Pretty P.O.V.: Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Become a kid again and doodle your days away with Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure kit!

I was a doodler in middle school and high school. As I’ve mentioned before, I scribbled anime obsessively while my teachers yammered about stuff, but also I drew the typical bubble letters and hearts on my paper-bag textbook covers. If I wasn’t learning, I was doodling. Most often I was doing both.

So I am delighted by Ciaté’s Chalkboard Manicure kit, which includes everything you need to treat your nails like they’re a chalkboard: four “liquid” chalk pens, a black matte Paint Pot and a matte top coat. The finished effect is much like chalk, so it’s imperfect and child-like by design. Strangely, I’ve seen people gripe (angrily, actually…which is just silly) about the fact that the chalkboard mani looks childish—but that’s the point! It’s fun and irreverent; it’s not to be taken so seriously.

I actually love it; I think the imperfection is what makes it so charming. The kit includes a booklet of doodle designs (think: keyholes, stars, stripes, etc.) you can swipe, but I created my own looks easily. Of course, there is a method to the madness of this kit, and to get the most out of it, you really need to follow the following steps.


What you need:

+ Your Chalkboard Manicure Kit

+ A piece of paper

Step 1: Apply two coats of the provided black Chalkboard Nail Pot polish. You can apply just one coat—there is enough coverage—but I found that two really provided the perfect chalkboard canvas. Allow the polish to dry completely—and this is a must. Because you will be doodling on your nails with pens (hence, applying some pressure), your “chalkboard” foundation must be bone-dry so that you don’t smudge it.

Step 2: Pick one of the four chalk polish pens (my fave is pink Jump Rope). On your piece of paper, press the nib of the pen down repeatedly until the liquid “chalk” flows to the nib. You need to do this to get the color flowing; be patient until you see a good amount of flow.

Step 3: Scribble to your heart’s desire! Just like chalk, this liquid “chalk” pen is very forgiving; if you make a mistake, wet a tissue with water and then “erase” your design. Just like that: You can start over.

Step 4: Once your design is finished, seal it with a layer of the provided Mattnificent clear matte top coat.


Some quirks to note: Sometimes the liquid chalk flows a little too much. I found that my blue came gushing out on my second manicure (I’ve played with this kit twice in one week, that’s how much fun I think it is!); the blue was extremely watery in this instance. The only way to problem-solve this is to be sure that your nib is flowing with a good amount of “thick” color—meaning, if it seems too transparent/watery, keep pushing the nub on your paper until you get the right consistency. Also: Drawing one color over another can be problematic. I found the liquid chalk didn’t really want to stay put when drawn over other liquid chalk. To problem-solve this, apply one color, and if you wish to draw over it with another color, first use the matte top coat, THEN apply the second color. In truth, the liquid chalk grabs the clear matte top coat really well, so it actually has better pigment pay-off if you do this.

And there you have it: a chalkboard manicure! Class dismissed!

Visit to pick up your Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure kit.

Karie L. Frost Signature


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