Ciate Shell Manicure in Mermaid You Look Review (7) Ciate Shell Manicure in Mermaid You Look: Swatches & Review

What Ciate says: Beachside bliss gets a runway twist – capture the natural pearlescent texture of crushed shells to create a mermaid-worthy manicure. From the brand that brought you the iconic Caviar Manicure, Ciaté London brings you the latest nail texture. Inspired by underwater influences spotted on the catwalk – dive into an opulence with the Shell Manicure. Sprinkle precious crushed shells directly onto a layer of wet nail polish to create a beach babe look in an instant. Kit includes paint pot in Iced Frappe.

Are there any nailpolishes out there which look like little wrapped presents?? Well yes ofcourse- Enter Ciate.  How adorable these look and the prettyness doubles up since they come up with cute mini nail manicure kits from Caviar to Velvet, Shells to Sequenced manicure & lots more.

As I already mentioned this kit come with 2 full size bottles & 1 small funnel.  The first nail polish is a creamy shade called Iced Frappe – its greyish purple color, In the other bottle there are crushed shells & the funnel is used to put the excess shells back in the bottle. (See picture for instruction on how to apply & you will know what I meanJ)

Now I will tell you how I used this, I applied 1st coat of this nail polish, but since it was not completely opaque, I put on 2 coats & let it dry completely. Now I used a transparent nail polish on my nails & poured shells from the bottle (use the transparent tray given in kit), pressed it & once done on all nails,  then followed up with  a top coat & taadaaaa.. Shell Manicure done!!  (put the remaining shells in the tray back in the bottle using the funnel)

Believe me it looks much better than the pictures! The shine it gives when you move your fingers is amazing! The shells are perfect in size & have a purple tinge to it! It feels textured but not heavy. Sometimes the shells grab my hair when I put my fingers through it  which is annoying. It stays on well & I removed it after 7 days, when my nails began to grow.

For those who don’t like this color there are 2 more options pink & white.

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And here are the pros & cons:


  • Fun looking
  • Easy to use
  • Pretty color
  • Stays on well
  • Quantity is very good. (full size bottles.)


  • If not pressed on nails well shells may get stuck on clothes and similar things
  • Difficult to remove
  • Availability in India

Rating: A

Price:$25 online (My mother got it from  Sephora, US)/ Rs. 2212  on

Recommendation: If you ask me I absolutely love this kit. Love the color, the effect, & how well it stays on. It’s a great kit for ladies who love nail art & stuff. Personally I love nail polishes & recently got the CIATE MINI MANI MANOR – ADVENT CALENDAR 2014, which has like 24 mini nail polishes including 1 full size nail polish. I am in love with Ciate nail polishes what can I do ;). Let me know if anyone wants review of any of 24 nail polishes from that kit. Will do that asap.

Guest Review By  Nidhi Mohunta (Skin tone: medium – NC 42, Type: oily – combination, uneven skintone)

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