I've never tried a caviar mani before but have always wanted to. So what better way to give it a shot than with one Layla's new Caviar Effects? Layla has a dozen different colors of beads available in the Caviar Effect line. The one I tried out, Mambo, has teal beads. I paired Mambo with Layla Ceramic Effect Bally Sky.
Layla says you can keep their Caviar Effect beads in place without any topcoat, so I decided to put that claim to the test. I had them on for a little less than 24 hours by the time I decided to take them off and the beads actually stayed on very well. I halfway expected to be shedding beads all day long, but on the two accent nails I did (one on each hand), there was only one little spot on my left ring finger where a small cluster of beads had fallen off. Some of the beads had turned silver (probably just had their surface color scuffed off from the wear and tear of a normal day) but other than that, I was pretty impressed with how well this mani held up. The beads are also small enough that the texture didn't bother me throughout the day.
If I had to point out one thing I think could be improved upon, it'd be nice if the beads came with some type of sifter or special bottle to help with application. The bottle here is pretty much the same as the Layla Ceramic Effect bottles, just with a slightly smaller opening at the top. But overall, I really enjoyed my experience with Mambo and found it very easy to apply.
The Caviar Effects retail for $11.50. A separate funnel is also available for $1.00.
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