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Sephora Creative Nail Art Set

Sephora Creative Nail Art Set

Good afternoon! Isn’t today such a lovely one to snuggle in bed or just chill at home? As I’m sitting here typing this, I have a perfect view of lightning striking at a distance. Wet, cold and grey but I love it! So much more than the usual Singapore scotching heat.


Usually on Sundays, I would clear out the bags of makeup on the floor of my walk-in-wardrobe and photograph/play with some. But since I’m fully scrubbed, exfoliated, and facial masked earlier today, I didn’t want to put any makeup on my face. Instead, I spotted this box of Sephora Creative Nail Art Set lying in one of the bags and decided to play with my nails instead.



Isn’t this set just perfect for any nail art enthusiast? It retails for $29 at Sephora and is part of Sephora’s Holiday collection. This means that it might not be around forever so do check it out if you are looking for a gift for a friend who likes playing with nail art every now and then.


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The set comes with 6 tools in total, 3 brushes, 2 dotting tips and a sponge tips. It also comes with a little instruction booklet with ideas of how to use each of the tool.


  1. Fine Liner Brush – This is made for creating accurate fine lines. I find this to be my least favourite brush because it is in no way a fine brush, in fact the bristles tend to fray out creating unwanted lines when you use it.
  2. Flat Square Brush – This is meant to be used for tracing a thick line or filling in areas. I actually like this brush, it’s good quite a good amount of dense bristles that have good resistance. I think this would be great for French Manicure tips application.
  3. Fan Brush – meant for tracing several irregular lines. I like this for the effortless ease of use and creating something quite abstract.
  4. Fine Dotting Tool – for making small dots. Very necessary in creating intricate designs.
  5. Medium Dotting Tool – for making medium size dots.
  6. Sponge Applicator Brush – for tie-dye effects. I have not tried this yet and I have to say, I am quite skeptical about this one. I have done tie dye effects before – check out my tutorial here but with a much bigger sponge. Nonetheless, if this one works, then it’s AWESOME because that means we can all do tie dye nails with all the similar eyeshadow applicator sponge tips that you get with eyeshadow palettes… you know, the ones that we all throw out? Or is that just me? hehe


Since it’s pouring with rain out there, I thought I would relax, paint my nails and play with some of these tools. I have used dotting tools before but never a brush, let alone a fan brush for my nails. So I decided to seek out the little instruction booklet and tried to recreate this design below called Fire.




Instead of using the colours suggested in the instruction manual, I decided to give a couple more The Body Shop nail polishes a go, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone 😉


Here’s what I came up with…




I used the small dotting tool to create little lips/flower/roses on my pinkie because it could be anything! Yup, my lack of skills.. But hey, let’s look at the “Fire” designs. As you can see, the design on the ring finger appears to be nicer and ‘softer’ because that was the first stroke using the brush. Once the nail polish on the brush starts to dry and harden, the bristles began to stick together and the design was less consistent – see middle finger and pointer finger.


I do like the idea and design created by the fan brush but I want to know how I can prevent the brush from clumping together, I tried cleaning it with nail polish remover between brushes but it seemed to get worse. 🙁 Thank goodness this was meant to be quite an abstract design so it turned out looking ok, I guess?


Let me know in the comments below if you have any ideas on how to get around the brush hardening or clumping because that would be so helpful!

Love ya all! Have a lovely Sunday 🙂


  1. So bad brushes. Sephora is so lame brand

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