Review: Nailene French Tip Pen Kit (long post)

Remember when I was hootin’ and hollerin’ over the NYC Bloggin’ Beauts? Well the goodie bags included many a product that warrant a review. One of them being the Nailene Fench Tip Pen Kit.

What it is:
Being true to it’s title. This nifty combo includes 2 polishes (Hard & Healthy French Manicure Base Color and Acrylic Topcoat) 1 White French Tip Pen, and 42 tip guides.

On the box:

In just two simple steps, achieve that perfect salon French Manicure with our easy-to-use pen. Also great for pedicures and perfect for retouching! Mistake proof, precision application with fabulous results.

Review (5 highest, 1 lowest):

Packaging: 4 out of 5

Price: 5 out of 5 ($8.99)

Quality: 5 out of 5

Overall: 4 out of 5

Instructions on the box:

Actively shake pen. Press tip onto a protected surface for 30 seconds until tip is saturated with polish. When the tip is completely covered with polish, you are ready to use the pen.

Optional: Apply tip guides across curve of nails to separate tip area.

Step 1: After prepping pen, apply two coats of Nailene’s French Tip White to nail tips. Let dry. If tip guides were used, peel off gently.

Step 2: Apply one or two coats of Nailene’s Hard & Healthy base color over entire nail.

A top coat may be applied for extra shine.

The product:

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I just had to put the products into a Y lol. Forgive me the corniness 🙂

The process:
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I cut off the ends on the strips and used them on smaller nails (be green w/your mani!)
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The result:

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Can you see the shimmer in the top coat?

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disregard the broken middle fingernail

My Verdict:
When Nailene agreed to participate in the Bloggin’ Beauts, I was overjoyed. When they sent everyone this kit – I couldn’t be more excited. I always think that every company puts their own spin on an item. Let’s be honest, there are only so many “original” products. A french mani is probably the most popular manicure style, but there is a whole universe of variations. Lucky for me – I didn’t try this one yet!

This is a great mani kit. I really like the fact that it came with strips for ease of use and the pen was actually very easy to use. I have used a lot of french manicure pens and a lot of them are unkind to your nails. They never get the line right, and frankly, you’re better off using a brush for painting walls. This french manicure pen was comfortable and got the job done quickly.

I was originally going to say that I wasn’t a fan of the one choice of color in this kit but then I realized – all of these products are sold separately as well. If you don’t agree with the color, the other Nailene products still fit the bill. Furthermore, my main concern was the amount of strips available. The strips – though easy to use, require an attempt or two to master. If you look closely at the pictures, you will notice that the pinky and ring finger aren’t too neatly done. That was because I didn’t press the strip down tight enough and polish leaked through. To remedy the situation doesn’t take much – pay closer attention the first two or three times you use them! After that you’ll be a pro!

After trying out this kit, I am impressed with the simplicity but efficiency of the product and would recommend that y’all try this out. It’s certainly budget friendly – so why not?


I’m also really excited about the black french manicure pen!
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Nailene is currently sold at:
Rite Aid || Kmart ||Wal-Mart || CVS ||Family Dollar || ULTA || Shoppers Drug Mart || Asda || Boots … and many other locations!


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Have you tried this out? What do you think?

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