Thursday, September 25, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review: Holographic Foil Transfer

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Hey guys! Today I have some holographic foil transfers from the Born Pretty Store to share with you. I've always thought they were a cool nail art tool but never knew how to use them. When I received this foil paper for review, I had to watch a few Youtube tutorials to see how it worked. Basically, the foil is pressed down onto a semi-dry painted nail and rubbed on to transfer the design. 

The first attempt with it was an absolute disaster. I guess I didn't let the polish sit long enough before applying the foil and ended up peeling up the entire layer of nail polish. Fail #1. The second time I tried, I waited too long and the polish had already set so nothing could be transferred from the foil. Fail #2. At this point, I was ready to throw the container of foil paper across the room, but decided to give it one last shot. Third time's the charm, right?

I did a little more research on Youtube and found that most people actually had a special adhesive glue to go along with their foil paper. I never received any foil glue so my only option was to use nail polish as my sticky base. Third time around, I waited for my nails to be semi-dry (more on the dry side than wet) and pressed on the foil paper. I used the back end of a nail art brush to really rub around the cuticles and tip of the nail. The pictures above show the final result. As you can see, they're not perfect and in the bald spots you can see the black polish base that I used. 

All in all, I think it's a cool idea but I don't have the hang of foil transfers yet and find them to be a little aggravating to say the least. I'm not sure if the point of foil transfer is to have the entire design transfer or just partial splotches. I've seen bloggers use transfer as a flecking design, but some actually can do a full nail covered in foil. Maybe it's that adhesive glue that I'm missing!

 - Nice design
 - Inexpensive 

 - Does not transfer easily to nail
 - Really have to rub to transfer
 - Does not come with adhesive glue

If you're looking to give foil transfers a try, check out the Born Pretty Store and be sure to use the code BAOQ10 for 10% off your entire purchase (link in sidebar). If you guys have any tips or tricks with regards to foil transfers, I'd love to hear in the comments below!


  1. Ooohhhh these looks so cool! I'm still working on applying nail stickers so I will just admire your foil design :P

    Raincouver Beauty

    1. Thanks lovely! They take some practice so good luck! I'm sure they'll look fab :)