Saturday, November 16, 2013

Kiss Gradation Polish Kit Review

I recently received a Kiss Gradation Polishes kit as part of the Influenster Rose VoxBox. This is my second VoxBox this year and I'm feeling crazy lucky. I wonder what the secret formula is because I've heard some people have been waiting a long time and still no box and I'm not usually this lucky so I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of cool stuff in the box, but I was most excited about getting to try this nail art kit because polish! Can't ever have enough. The Lindor Truffle was a close second though. 

The kit comes with three polishes and instructions for getting an easy gradient look. I've photographed all the steps so you can see it in action.

Step 1 says to apply two coats of the first polish and let it dry. Easier said than done! The first coat was pretty sheer and also stayed tacky forever. I waited a reasonably long amount of time before applying the second coat and even gave that quite a while to dry and still ended up with smudges and dings all over. I somehow rubbed the polish off all the tips by typing which I do almost every time I paint my nails (can't sit still). Normally this would make me much more unhappy with the polish, but no big deal. There were still two more polishes to go and I figured those would cover the imperfections.

Step 2- apply one coat of the second polish to the tip of the nail only. Easy enough. This did cover up all the smudges I previously made. I didn't even have to worry about getting the lines too straight since it would all get smoothed out by the third color.

Step 3- apply the third polish to the top half of the nail to blend the colors. The third polish is a black jelly full of different sizes of holographic glitter. It really does do a good job of blending the colors together to create a gradient look.

Fast- I'm used to spending 2-3 hours on my manicures and this probably only took half an hour- much faster than a traditional sponged gradient.
Easy- This really was simple to achieve. The instructions are detailed and clear and should make it easy for even nail art newbies to pull this look off.
Less cleanup- these pictures so far are pre-cleanup. Much less messy than sponging.
The step 3 polish- Really gorgeous. It's hard to capture in the pictures but that holo glitter really sparkles. It would catch my eye all day as I was doing things at work and I could see myself wearing this one over other polishes as well.

The gradient isn't as smooth as one created by sponging the colors on. You can't tell from farther away, but up close I notice the difference. I might just be too picky though.
This started chipping right away and had large chips by the 2nd and 3rd days. I like any excuse to repaint my nails, but it would be nice if it lasted longer.

What do you guys think? Is the effect gradienty enough? This kit retails at $6.99 which isn't too pricey for three polishes especially since they coordinate so well together. Would you try it?

Thanks again to Influenster for the opportunity to try out a fun new kit. If you want to get in on some of this action yourself check out the Influenster website and sign up.


  1. I think this would work well for a holiday party. I mean, anything to save a little time during the holidays is good! I was supposed to have gotten this box but so far I haven't received it :( I think it got lost. I was super eager to try this out

    1. Oh no! I hope your box finds you soon. This would be perfect for the holidays. It comes in gold too which would be really festive.