Friday, June 3, 2011

Review of French Tip Dip

I'm going to start this review by stating that this item was purchased by me and everything I'm saying is my honest opinion only.  And well, we know what opinions are like :D  Anyway, this review is basically my first impression so to speak and as with stamping, there is a learning curve with this product.  I also want to apologize in advance if this post seems like I'm scatterbrained because I am. 

You can find this HERE, and this is the KIT that I got. 

French Tip Dip's (FTD) customer service was wonderful.  I ordered this and called for tracking info, they emailed it to me right away.  The only issue I had with shipping was USPS being slow and so not helpful.  It took 13 days to get to me in GA from Las Vegas, NV.  It shipped on 5/11 and arrived on 5/24, which I was unfortunately out of town for the arrival.  I had the other half open it when he got home as it was in the mailbox and I wanted to make sure the heat didn't make anything explode.  He said there were no issues, except that the remover bottle seemed bloated, so he opened it to remove and pressure.

I decided to play with this a few night ago and show my results.  A friend of mine suggested getting a small funnel, which I don't have yet, to help pour the polish from the dip jar back into the polish. I did kind of expect the tool (the pink square with the curved portions) to be a little more flexible, but I didn't have too much trouble. 

You may see a few spots on the sides that I missed where I couldn't get the tool to curve properly to the nail, and on the pinky nail I'm seeing a small bare area.

I was going to use the sheer polish that comes with, but my son saw my CG Rainbow on the table and wanted me to use that over the white instead. 

you can see the pooling of Rainbow around my cuticles that I didn't clean up for sake of getting the pictures done.  The 2nd picture above is with the 3 minute top coat that's included in the kit.

Overall, it's not a bad concept.  I just experienced a few issues with my first use.  Like I stated in the beginning, there is a learning curve and I'm sure I'll get better with practice.  I do wish the tool was a bit more flexible, but it is still useable.  The 3 minute top coat didn't work for me.......even after 10 minutes, I was still able to touch my nails and it felt wet and left an imprint.  I forgot to take a picture of that.  The biggest issue I had with the entire kit was the file.

click to enlarge to see the texture
It looks like a stucco wall.  It felt like it was shredding my nails.  After I used it, I took some remover to clean my nail bed and had cotton stick to my nails ALL over the place.  I had to go back with a different file to clean it up and make my nails not feel so ragged.

This was definitely quicker than using the scotch tape method!  It only took a few minutes even though I was a first time user.  The remover smells AMAZING.  Better than anything else that I own.  This kit is worth that alone.

To sum this review up, I will definitely be playing with this again to try to get the hang of it.  Maybe even experimenting with other polishes.  I am, by no means telling you to or not to get this product.  I am just stating that if you do, you may not have a perfect result with the first use.  If you do, please come do mine :D.  Though I would definitely recommend this as a gift for someone who likes to do their nails at home and save some money instead of going to the salon.

If you have any questions, especially if I left anything out, please ask.



  1. I am so curious about this thing... I want to try it but am not sure I want to pay shipping to Europe etc. I'm going to wait until a few more people have it and have tried it a few times to see what they think later on!

  2. Good idea. I believe the international versions of this are shipped without polish. You could always order just the tool if you wanted.

  3. Hmmmm yeah ive to been curious about this, my first thought was Nahhhh no way will it work or do as it shows or says.....and even after your fab review im still iffy about it.

  4. Yeah, I didn't want to give any false hope on it. Another blogger & I were talking and said maybe a silicon type material would be better.

  5. I can just imagine the mess I could make using this LOL!

  6. I've been wanting this badly too! It seems you did pretty well the first go round. It always cracks me up when the "first time users" on YouTube get it perfect and make it look flawless.

  7. Thanks Freshie. That's what a few other people said. I'll always be honest as I hate when I'm given false hope. I'm not afraid to show my mistakes & failures.

  8. Awesome for a first try and we will take the nail shaper comments into account. Also for more even coverage rock the tool from side to side or squiggle outward as you pull off as your nails are a bit longer ;) A few of them came out perfectly! If one doesn't come out perfect just wipe it off and do over before you move on. It only takes a few seconds! and isn't the remover just wonderful?! Thanks for your post!

  9. Can you tell me what phone number you called to reach and speak to a live person?

    The 1-800-713-0382 number that is on their website does not have any option to speak to a live agent.

    Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon.

  10. I didn't speak to a live agent. I left a voicemail and they emailed me back.


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