I haven’t really had that much experience with nail art pens, I first came across them when Barry M released theirs and I have only used theirs since. Born Pretty Store have released their own now and I wanted to try one to see how well it worked and how it compared to what I already owned and used.
I went with the white one because I find the best way to test things like this is to go with either white or black and that gives you a great basis on what the quality will be like for the rest of the range. Plus I could do an accurate comparison to my Barry M white pen.
At 7ml, the Born Pretty Store pen is more than double the size of the 3ml Barry M pen so you definitely get way more for your money and they are almost identical in the way the function.
The Born Pretty Store pen has a much better flow rate than the Barry M pen and so far the Born Pretty one hasn’t glooped up unlike the Barry M which did pretty quickly, however the Born Pretty pen polish is a fair bit thinner than the Barry M pen and means you have to go over the design a few more times to get it opaque. I did also find that the Born Pretty pen polish did not crack over wet polish as the Barry M pens are known to do.
Although you aren’t able to get super thin and dainty lines with nail art pens like you could with a brush, they are quite good for doing nail art for those who, like me, aren’t great with brush work but also, because they dry really quickly, they can be a great way to add some quick nail art to dress up a mani.
That is what I have done today, a 5 min ugly Christmas jumper design inspired by Zelda using only the base polish (the green glitter one from my gift swap with Bewitchery) and the Born Pretty nail art pen.
I find the pens really easy to work with and much easier to grip than nail art pens, and price wise, much better value for money then the Barry M ones. For one Barry M pen it costs £4.99 but the Born Pretty pen costs £3.83. That’s £1.16 cheaper for more than double the amount of product. If you buy a full set of 16 colours for £44.79 it works out at £2.79 per pen.
If you are interested in buying 1 or 2 or 16 you can get them here from the Born Pretty Store, and don’t forget to use my discount code for CBAQ10 for 10% off your basket total, that would bring the set of 16 down to £40.32.
Have you done any 5 minute Christmas mani’s this festive season? Only 5 days left, I’m so excited I could squee.