Hi guys. I apologize that it's been a few days since I last posted. Christmas was incredibly hectic and I'm still recovering from my back injury, so surprisingly nails were the last thing on my mind. Without getting into too much more detail, I needed a bit of a break. Not to worry though, I have returned full force and ready to ring in a new year. But before we do, I have some amazing vinyls from Twinkled T to showcase here today. I'll be covering such a vast amount on vinyls and stencils that I decided divide this review into two parts. Here's a peek at the ones I'll be covering in today's half of the review for Twinkled T.
All vinyls and stencils here are created and sold by Twinkled T. This is part one of my lengthy and photo-heavy review, part two will be available next week.
Single Chevron Skinnies
First up are the classic Single Chevron Skinnies. These have so many flexible uses and are one of the first vinyl designs I ever tried out. Very easy to peel off once you've polished over them and it leaves crisp lines as well. I used OPI's On What Ground and my favorite white polish from Sally Hansen for this mani. You can purchase these for $5.00 per sheet and each sheet has 100 chevrons.
Chevron Skinnies are definitely my favorite by far. I love chevron patterned vinyls, but with my new shorter length I was disliking the larger ones I had previously. These, however, are freaking perfect and compliment shorter nails very well. Super clean and crisp, these vinyls are extremely easy to work with as well. I definitely recommend these for new vinyl users. The polishes used for this mani and PANC's Abnegation and Erudite. You can purchase these for $5.00 per sheet and each sheet has 100 chevrons.
Swirls Vinyls are one of the more unique vinyls I've seen in a long while. There were a million variations for using this in my head, but I settled for creating a peppermint inspired look. The polishes I used were Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pink Blink and PANC's Amity. Originally, I was afraid the bit that swirls in a loop would give me trouble. As you can see with the mani, I managed to get pretty clean swirls without much trouble. You can purchase these for $5.00 per sheet and each sheet has 50 swirls.
Stripes Skinnies and Maxies
Stripes Skinnies and Maxies are some of my most commonly used vinyls because lord knows how much I hate doing straight lines, haha. But in all seriousness, I love using these all year round for any occasion. Again, super easy to use and work with. Also good starter vinyls for beginners to nail art or those new to vinyls in general. Polishes used in this mani are Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Blue Away and Zoya's Thea. You can purchase the variety pack for $5.00, which includes 50 skinny stripes and 50 maxi stripes on one sheet.
Heartbeat Variety Vinyls
Heartbeat Variety Vinyls come in skinny and maxi variations as shown in the photo above. For this mani, I chose to use the maxi ones. I wish I would of chosen better colors because you can't see the contrast too well, unfortunately. Still I was super excited to use these, but my experience using them was much more difficult than I thought it would be. When it was time to peel off the vinyl, it started coming off and then would tear really easily. At one point (pinky finger) I was having to take it off piece by piece, which messed up the design badly. It's a very strange issue that I didn't have with any of the other vinyls so it might be a one-time problem. I have addressed the issue to Liz from Twinkled T and she has started looking into what the issue might be. In the meantime, I plan on trying once more and if I have better results I will share them with you.
And finally for today, I have the Houndstooth Stencils to share. Are you as intimidated by these bad boys as I am? Believe it or not, this is actually my first time using stencils. I was definitely feeling the pressure, haha. Don't let me silliness scary you, these stencils are actually pretty easy to use once you get the hang of them. I really like these because not only do you get the stencil, but you can also use the decals left behind if you'd like. I ended up using the stencil for my index and middle finger, then for my pinky I used the left behind decals. Definitely a lot of functionality for your buck. The stencils themselves do have some getting used to. As a first time user, you can see I made some mistakes here and there. I tested the stencils to see if it was possible for more than one nail per, but that resulted in a lot of messiness. With stencils you have to be a lot more careful than vinyls and also a lot lighter on the polish. I think on certain areas I may have dabbed a bit too much - this is something I'll be a lot more cautious of with the next set.
Overall I'm pleased with the experience I had using Twinkled T vinyls and stencils. I love the variation and twists to the classic vinyls most of us are used to. The stencil was a learning experience in this post, but I have about three others to show you next week. Most of the vinyls, with the exception of the heartbeat, leave very crisp and clean lines. I was actually surprised by how well the swirls worked! It's probably one of the more intimating ones to try out, in my opinion. I can't wait to try the rest of them out. As I mentioned before, part two will be available next Tuesday.
Tell me guys, what has your vinyl experience been like? Any favorites or terrors?