The first of its kind on the high street, Nail Constellation decorates your nails with tiny, pearlescent beads for an extravagant 3-D effect. Inspired by the patterns formed into stars in the night sky, each of the five shades are made up of multi-coloured beads, creating a cool, galaxy-like effect.
I’ve been very intrigued by this type of nail art for quite a while now so was very pleased to see that good ole’ MUA were releasing their own version. The five colour combinations that they have released are beautiful.
The packaging is simple and very easy to use. To apply nail constellations you will need to apply 2-3 thick coats of your base coat, while this is still wet hold your hands over an empty bowl to catch any excess beads and then, using the funnel applicator, bed the beads over your nails. MUA state that no top coat is required, I still used one. I applied two coats over the nails, the tip of the nail and the back of the nail in an attempt to seal it in place. The funnel applicator can be pulled off and turned upside to ease pouring the excess beads back into the bottle.
I did find the beads to clog up in the funnel during application, a little shake every now and again clears this.
I had really, really bad shakes when applying mine so didn’t do the best job, but considering how much I was shaking I did pretty well! As you can see I have missed bits around the tips and edges.
It is really hard to capture the true beauty of this in photographs, in photos it just looks messy and bumpy, in real life it looks so much neater and prettier.
A lot of people have complained about how it feels on their nails, it didn’t bother me at all, although when bored I did find myself stroking my nails!
As for longevity it actually quite impressed me. The above photo was taken tonight (Wednesday) I applied nail constellations on Saturday. Considering that a lot of people describe these as ‘one night party nails’ they don’t look too bad after five days wear, which included a lot of typing. I think the actual nail polish faired off worse! The beads did tend to catch a bit when washing my hair, I would imagine that they wouldn’t last as long for those who wash their hair every day
As for removal it is actually quite easy. You could probably just pick the beads off in all honesty but I didn’t want to risk a) ruining my nails and b) getting the beads everywhere. I used my usual nail varnish remover and cotton wool. I held the soaked cotton wool pad on the nail for a couple of minutes and then rubbed, the beads came off quite easily, a lot easier than any glitter polish.