails, but if you think the 3mm are too big you can also use them to decorate your craft projects, cell phone case, sun glasses, etc. With a little lash glue, you can use them as body art as well.
For this look I used CQ polish in Slate with Zoya Bevin for the accent nail. I really liked the Born Pretty 500Pc Mini Gold and Silver Round Stud Box and will definitely use the studs in future manicures. I like the hard edge they give the look, while still being subtle. I think they easily transition from work to play, appropriate in the office or at a rock concert. I definitely think that they are a good buy. The box is $3.95 on the BPS website.
As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while. That was especially true during the Holiday Season because of some hold ups with customs. I am not sure if that is still the case, but October through December orders were taking even longer that the typical 2-3 weeks, possibly as much as 5 weeks or more. Hopefully those issues have been resolved.* On the upside, shipping is free worldwide with no minimum purchase amount, and orders ship within 24 hours. Check out their website bornprettstore.com, or facebook page for more details. For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.
FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration. This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest. No other type of compensation was accepted.
*Update: I heard back from my contact at Born Pretty, and the issue with customs has been resolved. It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, it has been 2-3weeks. You should still plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive like holiday items and order early. But at least it’s a reasonable wait time again.