Friday, August 31, 2012

Born Pretty Store Swarovski Flatback Review

Hi everyone!  I was really excited to try out these Swarovski flatbacks today!  I got mine from Born Pretty Store, and they are the 144 Swarovski flatback SS20 Clear Crystal 2028 Nail Art.*  Here's how they looked right out of the package.


I spilled them all out and look how gorgeous they look!  The above pic was taken with flash, so you can see how they look when the light passes directly through them.  Depending on how the light hits them, these crystals will glow with shades of pink, orange, blue, and purple.

One thing I noticed right off the bat was that these crystals are huge.  When looking at these online, I wasn't sure what size to order.  One thing I really wanted was for the crystals to be obnoxiously iridescent, which was I settled on size SS20.  But wow, these are big!  As a result they look a bit bulky on the nail.  This side view will show you how much these stick out from the nail.

Whew~  Because the crystal is so big and colorful, I decided to complement it by painting my nails in modest, neutral colors.  Here's the look I came up with.  Nice and simple.  The pictures below were all taken in natural sunlight.

Okay, so here are the pros and cons.

  • Shinier than regular rhinestones: They do not dull when sealed with top coat, but remain shiny.  They also have a lot more depth and iridescence.
  • Reusable:  You can reuse these! Simply rub the polish off with acetone, and it will look good as new.  The foil back remains intact even after a good rub with acetone, so if you wish you can definitely use them again on a different mani.
  • Brilliant color: It doesn't compare to any of the rhinestones I currently own, and I have a decent collection of them.  The multi-colored effect is really beautiful.
  • Too big: This has more to do with the size I ordered than the quality of the item.  I think SS20 is tad bit too big for nails.  They're best suited for flat/wide nails or a blackberry bling (thumb nail accents).  Otherwise, these could also be used for decorating cell phones, etc.
  • Price: This depends on how you look at it.  It's definitely a lot pricier than regular wheels of rhinestones.  This particular pack of crystals cost $12.46.  However, I think this is a fair price for 144 Swarovski crystals.

Verdict:  I'm satisfied with the product in itself.  I think the crystals are of good quality and the fact that they are reusable makes them even better.  The only downside would be the size, which is not a deal breaker since BPS sells crystals in all different sizes and colors.

If you plan on getting these for nail art, I would recommend getting a smaller size.  However, I cannot guarantee that the smaller sizes will be as iridescent.  I specifically wanted ones that would sparkle pink, blue and orange.  The smaller ones may just be clear, so make sure you are getting what you want.

Overall, I really love these!  I can't get enough of them, and I could stare at them all day.  Time for some serious blackberry bling! :)

Availability:  You can buy these and other nail art items from*.  You can also use my coupon code for 10% off!

What do you think of these?  And would you wear big crystals on your nails?  Let me know in the comments! :)

*The polishes reviewed in this post were sent to me for my honest review.
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  1. Agree, size is too big for nails - but good to know these hold up on re-use. Hope you don't loose 'em off the nail during wear time. I can see looking down and finding 'em missing even if glued on really well due to the size. Wondering what your mani is made up of and if your accent nail has a topper of OPI Pirouette My Whistle?

  2. Very pretty! Just a suggestion..check out and search SWAROVSKI Flat Backs They have a great selection of colors and much smaller sizes with fantastic prices too! :-)

  3. Def too big for nails but would be pretty on a cell. Are you sure those are clear?? They look like an orangy color. Maybe they are clear AB?

  4. It actually held up pretty well. I was afraid as well that it would get caught on my hair and fall off. I eventually took it off though, because I couldn't help but pick at it. For my mani I used OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons and My Very First Knockwurst. And you guessed right! I used OPI PMW for the accents. :)

  5. Oooh, thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely check that out. :D

  6. You're right. They're generally an orange/pink color. The crystal itself is actually clear, but it doesn't look that way because of the prismatic effect. ^^


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