WTF Catrice nail polish pen?!

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Okay, so let me start by saying that I had to sleep on writing this post so that some kind of professional objectivism take the place of my initial rage. I hope it will seem like it.

So the story begins with me stumbling upon these limited edition Catrice Nail Polish Pens in a local drugstore. A nail polish pen is like a sharpie, but for nails, it is meant to make the applying part easier. If I remember correctly there are 6 shades available, I bought the turquoise blue (Travel In Turquoise) and the dark blue (Blue Boat Trip) ones. Since I have already tried a very similar product by Ciaté I, didn’t expect much, but my curiousness took the best of me. Unfortunately.

Here you can see how the tip of the pen looks like before and after use:

I started with the lighter blue, I followed the instructions on the pen:

  1. I shook it up for a couple of seconds,
  2. I pushed down on the tip, until the nail polish appeared,
  3. then I started drawing on my nails.

It’s supposed to be relatively simple, but it is not actually. Since the tip of the pen is very rigid, you have to push it hard on the nails, which makes the even application impossible. If you have longer nails, you won’t have enough polish to cover the tips. And it’s really not a good idea to try to go over the same place twice, because then it will be super streaky. So after the first coat, I had this:

I waited for a good 15-20 minutes before applying the second coat, but still the tip ruined the first coat and made everything even more streaky:

Unfortunately my curiousness kept me going so I gave a chance to the dark blue too. Actually it was quite a surprise, because it covered the nails evenly in only one coat. I had two problems with it though: one being that the polish is full of tiny particles that I don’t suppose should be there, so it looks kind of dirty, the other is that since the felt tip isn’t flexible at all, it’s not easy to paint the sides of the nails (mostly, if you have curved ones). This is why I took a pic before cleaning up, so that you can see how big of a mess I had to make to reach every part of my nails:

Then I started to clean my cuticles and I realized that this polish just wouldn’t come off!!! I tried and tried to remove it and it only became worse. The more I removed, the more it seemed to spread and stain:

So after a while I gave up and decided to remove it all. Now that was the moment when I lost it, because it WOULDN’T come off. No matter what I did, my cuticles and nails were stained blue. I soaked them for 15 minutes in nail polish remover, but nothing changed. Then I moved on to pure aceton, and still nothing:

I was sort of panicking at this time, I just couldn’t imagine how would I ever get rid of the stain. Finally I decided to soak my nails in oil and later I gave them a good scrub with hot water, soap and a nailbrush. With this “gentle” method I could remove the blue thank God.

I’m usually not a drama queen, but I was freaking out big time when I saw how stubborn the stain was. And only after 5 minutes of wear time. I have no idea what’s inside this pen, but it can’t be nail polish. No way. So, no, I don’t recommend buying this horrible thing, because it either doesn’t work or stain your nails like crazy. I have never in my life seen such a terrible nail product and I can only hope that I will never again.

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  • Diana - 2017-08-21 - 10:42

    Cuticle remover helps with stains. I’ve used essence and catrice cuticle remover several times with stained nails.ReplyCancel

    • lakkomlakkom - 2017-08-22 - 08:18

      Wow, thanks for the tip!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nail Crazinesss - 2017-08-21 - 11:06

    OMG! Only one word: disaster!
    I’m glad you wrote about it to warn us not to buy it!ReplyCancel

    • lakkomlakkom - 2017-08-22 - 08:19

      Yepp, total disaster. :/ I can only hope that people won’t buy them after this.ReplyCancel

  • ule - 2017-08-21 - 11:33

    Thanks for this honest review!
    I don’t see the point of these pens, if anything, they look even harder to use than normal nail polish with brush. I can’t imagine how I’d polish my right hand with this, even if it worked. It also looks even more wasteful than normal glass bottles do.ReplyCancel

    • lakkomlakkom - 2017-08-22 - 08:21

      Actually the darker shade was surprisingly easy to apply on the nails. My only struggle was that my nails are very curvy. But you are totally right, I can’t imagine using it on my dominant hand, it would be crazy difficult.ReplyCancel

  • Frau von Farbe - 2017-08-21 - 11:50

    Wow, that is really horrible. I’m glad you found a way to get rid of the stains!
    And thank you for the honest post. When they had the display in our stores I was tempted to buy one or two pens, but didn’t because I couldn’t imagine that the tip would work for me. I’m so glad I didn’t buy any and I hope Catrice will either just forget about these or find a way to improve them.ReplyCancel

    • lakkomlakkom - 2017-08-22 - 08:27

      Thank you, Claudia!
      I was so afraid that the stains will stay! This nail pen idea is totally crazy, I hope everyone forgets them soon.ReplyCancel

  • Celine - 2017-08-21 - 11:57

    Oh. My. God. How awful! Is the blue completely gone now? You should email Catrice on thisReplyCancel

    • lakkomlakkom - 2017-08-22 - 08:33

      It is now, after like an hour ofsoaking, brushing, scraping – it was crazy.
      I’m planning on writing them, this product is nonsense.ReplyCancel

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