I purchased the Caviar Mini Bar from Sephora for $29 U.S. It comes with eight mini paint pot nail polishes. Four of them are the caviar beads, and four are just regular nail polishes. It also comes with a funnel to pour the beads back into the bottle when you're done. The box looks like this:
And it has a cute note on the inside that looks like this:
Inside are the nail polishes and the funnel. This is what the four regular nail polishes look like:
Above are knikerbockerglory and pom pom closer up.
Here is a look at the four caviar beads:
And lastly, this is prom queen, which is a combination of pink, blue, and white beads.
The polishes that I used were pom pom, with jubilee on top. This was a very pretty combination, I found that it lasted about 36 hours, but I was opening soda cans and curling my hair, so that messed with my beads. I also found that because I twirl my hair a lot, the oil from my hair took off some of the color of the beads.
This is what it looked like when I started:
You can see how many beads fell off and how the color changed from my hair oils. If you don't play with your hair or use a lot of things that have oil in them, the change shouldn't be so drastic after a day.
The second combination that I tried was the hologram pearls and a black nail polish that wasn't included in the set. I was curious to see what the result was if I used another brand of polish. Here's a picture of what it looked like at first:
It looks like the picture is blurry, but that's how the beads reflect the light and photograph. I absolutely love this combination because these are the pearls that are white in the bottle, and this is what it looks like over a black polish. I hope that the pearls change differently depending on what color nail polish that they go over.
For the next picture, I turned the flash on so that you could see how many pearls fell off after a day because the black is really forgiving.
I found that most of the wear was around the sides of my thumb and pointer finger. I like the darker colors a lot better because they are so forgiving if the beads fall off.
Overall, I really like this manicure for a special occasion, I actually ordered the other advent calendar holiday set, so that's how much I love them. They are super easy to put on, all you do is paint your nails once, and then one by one, give your nail a second coat, pour the beads on, press them in, and move onto the next nail. The drying time is 20 minutes, so it dries faster than a normal manicure. I do find that they make simple tasks semi annoying and difficult, because you're trying not to make the beads fall off. I would suggest doing these when you might not have to wash your hair for a day or two. If you are in school or you have to do a lot of writing, it can be a little bit annoying. Sometimes, if you're doing your hair, the beads can fall off into your hair and that's slightly annoying also.