Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Project MC2 H2O Nail Science Kit


Me and Abby have always painted our nails the boring way, but with the opportunity to review Project MC²'s new H₂O Nail Science Kit, we got to experiment with Water Marble Nail Art, and we love it!

Being Project MC² related, there is of course science involved. This was written on the back of the box:

"Nail polish floats on water. Gravity causes the polish to spread out into a really thin layer. The polish and water don't stick to each other, but polish does stick to keratin, which is the protein our nails are made out of. That's how your cool, marbled designs transfer from the water to your fingernails!"

Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit demo came with more detailed scientific facts, and have shown how water marble nail art is actually a form of hydrographic painting! There are also tips for successful experiment, such as using regular nail polish (water soluble nail polish has the same density as water and hence won't float at the top), but not a quick-dry one.


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit (£24.99 on Amazon UK, suitable for children age 8 years+) comes with:

  • Nail art station with nail dryer and changing light (requires 3 x AA batteries)
  • 1 beaker
  • 4 pipettes
  • 1 design tool (2 end pick)
  • 3 nail discs
  • 36 fake nail adhesives
  • 3 nail polish stands
  • Instruction sheet (in different languages)


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

And the following is also required:

  • 2+ Nail Polishes (regular non water soluble, non quick-dry and ideally new)
  • Skin barrier (sellotape, petroleum jelly, or liquid latex rubber nail peel like in the above picture, etc)
  • Nail polish remover
  • Cotton Buds/ pads
  • Room temperature still water (this is a tip from Youtube, don't use water that's straight from the tap)


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

To set up, place everything you need around the nail art station, and slot the nail polish stands into the station. Switch on the nail art station (button is on the side where the battery compartment is) and the light in the middle of the station will switch on and change. The button for the nail dryer will be activated, but won't start unless you press and hold the button.

Remove the nail polish caps and place each pipette into the jars.

As our nail polish has spread quite thin (I think it's due to the quality) and it was a bit dark in the room, we decided to turn the light off so that we can see the nail polish layers better. We loved the changing light feature though and ooo-ed and aaah-ed when we discovered it!


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

To start a design, drop nail polish into the water, alternating the colour in a bulls eye pattern. It is successful when each drop looks like they are fizzing out and spread far (see picture 2, although the colour should be more intense if you use new nail polish). If the bulls eye pattern does not spread, you will have to start again, making sure that you use water that has been left out for a while (or use cheap bottled water), as well as using nail polish that drips off the brush easily and are non quick-dry.

When you have enough layers, use the sharp end of the design tool or a tooth pick (we swapped to tooth pick as we couldn't clean it fast enough while fumbling with the experiment. When we got used to what we needed to do, we swapped back to the design tool to create less rubbish) to draw patterns.

Once you are happy with the design, gently dip your finger (you can also paint a few fingers at a time) into the part you want to stay on your nail. This can be quite tricky as you need to visualise how it'll look on your nail, and you need to think fast too before it dries up!

Hold your finger in position, while using the other end of the design tool to scrape all the other nail polish away. We use cotton bud for this as it "fishes out" the nail polish better.

Remove your finger from the water and you get a hydrographic painted finger nail! Remove the skin barrier and clean up the rest of the unwanted nail polish from your finger using nail polish remover, then dry that beautiful design with the nail art station.


Project MC2, Nail Art Water Marbelling, Nail Art for Kids

As our nail polishes are quite old (they split in the bottles already), we had a very limited selection we can use for our experiment. We also had to keep them right next to the beaker as they dried up too fast. We had a lot of fun though and it is safe to say that we will be buying new nail polishes, so that we won't need to fluster around while trying to get our nails done.

Once you get the hang of it and have the right nail polishes, it is a very fun thing to do, especially with someone else like your mum/ daughter/ BFF (Clay was quite jealous!). The Project MC²'s H₂O Nail Science Kit makes this nail art even more fun, with the changing lights and a very handy nail dryer too!

We also think that the pipettes made it much easier to use nail polish from half empty bottles so you don't have to waste still good nail polish and get new ones just because your brush can't get to the bottom of the bottle.

We can't wait to do this again!