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Saturday, March 7, 2009

GCOCL Nail Color Machine

Maybe you have seen those "DIY Nail Art Machines" on Ebay... I found them by coincidence already a year or so ago and thought they looked interesting and they were cheap but I didn't believe they would work so I didn't order one of them.
A few weeks ago I saw more and more postings popping up showing beautiful results people achieved with the stamp and metal templates from Konad.

Being really cheap when it comes to experimenting with nail stuff I decided to order one of those Chinese Nail Color Machines by an obscure brand called GCOCL as it came with 6 templates, the special nail polishes (6 colors and a clear top coat), nail stickers, a stamp to use without the machine (e.g. to use on toe nails) and some little crystals (I am pretty sure I'll never use these on my nails though...but my daughter will like to use them to craft something beautiful hehe). I think I paid about €20 for the whole lot (that includes shipping...the lot alone was about €8) which is not much considering the amount of stuff you get. I am sure you can find this for even less on eBay though!

When I first opened the box with the machine I was sure it wouldn't work hehe. The included instructions - even though they're written in English - are totally Greek to me lol! But with the included pics etc. I was sure I'd figure that thing out hehe.

Ok so I put that template in the machine, applied a thin coat of polish and pushed the movable part of the machine forward, making sure to push the scratcher down lightly. Then I pressed on the stamp button, pulled it back and tried to print my nail. Nothing. There was nothing on my nail... hmmm... tried again and again and nothing transferred at all.

I finally figured the problem out: Each of the metal stencils was covered with a thin protective plastic film which just had to be removed. *pats dumb self*
After that point the machine worked most wonderfully! It's really easy and takes like 3 or 4 minutes to do all nails.
the included patterns are really nice, there is even a Hello Kitty there! Awwww! Some of them will only work on really long nails though.

The nail polishes included with the machine are supposed to be safe. I don't know if that's true but as I don't use them on my bare nail I think they're fine. I use one of my quality polishes as a base for the stamp design and this works perfectly.

I read that the nail color you use with the machine has to be pigmented, thicker and quick drying otherwise the pattern won't look nice. The included ones work perfectly, haven't tried any of my polishes as stamp colors yet though.

All in all a cute little gadget and well worth the money.
I purchased from
paul_lee_design on eBay but if you search for DIY Nail art you will find tons of them popping up.


dustbunny said...

is that the L269 or the L279?

Kathi said...

it's L269

dustbunny said...

thank you! I'm going to order now :D is it easy to use using the machine or is it easier just to use the stamp?

Laura L said...

oh, pretty... too bad, I don't have so many money to try out...haha

Inge said...

I have those too. I just use my regular Konad stamp with them since I managed to break the machine while unpacking it lol. The plates are amazing. Almost better than Konad brand plates.

Citrine said...

OMG...that big kitty head is so cute!

AskMeWhats said...

hahah you're not alone, it happened to me too, I was so frustrated with the plate and after the nth try, that's the time I realized there's a thin film on top of the plate! hahahah :)

PaperedLove said...

Oh my gosh, sooo cute. I want one now!

Jenn said...

I've been using the Konad stamps and finally got the hang of it...but this gadget sounds pretty awesome. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

this is so funny! i just laughed at the machine. cute! i bought nail art from etude house and never set out to use. i guess n/p is just not for me.

fuzkittie said...

that is WAY cute!!!

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Anonymous said...

ooh.. that looks fun :drools:

Anonymous said...

Hi I just want to let you know Etude house makes disks that let you do nail art very cheap I just bought it I am an American living in Korea I mainly shop at the Face Shop, Etude, and Skin Foods I love your blog so much feel free to email if you ever wonder about a product.

Yumeko said...

i have the konad stamp art set
i wonder if i can use these plates with my konad set

Anonymous said...

It is so adorable!!!

I saw the seller listing it as EUR 11,17. May I know how much you paid for the nail colour machine? btw, how much was the postage?

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I have a question - on the konad page you can download a pdf with the template to see the patterns. Is there somewhere I can download or see the GCOCL patterns?

Anonymous said...

could you do a step by step tutorial on how to use this?

i got one and im having trouble getting it to work ><

Anonymous said...

i have looked everywhere and i dont know where to find the GCOCL plates. do you remember who the seller on ebay was, or know where i could purchase them?

Kathi said...

Honeyplace on eBay sells them...among others

Anonymous said...

can i just order from u?

Kayal Vizhi said...

hey guys!!
do v get this product in Chennai,India...

Unknown said...

hiii am lipsha frm india am finding this product so can u plz send me some detalis about this and how to buy it ...

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!! I could not get my machine to work and duh, it was the thin protective coating!

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