The Best Nail Art Pens – Recommendations for 2020

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Finding the best nail art pens can be a difficult process. There is a big variety of brands and makes, some of which can claim to be real pens, but in reality, they aren’t, and some that you’d rather stay away from due to their uselessness.

When it comes to making your decision you might run across a couple of questions:

  • Whether you should get a set of pens or just an individual one?
  • What kind of pen would fit your nail art ability the best?

You may find yourself in a quandary when trying to choose the right one.

With that said, we’ve decided to help you make the best choice when buying nail art pens by reviewing some of the best brands out there for you.

To start off, you’ll have to decide whether you would like a simpler design or something more complicated, such as a 3D nail art pen or gel polish pen.

If you’d rather settle down for something fairly basic and standard, we would suggest you steer clear of the more complicated designs as they are generally for the more advanced users.

Below you’ll find reviews of what we consider to be the best nail art pens for those of you who would like something basic for your designs, and where to buy it.


Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens

When talking about nail products, a name that often comes to mind, due to the popularity of the brand, is Sally Hansen.

Surprisingly though, despite being at the top ranks (thanks to providing their clients with quality products), their nail pens aren’t as well known as the rest of their nail products.

First of all, the consistency is much thinner than that of a regular nail polish – runny and watery, probably because they are water-based. So be warned about that.

You should also be informed, that applying a top coat over them, isn’t recommended as there is a high chance of them smudging, and applying them onto a topcoat is impossible as they slide off immediately. If you want to have the job done quickly you should be aware that it takes a while for the paint to come out.

The fact that each individual color can be a bit of a letdown surpasses the wide range of colors (which normally is a plus). For example, no matter how hard you press down the white, it is always see-through.

Final thoughts: Although the quality is not the best it still proves to be a good bang for the buck and it is perfect for messing around for fun


Nail Supreme Nail Art Pens

Nail Supreme’s Nail Art Pens set is quite good.

They do suffer in comparison to others due to being a little basic, but they are the perfect choice for you if you’re very new to nail art or you’re just looking for some fun pens to give to your kids.

If that is not what you want, we would suggest you look for something a bit more advanced.

A disadvantage you should be aware of – the tips have a tendency to break quite easily.

It is perfect for kids and children’s parties and novices.

Final thoughts: Good starter pens.



Barry M Nail Art Pen

The Barry M pens not undeservedly have become the most popular among nail artists. The reason is not just the wide range of colors, but they are really easy to use and as a bigger plus, they come at a reasonable price.

Regularly described as “like using sharpies on your nails” or a felt-tip pen, they are very comfortable to hold and simple to use – much like a regular pen. They are perfect for drawing, creating different shapes or writing.

Depending on what design you want, you have a fairly good selection of colors – black, white, silver and pink.

A slight disadvantage can be having to shake the pen before using and dabbing a bit of the product onto a tissue, as otherwise things might get messy when applying to your nails and they might end up quite gloopy.

It is perfect for french manicure’s ( for more manicure and pedicure sets you can check: here ), nail art beginners and experienced users.


Migi Nail Art pens Fingernail Polish Kit

If you’re looking for the perfect neon design for your nails, this kit is a necessity.

The unique design of the pen/brush allows you to brush on a base color and then create amazing designs with the revolutionary pen tip.

The set of eight flashy neon colors include: magenta/Kelly green, hot pink/royal blue, deep purple/lemon, fiery red/orange.

The kit also includes a step-by-step instruction book and a cleaning pin to help you with your design.


Buying Guide

If you are tired of making the same plain nail polish the nail art pens are a unique way to take this to the next level. As you might expect those are pens with fine tips that will help you add more details to your nails by drawing different designs and patterns.

You can easily use multiple different colored nail art pens in order to create something unique and multicolored. You can get a single piece or a whole pack of nail art pens – that is up to you and your plans for your nails. By getting a pack you can feel free to combine different pens with different colors and even tips.

What to know
The fine-tip nail art pens makes it easy to control. You can do a French manicure with the nail art pens as well. Some of the pens are using a water-based formula which means that they are environmentally friendly. Others have a mistake-proof formula which means that they can be removed or corrected if you do a mistake without even damaging your dry nail polish that is underneath.

Just keep in mind that if you pick a nail art pen with a water-based formula you should seal it with a top coat afterwards.