Hello lovelies,

 

I've made an order in the recent 50% Models own sale offer and today I'd like to review Artistix Nail Art Pen. I've had few people asking me for comparison of Models own and other nail art pens so that's why I purchased one.

 

Each pen holds 6 ml and has metal tip and striping brush. I have used the striping brush for the whole manicure because the metal tip was just too thick/big for my liking. But first I had to prep the striping brush. It didn't come nice and thin like I would expect so I cut off few bristles to make it thin enough to paint the lines on my thumb...and those aren't too thin either...

Review: Models Own Artistix Nail Art Pen + Skittle Nail Art
Review: Models Own Artistix Nail Art Pen + Skittle Nail Art
Review: Models Own Artistix Nail Art Pen + Skittle Nail Art
Review: Models Own Artistix Nail Art Pen + Skittle Nail Art

 


I have painted just random patterns on my nails to test the pen. The biggest problem I've had was that it started to get really gloopy not even halfway though painting my hand. I've had to be really careful around the neck of the bottle and swipe all the gloopy polish off. Sure, some thinner would help but I wouldn't expect it to go gloopy after few nails. Not good...

 

I have tested the nail art pen over five Models Own HyperGel polishes. They were good to apply and all were opaque in two coats. Although the white was a bit streaky and less pigmented and I expected excellent pigmentation and secretely hoped for it to be one-coater. That didn't happen. I'm glad I tried them though and even better on 50% sale. I don't think I would be too happy paying full price for them.

 

Now let's get back to the nail art pen. I told you that the metal tip is quite big and here you can see for yourself how it compares to Nails Supreme and Rio Beauty pens.

 

Review: Models Own Artistix Nail Art Pen + Skittle Nail Art

 


As you can see, the Nails Supreme pen (bottom) has the thinnest tip and can produce nice and thin lines. Then there's the Rio Beauty pen (middle) which is slightly bigger but I can still work with it quite fine. And lastly the Artistix pen (top)...I just don't get it...I was so gobsmacked to see such thick tip, just what were they thinking? This is supposed to make nail art easier, not more difficult! I know that it doesn't seem that much bigger but trust me, it makes a huge difference when using it.

 

Overall, I'm very dissapointed with the pen and if you ask me which pens to buy, definitely invest in a set of Nails Supreme. They don't have striping brush (which you can use striper brush instead) but their metal tip is the thinnest I've tried.

 

*PR sample

Hello lovelies,

 

Today I want to show you Zoya's Naturel Collection that has been introduced in January 2014 and yes, I am very late with the swatches. The polishes are not sent directly to me so it takes a while for them to reach me, that's why my reviews are always a bit late. I still hope you'll enjoy my swatches.

 

"The Zoya Nail Polish Naturel collection masters delicate tone on tone color with six new, full-coverage (opaque) neutral nudes with a pink undertone, that can be worn beautifully alone or stunningly together to create modern tonal accents."

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Chantal - French Vanilla Cream. Chantal is light beige cream with yellow undertones that looked quite nice on me. I've applied two slightly thicker coats because the polish wasn't that opaque. It applied well and I'm wearing topcoat. Check our bridal nail art design I did with Chantal.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Taylor - Light Toffee Cream. Zoya's shade description is quite fitting but I'd rather call it pastel toffee shade. It applied well and had excellent pigmentation. All I needed were two thin coats for full coverage.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Rue - Boudoir Blush Cream. Rue such a gorgeous pastel mauve shade, very feminine. The formula was very good and nice to apply and two coats were fully opaque. I'm wearing topcoat as well.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Bridgitte - Bombshell Mauve Cream. Now we're coming onto the purple shades that I love! Bridgitte is beautiful light mauve that has great formula. I've applied two regular coats for full coverage.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Odette - Sultry Maroon Purple Cream. Zoya says it's maroon but I say it's purple ;) Maroon is reddish brown, right? Nevertheless, it is a gorgeous shade. Unfortunately the formula is not as good as the rest of the shades. I find it to be quite watery and runny and I needed two thick coats for full coverage.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 


Normani - Sable Mauve Cream. Mmmm..sable mauve...I think it's more like dark dusty purple? It applied easily and was well-pigmented so I needed just two regular coats.

Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Naturel Collection - Review & Swatches

 

I'm so glad Zoya has designed another collection with office-friendly shades and I have many favourites in this one. All polishes applied nicely and dried fast. The pigmentation varied but generally most of them were opaque in two regular coats. I'm wearing topcoat over all shades but they dried by themselves quite fast and smooth.

 

Zoya polishes are available at Zoya.com (US), at The Nail & Beauty Link (UK) and at Nail Polish Direct (UK).

 

*PR sample