A proper nail artist needs proper tools, won't you agree?
What tools do you usually use for your nail care routine?"To do a job well, one must have the proper tools.But the tools themselves don't do the job.One must attain the skill to use the tool well."
Recently, a friend received a 50%-off-coupon from Julep with her Welcome Box. Yes, she subscribed! Yay!!! I rode-on her discount and purchased some tools along with her order. I got the Plié Wand and the Well-Manicured Kit. (As well as the "Gem Collection", you may read about it more here.)
The Plié Wand set consist of the Wand, a magnetic connector and a short handled brush. I ordered extra connectors (and brushes). Okay, I skipped the box when this tool was offered. It along with two polishes would have been $19.99 US. But there was no budget then. Now, with the discount, I obtained it for $10.00... So I think that would have amounted to the same price if it were purchased in the subscription box. I think... I bought extra magnetic connectors so that when doing nail art and I would need 5 colors, I can put connectors on each of the bottles. That way, I will only have to move the wand with ease (assuming the wand will work wonders ;)
Testing out the grip, the Plié Wand is suppose to help in a more controlled use of the brush especially by the non-dominant hand. Yup, I could hold it like a pen... let's see how it works in painting later on ;)
And here's the Well-Manicured set. I like that it is elegantly packed in this black box. The materials used for the case seems durable.
A comparison photo of my present nail care tools.... I added more tools to this case, of course.
My Cuticle Nipper is getting dull... I wish there is a way to sharpen it as it is actually a great tool. I bought it on sale at a drugstore (Revlon $16.00 Cad) I have been in search for a new Cuticle Nipper for a while. I've seen some videos about this Julep tool kit, but just like this post, it merely presents the tool and not actually show how well it works. So I intend to put that to the test ;) $40.00 is quite steep for my budget, but because of the discount code, I got the tool-kit for half the price. That's almost the price of the cuticle nipper alone! And yet I got a few more tools to go with it. So I thought it's worth the try.
The cuticle pusher looks like a dentist's tool... hmm, that might take some getting used to. There is also a clean-up tool, it is similar to a chisel head orange stick but much heavier. The nail clipper is bigger than my usual tool. It's almost the size of a toenail-clipper but the weight is very similar to my small clipper (I mean it's light).
The case can contain Julep Polishes in it as well. I placed 7 bottles inside. That means you can carry along a base coat, topcoat and 5 other colors to take with when going away. I thought that was pretty neat. Although I wish they sewed in a pouch in there for that purpose, or a sheet of material to protect the glass bottles from getting scratched by the tools. Maybe even an additional inside pocket for the carry-on polish remover pads... For the price of $40.00, that attribute would have been a really nice addition.
I want to show you the size of my current tool case... mind you, it's only tools and no polishes, although I was able to add in it other tools as well - like two tweezers and a pair of scissors.
Compare now with the size of the Julep Well-manicured case with 7 bottles of polish inside.
Which tool kit would you rather have? I could replace the contents of my smaller tool case with that of Julep's if those actually work better. On the other hand, the ability to carry polishes with you is a neat idea too... It probably depends whether I'm staying foot or going away. ;)
Do you have a tool case too?
How do you organize your nail art tools? And what is your favorite tool (besides the nail-clipper, lol)?
Stay tune to see how well these tools work. As I work more on the OMD2 nail art challenges, I probably be able to test these tools quite enough, (wink)...
Please share your ideas with me in the comments section below. Have a great day ladies and I wish you lots of love and joy today.