Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Review- Nailene French Tip Pen (Pearl White)

Let's see, on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give myself a humble three when it comes to self-application tips. I've always loved the look of a classic french-manicure, but never thought I could actually pull one off on my own, however, with this beautiful pen from Nailene, this may be a first! I'll admit, initially, it did look like a 5-year-old painted my nails instead, but luckily I cleaned up the edges with a Q-tip swab and nail-polish remover, and voila the white tips were in all the right places! Then, I finished the look with a clear enamel and suddenly I had a pretty-looking for real at-home manicure! The pearl white paint stays on rather well, so while I carefully cleaned up the out-of-line edges, the tips didn't rub off needlessly. Also, thank goodness the french-tip pen was easy to use and had a great sense-of-control - it fits neatly into your hands and the tip is angled smartly catching all the right curves. It is clear that they must have previously tested the product on people like me and found a successful solution. Honestly, if I can manage this, anyone truly can! And have a salon looking french manicure too as a result!

Sultana Maharajh says:

A few years ago, I purchased a pen similar to this one from Sephora. The nail polish inside was way too runny. I never wanted to purchase one of these again. When I tried the Nailene French Tip Pen, I was skeptical at first. As soon as I tried it, I was in love! Not only did it work but the color is absolutely gorgeous! Its a beautiful silverish, pearly white. You can use it with a classic pink French top coat but I find that it covers up the beauty of the color. I used it with a regular clear top coat.
If you are looking for something quick, easy and pretty this will be the right choice for you! Did I mention you wont have to pay a fortune to have a French manicure anymore?

Malikah says:

I tried it too but wasn't a huge fan. I had a lot of trouble getting the polish to glide on evenly, and I thought the pearl white was way too metallic for a classic French manicure. I think I would have liked it much better if it were a pure white, not so silvery. The pen was pretty comfortable to use, but it was hard to make sure all the tips were perfectly even. I may try it again with a nail stencil, because I spent forever trying to clean up the tips and make them all look perfect.

Josephine says:

Does anyone remember that line from Clueless when Cher refers to her friend as "a Monet" as in "It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess?" That's what my tips looks like after using this pen. If you look with a sidelong glance, they are fabulous. That said, I fault my caffeine-addled hands more than anything to do with the product for the wobbly line. BTW, the "pearl" sheen is awesome. It looks edgy and shiny and cool. I will definitely experiment with this tool with more colors than just light pink, it can absolutely hold a wicked cool color.


Gel said...

hmmm.. i can't apply nail polish on my own as well. might give this one a try.

Hillary said...

Hey Gel,
You can't go too far wrong with these pens. If you are in doubt, buy some of the Nailene "Perfect Tips" tip guides & you'll see even a 3 year old could do it! Good luck.

deedlejuse said...

Hi Gel,
I have the same issue as you (I am terrible at applying nail polish!) and I found everything from Nailene to be really easy to apply and to look great!

Anonymous said...

i was amazed with this pen. my first purchase was white pearl and i should've realized i wouldn't like the 'shine.' i then purchased the white and on my left hand i used the guides. the pen worked perfectly and dried extremely fast-no clumping or streaking, though. then i decided to be daring enough to use the pen on my right hand without the guides. I have to say the right turned out better than the left! I LOVE THIS PEN!!!! 10 out of 10!!

Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think it's bottled crap. Far away it looks fine, but up close it looks as if I stuck my fingers in runny white out. Mine is way to runny and and drips down under my nails.

Anonymous said...

Well mine doesnt even work, nothing will even come out of mine!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about the wear'n'tear of it, how long does it stay nice before the white chips and goes yucky?