Monday, August 27, 2012

It's So Easy Nail Art Review

Hey guys!

Today I have some fun nail art products to share with you! The It's So Easy brand offers an array of different products to help make nail art easier for everyone from beginners to experts.

The It's So Easy lineup is pretty huge, but I've got a good variety of things to show you today. I have six of the striping polishes, as well as four pots of loose glitter.

FYI: this post is huge, so brace yourself!

The striping polishes come in three different varieties. The first variety are the Stripe Rite Paint shades which are mostly cremes as well as some metallics. There are 58 of these shades in total, so you should be able to find any shade you need. The second type is the Stripe Rite Glitter Paint which include 39 shades of glittery striping polishes. Finally, the third variety are the Stripe Rite Metal Paints, which are 6 chrome stripers.

All of the stripers that I tried work quite well and the brushes are super thin so you can make some really fine details and stripes. I used to use stripers a lot in my nail art but kind of gave up on them when I found my trusty striping brush. However, the brushes on these stripers are even thinner than my brush and they actually work better! I was pleasantly surprised.

Aside from the brushes, there are other important aspects of these striper polishes that must be mentioned. First, the cap on these striper polishes are tapered and they have ridges so that they're easy to hold and control. And probably most importantly, the formula is good on all six of the ones I tried.

For reference, I've included a couple of photos showcasing the brush. The first photo features the brush alone and the second photo shows the brush next to a regular sized polish brush (China Glaze) for size comparison.

Of the four glitter pots I have to show you, two are a fine glitter powder (appropriately named Glitter Powder), while the other two are of the flakie shard variety (called Cracked Ice).

Each of the pots is 2oz. in size and let me tell you, you'll get a lot of manicures out of that.

I found that that the easiest way to apply the fine glitter powder was to just sprinkle it on top of wet polish (but do this over a paper plate so you don't make a huge glittery mess and you can easily return the excess glitter to the pot). I then just tapped the excess off onto the plate and used a fan brush to brush away any excess that didn't fall off with the tapping.

In regards to the shard glitter, I tried both sprinkling it on and placing it with the end of a dotting tool. Both methods work, but which method you use is just going to depend on what look you're going for (I've shown you both looks below, so you can make your choice once you see them).

Now let's get to the fun part and take a look at the nail art designs I came up with using these products!

On my index finger, I used a base of China Glaze Traffic Jam and then created the v-gap using the Stripe Rite Glitter Paint in the shade Gold.

My middle finger features a base of China Glaze Gamer Glam with the loose Glitter Powder in Lavender on top.

On my ring finger, I started with a base of China Glaze White on White and then sectioned off one half of the nail using Stripe Rite Paint in the shade Hot Chartreuse. Then, I used the Stripe Rite Paint in Black to add a couple of simple stripes on the other side.

Finally, my pinky finger features the Cracked Ice Powder in Neon Pink sprinkled over a base of China Glaze Flirty Tankini. I used the sprinkling method for this look and as you can see, there's really good coverage this way and it created a really unique 3D look.

On my index finger this time, I started with a base of China Glaze For Audrey. Then, using the Stripe Rite Paint in White, I created a chevron french tip. You could stop there and still have a fun design, but I decided to take it one step further and add an extra chevron using the Stripe Rite Paint in Bright Pink.

My middle finger features a base of China Glaze C-C-Courage with the loose Glitter Powder in Purple on top.

On my ring finger, I started with a base of China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and then added some zebra stripes using the Stripe Rite Paint in Green Grass. These stripers are really good for freehand zebra print!

Finally, my pinky finger features a diagonal section of the Cracked Ice Powder in Holographic Gold over a base of China Glaze Meteor Shower. This look was done by using a dotting tool and individually placing the shards onto the nail. As you can see, you get less coverage this way but you have more control over where the shards are placed.

In this final set of designs, my index finger features a quick leopard print design using China Glaze Lemon Fizz as the base and the Stripe Rite Paints in White and Bright Pink for the leopard spots. I found it easier to do the zebra print than I did leopard print with the stripers, but it still turned out ok.

On my middle finger, I've used China Glaze Unpredictable as the base colour and then added simple stripes of varying sizes using the Stripe Rite Paint in Black.

My ring finger features a base of China Glaze Gothic Lolita and I created a feather french tip by using the Stripe Rite Paint in White.

Finally, on my pinky I've done a simple explosion design using China Glaze Splish Splash as a base and the Stripe Rite Paint in Hot Chartreuse for the explosion.

Overall, I'm quite happy with all of these products. The stripers in particular will be making their way into my regular nail art designs and I'll be heading to Sally Beauty Supply soon to pick up some of the other available colours. The fine glitter powder can create some really eye-catching glitter bomb manicures and the flakie shard glitter can create some really unique and interesting manicures.

With that said, the one negative thing I have to say about these products is that there are no names on the labels. I know that all the products have their own names because I was able to find them on the It's So Easy website as well as on the Sally Beauty website, but mine definitely do not have names. I'm wondering if this may be because the ones I have are samples, and if that's the case, all of the retail products should have the names on the labels.

You can find the It's So Easy product line at Sally Beauty Supply stores as well as on the Sally's website. Fortunately, not only are the products so easy to use (see what I did there?), they're also really affordable. The stripers retail for $1.99 each and the glitter powders are $3.99 per pot.

And keep in mind that Sally's frequently sends out coupons to their Beauty Club members, so you should be able to get these products for even cheaper still!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the manufacturer or their PR in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Wow these are totally awesome! Im impressed!

  2. Sweetness, you wrote index finger while explaining your ring finger's design, I know its not a biggie but its just in case you wanna change it! Love the designs by the way, great job :) x

  3. Love love love that polish!Each and every design is just too good!!!

    Courtesy - Freight Guru

  4. Wow, what an awesome mix of designs!! I am so pleasantly surprised by your striper review and will definitely be picking some up now :D Most stripers are too thick for the details I want to do, so I often use my own nail art brush (as you said you used to, too).

    1. I found that same thing about the old stripers I used! But these ones are definitely thinner and make smaller details easier to achieve. :)

  5. Thanks so much for doing this review! I picked up a striper on clearance this weekend at Sally's, can't wait to try some nail art with it. I'm cheap, though, so I plan to just clean the one striper brush with some acetone and use it to apply whatever polish I'm working with.


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