After two weeks of manicures based on specific Avengers (Hawkeye and The Hulk), this time I decided to go for a manicure based on the generic Avengers logo, which is very cool, but also somewhat complicated.
What gave me the confidence to try this was my newest nail art purchase–a Sally Hansen I <3 Nail Art Pen in Silver. While I think I’ve made leaps and bounds in my free form brush abilities, I know that tackling that kind of a precision logo is outside my wheel house.
I decided to put the silver logo on a black nail for maximum dramatic effect, so I pulled out my go-to dramatic black base, butter LONDON’s Union Jack Black.
Because this manicure is more about the logo and testing the pen than anything else, I won’t put a picture of the black nail base (which you can see and read about if you go back to my Hawkeye manicure, linked above).
Managing the pen was actually really easy, and made this kind of detail work a breeze. I got the fine tip because that’s what they had at the store, and I was initially worried that maybe it would be too thin of a line, but I think it’s actually a perfect thickness for detail work–especially on a smaller nail.
Speaking to its ease of use, I not only managed to make the logo, but could control the flow of the polish so much that I was able to leave that small bit of negative space between the arrow and the leg of the A.
One note about the pen, however, is that a top coat is a must. I know top coats are great and help your polish last longer with chips, but I’m a busy mom of an infant, I’m impatient, and part of what I look for in a polish is long term durability and standing up to the abuse I put my nails through. Ain’t nobody got time for a top coat.
At first I didn’t use a top coat with this manicure, but during my road test of it, the silver paint began to disappear after less than a day; it didn’t chip off, but was missing in parts. I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary that would cause the polish to disappear, so I can only imagine that because of the nature of the polish in the pen, it needs to be sealed.
After tracing over the missing parts of the logo and sealing it with a random top coat from my nail polish drawer, I’m pleased to say that the design lasted for over a week, and survived cleaning products, countless hand washings…you name it. I’m very impressed.
Normally our story would end here, but because I’m me, I decided to add this little tidbit as a joke. What are the Avengers without Nick Fury?
Gotta love that eye patch.
Anyway, all in all I’m extremely pleased with this manicure, and will definitely get this pen in other colors to use in the future. DIY geeky nail art suddenly don’t seem quite so daunting!
Have you used this or any other nail art pen? Were you successful? Do you think I was successful? Let us know in the comments!
Check back next week when I take a break from Marvel to cool things down with a Disney themed manicure!