Smart Nails Templates Review & a Look At Del Sol Nail Polish

Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wow, I feel like I've been gone forever!  I kept procrastinating my Smart Nail's video because I didn't have a good place to video it.  I finally did upload it today, and I just wanted to do a quick review on my blog.

This picture to the left is my final look.  I hate how YouTube really messes with the quality of my pictures and video.  I shoot everything in HD, but they certainly don't look HD when published on YT!!!

Anyhoo, that's why I also have a blog, right?  Actually no...I have a blog to just talk and vent, and all that good stuff that I don't bother doing on YT, lol.  So yeah....back to the review.

Here's my video of actually using the product:

You can see what came in the mail in the video (sorry, I don't have pics!).  In the video, I'm using the Smart Nails Template N001 (French Manicure).  It was super easy to use on BOTH hands.  You basically put on a base color, stuck the template to your skin (I used it on the back of my hand) a couple times, and then placed the template on the nail.  After a couple coats of nail polish, you remove the template carefully (so you can reuse it), and store away.  The instructions are on the back of the template packaging.

In addition to what I have on the video, I also tested it using my left hand (working on my right).  I reused the SAME templates I had used on my left hand.  Unfortunately, I skipped the step of sticking it to the back of my hand first...so it did mess up my base color a little.  However, a coat of Seche Vite (Top Coat) fixed that right up.  I had figured I wouldn't need to do it again since I had already used these templates, but apparently that is not the case! LOL  I have never gotten such perfectly straight lines using my left hand before (including other template/tape methods), so I was really happy with it.

-Easy to use with even your non-dominant hand!
-Reuseable (if you're careful!)
-Good Quality Templates
-Reasonably Priced (Approx $3 for each package of 10 templates + shipping)
-Fast Shipping (About a week from Romania)
-Friendly Customer Service!

-A little hard to remove the template from backing -- must be extremely careful if wearing nail polish already!
-Not sure how many times you can re-use (will get back to you on this later!)
-Easy to warp template if not careful

All in all, I would definitely recommend this product to anyone!  It is simple to use, and does exactly what it is intended for!  I haven't tried out my other template yet, but I know it will turn out adorable (I got the cat template...thought it might be cute for Halloween, lol).

Next, we have the Del Sol nail polish that I used in the video.  Here's the two shots of it (one in the shade and one in the sun.)

So basically my mom got this nail polish for me from her Alaskan Cruise (isn't she lucky! LOL).  She got me four bottles, but I've only tried out 3 so far.  I don't have a shot of the 3rd one yet (although it's by far my most fave out of the set!).  This nail polish came from a store where they sold everything that changes color in the sun.

In this picture, I'm wearing Daydreamer as my base color and Super Hero as my tip color.  Daydream has this opalescent sheen in the shadows, but in the sun, it's supposed to be a vivid purple.  Unfortunately, I only used one coat in this picture, and you couldn't see the purple too much in the sun. =(  I think you can kinda see the darker purple glitter start to stand out a little...

Super Hero starts off as a light, metallic blue in the shade.  In the sun, it's supposed to be a soft lavender color.  You can kinda see the difference...right?

I can say, in real life, the pictures pretty much are spot on.  The changes are minimal.  I have my mom wearing 3 coats of Daydreamer, so I will have to see what it looks like in the sun (I just did them last night!).  She told me today it really turned purple, so I'm excited to check it out tomorrow.

I've worn this look for about a week, with minimal chipping.  I think if I had refreshed the top coat (like I normally do...), the polish would have lasted a little longer.  I'll be taking off this look to do a couple swatches, and then trying out a summer Kiwi fruit design (courtesy of Linda165 on YT).

Hope this was informative and helpful!  Till next time~

1. I bought every product I'm showing by myself (nothing was sent to me for free). -- Exception, the Del Sol Nail Polishes were a gift from my Mom. =)
2. No one has paid me or compensated me for this video or blog.
3. I am not affiliated with any of the companies of the products I used.
4. These are my honest opinions.