After my stash post showing my nail art supplies (click here if you missed it), Squeakymom asked to see the heart nail stencils in action. I bought these in Superdrug over a year ago, but I'd never got round to using them.
The pack has ten small plastic pieces with a heart shaped hole and a sticky back. The plastic is grey, so makes it easier to place on the nail than clear tape, because you can see where you're putting them. I had been wearing Barry M's Christmas Gold foil polish today, so after work I added some stencils and added a couple of hearts using a pink creme. However, the pink wasn't opaque enough, so I put the stencils back and went over the pink hearts with OPI's Stay the Night liquid sand.
You can see on a couple of the nails where I just didn't quite get the second stencil lined up over the original heart. It's only visible in the real close up though. I wasn't a fan of the liquid sand on its own, but I love the contrast here between the shiny and the gritty polishes!
The stencils were really easy to use - there was no bleeding underneath, and if you were really careful you could possibly reuse them (although I expect the stickiness would wear off). The tape is stronger than sellotape and holds its shape well. I like how the heart shape is very sharp and clear - I couldn't get such neat shapes doing this freehand.
I think these were £1.99 in Superdrug, although as I also have another product in the same range, I think I bought them on a 2-for-1 offer. Even so though, you only get ten per packet, so I don't think it's something I'd use frequently. They were very easy to use though, and quite effective looking I think.