Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review & Swatches - Really Ree
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Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review & Swatches

2 Jun 2015 (Updated: 13 Oct 2019)

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I do love a good old Ciate kit because nail art is usually something way out my reach when it comes to skill levels. These kits always make the impossible a little more accessible and so I was super excited to try out the Ciate Monochrome Manicure set. As a big fan of black and white, I dropped everything to give this a go!

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review

So in terms of previous Ciate kits, this is a pretty simplistic one. There are no beads, flowers or feathers to get involved with. What we are looking at here is polish and stickers.

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Contents

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review
  • Ciate Paint Pot in Black
  • Ciate Paint Pot in White
  • Nail Guide Stencil Stickers
Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review

So it’s all about what you fancy with this one. You can go for a classic black and white look, by choosing one of the colours as a base, and then the other as the accent. Or, which I fancied, you can go for what is being termed the Negative Space Look, where you place the templates straight over a clear base coat and get to work with your chosen shade.

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Review

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Swatches

Ciate Monochrome Manicure Swatch
Ciate Monochrome Manicure Swatch

So as I said, I decided to go for the simple ‘negative’ look, mainly because I thought it would be easier, and I completely love it. I would advise that if you’re a bit clumsy like me, then make sure you tackle one hand at a time. I tried to do both and ended up smudging the nails quite a few times when I was attempting the apply the stencils to the opposite hands. I got there in the end but I will definitely do one at at time next time! Also the black is really sheer, so I had to do 3 coats to get this result, which makes it quite time consuming.

It’s really good fun and patience is the key, as it is important to make sure the nails are dry in between each stage. I just love the results – they were worth the wait.

Ciate Monochrome Manicure kit is available now for £19. Find it at ASOS and Look Fantastic.



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