Hot Designs Nail Art pens – Score or Snore?

| August 25, 2014 | 8 Comments

So I’ve rambled before about how much I suck at nail art, right? I have long determined that my God-given talents just don’t really flow in the artsy category. I’ve accepted it and have decided to foster my strengths in other areas. But still. Part of me wishes she could be that patient and talented nail artista. And that’s why I was so excited to receive a sample of these dual-sided nail art pens from Hot Designs.

Hot Designs nail pens

Retailing for $14.99, nail art lovers can cop a package of 3 pens from retailers like Walmart. And by dual-sided, they mean that one side of the pen is a nail polish and the other side is nail pen.

Hot Designs

How cool is that? Definitely innovative and that makes the price tag seem much more appropriate. And honestly, I’d be much more in love with these if the quality of the polishes were better. Because they aren’t, application is a bit of a mess and no matter how careful you are, you probably find yourself dealing with less than attractive nail polish designs. But, first let’s get a better idea of what these are SUPPOSED to do.

Hot Designs packaging

You pop the top on one side and you’ve got a nail polish with a basic brush and you remove the top on the other side and you’ve got a pen. You gently squeeze the tube and the polish flows effortlessly through the pen. So…easy? Yes!!


Hot Designs pen tops
But here’s where the funny part comes in – the quality of the nail polish is well…it isn’t good. I found each shade to be a bit on the thick and gloppy side. Due to the thick consistency of these, I struggled with both applying them on my nails and applying the art on top of the polish. And this saddened me greatly because I really wanted these to work.

Hot Designs polishes

You’re going to laugh when you see my designs but keep in mind that this blog is called Clumps of Mascara for a reason. Perfection does not live here. And dude, Hot Designs could really tweak their formula a bit because the concept is just…very cool. It doesn’t work well, though if you’re dealing with polishes that don’t play well with the nails. I manage to do a good coat of polish on each nail but using the pen to crank out designs was…tough. The polish kept bubbling and would splat quickly on the nails and this happened…

Hot Designs on nails

I know, girl. I know. Granted, as mentioned, I suck in the designs department, but I feel like I would have done a little better if the formula was better.

So who would these be great for?
Maybe the newbie nail artist in your life? I’m thinking my youngest sister would looooove these as would really professional nail artists who could tweak the bubbly pen issue with another brush, or something. So no, all hope isn’t lost but I don’t think these are great for people like me who are already struggling with nail design.

So. What do you think? Have you seen these? Tried ‘em?

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  1. Aunie says:

    i’ve tried similar ones and the only thing i can typically manage to do is dotted flowers or leopard print. because those are always a little messy anyway :)
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  2. Miranda says:

    Omg these would be awesome if the formula was thinner!!
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  3. That formula looks like it needs some improvement. I would love to use a pen like this if I knew it wouldn’t look thick and clumpy. :(
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  4. Never Say Die Beauty says:

    Oh, boo! I was hoping these babies would be a success so I could run out & get ‘em

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