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Monday, July 1, 2013

Review: Fing'rs Get Spotted Nail Art Kit

Ever since I first shared pics of the new Fing'rs Heart 2 Art display that's now popping up at Walmart stores, I knew I had to get my hands on the Get Spotted Nail Art Kit. Like I mentioned in my original post, this looks like it could be a dupe of OPI Black Spotted, which was only available for a short time in France and Germany and goes for $20 or more on eBay.

 Fing'rs Get Spotted Nail Art Kit
(retail: $6.48 at Walmart)

I don't own OPI Black Spotted, but I've seen enough photos of it to know exactly what it looks like on the nail. So let's see if this is a dupe, shall we?




This kit comes with two mini neon polishes (0.36 oz each), and the Get Spotted Top Coat, which is 0.45 oz and comes in a bottle very similar to the Milani polish bottles (same amount of product as well).


The brush is very thin (not as thin as a striping polish though) and it's cut very cleanly at the end:


I have used this polish over 50 times in various combinations (thick coats, medium coats, thin coats, on bare nails and over various polishes). Here is an example of some of my "finest" work:

 After waiting one full hour for the spots to appear

Left to right:
1) One normal coat on bare nail
2) One very thin coat over the hot pink polish that came with the kit
3) One very thin coat over China Glaze Argo
4) One very thin coat on bare nail

Here's the same photo blasted with light so that you can better see the "spots":


Two words: WHOMP WHOMP. 
What a bust.

So the first time I used this polish, I didn't take special care to use a very thin coat, and I didn't watch my brush strokes to make sure that I didn't go back over the same brush stroke twice. That was a huge fail. A normal amount of polish on the brush does not get you any spots. Also, if you go over the same brush stroke twice, you won't see spots.

It's the same principle behind crackle polishes--you really must avoid going over the same brush stroke twice, so you need to work from one side of your nail to the other and carefully lay down one stripe of polish, then move to the next and so forth until your nail is covered.

BUT EVEN IF YOU DO THAT, you're not guaranteed to see spots. For the 2nd, 3rd and 4th nails above, I did NOT go over the same brush stroke twice. And as you can see, the spots are very tiny and there are lots of places where no spots appeared, even after waiting an hour for the "magic to happen."

I wish I could say that a thinner coat of polish would guarantee spots, but if you look at the nail on the far right above, you'll see that I used a very, very thin coat and that was not successful. After using this polish literally over 50 times in the past few days, I honestly can't tell you the exact amount of polish you should have on your brush to achieve spots. But I can tell you that it's somewhere between "thin" and "very thin." Seriously, every 10th attempt or so, I'd suddenly see spots. So I'd try to recreate the same conditions and use what I thought was the exact same amount of polish on another nail and...no spots!

Also, I don't really think it matters if you use this polish on bare nails or under a base color. I was able to achieve similar results both over polish and on bare nails.

On the bright side, both of the mini polishes are cute neons that dry very quickly to your standard semi-matte finish. And the Get Spotted Top Coat dries very quickly as well, and dries to a very shiny finish.

FINAL VERDICT: This is absolutely not a dupe of OPI Black Spotted. I tried, and tried, to get this polish to work by using thin coats, thick coats, not retracing my brush strokes, applying over various different brands of polishes and on bare nails and I was never able to achieve results that looked anything like OPI Black Spotted. The best "spotting" that I could achieve was the tiny pin-hole spots you see above. And the most frustrating part is that I can't even tell you how to achieve that, because sometimes this polish works when you use a very thin coat of polish, while other times it works if there's just a tiny bit more polish on your brush. The only thing I CAN tell you is that you're guaranteed to see no spots at all if you use a medium or thick coat of polish and you go over your brush strokes a second time. Other than that, I'm afraid I can't help you. I just can't recommend this kit, unless you're an optimist and think you can somehow get it to work. In which case, please do tell me how you did it!

Do you own the Fing'rs Get Spotted kit? If so, please tell me how it's working for you (please!).

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.

36 COMMENTS:

  1. Well now I'm glad that my Walmart doesn't have this display yet because I'm sure I would have picked that up if I saw it. I'm still curious about some of the other collections in this display, such as the stamping kit, the decals, and the dotting tools.

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  2. I googled this a while ago and the only other swatch I found got it to work very well, actually. So I'm going to be a bit of an optimist and buy it. I've been desperate for a Spotted dupe since it came out.

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    1. REALLY??? I must google it then because I literally tried every single method I could think of and never got more than a few pin-holes! If someone can make this work I neeeed to know how they did it! Lol!

      Thanks for letting me know that someone was successful! I really hope I didn't get a bad batch or something...

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    2. I just saw the review you were referring to and WOW her results were fab! I never got even close to that after 50+ tries. I would absolutely love to know if you get these types of results when you get this kit, because maybe I got a bad batch or something. I even tried shaking the heck out of the bottle after about the 20th attempt with no results, and that didn't do anything. I honestly can't figure out what I could try (that I haven't already tried). I even waited four hours once, to ensure that my base color was super dry, and even that didn't improve anything. :(

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    3. I think my post is the one you are referring to. I didn't shake my bottle at all, actually not shaking polish a bad habit of mine, and brushed off the brush on the neck of the bottle A LOT before applying and used that amount on 2-3 nails. Basically I looked up every application tip I could about the OPI version and applied it to this polish. The ingredients aren't 100% the same, but from everything I have read about OPI's kind they are the same in application. I practiced a few times on a nail wheel before trying it on my own nails and it does take some practice getting smaller spots. Don't let my swatches fool you, that was not my first attempt :P

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    4. Thank you! Those swatches are beautiful!

      I actually did wipe the brush down until I thought there was probably no polish left on the brush (see how this it looks on my 4th nail above) and that still didn't work for me.

      What's weird is that, when I didn't wipe down the brush that much, sometimes it DID work,but the most I could ever get no matter how clean I made the brush was just a few tiny dots. :(

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    5. Hmm maybe you just have a bad bottle then :/ Walmart has a pretty lax return policy, so I doubt they would give you too much trouble exchanging it out. :)

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  3. Ugh, what a bummer! So glad I didn't purchase it today. I had been so happy with everything else I tried from the display, I expected this to be great too. Thank you so much for the review!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm SO glad to hear that you're enjoying everything else!!!

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  4. I have the opi spotted. And i have gotten the same results as you with this brand. Plus a few crackles on occasion.

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    1. OMG THANK YOU, JEN! I was beginning to think I lost my mind! Lol!

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  5. I feel like this would work better with a wider brush maybe?

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  6. I'm so sorry this polish didn't work the way it's supposed to! If you want to try getting the spotted look and are willing to venture into world of water marbling, cutepolish on youtube did a video that creates the same effect with hand sanitizer spray over any polish. MySimpleLittlePleasures, who's amazingly talented at water marbling, recreated the same effect and did her own tutorial with some extra tips. It's not the same as having the OPI, but it's an alternative.

    Thanks again for doing this review, I'm sure you saved lots of us some money!

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    1. That cutepolish tutorial is awesome, she's a genius

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    2. Thanks so much! Will definitely check those out!!!

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  7. i bought this today. I did have a few nails I had to do over, but I used barely any polish at all, same as Dulcie noted above. I also used a quick dry top coat over my base layers and it worked up pretty easily, similar to a crackle but a softer effect...not really like 'spots', but still good

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    1. Thanks for the tip about the top coat. I'll try that!

      Oh and I did wipe the brush down, on several attempts, to the point where it didn't seem like there would be any polish left on the brush at all, and it still didn't work for me. So bummed! :(

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  8. Soooo disappointed this didn't work! :( Had high hopes for this one...thank you so much for this review, now I don't have to bother getting this.

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  9. Layla's Bubbly Effect is supposed to recreate the look, too, and it comes in several different colors.

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  10. After seeing your review, I'm kind of glad this wasn't a dupe, because I had shelled out the $20 (+ $20 shipping...) for OPI Spotted last year.

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  11. I had the same results with mine. I was so bummed.

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  12. I just bought this kit and the top coat worked really well for me. I did spend a long time wiping down the brush to ensure I got the thinnest amount possible though. My complaint is with the blue polish. It stains, is hard to clean up and floods the cuticles. No bueno! You can see my photo here: http://i.imgur.com/MjurQXm.jpg

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    1. Thanks Heather! I actually did wipe the brush down, to the point where it looked like there was no polish left on the brush at all, and that STILL didn't work for me. But I'm SO glad you got it to work!

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  13. i have OPI Spotted and you have to use SUPER thin coats, like the brush should be almost dry. it is pretty easy to use and i love it. i may pick up the Fing'rs version just out of curiosity to do a side by side comparison.

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    1. Thanks! I actually dId do that on several attempts, to the point where I was convinced that there was NO polish left on the brush, and it still didn't work for me. :( I really hope it works for you if you get it (I know it worked for others above!).

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  14. I went back to a Walmart today that I had visited on Saturday looking for the display. Today I found it remembering the adage of looking everywhere, not just the obvious spots. I found the full display at the Utica NY store tucked away on a rear end cap by the shampoo, next to the pet department. I am so glad that I did not buy the Get Spotted! I was going to get that "next time". I simply don't have the patience! Anyway I can sleep soundly tonight having bought the striping tape (purple, blue and green) Foiling Around, and Lace Up appliques.

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  15. I was just looking for this at my Walmart, and now I am glad I didn't find it. I would have been disappointed in the results!

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  16. I am so sad this didn't work for you - I am going to experiment with mine and see if I can figure out how to make it work. Also FYI, the Clairemont Walmart has moved the display over to the jewelry department, along with the Salon Perfect neon display.

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  17. Dang. :( I was really hoping for a dupe.

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  18. Yea I'm not sure why yours came out like that because mine worked well also. That's so strange.

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  19. I too have painted and repainted to no avail--I got maybe two spots on each nail.

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  20. I was too curious to resist buying this when I saw it this past weekend even though I have Spotted (thanks for the link, by the way). Now I just need to find my Spotted so I can do a proper comparison (yeah, my stash is in a bit of disarray).

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  21. I decided to go ahead and take a gamble on this one, play with it a bit at least. It's inexpensive enough after all!

    It took me a few nails to get the hang of it, but by the time I got to my second hand I was rockin'.

    I used medium-thick coats, painted quickly to avoid going over drying spots twice (though I was able to "fix" a bit where I really didn't like the way the spotting was turning out, by going over it again *very* quickly with a thin swipe after it started to spot).

    I also found that if you're using a thicker coat and it doesn't start spotting right away, touch it lightly with a fingertip to break up the polish a bit and BAM SPOTS.

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  22. I was so excited to try this product when I saw it! I was also very disappointed when I applied it. I found that if u do VERY VERY thin coats of the black it will spot a little. So this is what I did.. I painted my nails the neon pink included in the kit, then applied the black coat sparingly (I wiped the paint brush off on a paper towel) then applied to my nails. After it all dried I dabbed over it all again with the pink I used for a base coat then applied a top coat. My nails came out like the box shows they were suppose to come out. Still disappointed that I had to go through all that work, when I thought two coats and 25 minutes later I would be done.. but I wasnt.

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