I chose this product to review because one of the techniques I want to learn is one stroke.  This Flat Brush from Born Pretty Store seemed like a good chance to give it a go.

Polishes and tools

Danglefoot Polish Moonriver
Acrylic paint white and blue
Born Pretty Store Flat Brush
Stainless steel palette

I started with a base of Moonriver from Danglefoot Polish, which was part of the Spring Fling box from UK Indie polish makers.

Danglefoot Polish Moonriver | Keely's Nails

Danglefoot Polish Moonriver | Keely’s Nails

This is a really pretty cornflower blue polish with scattered holographic flakes.  This is two coats and top coat, and the formula was great.

All the polishes from the Spring Fling box have a holographic element to them.

Flat Brush one stroke| Keely's Nails

Flat Brush one stroke| Keely’s Nails

Next up I took a little bit of my two acrylic colours on each corner of the brush.  I had the paint on a palette so I could dip it in easily.  I then painted a few stripes with the brush to get rid of any excess paint and to make sure the colours blended smoothly.

I think at this point I should have thinned m paint ever so slightly with water.  I think it was a little bit too thick and this is why I didn’t get smooth strokes in my gradient.

As you can see from the photos the white is a bit patchy and the transition from blue to white could be smoother.

The fact that I used blue paint on a blue polish base didn’t make this any better.  You can’t really see the gradient properly at all.  On the plus side, the end result looks very cloud-like and although this wasn’t what I was going for, it’s pleasant.

Flat Brush one stroke macro | Keely's Nails

Flat Brush one stroke macro | Keely’s Nails

Flat Brush

After trying this brush for one stroke, I moved on to another, to see if the result was any different with a slightly narrower tip.

It really wasn’t, and so I think it is entirely down to user error!  With a better colour choice, thinner paint and much more practice, I’m sure I can get the hang of this.

I can’t fault the brush here, and I don’t think I was using it for it’s intended purpose anyway.


Danglefoot Polish Moonriver macro | Keely's Nails

Danglefoot Polish Moonriver macro | Keely’s Nails

I think we should finish on a lovely photo of this blue polish from Danglefoot, using a macro lens to show off the holographic particles!