Proving that the Japanese will make a nail art contest out of just about *anything,* here’s a contest in which the theme was Joy diswashing detergent. The prize is a trophy…and 16 bottles of dishwashing detergent.
There were enough contest entries for several pages of nails…ah, Japan. Here is the epic battle for sudsy-themed nail art dominance, from Nail Max magazine.
The three nails on the bottom are the winners from the last time. (Last time?!)
Below with the arrows, I have drawn a blue arrow next to the nails that actually have anything to do with dishwashing detergent. The rest are all random floral nails, which I think is the go-to in any Japanese nail art contest whatsoever, no matter the theme. It could be a “Bloody Death In Battle” contest and there would still be an overwhelming selection of nails with roses and glitter, and perhaps a kawaii pearl bow or two.
Check out the 3D bottle of detergent in the right column, third down! Too cute.
So, folks, paint hard, practice a lot and you might be able to win large quantities of cleaning supplies! I know it’s all about the glory and not the prize, but still. Crazy product challenges aside, many nail art contests generally cost quite a bit to enter and the prize is worth far less than the entry fee, so even if you win, you’re still coming out behind. Sometimes it seems like a bit of a scam.
I hope the disappointing trend of Flower Nails No Matter What The Theme will turn around soon. I think judges start penalizing people who don’t follow the theme- otherwise, why have any theme at all? A prime example was the Nail Tip Contest at the 2013 Tokyo Nail Expo. The theme was “Fresh Flesh,” which lent itself to interesting possibilities, but a majority of the nails were…flowers. Whether the theme is Dishwashing Detergent or Fresh Flesh, the nails look startlingly similar. This is really a dud for those of us who want to see real art. Don’t get me wrong- the florals are gorgeous and well done, but I want to see something daring and weird and wonderful!