Last week a surprise package arrived on my doorstep from a brand we've never used before - Kiko Milano. I have seen them about but for some reason we'd not got round to testing out their products. The polish came as part of a Nail Diva 3D Nail Art Kit* which included one polish and three types of fimo nail accessories. I was excited to try it out as it reminded me of Emma's Strawberry Spots mani from ages ago!
We always inform brands that any product review we do will be 100% honest, but luckily we've quite like using most of the things we've been sent in the past. Unfortunately today is going to bring my first ever poor review. As I said, I had quite high hopes for this little kit so it was disappointing when it didn't deliver.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the fimo pieces (strawberries, hearts and flowers) were not contained in removable pots. Unless you decanted them into something they would have to be stored in the rather bulky packaging. I also had trouble actually getting in to the fimo sections without them spilling out.
Next I tried the polish. The shade is a lovely bright pink, not really my style but still very pretty. However, the formula is strange. It was almost grainy which made it difficult to achieve a smooth finish. It was also quite runny which left me with a fair amount of clean up - not the end of the world but a bit annoying.
I used two coats of polish and then a top coat. I knew I didn't want to try to apply a top coat over the fimo so I applied it first and then stuck the fimo pieces on to it. There was no glue included in the pack (nor any instructions) so I gathered you just stick them on and go! I chose to alternate between the strawberries and the hearts and applied them using the applicator stick included. Within minutes the fimo pieces had started to curl away from my nail (perhaps reacting with my topcoat, or maybe just the moisture?) You can see this quite clearly on my thumbnail in the photos above.
For a set which retails at £8.90 I was disappointed. If it was a £3 impulse purchase you expect a few quirks, but for almost a tenner I'd have hoped for better.
I must admit, I don't use a lot of fimo in my nail art, so things I've picked up on in this post could be the same wherever you buy it from. If you're a fimo nail art fan, please let us know where you recommend buying your accessories from!