When did I get back from New York? May? I have had this Ciate Caviar Manicure Set sitting on my desk since then, and even though it looks pretty in the box, I couldn’t bring myself to try it. I bought it because I was curious, naturally, but I hate my nails not being smooth. I imagined the texture of the little balls, their haphazard placement, the feeling when they fell off…it was all going to be unpleasant. It was. I hated it. But it was even worse than I expected.
I tried it out and it all went to shit before I could even get decent photos of my nails, so I gave myself a mani yesterday to test drive it properly. Here’s the run down…
12:30 Paint my nails. The consistency of the pink polish isn’t great and it goes on all streaky, but those nails will be covered by balls (sorry, “caviar”) anyway. The box recommends sealing the balls with a top coat, but this makes the paint on the caviar run everywhere
1:30 During the application I did my best to make sure the caviar was spread evenly in one layer, and gently pushed in to set, but it’s falling off all over the place already. By the way, when I was applying the polish, the annoying bow on the bottle came untied and got stuck to the polish brush. Can we talk about how impractical that is?!
2:30 More caviar falling off and leaving little chinks of paint behind. My nails look like little hundreds and thousands biscuits (PS how good were those biscuits!!) The colour is also rubbing off the caviar. As I type this, balls are flying over the keypad.
3:30 Doing a little bit of tidying up and the caviar is coming off thick and fast. They keep catching on everything – you don’t even need to knock them, just move them near something and whoosh! off the come. Clearly not made for any sort of manual labour.
4:30 Just ran my fingers through my hair. Rookie mistake.
5:30 Silly me washing my hands. Left half the caviar and all the colour in the sink. Literally, the colour washes right off the caviar beads. By this stage my nails are scratchy and really unpleasant, with chunks of polish missing. This makes me very edgy, and not in the cool hipster way, but in the ohmigosh this is so annoying I need nail polish remover NOW kind of way
8:30 How do I say this nicely…get fucked. Home from dinner with all the caviar balls gone, and the polish is chipped off.
This sort of manicure is lovely if you’re going out for one special night where you know you won’t be doing more than holding a champagne glass, and perhaps reaching into your clutch for your lip gloss (although be careful even with that!). Anything more is completely impractical and unwearable. I paid $25US for this set at Sephora, and I sadly wouldn’t recommend it.
It’s not often I write negative reviews, and when I do I try to be constructive rather than outright awful. If you feel this post missed the mark, let me know.