Thursday, January 29, 2015

Born Pretty Store Review - Flatback Metal Studs (Chanel Inspired)

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Hey guys! Today I have a review of the Born Pretty Store's flatback metal studs to share with you. Since I have no hopes of owning one at this point in my life (forever in debt because of university...) I took inspiration from the highly coveted Chanel classic quilted flap bag and recreated it on my nails. A girl can dream, right? 

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I had actually never attempted the quilted technique before and was hoping that it would work on first try. To start, I painted a thick base of black with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out. While it was still wet, I topped every nail but my ring finger with Nicole by OPI's Matte Topcoat and let it sit for two minutes. At first, I tried using tooth floss like everyone suggests, but without an actual flosser it was difficult to position the thread on my nail. I also found that it did not leave as defined of an impression. I then switched to a business card, which seemed to work a lot better. It was easier to control and press down on to create the intersecting lines.

I then took these gold flatback metal studs from the Born Pretty Store and applied them with a dab of topcoat at each intersection of the quilt pattern. As for my ring finger, I placed the studs in the Chanel double C logo with some topcoat. 

The flatback studs come conveniently packaged in a wheel with both gold and silver in 1.5mm and 2mm. What really made these ideal for me was that they are flat on the back instead of a sphere. This makes application much easier and makes for a smoother, more flushed adhesion to the nail. 

Overall, I am pretty happy with how this design turned out. However, as with any 3D nail art, wear-time was expected to be very short. Within a day, I noticed that the gold started to rub away after repeated hand-washings and about half of the studs fell off after 2 days of wear. However, these are great for those special occasion manicures or if you just feel like getting fancy!

As always, use the code BAOQ10 for 10% off your entire order from Born Pretty Store. Link is in the sidebar!

The products in this post were generously sent for review.