Wednesday, May 28, 2014

ShopLately - French Tip Dip Nail Art

Press Sample

     Hey, babes! I've been on a roll with nail art lately, haven't I? I was browsing ShopLately last month and came across a French Tip Dip Manicure and Pedicure set. For $18, I figured I'd give it a go. I had heard of the French Tip Dip, but wasn't sure about how it would work for me. Plus, I can always use nail art tools. To see what the kit really looks like and to get a walk through on how to recreate this look, check out all the goodness under the cut...

French Tip Dip Manicure and Pedicure + Nail Art Mania

French Tip Dip kit
dotting tools
nail art brushes

French Tip Dip Manicure and Pedicure + Nail Art Mania


rough buffer
dip jar
Patented French Tip Dip tool
toe separators
dotting tools
nail art brushes
silver rhinestone wheel
orange stick

Patented French Tip Dip Tool

     My first thoughts weren't good. It's just a cheap piece of plastic. I was extremely skeptical at this point. Click the pictures to enlarge for better detail.

Nail Art Brushes

      This is a decent set of brushes. With this set, you could easily do lots of different looks. Plus, there's a dotting tool with a long handle.  I've used them a few times and they've held up in acrylic paint, nail polish, soap and water, and acetone. 

Dotting Tools

      These are the standard double ended dotting tools that most of us know and love. I have a blue set just like this, but I've lost one or two. Actually, I think my cat might have knocked a few off my desk and taken them to Wonderland. 

Rhinestone Wheel

      Just your average silver rhinestones in a few different sizes. These can be used on top of top coat, or applied with nail glue for a better hold. 

Step One

Fill the dip jar with your polish of choice. I used Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Step Two

Dip the French Tip Dip into the jar. You might want to scrape off the excess before moving on.

Step Three

Swipe the French Tip Dip on your nail. Make sure you cover your visible nail line! 

Step Four

Clean up any mess! I used my E.L.F. concealer brush and a bit of acetone.

French Tip Dip

     At this point, you could add top coat and call it a day. The results weren't terrible, but it didn't give me that flawless french manicure look that we all love. Not bad for my first try, though. What do you do if it doesn't come out perfectly? Add to it!

Step Five

Add polka dots using a black creme such as Sinful Colors Black on Black. I used two different sizes of dots to make it more interesting.

Step Six

For a pop of color, add a line using a bright shade such as Zoya Tilda. I used the long, thin brush that was included in this kit.

Step Seven

Finish off the look with a good top coat. I used Rica Glossy Glam.

     I love how this turned out! It's simple, but fun and funky. Perfect for summer, and you can use any colors you'd like. The possibilities are endless.

       You can join ShopLately by signing up HERE! For a limited time only, you can sign up with your Facebook credentials to earn a $10 credit! To check out my ShopLately profile and see the products I’m loving, click HERE. Be sure to let me know what you think of ShopLately and this fun nail art look in the comments!

Products in this post were provided for an honest review. 
All opinions are unbiased and were not influenced in any way.
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  1. Fabulous! I can help with your issues. For better smile lines: press the tip you used a bit flatter or squeeze the next largest tip. Rock side to side if needed if you opt for the larger tip. For less waste: usually you can tip 2,3,4 nails with each dip, there wont be so much excess to clean up. Other than that, looks like you've got this down! Practice a bit more and you'll be tipping perfect nails in no time.
    XOXOXO, your staff @ French Tip Dip

  2. Does the polish transfer back to the bottle easily from the dip jar? It feels like such a waste of product to me. :(

  3. Honestly, I didn't try to transfer it back to the bottle. I don't think it would be worth it. It would have been nice if the kit came with a funnel or a few dip jars.

    I just checked the polish in my jar and it's dried out a bit. I had to add thinner to bring it back to life.

    Thanks for the comment! You gave me something that I didn't think of when I started.

  4. Thanks for the comment.

    This was my first attempt and I followed the instructions that were included. Unfortunately, I don't find this any easier than painting my tip and using a brush to create a perfect smile line.

  5. Loved reading this post Ashley! I have actually seen this French Tip Dip tool before. I never really wanted to give it a try because of two reasons: 1) It did appear awkward to use and 2) I found it a bit overpriced for a little piece of plastic. You made it look like it's actually easier to use than I expected. I appreciate the ideas on how to dress up a not so perfect french tip. I will definitely do that the next time I freehand french tips on my nails! Thanks again!

  6. No, thank you! I really appreciate your feedback and I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

  7. Practice makes perfect! Yes you can pour the polish back into the bottle, it is recommended. Clean up jar with remover before next use if necessary. Our deluxe kit comes with 2 jars, and a HUGE white polish, signature case, etc. if you were wanting more, we also sell a 6 pack of jars on our site. Enjoy!

  8. I had pretty much the same results as you. instead of a nicely curved smile line I had the "v" style french and it drove me crazy. Was not happy with it at all. It was easy to use, but definitely did not give the perfect smile line I was looking for.

  9. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who had that problem! Thanks for the comment. :)


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