Thursday, 22 August 2013

REVIEW: RIO ULTIMATE NAIL ART PROFESSIONAL NAIL ARTIST COLLECTION AND RIO PROFESSIONAL NAIL ART PENS

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If you're serious about your nail art then look no further than Rio Beauty for every single nail art need imaginable. This is the brand that knows their stuff when it comes to adorning your talons.


I'm a nail nibbler *hangs head in shame* but I absolutely love looking at nail art and cooing over perfect designs by brilliant bloggers (cough Islay - I'm looking at you!). I just never had the motivation to grow my own nails until these amazing kits came into my life. Now I'm putting every inch of will power I possess into not biting my nails - purely because of wanting/needing to use these kits. Feel free to Tweet me some abuse and/or motivation about growing my nails if you want to - I need all the support I can get. I have used these on my stubs though - for review purposes (OK, that's a lie - I just couldn't resist having a play about) - and they really are awesome.
The Rio Ultimate Nail Art Professional Nail Artist Collection* (RRP £29.99 - hello bargain) contains, quite literally, every single thing you need to take your nails from plain to pretty amazing. 


A selection of nail tools and dotters, in various sizes, should start anyone off nicely. They're very easy to use and clean after use. After that comes the stripping tapes (very easy once you get the hang of them), stamps (not so easy - I need more practice on a willing victim) and foils (complete with adhesive in the pack) to really make your designs special. Then there's glitter - lots of glitter - in teeny little pots that, if you're a little clumsy like me, can go all over the place. Still, it's glitter and that makes me incredibly happy. There are four pots of little 'effects' too - one for caviar-esque nails, silver stars, green flakes and iridescent white dots. This kit also contains a black nail art pen (see further down this post for more on the nail art pens). And after all that? Well, this kit just keeps on giving. There are sponges which I want to use to create gorgeous ombre designs when my nails are longer and the cutest little fruit shaped jewels with a multitude of coloured rhinestones to dress up even the plainest of colours. Rio also generously include four nail polishes in silver, green, red and white as well as a top-and-base coat. There's a DVD included in the pack to guide you through the basic techniques and then through to salon inspired deisgns such as marbling. Ahhh - there so much to play with in this collection. And last but not least? A finger rest, for when you need to rest your work of art to let it dry. 
I could go on and on about this collection - it's superb and can't be faulted, in my opinion. It's salon and celebrity worthy manicures all in the comfort of your own home. The price of this is so affordable too it's almost too good to be true. 


Onto the Rio Professional Nail Art Nail Designs Pens* (RRP £24.99 for the set) and the content and quality continues. In this set there's 8 different colours, 6 plain and 2 metallic, that come with cute silver rhinstones, a paint brush, gold leaf adornment and a DVD. My favourite colour by far is the metallic pinky-plum colour which is so pretty and girly without being too over the top. It'll definitely be my go-to colour for designs this autumn when my nails have grown. The DVD is, again, about salon techniques, but completely different to the one in the Ultimate Collection so it really is worth watching both to get most information as possible. 
I found these Rio pens so easy to work with - which is a God send for a complete novice like me. They have two applicators - a nib and a brush. The nib stands upright which means no mess and no leaking whilst the brush is dipped into the polish. 


Both applicators are really fine and don't allow too much product to flood out onto the nail which is something I was concerned about - although I did find that whatever base colour you're using has to be 100% dry (nope - you can't get away with tacky) otherwise the nib/brush damages the colour underneath and doesn't sit as neatly. It leads to be a bit of a waiting game which, to be honest, I'm naff at because of my 'want everything now' personality, but muster the patience from somewhere - especially if you want your nails to look great - because it really is worth it for the end result.
Would I recommend these kits? YES. A big, resounding fat YES is needed here. They're amazing value for their price, contain absolutely everything to get your nail art ambitions off the ground and are a lot of fun. I can't wait to show you my nail art designs when I'm finally happy with the length I've grown them to.

Rio Ultimate Nail Art Professional Nail Artist Collection (RRP £29.99) and Rio Professional Nail Art Nail Design Pens (RRP £24.99) are available online from the Rio Nails website. Rio Nail Art products can also be purchased from Argos stores across the UK. You can follow Rio Beauty on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for news, tutorials, inspiration, updates, competitions and much more. Rio Beauty also do a selection of other products including skin care and body care as well as tanning and teeth whitening. You can find the other products available on the Rio Beauty website.
DISCLAIMER: The product(s) reviewed in the post were sent to me by the brand for review purposes. All opinions expressed about the product are my own. I will never dishonestly review a product as I believe dishonest reviews lead to a lack of trust from my readership. The links on this post will not earn me any commission if you click on them. 

49 comments:

  1. Holy moley it would be a dream come true to win this! I've had my eye on the kits for quite a while. If I won the first thing I would be attempting would probably be something floral a la the very talented Islay!x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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    1. Good luck Charlotte! Islay is definitely very talented and floral is always a winner! xxx

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    1. That would be really interesting! Good luck! xxx

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  3. Oh my god this looks incredible! The only nail art I've ever attempted was simple polka dots but I'd love to try more - especially floral nails xx

    www.justlikeheavenblog.com

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    1. Good luck Kirsty - floral nails are so sweet looking! xxx

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  4. What a fantastic prize! If I won I'd try a simple design with the rhinestones until I got the hang of it.

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    1. Rhinestones jazz up everything - good luck! xxx

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  5. wow! I would probably do big pastel flowers but on on nail merge them with a bit of leopard print!

    http://pretty-as-a-daisy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Leopard print and floral sound like a fun combination - good luck Charlie! xxx

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  6. Watermelon nails obviously ;) Although they wouldn't be anywhere as good as Islay's! xx

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    1. I love that design! I'm sure they'd be great peach <3 xxx

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  7. What a great prize! If i won i think the first thing i would try is something floral and then maybe just work through the other designs. Really hope i win! Eek :)

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    1. Floral is so popular and such a great way to get into nail art - good luck! xxx

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  8. I would create a floral based design :) xx

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  9. Would love to try either chevron or florals! (:

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    1. They're so popular - good luck! xxx

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  11. I'd love to try some roes designs with these babies like what Islay does - because hers are stunning, such a great giveaway and perfect for people who don't have a clue about nail art (especially me) hehe xxx

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    1. Islay's roses are lovely designs! Definitely a great kit for beginners :D xxx

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  12. I'm just starting out in nail art (I haven't had the time previously due to uni work, and still don't technically have the time as I haven't submitted yet!) but I only have a couple of tools so this would be fabulous. I have just seen a design I like on Pinterest with a teddy bear on one nail so I would give that a try :)

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    1. Aww that sounds really cute! Good luck! xxx

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  13. Wow, that set looks INCREDIBLE. I really want to have a go at Galaxy Nails, although the stamps could definitely catch my eye!

    Elenya x
    http://monkeytales.elenyalewis.co.uk

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    1. Galaxy nails sound fab! Really different too! xxx

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  14. I was your 498th follower - just 2 from 500!!! I would love to create an ombred design if I won this - with the glitter, it's so pretty xx

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    1. Yay for 498th! Thank you so much! The glitter would be fabulous with ombre! xxx

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  15. Amazing! & I was your 499 follower! 1 more till 500 yay :) I would create a cupcake design! x
    thebrunettebeautyblogger.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay for 499th! Thank you so much! Cupcakes are great! Good luck xxx

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  16. omg amazing!! I'd love this! Your blog is great! p.s I was your 500th follower!! congrats :) xx

    thebudgetbuyer.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for being my 500th follower <3 Good luck! xxx

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  17. Hi Helen. I'd just like to say that this prize is really great - though i must admit I have no idea which design id try first - they are all amazing. Thanks for this opportunity - I look forward to keeping up with your blog now too. I found your blog through someone else promoting your giveaway - Glad I did. Laura

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    1. Hi Laura - thank you! Thanks so much for the lovely comment! Good luck with the giveaway :D xxx

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  18. Hi All I can say is wow why havent i come across this before i have just ordered my start up kit so would try everything :) really looking forward to starting this :) XX

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    1. It's definitely one of those products you *need* if you love nail art! xxx

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  19. Wow oh wow! I could create infinite nail art looks with this! I think I'd do something with all that wonderful glitter first :)

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  20. These are absolutely amazing. I spy a little bat that I'd like to try for Halloween. These are truly fantastic xx

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    1. A bat would definitely be really different and cool! Good luck! xxx

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  21. this is such a great prize, i have a wah nails design book so i'd probs choose something out of that!

    Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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    1. Ahh that sounds like a great book to have! xxx

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  22. I would definitely do some ladybird ones or rhinestones! :)

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    1. Ladybirds would be super cute and definitely unique! Good luck! xxx

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  23. thankyou for the giveaway Helen :)
    I think I would like to create something with the glitter! :D


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    1. You're very welcome :) glitter is always good! Good luck xxx

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  24. Something pinky and sparkly and very girlie! I really dont know, I would need lots of practice.
    @tjsi1963

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