I had high hopes for the new BYS Graffiti nail enamel - it sounded so fun. It is a two toned nail enamel that comes with a graffiti activator that allows you to draw free hand designs onto the polish.
Unfortunately it did not live up to my expectations. Ignore the fact that I have gone out of the lines on my nails (I ALWAYS go out of the lines). I did not find the graffiti effect to be particularly striking. It is definitely noticeable on Grab the Loot but I found it very difficult to detect on Caught Red Handed. The polishes apply easily and dry very quickly. Only one coat is needed (although I used two as my nails were looking a bit bumpy so i was trying to smooth them out a bit). The graffiti applicator comes with a very fine brush that has quite long bristles. I found this a little difficult to use for free hand designs - I couldn't get a neat dot for my polka dot design and found that it deposited a large amount of polish so it left the design lumpy (as you can see below. I would have preferred a felt tip rather than a brush.
|Grab the loot|
|Caught Red Handed|
|Grab the Loot with a Caught Red Handed |
|Caught Red Handed with a Grab the Loot|
I don't know whether the lack of definition between the base colour and the graffiti applicator was more due to my lack of nail polish skills than the actual product because you can see from the press image that I was supplied with that there should be a fairly decent difference between the two tones.
The BYS Graffiti Nail Enamels come in six colours - gold, silver, blue, green, purple and red and are $9.95 each (this includes the base colour and the graffiti applicator). They can be purchased from Kmart, Gloss Accessories, Cosmetics Plus, Ice Accessories, selected pharmacies or online from www.fashionaddict.com.au.
Do you like the current trend of nail art or nail graffiti or do you prefer your polish simple and single coloured?
All opinions are my own and I received no remuneration for this post. The two polishes were provided for consideration.