Nail Polish/Care, Reviews

Kiss Draw-on French Tip Pen – Great in theory

The idea of a drawing on a French tip with a marker is very enticing. I am useless with my left hand so when attempting a French polish I end up with one perfect hand and one that looks like it was applied by a 5 year old!

When this pen arrived I settled down for some nail pampering. It took me about 10 minutes (no exaggeration) to figure out how to get the colour to come out. The instructions told me “press tip of pen against protected surface”-  I wasn’t sure if that was press down or just lean on. If you’ve tried this product then I’m sure you’ll understand my dilemma. It turned out that it was ‘lean on’ rather than ‘press down’ so the instructions are confusing.

When the colour finally came through it applied like a dream to my first nail. Realising that I applied the pen without the expected French polish  base-coat, I scooped up a clear base and hastily applied. The pen was not happy!

It got stuck, dragged, blobbed and smeared. Not a good look and a far cry from the nail elegance I was looking forward to. In the end I got frustrated and went to town with the nail polish remover. This could have been because of the base coat or maybe I did something wrong but surely a white tip pen should make life easier.

Although this pen wasn’t for me I do recommend their false nails. I photographed a step by step tutorial on perfect application which I will post tomorrow.

What are your thoughts on French tip pens? Have you tried on that works?

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  • Kerry Macca

    This is an amazing item and I found it extremely easy to use. I drawn on the line with so much ease and accuracy and then paint over the base coat, then 2 coats of the nail colour (pink) then a glitter coat and then a top coat – Lasts over a week without chipping!

    Amazing invention – I only wish they did an off white colour to look a bit more natural as I sometimes prefer that but i have experimented with just painting a very thin line and this works effectively too…

    BUY ONE – you will not regret it!

  • Elizabeth

    I had no problems with this pen at all! I just tapped it about ten times against its packaging. It glided on pretty smooth! Much better than a brush, more control! I used short strokes, kind of like eyeliner so I could make it even! I shoulda bought two!

  • tanya

    Hi xx

    try leighton denny’s french manicure kit …. it comes with a solution and fine brush so you slap on the white and just clean it up using the brush and solution to create the perfect shape … i loves it anyways xx

  • Sue

    Best thing for a french tip is a bits scotch tap stick it over the nail u don’t wanna paint then whip it off hey presto a White tip no need for expensive n crap tip guides which always always move when ur applying the polish but the essence White nail polish for white tips with the long thin brush is great I can do the tips all freehand with that xxxxx

  • June

    I have tried the essence ones. They seem like a great idea, and the essence ones were pretty good, but only if you are ambidextrous! My right hand looked decidedly uneven…

  • http://www.beautyandtheblogger.co.uk Lucy

    I had a play with this last night – I thought after about 2 minutes of pressing it down that I had a dodgy one. Maybe not!

  • http://pinkflufff.blogspot.com/ Pink Fluff

    I’ve used this and I thought it was alright. It takes a wee bit of a practice but I find it works better if you don’t have any base on, then use it on the tips and then seal with a topcoat.

  • Jean

    Oh how easy life would be with some thing like that… if it worked

  • Camelia

    Yes and I had the same problem. Great in theory, bad in practice.

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