Mani Monday: Ciaté Caviar

Happy Monday, darlings!

I’m a total sucker for any new beauty product. This new mani set was so hot off the presses when I asked for it at Sephora that it was still in the stockroom (and only one employee in the entire store even knew it was back there). Being the first person to purchase a product was pretty thrilling, I must admit. In my delusional mind, I am now a trendsetter.

Here’s the kit and what it comes with.

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I decided to go do the caviar just as an accent nail. Experimenting on all ten nails would have been too huge of an undertaking. I followed the directions pretty exactly and got great results. It really does have the look of caviar or pavé black diamonds, both of which are favorites of mine.

Here is the result: (It’s much sparklier and more impressive in person.)

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The box says lasts up to 48 hours. Here we are that much later:

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Still looking pretty good.

After 72 hours:

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Yikes. Glad I just did one nail.

What bugged me the most about this mani? Not the extra work involved. (Besides being a more involved process, I also had to do two manis in one week.) That didn’t bother me at all. Every time I ran my hands through my hair, the damn micro beads got caught in my tresses! (Side note: I apparently touch my hair a lot more than I realized.)

Would I do it again? Yes. For an event. This is not a mani that lasts.

Stay tuned for more caviar mani experiments. (I paid $25 for this kit, so I will make certain to get some use out of it.) A friend is going to try it with her Shellac mani. I’ll be sure to report back here with her results too!

xo,
Elle

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2 thoughts on “Mani Monday: Ciaté Caviar

  1. I was going to say, doesn’t all that texture bother you? It looks really awesome but I hate when my nails snag anything. Do you think they’ll make different variations on it, like different colors and beads?

    • The texture was really annoying. The little beads kept snagging both my clothes and my hair. I would honestly do this again just to match an outfit for a special occasion, not as a mani I would expect to be able to wear for a week.

      They do make two other colors: white beads with a white base and rainbow beads with a pale pink base. I may experiment with the black beads on another color base, as well. Maybe with a topcoat to keep them from snagging as much.

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