Polka Dot Mani Fail with Essie Foot Loose

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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After seeing all those awesome cool manicures featuring dotting tools, I decided that despite my lack of hand-eye coordination and general clumsiness, I just HAD to try one out. That, and I wanted to bring on a summer colour on my nails. That's how I ended up with this monster of a manicure. I have to admit, while there wasn't anything wrong with the tools I used, my dotting skillz are teh suckz. Seriously.

I got my dotting tools from Born Pretty Store, which has been popular lately among bloggers and nail polish lovers for its ready availability of cheap and cheery nail art suppliers, including crackle polish, stickers, rhinestones, etc. The dotting tools I got were just under US$5 for a set, and are available here.

These dotting tools are of good quality, and quite handy to use. You get a set of 5 dual-ended dotting tools. All five have two ends.

dotting tool bornprettystore 1

One end is all the same size, a standard size that would be handy for most designs:

dotting tool bornprettystore 2

The other end of the tools is more interesting for girls who really want to dot in all sizes. The ends of the tools range from really big to positively tiny, and would definitely satisfiy any dotter's needs.

dotting tool bornprettystore 3

For the dot manicure below, I used Essie Foot Loose because it was such a lovely summer colour - girly, bright, and still a little spunky. And since it's in the colour family of pinks (in this case bright purply-pink), it's wearable to the office! And unlike other Essies which tend to be sheer and streaky, this is a one-to-two coater, depending on thickness of application.

essie foot loose wnw white 2

For the dots, I used the dotting tools and Wet n Wild White. One of the best white konading polishes ever, now used for dotting. FOr the variously sized dots on my nails, I used the large end of the green dotting tool, and the large end of the pink dotting tool. I also, for smaller dots, used the white dotting tool.

I know the dots don't looks as nice as they could be, but that's realy due more to my lousy application than anything else. After all, all dotting tools are the same right? But looking at these photos makes me feel like from far, they aren't THAT bad, right, right? *Crickets chirp*

essie foot loose wnw white 3

Anyway, I love the colour of my mani, even if my dotting skills suck. It kind of reminds me of summer - bright, and polka dotted, and just generally cheery!

(Dotting tools were sent for review. Review is my complete and honest opinion. I am not affiliated with/compensated by the company.)


  1. I don't think it's terrible and we all start somewhere. If nothing else you can only improve from here with more practice. Nail art is anything, but a specialty for me. So I give you credit for trying something new!! ;)

  2. If you don't like the way it looks with just the white, try adding some other colors into the dots. That would take your already cute mani to another level!

  3. I love them... I must grow my nails to give this ago, i have a little habit of nibbling them. I hate it.

    Emma x.x.x


  4. You're a heck of a lot better than I am! I should probably invest in some nail art tools, thus far i'm only using toothpicks!

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  6. simple yet so cute, thanks for sharing =)


  7. Cute! =) I only have one of those tools, but I want more.

  8. easy but very cute! I love the color of essie polish!

  9. They aren't THAT bad really! I think its cute :D
    Seriously, I am just horrible at dotting so I don't even attempt it xD

  10. That looks so cool! Amazing!



  11. Hello lovely - I just hopped on over to say thank you for entering my giveaway and leaving me a fabby comment =) I'm glad I saw this post actually because I bought those exact nail dotting tools and haven't tried them yet, you've reminded me! Spotty nails for me tomorrow I think! xx


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