24 April 2014

Rose Water Decal Nail Art

I've been curious about trying water decals ever since seeing a rose-over-glitter-nails manicure that made serious rounds on Pinterest a few years ago. Born Pretty was courteous enough to offer me an opportunity to try some of their decals so today I'm bringing you some nail art! I rarely do nail art on the blog anymore because I don't feel I'm quite up to par with the rest of the community, but I still enjoy wearing a good stamped manicure or a few rhinestones here and there.

The decals are the "Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Sticker Charming Colored Flower Pattern 1 Sheet #G105" from the Born Pretty Store website. I'll just be referring to them as the rose water decals, but you can find the exact item by clicking the link above.

The rose decals themselves were relatively easy to use although the instructions were a bit confusing at first. The decals come all together on a white paper backing with a clear protective sheet on the front. I cut apart the two decals I wanted to try and followed the directions of letting them soak in room temperature water for 10-20 seconds after peeling off the protective backing. I think my mistake was that I peeled off the clear plastic rather than the paper backing, so they initially applied with the wrong side facing up. Luckily the decals aren't super sticky so it was easy to fiddle with them until I got the proper placement.

I thought water decals were going to be similar to a temporary tattoo, but I was happily wrong! The less adhesive nature of the decals gave me ample time to place them and they didn't truly adhere to my nail until I dried them with paper towel and added top coat.

My index and pinky nails have three coats of China Glaze Ruby Pumps, while my middle and ring nails have three coats of OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre?. I then stamped with plate M63 over my middle two nails with white polish, and added the decals. Everything was topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

I pretty much immediately regretted putting the rhinestones and pearls on, as I feel it cheapened the overall sophisticated and subtle vibe that the rose water decals provided. Next time I use these I'm definitely keeping the rest of the manicure more subdued, or at least more neutral. I'm thinking they would look lovely over a newspaper transfer background, with possible subtle tone on tone small polka dots on the other nails. I guess I'll have to be using these again soon!

If you're interested in nail art supplies through Born Pretty, they have an extensive array of products to try for very reasonable prices. As always Born Pretty was kind enough to provide my readers with a 10% off coupon code [Y10X31], so be sure to use it if you plan on making a purchase. I don't make any commission off of the coupon code so it's purely a way for my readers to save a bit of money.

Have you tried water decals before? What was your experience? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!


  1. Wow these turned out amazing! So pretty.

  2. I seriously love the stamping underneath these!

    1. Thank you! I think next time I might up it a bit more with a gradient under the stamping.

  3. Wow that is one of the prettiest stamping manis I've ever seen!!! Awesome job:-)


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