Today I have the first nail art that I did with those Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pens to share with you guys!
This was of course inspired by the gorgeous half moon nail art manicure done by the very talented Lucy from Lucy's Stash and mine isn't as sharp and clean looking as the inspiration, but I still liked this look very much! Drawing with those Sally Hansen nail art pens was very easy. I was in hurry, so I didn't have time to practice at all, I just draw the design straight on my nails... I would have probably ended up with even better results if I had tried this design first on nail wheel or something, but not bad with the first try, huh?! And that's mainly thanks to those nail art pens, if I had tried this with some sort of nail art brush and polish I would have probably failed miserably.
My lines became quite thick, once again probably because I didn't do a practice run. I think you can do a bit thinner line with these pens if you want to. I have had some other nail art pens somewhat like these before, but I have always had a problem with those because the color hasn't come out of the pens evenly and you easily end up with a pile of color in one place and pretty much nothing in another. I didn't have any problems like that with these pens, the color came out very evenly and it was pretty much like drawing with a pen!
My base colors for this manicure were Zoya Skylar and OPI My Favorite Ornament. As you can see, I used two different colors of those I Heart Nail Art Pens for this: (Fine) White and (Fine) Turquoise. Lastly I needed to seal the design with a coat of top coat and I decied to try IsaDora Gel Nail Lacquer Top Coat for these nails. As you can see, it at least it didn't ruin the design or my nails in any way. It did cause me some unfortunate shrinkage on the tips of the nails, but I'll tell you about that and my other findings about using the top coat over regular polishes on another post!
Back to these nail art pens; the tip on these pens is really nice, it's not too thick but it's not too thin either. You can really do so many nail art designs with these!
The instructions are really straightforward; you just need to let your base (base coat or base coat and polish) to dry completely before applying these. Then you just shake the pen and push the tip on hard surface for the color to come out. I only needed to push these couple of times and then the color started to come out really easily. Then you just do your nail art as you want to and finally, like I already said, you have to seal the design with a coat of top coat. So yeah, really simple and easy!
I really liked these pens and I see myself doing more free hand nail art now that I have these, because for some reason getting the brush and acrylic paints always seems so hard... Also, these are handy for other nail art decorations too, you could for example use this to mark the spots you want to place your studs, rhinestones, loose glitters etc. I find it sometimes hard to get those in straight line or in some desired form, so you could use this to mark the spots first and then if you are not happy with the layout, just wipe it off and start again. Really handy! And the nail art opportunities with these are pretty much endless, so yep, I looove these!
Have you guys tried any of these type of nail art pens? What do you think about these?
*Disclosure: I have gotten the nail art pens and the top coat used here for review. Other products I have bought myself. For more information view my disclosure policy.