I have a bit of a different product to share with you today. Normally I don't really like big chunky decorations on my nails, but I decided to try out these cool 3D Buddha nail charms from Born Pretty Store with my last round of items to review. Keep reading to find out what I thought of them!
These neat little Buddha head charms can be found here for currently $3.61 per pair (normally $4.51 per pair). On the same page, you can see some cool skeleton hands as well, which I originally wanted to review, but I was still pleased to receive these since the skeleton hands are sold out and will not be restocked.
In the picture above you can see how the charms compare in size with a dime. They're fairly large, so most people with very short or very small nails won't be able to use them on their nails. They are 8mm x 11mm in size. They also stick up off the nail more than most rhinestones and studs do, so that's something else to keep in mind.
Here you can also see that the charms have very flat backs. I was afraid I wouldn't even be able to secure them to my nails, since my nails are moderately curved, but I came up with an idea that you can kind of see below. I estimated the width of the charm, and I placed two rows of small rhinestones on my nail approximately the same width apart as the width of the charm. You can see that because of this, the charm touches my nail in the center and touches the rhinestones on the sides, creating a mostly level surface. Hooray for ingenuity!
As for the nail art, I started with two coats of Essie No Place Like Chrome on my thumb, index, and pinky fingers and two coats of China Glaze Salsa on my middle and ring fingers. When those were completely dry, I applied OPI Black Shatter on my thumb and middle finger in a kind of dry brush cross hatch pattern to get some abnormal crackle effect. On my other fingers I stamped a design in black from MoYou London Kaleidoscope plate #10 that reminded me of an Indian mandala design. Then I added the red rhinestone accents on my index and pinky fingers, and the two rows of black rhinestones on my middle finger. I topped everything with topcoat, then used a generous amount of nail glue to apply the nail charm. I was surprised, it manage to hold up for nearly 24 hours before popping off!
Essie No Place Like Chrome
China Glaze Salsa
OPI Black Shatter
Franken stamping polish
MoYou London Kaleidoscope #10
Charm from Born Pretty Store
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this product. I really love the way it looks, and that it's reusable if you gently clean it with acetone after each use. But I feel like it would be a lot more wearable if it was a bit more curved on the back. Maybe I'll make these into earrings or another piece of jewelry so I can get more use out of them! I'm sure I'll think of something. Don't forget to use the coupon code below for a discount on your next BPS order! Thanks for stopping by!