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Hello lovelies,

Today I'd like to take a look at the Born Pretty Store Chameleon gel polish collection. Nail polish world offers countless finishes and colours and the gel polishes lacked in variations for a long time. But finally I'm starting to see duochrome and other special collections. One of those is Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish collection. It is a low-budget option but don't frown upon it just yet...

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 


Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection consists of 12 different colours, each has a shade number, no colour name. I've swatched each colour over black gel polish base which is ultimately the best way to draw out the duochrome effect. All colours did have a certain degree of duochrome effect to them, I just had to look from the right angle. They look best with 2 coats over black to show the real beauty.

 

This gel polish comes in rectangular 10ml bottles which I find very compact and easy to store. Unfortunately when they are closed tightly, the cap does not align with the bottle which id driving me crazy and I can't tighten them properly. Holding and working with the big cap was a bit of a problem but I got used to it quickly. The brush is a regular square brush, easy to work with. I did have one bottle where the brush was broken inside and hanging on a little bit so I've only used it for the swatch. At some point I'l have to decant it to be able to use it.

 

According to information on Born Pretty Store website, these are UV curable but there's no more information on the website nor on the bottle itself. I have tried both UV (2 mins) and LED (30 secs) lamps and both cured the gel polish fine BUT as some of you may know, gel and gel polish hardens even when it's cured at about 50%. For proper curing we should always be using a nail lamp from the same brand. BPS is not a professional nail brand and I very much doubt they did a testing with a specific nail lamp so I would recommend to wear these gel polishes over a different gel polish from a brand you have gel polish and their lamp from. This way you avoid any problems like under or over curing (which can lead to separation of the nail from nail bed, dermatitis etc.)

 

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 

 

Most of the polishes seem to be duochrome particles in a clear base so they are not fully opaque in the first coat but they can be built up. The formula is thicker but manageable and I've attempted few nail art designs with this collection. Here's some inspiration for you :)

 

Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art
Born Pretty Store Chameleon Gel Polish Collection Review & Nail Art

 

 

Pros:

  • Cost - these gel polishes are very affordable. $6.58 per bottle or $70 for the whole collection of 12 ($5.83 per bottle), extra 10% off with code LUHH10
  • Availability - Born Pretty Store ships worldwide, it takes up to a month or two but often it's faster
  • Colour range - this whole collection has wide variety of duochrome shades, most of those that are available

 

Cons:

  • No clear curing instructions on the website or bottles
  • Thicker consistency
  • Lower quality packaging

 

Overall, these gel polishes are good for the price you pay and the colours are very nice as well. I was a bit concerned about the lack of information about them so please pay attention to my recommendations further up in the post. This collection is available here or you can find individual shades here. Don't forget to use 10% discount code LUHH10 to save few $$$ :)

 

Have you tried Born Pretty Store gel polishes yet? What are your thoughts?

 

Have a lovely day! Lucie x

 

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Hello lovelies,

Today's post has two parts: in the first part I'll show you the Bundle Monster Festival box and stamping plates set and in the other half I'll do a nail art manicure with the set and it's also my Pastel Geometric manicure for a nail art challenge.

Bundle Monster has released their first themed collection called Festival which includes new stamping plates, California Dreaming Gel polish, festival water decals, natural stones, and holographic nail stickers!

Bundle Monster says: "Festival came together based on the trending movement of living young, wild and free! A little bit of 1970's Woodstock mixed in with our music culture of today. Everyone loves to go to a good festival where you can let your hair down and dance to the beat of your own drum. That's what our Festival collection is all about!"

Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review
Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review

 


As you can see, there are so many gorgeous new products in this collection! All of them seem to be sold separately so you can pick and choose which ones you want.

 

The first item is the California Dreaming Gel polish set. It consists of 6 creme gel polishes in summer shades. I will be doing review and some cool nail art with this collection later in a separate post.

 

Next, there is a set of water transfer decals with different sets of images ranging from palm trees and leaves, star signs and constellations to chevron stripes and more! These are thin and easy to use so I'll definitely be showing you some nail art manicures with them later as well.

 

Then there is a pot full of Natural Semi Precious Pebble Stones. These are different colours, shapes and sizes and I would probably use this with gels or gel polishes rather than with nail polish. I can see amethyst, coral, turquoise and other types of stones.

 

Another new release are Holographic Nail Art Stickers, I have the Cosmic Array set. These can be cut into any shape and adhered to the nail/nail polish and then sealed with top coat. They look very beautiful but I find them to be little bit thicker than I'd like. That's because my nails are very curved and stickers either crease or lift off at the edges.

 

But my absolute favourite from this box is the new set of Festival stamping plates! The images are so versatile and fun and there are several themes like geometric, hippie, festival, star constellations, hipster animals etc. Here are all the plates photographed for you:

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review

 

They are so beautiful - am I right or am I right? :D They all seem to be etched properly and I haven't spotted any mistakes. So far I have tested 4 out of the 10 plates and haven't had any problems with the images. I've also seen countless of awesome manicures with these plates from bloggers like Very Emily and Glitterfingersss and you should definitely check them out!

 

The plates come with the regular protective backing and blue foil (don't forget to remove it!). There is 10 of them in the set and they can be purchased for $14.99 or separately for $2.49 at Bundle Monster website or on Amazon.

 

And now, let's have a look at the second part of this post - the nail art challenge manicure. I am part of a group called Paint All The Nails and besides chatting about nails we also do a monthly nail art challenge. This month's theme is Pastel Geometric and I've decided to use the Bundle Monster Festival plates to create this manicure.

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review
Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review
Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review
Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review

 

For this look I have used two techniques - stamping decals and kind of an acetone wash with stamping. First I've created stamping decals with a geometric design from BM-S307 plate and applied them to naked nail, creating a negative space around the decal. I've used Zoya Cole, Dot, Lillian and Blu, all light and pastel colours.

 

I've painted the remaining nails with one coat of white nail polish (Color Club French Tip). Then I've mixed little bit of nail polish in one of the four pastel colours with acetone and painted the mixture over the white polish. This helped me get a watercolour look and overlap the pastel shades. Finally, I've stamped over the watercolour look with white geometric stamping from Bundle Monster BM-S303 plate.

 

I really like the soft look of the watercolour nails and the contrasting boldness of the geometric stamping decals. I think that despite decals being a lot of work they are totally worth it :)

 

Paint All The Nails Presents Pastel Geometric Nail Art + Bundle Monster Festival Box Review
 
Don't forget to check out other fabulous nail bloggers participating in this challenge and what design they came up with! Have a lovely day! Lucie x
 

 

 

*Post contains PR samples