Experienced with nail polish, Courtney Buczkowski tests Hot Designs Nail Art Pens to see how they work.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
It's a fashion accessory that goes with you everywhere: your nail color. Now there's a new tool to help you take your design to the next level. But is it worth your money?
Courtney Buczkowski is an artist who mainly paints florals, but she's no stranger to nail design.
"I like to paint my nails, like, every three days. I like to switch it up, especially in the summer," said Courtney.
We recruited her to try her hand at Hot Designs Nail Art Pens, but just unpacking the box proved to be a little rough on the hands; it's sealed tightly with tape.
A quick glance over the instructions and Courtney was ready to go. She starts with a French tip and then moves on to more complicated designs.
"I'd like to try the chevron stripes. I'll try a different color," said Courtney.
Each color has the fine tipped pen and a normal nail polish brush for making a base. While she waits for the base color to dry on her ring finger, Courtney moves on to a flower.
"It gives you some ideas on what to do: some stars, some leopard print," Courtney said.
And a heart...
"The hardest part is figuring out what design to do," she said.
It seems as long as you shake the pens, they are very precise. Plus, there are step-by-step instructions in the book.
"It's really easy. It's just a matter of doing a couple of dots here and there. So, like, even the hearts, you don't have to be good at drawing hearts, just draw three and connect them," Courtney explained.
Next: polka dots on the pinky finger.
"I think the more you have on the tip, it moves a little bit better," she learned.
Now it's time to put the finishing touches on the watermelon and chevron stripe.
"I've tried to do the chevron, not easy to do with regular polish," said Courtney. "You mess up what you've already painted. So you have to go back and fix it, or take it off and redo it."
So do the nail pens pass the test?
"A 'B.' Only because I really liked it. I think it's super easy to use. Love the colors. But because it's a metal tip, if you get too close, you can scrape it and then you have to put more on, and it gets a little thick. Overall, I think it's a nice, easy product to use," said Courtney.
The $14.99 Hot Designs Nail Art Pens draw up a passing grade in this week's Does It Work test.