I received this product in one of my Birchboxes a few months ago but have only just got around to testing it out. My phase with novelty manicures had worn off after I tested the Caviar Manicure Set I bought. I realised it wasn't something I would wear every day and therefore the attraction wore off. However my intrigue grew recently so I gave it a go and the results were surprising.
The Nail Rock Velvet Manicure is very simple to achieve. You are given two products in your pack: one nail polish (navy in this circumstance) and a pot of velvet fluff to match.
All I did to achieve the desired effect was to paint my nails with the blue nail polish first. Once that has dried I applied a second coat. Whilst that was drying, I dipped my nail into the velvet fluff so that I got even coverage. I tended to press the fluff down onto the nail at this point but you need to be very careful as the nail underneath is still drying. After a minute or so I brushed off the excess fluff and then left my nail for 15-20 minutes to dry completely before the manicure was finished.
To me this doesn't look so much like velvet. I feel like I've just covered my nails in fluff and now they feel a little furry. What I do like is how dark my nails look and the fact that they look quite matte. This creates a very elegant finish.
The nails are a lot more long-wearing that I had expected. I thought that the fluff would drop off like crazy, especially whilst I was washing my hands, but there was simply no issue. To give this manicure a real test for this review I did everything from scratching them to trying to pull off the fluff but it stayed looking immaculate which I was really impressed with. If there was any wearing at all, it was along the edge of the nail which is where you'd expect your nail polish to wear anyway.
When it came to removing the velvet, there were no issues. It came off like a dream which, I couldn't quite believe. I used Acetone-free nail polish remover and it literally wiped off like any other nail polish would. It didn't leave my nails stained either so I considered it to be a real success.
In conclusion it was nice to try something different. Just like the Caviar Manicure, I wouldn't create this look all the time because it's more of an one off trial in my eyes. However the look of the nails was quite nice and the process was easy enough, so I would certainly recommend this set to others if you want to give this look a go yourself.
Nail Rock Velvet Manicure - £6.99 from Birchbox