Our offices are often filled with the scent of brightly colored, shimmering nail lacquers (including the highly coveted Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colours), and our walls are covered in photographs of models flaunting gorgeous gray, half-moon and custom Minx manicures.
So, when AOL Women's and Lifestyle Editorial Director Colleen Curtis tipped us off to Mattel's new Barbie Doll'd Up Nails Digital Nail Printer, the kid in us instantly came to life.
Just when we thought Barbie had everything, designers at Mattel fused the beauty and tech worlds to create a digital nail printer that allows girls (and moms) to select from over 1,000 fab nail designs (or upload their own), print them and master at-home manicures.
But is the Barbie Doll'd Up Nails Digital Nail Printer worth all the hype? Read on to find out!
Like your typical manicure, we prepped our digits by applying a thin layer of the Barbie white polish. Then we smoothed on the Barbie preprint clear polish.
This dual nail polish combination allows for the colorful ink to really set, but it definitely tested our patience, as it took up 10 minutes to dry completely. Consider using this downtime to catch up with your daughter, niece, sister or friend on Justin Bieber, Silly Bandz Charmz and uDraw.
After ensuring that our nails no longer had that wet, tacky feel, we inserted a finger into the printer slot and took a photograph of our nail.
Kudos to the designers at Mattel for understanding that not all hands are created equal. When selecting a nail design, we made sure to carefully align our finger and use the navigational tools to adjust the width and height of the nail art to ensure our design prints out as close to perfect as possible.
The on-screen instructions made the process very simple to follow, with flashing lights on the bright-pink printer guiding us toward getting our coveted design.
As you can see from the photo above, you may need an additional layer of the Barbie white polish to get rid of streaks, and you can clean up the ink from the cuticle area with a few swipes of nail polish remover. The quality of the design also varies, with certain designs printing clearly and others more pixelated. But the Barbie topcoat adds a sleek finish to the manicure.
This may be one expensive toy ($179.99), but with more than 1,000 nail designs to choose from, a platform to upload your own art, plus the promise of hours of fun for little girls to create fabulous manicures, we think it's totally worth it.
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