For Summer Ball, I wanted to create a natural nail look so popped into boots in the search of an affordable french manicure kit. I finally settled on a safe bet with this one from Sally Hansen, which I picked up for a very reasonable £5.30. The set includes a French White Tip colour and also a natural overcoat - 'Sheerly Opal', both of which I have been really impressed with.
(Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French Manicure Kit, available here for £5.30.)
I was a little less won over with the 'Sheerly Opal' polish, which has a somewhat unnatural blue sheen. However, saying this, the staying power of the varnish is top-notch and lasted me a good few days. To create my natural look, I firstly applied a base layer of Leighton Denny's 'One For All', created a white tip with Step 1 and then sealed the white tip with a coat of 'Sheerly Opal'. To strengthen the nail and make the varnish last longer, I applied a final layer of Leighton Denny's clear polish. You can see the benefits of this gorgeous base and top coat in more detail, in my advice on Nail Health and Beauty for S|S 2013.
I have been really impressed by the quality of this set for what I paid for it, but I think if I was to repurchase a Sally Hansen French Manicure Kit, I would go for the 'Nearly Nude' set, which doesn't seem to have that bluish sheen finish that I find quite unnatural. But ultimately, if you're after a DIY French Manicure set and you're on a budget, I would really recommend this.
What is your latest nail venture?