Thursday, 3 January 2013

MUA Nail Constellation Review

MUA Nail Constellation in Scorpio - £3

You know me, I'm a sucker for nail art and nail innovations of any kind. Lately I've been dabbling in Christmas nail art, magnetic polish and leather-look nails to name a few, all of which I've been really impressed with. So when I spotted this MUA Nail Constellation in my local Superdrug I couldn't resist. I loved the colour combination, and having not yet dabbled in the world of 'Nail Constellations' or 'Caviar nails' or whatever else you want to call them, I decided for £3 I couldn't really go wrong. Silly me.

Okay, so the idea with the MUA Nail Constellation is that you apply a normal polish first (ideally that goes with/compliments the colours of the little bead things) and then (with the polish still wet) sprinkle the beads on top. Easy peasy, right? Wrong. I don't know why this didn't really cross my mind before purchasing, but these things are MESSY. You need to sprinkle the beads with your hand in a container/bowl of some kind so they don't end up EVERYWHERE. Then you sprinkle them on to your heart's content and it sort of works, they stick to the nail.

The results, however, aren't that great. I found they looked pretty messy and haphazard which I guess is kind of the point, but I don't really think I'm a fan of it. Part of me wants to love these nails - they scream sweet shop sprinkles (seriously, some of the other designs look so pretty on the website) - but the texture of them and the fact I felt like beads were going to pop off any second, even once they were dry, really riled me. In fact, an hour or so after applying them I ended up smudging the beads on one hand off simple putting my coat on, so I don't think they stick to the polish very well. Overall I'm pretty disappointed, and as much as I WANT to love them, I probably won't be using these again.

Has anyone else tried MUA's Nail Constellations? How did you get on? I'd be really interested to know! 
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16 comments

  1. I bought the exact same ones about 2 months ago, and I haven't yet given them a go, but if I'm going to take the time to try it, and I have an experience like yours I won't be that impressed either.... they looks so pretty and I had such high expectations! xx

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  2. I was looking at them in super drug the other day but decided that they probably weren't worth the effort! guess i was right although I would like to try the velvet effect ones!


    Project Rattlebag

    xx

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  3. I tried this MUA product but used it as an accent nail rather than going all out, don't think I could handle the mess or the time otherwise! I found it to be really quite nice though, maybe because mine where in a darker colour it doesn't appear as messy although they still aren't perfect! If you'd like to see I did a post on it here - http://alexandradeanbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/beaded-blue-nails-mua-opi.html

    xx

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  4. It's such a shame about these. I really wanted to buy some when they first came out but I knew I wouldn't be able to handle them falling off and I'd constantly be trying to put them back on, it would just end up more hassle than it's worth. I do really want to try the new Ciate sequin manicures though. xo

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  5. I was quite tempted by these as the MUA stand had some really lovely colours when I last looked, but if they're so much hassle I think I'll give them a miss! X

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  6. I haven't tried these yet, but your review sounds exactly like the one I'd give. I want to love them but I think they just look a little messy and unfinished. They're beautiful colours though, and £3 is a bargain price x

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  7. I purchased really similar 'beads' from ebay that were incredibly cheap. They worked really well for me. I painted my nails and let them try and then used a clear top coat to stick them to. I think this made it a lot less messy looking. I also only applied them to one feature nail which stopped the frustration of having beads all over my nails! I did a post on them here http://cupcakesandcocainexo.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/caviar-nails-3-for-12-colours.html. Maybe that will inspire you to give them another go, cause they really are pretty! xx

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  8. I love the look of these but when I tried them out they were just so impractical! Like yours mine came off after a few hours!! It's a shame because they look so lovely!! Xx

    gigglesandmakeup.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I've got the exact same one. Other than looking a bit dull when on the nail (wrong colour choice I suppose - Leo looked more exciting!) I quite liked it. I was also going to paint my nails green but opted for a lighter pink. The trick is to go crazy when pouring then immediately press down so the beads stick - then get your normal fave top coat and put it on top :-)

    Mine lasted about 4 days or so

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  10. I think all of the caviar nails will work best if applied on one nail only. Easier to maintain! X

    mademoiselle-lala.com

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  11. I bought the black and turquoise version and thought the same as you! They looked super messy. I found putting them on an accent finger makes them a bit more wearable :)

    x

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  12. That looks so cool xx

    ravingbeautyx.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. need some of this in my life x

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  14. I was going to buy these and I'm glad I didn't, the finish is too messy. I don't think this is a trend that will be around too long, apparently 2013 is all about 'leather' look nails (not a fan of that either)! Your nails are always nicely done no matter whats on them!

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  15. This looks great and its so cheap as well, really is a great alternative to the ciate one which is a million times more expensive, might have to snap this up!

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

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  16. Looks really good! I brought the purple version and it all feel off after 5 minutes! waste of money xoxo

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