Pretty Peek: Ciaté Polish and Caviar Manicure Tuesday 20 March, 2012
U.K.’s cool-girl nail brand Ciaté is making it’s debut stateside at Sephora—and it’s all Paint Pots and Caviar Manicure dreams.
Great Britain seems to be shaping up as a breeding ground for cool nail lines. There’s Nails Inc., which turned us Statesiders on our side with stunning glitter effects polish as well as magnetic manicures, and now has Couture, a nifty personalized nail experience where you can pick your color, polish bottle cap, box adornments—and then name the damn thing. Now that is beyond. There is also Nail Rock, the nail adhesives brand that dared to go down below—or at least, it dared to feature lady bits as nail art. Now that is beyond beyond. And now there is Ciaté, which has a cult following in the U.K. (Adele wore a Louboutin-inspired mani to accept her bajillion Grammys, and that mani was lacquered in Ciaté). Started by Charlotte Knight, a top U.K. editorial manicurist who also has a chain of highly successful nail bars, the brand offers everything from highly covetable polish colors (um, hello, Gold Digga) to hand and foot care.
And now Ciaté is coming across the pond to us next month*, bringing its delightfully pigmented polishes, known as Paint Pots, to Sephora stores and Sephora.com. I am pretty enchanted by Oil Slick, which as it’s name implies, mirrors the prismatic beauty of pooled oil. And naturally, since I am basically glitter polishes’ most vocal advocate, silver-fleck-packed Confetti is a manicured-hands-down gotta-have-it polish pick for me. And can we have a moment for the little bow on the bottle? Cute beyond words—or at least cute beyond any words I’m typing.
But it’s Ciaté’s April* launch that really has me grappling for words. The Caviar Manicure puts 3-D nail art at your fingertips. The kit comes with a Paint Pot, a bottle of “Caviar pearls“—which look like seed beads, but lack the little pin hole—a tray to catch any errant pearls that wish to escape you, and a little funnel for making sure you don’t lose any of those precious pearls that managed to escape.
The steps are fairly simple: After applying two coats of the supplied Paint Pot, place your finger over the provided tray and sprinkle on your pearls. Once you achieve full coverage, gently push the pearls down using your finger (this supposedly makes them last longer). Then you’ll go about funneling all your escapee pearls back into their bottle, and probably read your latest issue of Allure or watch Dance Moms repeats—I don’t know what you do, but this is what I do—and after 20 minutes, you have yourself some Caviar nails.
Just ogling the images above, I am certainly intrigued by this—but it’s not the first time I’ve seen seed beads used for nail art. I remember CND creating such a nail for a runway show (or maybe simply a trend nail? I cannot remember) EONS ago. (At least, “Karie eons” ago. Which probably means seven years ago.) But Ciaté is the first company I know of that has packaged the idea into a do-it-at-home-in-front-of-your-TV-set kit, and I like that. I am curious as to how long these little babies stay put, but I’m sure a top coat applied a few days in (after you’ve enjoyed the rough texture of it) will help keep these pearls from bouncing.
So, are you as excited for Ciaté’s stateside debut as I am? Would you wear a Caviar Manicure?
* Launch dates have changed for Ciaté at Sephora after the publishing of this blog. A revised version of exact dates are listed below:
Ciaté Paint Pots launches on Sephora.com 4/10
Ciaté Paint Pots launches in Sephora stores 4/30
Caviar Manicure launches on Sephora.com 4/10
Caviar Manicure launches in Sephora stores 5/10