Product Review: Ciate Nail Lab

Via Sephora

Via Sephora

The Ciate Nail Lab claims to include everything you need for a home nail art studio.  I was lucky enough to receive this for Christmas and I’ve been pretty obsessed with it ever since.  Now, for $65 (via Sephora) you are not going to get  the best of everything.  Some of the reviewers out there seem determined to beat-up every aspect of this kit because it doesn’t have the best of the best that Ciate has to offer – it’s $65 so lets be reasonable with our expectations, ok? 

I wanted this kit because I wanted to be able to experiment with color, glitter, and practice with the different nail tools and that is exactly what the kit allows you to do.

Ciate Nail Lab

Clockwise from top left:

Top: Recipe and inspiration cards, mini nail polishes in Mistress, Rain Coat, Amazing Gracie, Power Dressing, Pillow Fight, Ferris Wheel

First Drawer: 6 Suspension Top Coat Minis, 2 empty bottles

Second Drawer: 12 glitters, 2 empty bottles

Third Drawer: Scoop/cuticle pusher (not shown), dotter, stripper brush, paint brush, mini nail file, 2 test tubes, funnel (not shown), 6 silver shaker balls, 2 nail sponges, petri dish, roll of customizeble labels (in petri dish)


  • Instructional booklets are 80% helpful and 20% confusing.
  • The polishes are rather thin – I think this was done intentionally to make mixing the colors easier
  • Yes, it’s messy.
  • Not sure you are actually supposed to mix your glitter in with the suspension top coat, but it worked for me.
  • Not sure what the purpose of the petri dish is – if you were to mix nail polish in it and then try to clean it with polish remover I’m pretty sure it would damage the plastic.

Overall, this is a great way for me to experiment and practice different techniques.  I would definitely recommend this for anyone who wants to just mess around with glitter and tools without worry about wasting their “good” nail polish.


4 thoughts on “Product Review: Ciate Nail Lab

  1. I wouldn’t mind giving this a try! I’d have to agree with the price and expectation part. One should be realistic. You get what you pay for. . . And it seems like it is fun enough to give a go anyway!

    • I haven’t tried it, but from past experience with glitter I don’t think it would be very successful. I feel like the glitter would cling to the plastic dish and I have no idea how I would get it out of there without spilling it everywhere!

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