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Ciaté’s DIY luxe manicure sets are pure nail porn.


Ciaté have pushed the at-home manicure kit trend to a whole new, slightly bonkers level in the past year, with their show-stopping Caviar Nails and Colour Foil sets causing instant sell-outs and fashion pack waiting lists. Nothing like it had ever been done before, and still, the amazing ideas just keep on coming.


They’ve just added a new, limited edition pastel Spring Sugar collection to add to the Caviar Nails family but even more excitingly, this month saw the launch of Chalkboard Manicure kits, a fun, imaginative trend that I couldn’t wait to make all mine.


In the name of advising you guys on what’s the best new stuff you should be gracing your digits with, I road-tested both kits and LOVED THEM.


The Chalkboard Manicure (£25, exclusively at Selfridges) is a kit comprising a matte black ‘chalkboard’ polish (which I really loved on its own too), that you paint in two coats before getting creative with the coloured liquid chalk pens. You can doodle to your heart’s content, a bit like vandalising a kid’s broken arm cast at school – and if you make a mistake or don’t like the way something looks, you simply wipe it off with a wet cotton bud. When you’re happy, you seal your designs with the Ciaté Mattnificent Top Coat.


Chalkboard set


I loved that the kit came with a little booklet of design ideas, so I didn’t get stumped for things to scrawl onto my nails. Even the most art-phobic types will find these a fun addition to their nail polish arsenal.


Now, I don’t like picking favourites, but the other kit has really set my nail-loins (I’m allowed to make words up! Just go with it) a-blazing. The Spring Sugar Caviar Manicure (£18, online at Ciaté kits come in 3 candy shades – Tutti Frutti, Lemon Fizz and Cotton Candy. The latter is a pastel blue nail polish and a pot of blue, pink and silver micro pearls that you pour over your wet polish, before patting them down and then spending hours admiring your handiwork and Instagramming them endlessly (hypothetically).


ciate and pearl bottle


This kit really does enable you to create a luxe, 3D mani that looks really impressive, and it genuinely only took me half an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians (sorry, not sorry) to do both hands.


I’m really impressed with these kits. I was a little sceptical that the caviar mani would survive without all the little pearls dropping off, but I’ve showered, bathed, washed up, put a load of washing on and shagged and they’re STILL ALL ON!

Chalkboard Packshot Open LR


These kits make an awesome present. For yourself, of course. Seen any other nail trends you want me to test on your behalf? Comment away, beauties!


Natalie’s on Twitter: @Natalie_KateM


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  • Lottie

    These look such fun! I would have been worried about the little pearls dropping off, so it’s good to know they can go the distance. Great review!

  • StavRuler

    I was never taken with the Caviar kits. How do they feel on? Because they def look weird. Too much stuff on your nails, if that makes any sense. The chalkboard idea is def cool. I imagine playing knots and crosses on my nails LOL

    • Natalie Kate M

      They feel fine, I thought they’d be really annoying and distracting but they weren’t at all. Try them!

  • Catherine G

    I loved the look of the caviar nails but couldn’t leave them alone and picked most of it off! Definitely going to try the chalkboard ones though. Good article x

  • Rooty Tooty

    I love the look of the Chalkboard Manicure. I’m still a nail newbie but reckon I could have some fun with them. Brilliant gift for a nailophile as well. Thanks Natalie x

  • Fi Nightingale

    This is making me want to stop biting my nails, Nat. If only for the satisfaction of picking the bobbly bits off them. Great piece. Again. x

  • Beanie O’d

    Blackboard nails look ace. Might have to purchase for my niece, she’s gone nails crazy.

    • Natalie Kate M

      My boyfriend’s little sister loved them. DO IT.

      • Beanie O’d

        I’ve just tweeted her the link to the column x

  • Jo Candice Marie

    NKM – any idea please if you can use the Chalk Board on gels or do they have to be natural nails?

    • Natalie Kate M

      I would have thought you can use them over gels – as long as you use the black matte polish that’s provided. Give it a whirl xx

  • Badgirl

    Looks amazing! Btw, I understand that showering, bathing, washing up and laundry all affect your manicure but shagging? Really? One of us is doing it wrong! (Clue – it’s not me…)

  • Kelly LeClare

    Nails? Blackboard?! *cringes*

  • Kate Kitchendisco

    Chalkboard nails and swears. Gotta be done.

  • Jo

    Re chalkboard nails – to DIY, you can just use nail pens/brushes to do designs on black nails, then top it off with a matte top coat – I think Rimmel’s one is amazing. :) “Chalkboard Nails” also happens to be the name of one of my favourite nail bloggers!

    Re the caviar nails – I have the £3 MUA version (I got mine online, but you can find them in Superdrug). I haven’t tried them yet (I went for black/dark green), but when I do I think I’ll do an accent nail or two rather than a full set.

    Ciaté stuff is so gorgeous. One day, I’ll hie myself over to Selfridges and treat myself… In the meantime, I’ll try and recreate the trends using cheaper alternatives.

    In terms of what to cover next, I’d love a look at nail transfers. They’re so much fun – it’d be great to see what designs are out there!

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