When I was offered to pick a few things to review from Born Pretty Store, I knew that I wanted to test out the steel balls or bullion beads. When I saw this wheel with 12 colors I knew it was perfect!
I've seen a lot of nail art using these steel balls lately for fun studded manicures, but I had yet to see them in person. They were even smaller than I expected when I got them in the mail, which means they don't stick out too far on your nails. The colors in the wheel I received are not exact to the ones pictured on the site. I didn't feel like I was missing out on any important colors though, in fact I didn't notice until I was reexamining the photos for this review! My wheel has pastel green, orange, pastel pink, pastel purple, red, teal, silver, black, gold, iridescent clear, dark green, and a different pale pink.
The steel balls provide a lot of different manicure options. (They're perfect for a caviar manicure if you've been looking to get in on that trend!) I knew I was looking to create a studded manicure.
I used the teal steel balls to create random X's on my nails. Applying them to my nails was really simple and didn't require a learning curve, although it does take a pit of patience and time. I wanted the studs to really stand out so I painted my nails with Wet n Wild Black Creme for the base color. To put the balls on I used Sally Hansen Clearly Quick and an orange stick and once I was finished I secured them with a thin topcoat.
And a thin topcoat seems to be all you need to keep things in place, I've been running my fingers over my new studded nails and admiring the texture quite a bit, and nothing has budged.
I already have lots of plans to use these in the future, they will definitely be a fun addiction to my nail art supplies collection!
If they're missing from your collection, this wheel is $3.33. And as always you can use my 10% off coupon code.