Ciate Caviar Manicure Set review – brace yourselves for some swearing

Ciate Caviar Manicure set

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

Ciate pink polish Caviar Manicure Set

Ciate Caviar Manicure putting on the "caviar"

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?!

Ciate polish bow

Ciate Caviar manicure balls coming off at the tip

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

Ciate Caviar Manicure almost all chipped off

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.

Ciate Caviar Manicure all 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.

6 Responses to "Ciate Caviar Manicure Set review – brace yourselves for some swearing"

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  1. Corinne

    September 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hahaha this post is great! This is exactly how I imagined those caviar manicures would work – eeek! 🙂

    Life etc

  2. Stephanie

    September 22, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Well on the plus side they looked great at 130! Lol Such a shame…

  3. maddi

    September 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    HAHAHAHA sorry this wasn’t overly harsh it was hilarious! thankyou for brightening my day x

  4. Ann R

    October 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I have seen beads on nail polishes on my friends though they look great but it did slip my mind of trying it. These kinds wear off easily and is not ideal for busy people. They are only good for nail art and for fun.

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  6. abcnbdjeveww

    June 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I found when I first applied the caviar beads it looked gorgeous but they fell off within the first half an hour; I then decided to try sticking them on with nail glue, which worked perfectly and still looks great! I don’t know what effect the glue will have on my nails but I put it on over a week ago and it still looks perfect so I would 100% recommend ciate caviar nails but for longer lasting results use nail glue! X

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