Monday, March 3, 2014

Pueen Nail Stencils

While I was stalking the Pueen Cosmetics on Amazon site for the 24B Stamping Buffet Set I came across their new nail stencil set, and since their stamping plates have had such great reviews I thought I would give it a try...that and I was in the mood to buy and with the stamping set I wanted not in yet, this was my secondary purge purchase. :-) This post is my first experience with the stencils and my initial impressions, so it's rough and raw.
These little bad boys come in 8 designs in screw-top plastic containers (which will definitely be repurposed for some kind of snazzy storage) and with their advertised 'over 600 stencils included'  that averages about 75 applications for each roll = potentially 7 manis in each roll if you used on all 10 fingers. Each roll is 1 inch wide and 78 inches long. There are instructions on the back of the product tag.
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Here you can see the design area on the stencil roll. It's a smooth black tape like product with the images cut out and a clear plastic backing. The rolls are easy to handle and it isn't difficult to cut the stencil to the size you want and remove it from the backing.
I'm going to pause here for a moment and take a moment to suggest that these little doodads might be quite handy for making decals - while I haven't tried it as of this post, in theory they should work great. If you decide to try it, be sure to let me know!
Ok, onward we go my lovelies. 

The instructions on the back of the Pueen product tag are as follows: Please note that grammatical errors are theirs, I have copied the instructions exactly from the company. 
NOTE: when placing the stencil on an existing nail polish layer, please make sure that layer is totally dry before applying the stencil. 
  1. Cut the design from the stencil strip as desired and then peel off the stencil gently from the backing paper. 
  2. Position the stencil on your nail as desired and make sure that it's flat and well stick in all areas covering the nail. Please snip and wrap the ends if the stencil doesn't lie flat. 
  3. Apply moderate layer of nail polish on top of the stencil. Please be sure to get all the hooks and crannies covered. 
  4. Peel off stencil immediately after applying the nail polish. Please be carefully not to twist the stencil or damage the shape. Let the nail polish dry and add a top coat to finish the look. 

 As you can see in the photo on the left, I have already stenciled on my pointer finger and thumb (not pictured.) I used the same stencil on my pointer that I used on my thumb, testing to see if I could get at least 2 uses out of one section of the stencil. While the application on my pointer finger is a little bit sloppy, I'm going to chalk it up to my own personal impatience and first timers syndrome. Now on my middle finger, I cut the stencil in half, using the unused half for a new application, again to see if I couldn't get 2 uses out of the stencil in a different fashion. 
I didn't paint the polish too thick, but I used Polish Me To Go in Yell Oh Mint on this finger, Snow Glow on my pointer finger and Pinky Promise on my ring finger. 

Here is what it looks like when the stencil is peeled away. The stencil is flexible and should be removed carefully so you don't smear the polish. You can see that there is a bit of bleeding with a few of the cut outs, but I was able to take my dotting tool and kind of push it back into shape.
I tried using acrylic paint on my pinkie, but the paint wasn't thick enough and when I pulled the stencil off the paint didn't stay in formation

Glow in the dark results!

All in all, I'm excited for the potential of these stencils. I can see the appeal for them, they don't take a great deal of time, require many tools or a certain kind of polish. It will  provide an artistic outlet without having to stamp or hand paint and I think that as I play with them it's going to be a lot of fun. If you decide to purchase these or already have them, let me know what you think! I'd love to see how they work for others. 
Cheers! :-) xoxo

These products were purchased by me for personal use and enjoyment. I was not compensated in any manner for this review and all opinions are formed from my personal experience. My experience with these polishes are unique and may not be shared by other consumers. Applications vary from person to person along with the products used in conjunction with this product. 

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