July 22, 2013

Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure

I've always been a fan of making my nails matte with a top coat but I didn't realise that ciaté actually made a matte black polish, let alone that it was chalkboard-effect! So when my parents brought me this back from London I was ridiculously excited! 

This product is so fun and even though its black it feels summery because of all the different things you can draw with it! Within the set you get the matte black polish, four chalk pens (colours with names pictured), a matte topcoat and a "how-to" book. 

I wanted to keep my finger nails super summery and pink so I painted my toe nails with this set. Luckily my toe nails are pretty big so its effect is still shown off nicely. 

The black polish is really smooth to apply but I found that when polish had been on the brush a little while it got more sticky - a bit like how crackle top coats do - but this wasn't an issue if you kept dipping the brush into the pot to get more product. It needed two coats to build up to what I thought was a proper chalkboard standard but it dried super quick. 


The chalkboard pens are fantastic. They need some dabbing before any colour comes out of the nib but I expected this. The colours are really vibrant and pretty. You get four; white, yellow, pink and blue. Personally the blue is my favourite as it is just so bright! They glide onto the matte black and don't drag it at all and there is no issue with having to dab again to get more colour out.

I actually gave the pens to my boyfriend and mum to try them out on a few of my toes and most toes went well, but one was a disaster (one of my boyfriend's obviously...) so I thought it would be a good opportunity to attempt at removing the colour i.e. wiping the chalk away. Ciaté say that it will be removed with water on a cotton pad but I have to admit this is really difficult to achieve. I don't know if it was the temperature of the water or what, it just didn't work! 

Overall though, £25 for such a great idea and brand isn't half bad. Great for gifts or a little treat for yourselves. 

You can buy it from selfridges here 

Lots of love, lovelies. 
Steph xx


  1. never really been in to matte nails but i really want to try it out now xx

  2. i love the look of this set. Read loads of decent reviews

  3. I have been pondering over getting this for such a long time!its interesting to see what you thought of it!im so tempted now!:)


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