Water Decals, Round 2

I gave the Viva la Nails water decals another go yesterday. I had much better luck this time round! After the little fiasco I had last time, I think I’d learnt from mistakes. I wore them over Illamasqua’s Jo’Mina.

I was really surprised at how easy I found it this time. I used room-temperature water, and found that by sliding the backing off on my finger and leaving the design on my fingertip, all I had to do was touch that fingertip to the nail I was applying to. It really was easy! I did have a small problem with a couple of them sliding around on my nail while they were still wet but all I had to do was slide it to where I wanted it and leave well alone for a minute so it dried in place.

After this success story, I’m really tempted to buy some more of these. They are available here for only £1.95 per sheet. There is at least 20 decals (so at least enough for 2 full manicures, or more if you don’t adorn every nail) on a sheet so it’s pretty cheap. I really like the detail you get with decals, it adds a whole new level of intricacy. I also like that the designs are varied in size, it’s nice to have something smaller for your little finger and larger for your thumb rather than everything being uniform.

If I do buy some, would anyone like a picture tutorial on how I’ve found easiest to use them? They aren’t as much of a popular nail art technique as they should be!

What do you think of water decals?

22 thoughts on “Water Decals, Round 2

  1. I would love a tutorial but why do they do such sissy designs? It’s all flowers and girlie. I’d like more variation. Can you do one with water decal tips too, please? They are more interesting but, I suspect, harder to apply.

  2. @May: Thank you! :)

    @Jen: I kinda have to agree – there’s a couple of really nice ones on the VLN site that I wanted but I couldn’t justify ordering for just those so I looked on eBay and ordered a bunch off there. I got one set of tips ones just for you, I bet they’re fiddly though!

    @Lexi: Thanks :) it’s a bit fiddly but not hard with practice – this was only my second go at using them!

    @Thriszha: Thank you! :D

    @Helena: Oh wow cool, I’ll have a look at where you got yours from too! Thanks!

    @Shifa: Thanks hun :)

    @KittenMittens: Haha wow! You should use them :) thank you!


  3. @Beauty’s Bad Habit: Thanks :) ooh I think a bit of simple nail art on short nails can look great! Yeah, I actually thought after I finished these that they would have looked better over white!

    @Denise: I knooow! Shit is hot, right?

    @Freshie: Thank you :) you should definitely give them a go!

    @Sarah: Thanks! Illamasqua is my favourite brand, but it can be a little pricey – I think it’s worth it for the quality, though

    @Rachelle: Thank you! You shall be getting one as soon as my decal haul arrives! ;D

    @Michelle: Really? So did I, earlier today! There was a seller with some really interesting designs, I hope they’re good quality. They’re so much fun, let me know how you get on with them!

    @DesignerSpray: Thanks! :D


  4. @Shortiee31: Yay, they’re really cool aren’t they?

    @Kay: Thanks :) you should, they’re fun! Have a look on eBay, there’s so much to choose from!

    @Iris: Daww, thank you! :D


  5. leelee!! you always have such a great eye for colour combos and this is one of my faveys, how stunning is jo’mina.. swooon! Water decals!! I have never heard such a thing, i would be most interrrrested in a future tutorial if you ever buy more of those coolio decals.. heheee, i want you to do my nails!! <3

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