Thursday, 25 August 2011

Born Pretty Dotting Tools

After my previous review of the Laushine cracking polish the lovely people at Born Pretty offered to send me another item to review. As I'm getting more and more obsessed with my nails I chose this set of dotting tools to try my hand at some simple nail art.

Again my package arrived very quickly, in just about a week. The tools were packaged in a little plastic sleeve and then a bubble mailer, and they arrived safe and sound.

The set costs $4.74 and contains 5 double sided tools so there are 10 differe nt sizes all together. The sizes range from quite big (I'd guess about 3mm in diameter) to a tiny pinprick size. Some of the differences between the sizes are very small, some making dots that were identical to my (rather undiscerning) eye. The handles are made of some sort of sturdy resin and very pretty with the marbled pink and white swirl design (They also come in a multicoloured set). They're just about the perfect size in my opinion as the handles fit perfectly into my fist and I can hold them like a pen. 

I've never actually used a dotting tool before but it's so simple even a complete buffoon like me can do it. You just dip the 'ball' into your choice of polish, press it gently onto your nail and you're done! I did find that sometimes my little polish dots didn't come out perfectly uniform, but for the most part they looked neat. I've got quite shaky hands but I found the dots still came out quite evenly.  

Here I've used a different end of each tool on each nail to show all the different sizes:

I also found that you could use them to swirl polishes together for a very simple marbled effect. 
Here I put a blob of purple and gold polishes onto a purple base and then swirled it lightly using one of the smallest tools.

I used this technique on my Hot Lava mani as well. 

And here is a proper mani I did with them:

That's No 7 Bobby Socks (discontinued limited edition polish)  with Models Own Lemon Meringue dotted on top using the 3rd largest tool.

I really like these tools, I can see myself using them a lot as I love polka dots and they're really easy to use but very effective. I do think that some of the 'ball' sizes you get in the pack are very similar to each other but I guess there's only so big you could make a working dotting tool and as you get ten different sizes for under $5 I  think they're a real bargain. You still get a nice variety of sizes and as each is just slightly bigger or smaller than the others it means you could do some manis with each nail having just incrementally bigger dots than the last. I would definatley recommend them and would have been really pleased if I had bought them myself. 

So I'm really happy with the 2 products I've tried from Born Pretty. Like the polish I tried previously I think these tools are really high quality, especially for the price!  

I have a coupon code for my readers to get 10% off any Born Pretty purchase.

It expires on 31/12/2011 so there's still plenty of time to use it!  Also if enough people use it I will be able to do a giveaway sponsored by Born Pretty :)

*I recieved these in exchange for reviewing them however all opinions and thoughts are my own*


  1. Oooh! I was looking for a good nail dotter! Thanks for the awesome review! <3

  2. I love the coral/lemon manicure! It reminds me of cute sweet wrappers or something!xx

  3. VijiiS:
    You're most welcome! I think they're a really good bargain :)

    Thank you! It sort of reminds me of sweets too, but I'm not sure why :P

  4. Thanks so much for this! I have been considering buying a dotting tool for years now, but I've been afraid that since I generally suck at any type of nail art, that I wouldn't be able to make it work. I see now that it really DOES work. So yay! :)

  5. I really love the swirly nail polish!


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