Thursday 8 November 2012

Rio Beauty Marble Nail Art Polish - London Collection - Review

I'll start by admitting I am terrible at water marbling. So bad. It's just something that has never worked out for me, and I've only ever done one that was even worth posting (and that took about 47 tries)...I just end up looking like I've fallen into a bucket of random nail polish colours. So, when Rio Beauty contacted me and asked if I'd like to review a product, I decided to give it all another go and chose the Marble Nail Art kit.

It arrived very quickly and I sat staring at it for a while like it was my nemesis. I had to open it in the end though as the pretty colours on the box lured me in! 

This is what you get in the kit - 

5 bottles of Marble Nail Art polish (Orange, Black, Green, Red, White)
1 collapsible rubber marbling pot (I was overly excited by this)
5 Practice Nails
5 Orange Sticks
Masking Tape
1 mini bottle of Acetone
1 bottle of 2-in-1 base and top coat
Instruction Leaflet
Design Chart
Step-by-Step DVD

I decided to watch the DVD first instead of just jumping right in.

The DVD is quite short so won't consume much of your time, but it manages to squeeze everything you need to know in. I found it quite helpful to actually see somebody doing it. 

After the DVD I had a go with the practice nails (something I'd never thought of doing before) as you can see my first couple of attempts weren't great, but I got a bit better as I went on! The nail polish is described as having a thinner consistency than regular polish, which didn't seem evident to me at first, but I noticed it did spread out better on the surface of the water.

The design card included with the kit is helpful as it shows you how to create a selection of patterns.

Now it was time to try it on my real nails. This was my first attempt, and I actually managed it! Sure, it's not perfect, but since my previous attempts have been so disastrous, I was really happy with the result! 

I'm not sure what it was about the kit that enabled me to actually complete a water marbling mani successfully, as I know it is possible to do it with regular polish. It may have been the fact that the polish spread out on the water better, or actually seeing somebody else do it on the DVD. If you run in to trouble, there's a handy troubleshooting section in the instruction leaflet.

Here's another couple of designs I did using the kit. I messed up my ring finger a little on the first, but we'll ignore that! Practice makes perfect when it comes to marbling.

3 manis actually worth posting, I'd consider that a success! Now I've figured it out a bit more, I'll be trying lots of different colour combinations and patterns.

I'd recommend this kit for people that are new to water marbling, or to those who have struggled with it in the past. It contains everything you need to get going and would make a nice gift for somebody just getting into nail art.

Would you use this, or buy it for someone else? Or are you already fantastic at marbling? (In which case I probably hate you)!

You can buy this kit on the Rio Beauty website for £24.99.



  1. I really can't water marble to save my life so this kit looks great to me!

  2. Gah! I've heard about this but i'm ridiculously bad at water marbling! I might have to try it out!

    Jazz x

  3. I also can't do water marble. I will check out this kit ;)

  4. all your water marbles are PERFECT! mine always come out terrible too! this kit must be magical! i need it asap!

  5. I just got into water-marbling with mixed results, I just wish I knew about this kit earlier! :D
    My favourite is the three design, now off to learn how to make it!

  6. I'm about to post my first water marble tomorrow! It took me AGES and a huge amounts of attempts to get right and they are still nowhere near as good as yours... Sold... just wish there were some more colours...

  7. Might have to give it a try!! My marbles are nowhere near as good as yours!! I too will get overly excited about the collapsable cup so it's worth getting just for that!!!
    A x

  8. Wow like it, never tried marbling, scared! Can you use tap water?

  9. Thanks for this great post. This marble kit has been on my wish list for a month or so now and I am really hoping that Santa will buy it for me :). Your marbles look great xx

  10. Lovely blog <3
    Check out mine sometime if you want :))

  11. Wow! I absolutely love the green, white and orange one! I've not tried water marbling yet. I might attempt it soon :) x

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