I’ve recently gotten dotting tools, as well as my first set of Konad stamper and plates. For the Konads, I haven’t gotten a chance to really use them yet, but once I’m done with the “This is Halloween” nail challenge later this month, I’ll actually be able to get use of those.
First up is the set of dotting tools that I’ve recently received in the mail. I never thought that I’d ever actually purchase an actual dotting tool, since I’ve had luck using toothpicks and pen tips for whatever dots I needed to make — whether for nail art or for any small crafts. While I was looking at various nail polishes and supplies on Amazon, I saw this lovely set – link here. It comes with 5 dotting tools, all of which are 2-ended, giving you a total of 10 different sizes.
I thought that it was great that it came in several different colors, which made it appealing (and I love color! 😀 ). Even more so, it was under $2.00 with free shipping. I still had some credit on my gift card, it’d essentially be free. Nothing to lose really, other than having less on my gift card. Personally, I don’t know if I’ll actually use all of the sizes, but the different sizes are handy to have anyway.
I put my order towards the end of August and since it was coming all the way from Hong Kong, I knew it was going to take a few weeks. What I didn’t realize was that it ended up taking more than a few weeks, more like over a month before it got to me, which it got to October, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to get it. Worse, was that there wasn’t any way for me to track the package.
I’ve gotten things from Asia before, but this one has to be the longest I’ve ever had to wait for something to get here. At most it took two weeks, but I guess that’s what happens when you have free shipping. If I lived along the West Coast, rather on the East Coast, I’d probably have gotten it much sooner. Below is a picture of what I got, in 3 different light setting. All of them were taken indoors under a CFL bulb.
I love how it comes in a reclosable pouch since it’s less likely that I’ll misplace one of the tools. A part of me was expecting it to be simply bubble wrapped in the package with nothing else with it, so the pouch was a nice touch. Visually, they look exactly as described as the set I first saw on Amazon. I couldn’t really tell in that picture, but in person, four of them look close to, if not, the same (group of 4 = 2 different sizes). Below’s a comparison.
They look the same to me, so it’s disappointing that you don’t get the actual 10 sizes. I did notice that while I testing them, depending on how much paint you put on the tool and amount of pressure your exert, that’ll determine how large the dot will be. Even with the ones that I found to be the same size, I didn’t get the same size dots. Though mine were of good quality and I got 8 different sizes, I’ve read various reviews that vary on quality, as well as the number of different tools received.
It doesn’t seem like anyone’s actually getting 10 tools – varies from 2-8. In terms of quality, some have had ones that have come with broken handles or tips, right when they get them. Others have had ones that don’t last long and quickly break. So far, mine have held up well and I’ve actually used them in two recent manicures – Ghosts and Jack-O-Lanterns.
They’re easy to clean and are reusable, which I like since even though I still like using things such as toothpicks, they get a lil gunky after a while and get stained from the polish. The handle also makes it easier on the hands as well. I don’t regret buying these since they were very inexpensive and I have already gotten use of them. Below are pictures of how the dots look from the different ends.
I wouldn’t say that it’s a must buy, as you get away with using other things around your house for dotting, but if you love doing nail art (not just using stamps, like Konad), and are serious about it, it’s something to consider. They are a nice addition to any nail art tool kit.
If you are considering getting these, take a look around and see what you can find as there are various brands that make dotting tools. The ones that I’ve found were on the inexpensive side, so it could be one of those “you get what you pay for” situations, but I really don’t know. It’s something you’d have to find out yourself. With that said, just keep all of the information in mind if you decide to purchase these tools.
- Comes in a reclosable pouch
- Has a variety of sizes
- Easy to clean
- Took a LONG time to get here
- No way to track your package
- Quality can vary
- Don’t actually get 10 sizes
Overall Score: 4/5
- After thought: They aren’t a necessity to have, but you can’t go wrong with having a set of these around, as they are quite useful. It’s rather deceiving that its product description says it has 10 different sizes when in reality it doesn’t. Maybe there’s a brand out there that really has 10 sizes, but I personally don’t know. As all of the ones from Amazon I’ve seen are from Asia, shipping takes a while, so keep that in mind when you’re ordering.