Sunday Mani – nine – Ciaté feathered manicure fail

Hey everyone,

today’s sunday mani is no nail art post to admire, because I tried the feathered manicure by Ciaté and horribly failed.

First I want to show you how you are supposed to do the feathered manicure.
I did not look up how to do it before and did some things that totally caused the failure of my feathered manicure.
After I messed up I found a post by Steph Powell which explains it really well.

Please view the original post HERE. The following pictures and the text are all taken from Steph’s post. I really thought these were quality pictures so I saw no use in taking some myself. And since I post her link and everything as well, I thought it would be okay to do so. Anyway, all rights reserved by her.

I also used the colorful feather set (FM02UK) the first time I tried it. HERE you can see my HAULy friday – four – post when I bought the set.

Ciate feathered manicrue ASOS 3

As you can see it contains a base color (in this case PP091 ivory queen), the feathers, two buffers, a scissor and the clear top coat.

Ciate feathered manicrue ASOS 2

Ciate feathered manicrue ASOS

Start with two coats of the base color.


Then once they’re dry you add a coat of the clear topcoat (a good layer of it).


Then comes the fun part – place the feather tip towards cuticle onto your nail, and then press it down into the topcoat. Don’t be tempted to get creative with placement because the grain of the feather going in an awkward direction could be difficult later. 


Then you trim the feather with the scissors as close to the nail as possible. Do it in tiny snips to as not to disturb the feather strands and ruin the pattern.


Then it looks like this!


Finish with another layer of top coat, but this time brushed on the opposite way to usual, towards the cuticle.
This is very important: if you brush the other way you will mess up the feather and have to start again.


When it’s dry, you use the nail file block to remove the excess feather, with downward strokes.


The result.


 Let me tell you, that I did a few of the mentioned mistakes. and the result really frustrated me.
First of all, I think I did not let the first two coats of the base color dry properly.
Second, I used one coat of the clear polish and placed the feather. I pressed it down gently but still it kept bending up again as you can see on the following pictures I took.


I kept pushing it down, but it didn’t want to stay in place.

Also right after that I cut off the access, I found out later that it is better to let the clear top coat with the feather dry first and then cut the access, because cutting it while still wet will cause the feather to move.

After that you are supposed to put another layer of the clear coat on top, but brush it on from the tip of the nail to your cuticle.
I did not know that and put it on as usual (cuticle to top), which cause the feather to move as well.


After that I already saw how I messed up so I didn’t even bother to let everything dry and buff off all the access of the feather.


Here is my result. I really hated it and was so frustrated because I really liked this manicure on the pictures and hoped it to be easy.
After that I was too frustrated so I didn’t try again until now. Maybe I will…..I think I should since I have two of these sets.
I hope after learning what NOT to do, it might turn out better.
We will see.

Did you try the feathered manicure?
Do you have any other tips for me?

Please let me know.




5 thoughts on “Sunday Mani – nine – Ciaté feathered manicure fail

  1. Too bad it didn’t turn out the way you hoped, but it does look nice! I’ve been thinking about buying one of these feather mani sets, but I’m still not sure whether I should. A million thanks for taking your readers through all the steps and sharing your findings / advice on what could be improved next time. :)

  2. You seemed to follow the directions. Here is my blog on it: Next time I would try to use a color that matched the polkadot on the feather, and do not use the top coat to stick on the feather. I placed the feathers on one at a time, and then placed on top coat. When the top coat was dry I cut. I used the color coat to do it. I also placed the feathers on with tweezers. I hope that I have helped.

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