Friday, 16 November 2012

Models Own Nail Art Pens in Black and White

Nail art has always been a skill that has managed to escape me. I can't draw straight lines with a pencil so the likelihood of being able to do it on my nails with polish was very unlikely (if you read this blog regularly you know how messy my nail swatches are) yet when I was in Boots and their 3 for 2 offer was on a few weeks ago, I found myself tempted by these and I decided that with the offer it made it worth a go. While buying them I did get stuck with the 'please call for assistance' message four times on the self service checkout (technology hates me) but that's a different story!

I bought the colours black and white, because I thought I'd get the most use out of them and that they'd be a good starting point. The packaging is really interesting and pretty cool to look at, I was a little sad to throw the boxes away!

These pens have a dotting tool underneath the lid, and the lid also screws off to reveal a striper brush. It's a very small and compact which makes it much easier to use and to store.

Both the dotting tool and the brush are really easy to use. The dotting tool creates very tiny dots and it's great for more precise application. I would recommend using the bottle to wipe off any excess polish before using the brush or you will get a blob of polish in the middle of your design, but aside from that it's also really easy to use. I think it may have benefited from a slightly shorter brush to make it easier to control, but it's not too tricky to use as it is. So far I've used the striping brush more than the dotting tool, it's a lot faster to create flicks than it is to attempt more intricate designs!

Both of these pens are very pigmented and I haven't had any issues with them chipping before the base polish.

So far I'm really enjoying playing around with these! I haven't really had the time to experiment with them as much as I would have liked, but I have been using them to create little flicks here and there. I also used the black one on my Halloween post. I'm hoping that practise makes perfect! I have a very unsteady hand...

These nail art pens cost £6.00 and can be purchased from Boots or the Models Own website.

Have you tried any of these pens? What did you think?

Disclosure: I bought these myself.


Since I loved these pens, I bought my sister the gold and silver ones for Christmas. I tried them out on my nails yesterday after hearing my sister saying that she didn't think they were as good as the black and white ones, and I'm terribly disappointed. The brushes were thick and it was impossible to create a thin line, and the ends of the brushes were uneven and I've had to trim them to create a smooth line. I felt that I had to update this post since I gave these a positive review, and I don't want to feel like I've mislead people. I don't know if this is a problem with just the particular gold and silver pens that I bought or with all of them, but I felt that I should share this experience all the same. I've no issues with the black and white ones, but it's something to bear in mind if you're thinking of buying.

Thank you!


  1. I have the black one but have not used it yet, think it's time i started to thou. Great review!.


    1. It'll be one of those products that I'll have to remind myself to use I think! I think I'll get a lot of use out of the black one though. Thank you!

  2. Thank you SO much for this post!! I have been wanting to get some nail art pens for ages but I didn't know where to start! I was looking into those Art Deco ones but I wasn't quite sure about them. I am a fan of Models Own though and these look perfect! I think I'll have to grab them next time Boots has an offer on! LOVE your Hallowe'en nails, such a gorgeous shade of orange! I was really wanting to do cobweb nails over Hallowe'en but of course I didn't have any of these.. I have nail dotting tools but they would have probably ended up making the webs look lumpy and horrible! ~♥~

    1. No problem, I'm glad I could help! I was at a bit of a loss of where to start too, if I hadn't been wandering around Boots trying to kill time before heading to uni I wouldn't have bought them! These are great, especially with the offers Boots have on the run up to Christmas. I loved that orange as soon as I saw it, it's so Halloweeny and super vibrant! I was really surprised at how easy the cobweb was to do! Let me know what you think to them if you do decide to buy them!

  3. I haven't tried these yet but I have had my eye on them... They look quite good, and the little design you did with them looks really neat!

    Great post :)

    1. Thank you! I'm trying to start small and work my way up! They're really good, especially with all the offers Boots has on at the moment.


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