Barbie Doll’d up Nails Digital Nail Printer

Need a holiday gift idea for your little ones? How about a Barbie doll’d up nail machine?

Growing up not being crazy about Barbie dolls, I admit Barbie was never out of the spotlight of fashion and trend. Especially recently I’ve spotted a lot of Barbie hair dryers, straighteners, nail care sets including this one, digital nail printer. When I first saw it, I was like, hmm girls nowadays are so lucky, they have so many high-tech beauty toys to play with.

1000+ nail designs! That’s amazing. Look at those girls’ happy face on the box. I’d be happy too if I were them.

Some designs are really pretty.

All you need is a PC computer. It’s not compatible with MAC.

It even takes custom pictures of your own. How about your little puppy on your nails?

Now let’s take a look at the printer. The main body is hot pink with transparent lid that covers the printer mechanisms.

On the back, there’s two slots for your power cord and USB cable.

The machine itself is rather simple, just a basic ink cartridge printer. This is what looks inside.

The pink plastic covers printer cartridge.

The little Barbie part is the printer head that sprays ink on your nails.

The half moon shaped black wall is where your nail go.

This is what it looks like from front.

It comes with a USB cable and AC power cord.

A calibration card that you use to line the camera and the printer. Yes there’s a camera inside, so the machine knows where your nail is and the shape of it.

Three Barbie doll’d up nails polishes, white, base and top coat.

They were all sealed like the top coat. I only opened white and base coat to test out the printer. I’m not sure if they’re the same as your regular white and top coat polish, but I can tell the base coat is not your typical base coat. We’ll see it in just a little bit.

Material for reading and driver CD.

More material for reading.

I hate reading but without knowing how to install and align the printer, I can’t play with it.

It also teaches you the fun part, Design & Print.

And how to import your own images.

In case you run out of ink or polishes, there’s a place to order.

The other book pretty much has similar info, but printed in color.

So far so good. It seems quite easy to follow.

Finally I got my printer hooked up to the computer. Yay the menu comes up!

Now let’s give it a try! Apparently the patterns show up better on a white base, so I put on the white coat and base as instructed. Boy the white polish sucks. It was thick and the brush was hard to work with.

The first try came out a disaster. Four out of five designs were out of place. Not to say it took me at least 30 minutes and all that sweat to install and align the printer.

I’m not giving up yet. Luckily I don’t need to start all over. I just wash the base coat off with warm water, towel dry, reapply base coat and I’m good to go again. It seems like the base coat is more like a glue-ish gel. It’s supposed to make the ink stay better but it rinses off in water. That’s why you need a top coat to protect the print, or else it’s not water proof.

After another 10 minutes aligning the camera and printer, lots of finger wiggling and waggling, I got my second try straight, well sort of.

On my thumb, three strawberry smileys. They’re a little smudged.

On index, Barbie’s smooch and her signature with purple/black on smile line. I messed up the first time on the smile line so now you see a crooked second smile line.

On middle finger, I did a plaid design. It was still not perfectly positioned.

On the ring finger, I did a flower design. It was almost good if it printed a little higher.

Colorful stripe design. Again it was printed too low.

My thoughts about the Barbie doll’d up nails digital nail printer:

What I like:

1. The design is adorable and it’s in a hot pink color. I don’t know any girl who doesn’t like pink yet.

2. It’s definitely fun for girls especially when they have a birthday party.

3. There’re a tons of designs and patterns to choose from its library. You can even make your own. Imagine we can all print our significant one on our nails just like Katy Perry.

4. It’s super fast. It takes literarily a second to actually print the nail once you got the preparations done right.

What could be better:

1. The image quality is rather low. Though from far away it looks pretty good.

2. No MAC support. Being a MAC computer fan, this is really sad.

3. The aligning process is very tricky. I still could’t get it aligned after almost an hour of frustration.

4. The price is not cheap. I got it at Toys R Us for $149.99 when they had the promotion. Regular price is $179.99 as of I’m writing this post.

Conclusion:

For a $150 girl toy, it’s too expensive. For the grown-ups, the quality isn’t as good as I wanted. Though it’s fun and it’ll sure to make a 8 year-old smile, I don’t think it’s worth the money. I rather get her a doll house or a bike and helmet. Hopefully the next generation nail printer has better quality.

24 Responses to Barbie Doll’d up Nails Digital Nail Printer

  1. Blair December 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    It does sound rather tedious! All that wiggling, washing off and adjusting –> not something that an 8 year old would have the patience for

    That being said, I’d totally kill to get my paws on it! I was a girly girl, dressing up, using accessories and painting my nails haha. So vain even at a young age!!

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  2. Wendy December 17, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Wow, that’s quite expensive for a kid’s toy! It seems like it takes a lot of work to set it up. Love how you have a lot of photos to show us what you’re talking about! Great review 😀

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  3. Lulu December 17, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    this sounds like a neat idea, only if it worked a little bit better (and easier too), it’s such an expensive toy though! but it’s something i’d totally be interested to try too because i’d be so curious if i were to see it in stores too!

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  4. coffretgorge December 17, 2010 at 8:36 PM

    eeep! thats so expensive for a So-So toy babe, im glad u got it on sale hehe 😉

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  5. Denysia December 17, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Wow, that’s a very expensive toy, like you said! I would like to try it out, but I think I’ll wait until it goes on sale! It does look interesting and different though!

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  6. Kalmo December 17, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    Aw it’s so cute but expensive. Agree that it looks like a fun gift for a girl but not good for an adult. The designs are really adorable though. ^^ Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Mandy Kookie December 17, 2010 at 10:55 PM

    It looks cute but way too expensive for my budget.

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  8. MzErika December 17, 2010 at 11:01 PM

    I’ve been so wanting one of these for a awhile now but I haven’t been able to to justify spending that much money on a kids toy. I’m still curious but now defintely put off on buying unless I can find it on like a crazy ridiculous sale. Thanks for doing an indepth review.

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  9. reene December 17, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Tad expensive but if it had actually worked well, I would have bought it lol. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Tinfoil Tiaras December 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Barbie was my favourite toy growing up- I was 16 before I stopped playing with her! This is so cute but it looks like a lot of work- especially for kids! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Holidays

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  11. ~Lisa December 18, 2010 at 11:17 AM

    It looks interesting but so expensive! And it seems to be hard to play with =/

    Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Tammy December 18, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    Hmmm this machine does look really interesting but yea I think the image quality could be better

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  13. Beauty Addict December 19, 2010 at 5:40 AM

    It is a really nice idea, but I think it is a bit too expensive for a girl’s toy that doesn’t print high quality images. Thank you for your review, it was very helpful!! I have been looking for something to give to my little niece and I think I better off getting some cute nail polishes, as she loves doing her nails!

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  14. meliza December 19, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    It looks cool.I would love one for Christmas or my birthday!

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  15. meliza December 19, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    It looks awesome!I hope I get one for Christmas or for my birthday.

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  16. Dina (XYYan) December 19, 2010 at 8:11 AM

    It’s really cute but it takes quite a bit of work to get the nails done.

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  17. Ash-Lilly December 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Awww, such a shame about the price and quality of the images. It’s a great idea though, my little one would go nuts for this…and I’m sure I might play with it occasionally too.

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  18. Ahleessa December 19, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    It’s so cute but too bad it wasn’t that good.

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  19. Penelope December 20, 2010 at 3:32 AM

    What a great post! Love the strawberries design! such a super cute idea, and hopefully in a few years they have one out that has great image quality and is alot cheaper!

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  20. Liezl December 21, 2010 at 9:38 PM

    I love it. So pink and girly! I doll up my nails through Konad Nail art. This comment is part of my entries for the contest. 🙂

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  21. Jess December 22, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    Barbie was my favorite doll when I was a kid. I’d love to have the nail printer for my Christmas gift.

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  22. priyamvada December 28, 2010 at 3:00 AM

    wawww

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  23. Smita T December 31, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    You know… no matter how old a girl grows up, ‘barbie’ is something that stays with her all life 😛 😛 Barbie is just SOO fun, and a complete another world , i love the girlie feeling that Barbie comes with, Just anything related with Barbie is CUTE !!
    Loved all the designs, esp the plaid-kind

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  24. Nicolle Barbie Princess April 9, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I love this!!!!! I want a barbie doll’d up nails, I go to buy this digital printer for nails, kisses ♥ bye bye!!!!

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