Back in April, I was contacted by Mont Bleu to try out some of their nail tools. Now, you may not have heard of Mont Bleu, but I certainly have! I remember ages ago, reading raves about the brand for their amazing glass files from nail bloggers that I admired (I’m talking 4 years ago, ahem) – and thinking that one day I will try them. And now I’m finally trying them!
• Set of 3 crystal nail files “Wave Color” in “Light Rose-Tanzanite” [link]
• Dual-end glass cuticle pusher in “Pink” [link]
• Mont Bleu Cuticle Nippers [link]
• Original Foot Scraper & Callus Remover in Teal [link]
I’ve been testing these out for about a month and here are my thoughts.
I made a point to try primarily their glass product since Mont Bleu specializes in Czech glass items… since they’re a Czech company! They pride themselves in old-fashioned skilled craftsmanship, top quality materials and modern designs.
Let’s start with the one non-glass item, the cuticle nippers (€13.99 / approx $15.60 USD / $21 CAD) in 3mm size:
I’d mentioned in my “How I do my Manicures” post that I rotate between the standard spring-loaded nippers and the manual scissor style.
I feel like I have more control with the manual style but I do find spring-loaded kind to be sharper. And boy, are these ones sharp!
The only slight issue I experienced was that the screw wasn’t completely tight so the spring part had a tendency to shift while I was using it.
Nothing that a quick tightening with a screwdriver couldn’t fix. 😉
Next, the foot scraper and callus remover (€16 / approx $17.90 USD / $24 CAD).
I’ve been curious about this type of foot file – I had tried a glass one ages ago from Sally Beauty Supply and my foot actually filed the surface of that file smooth! XD (cue joke about how rough my feet must have been! I assure you, it wasn’t my foot, it was the file!)
This one though, is genius. One side is grittier than the other – I prefer the finer grit side. It files in a very gentle way – the best method is to use on slightly damp skin after soaking my feet in sudsy water, and file lightly in one direction. The excess skin will just fall away. And I’ve used this several times now, and the surface of the glass has not filed smooth whatsoever! 😛
The file has a nice weight to it as it is made of high quality tempered glass. This is available in 13 different colours / effects. One suggestion for Mont Bleu: offer an all clear version for the purists out there. 😉
The dual-ended glass cuticle pusher (€5.49 approx $6.10 USD / $8.25 CAD) is the most unique item out of all the items I selected. A cuticle pusher made entirely of glass:
The ends have a slightly rough texture, which makes them very effective in grabbing the lose cuticle skin and pushing them back (it’s also super sharp). The slanted end is fantastic for getting into the grooves on either side of the nail bed.
I’ll list this tool as a “back-up worthy” item. It is offered in 5 colours and I want them all! (I have the same suggestion as the foot file – a colourless, clear version would make a great addition to this range! 😉 )
I’ve honestly never seen anything else like it. Similar to the glass foot file, it has a nice weight to it and I don’t fear breaking it.
And the best for last – the glass nail files with Swarovski crystals!
Aren’t they pretty? At first, I was worried that the crystal embellishment would make holding the files feel awkward. But that turned out to be not the case at all since my grip is more at the midsection of the file, rather than at the very end.
There are endless choices of nail file designs from Mont Bleu – you can go for the bare minimalist look and go for clear, or get zodiac signs, monograms, 3D effects, hand-painted designs, and of course, their specialty: Swarovski crystal embellishments. Check out all the nail file collections here – I spent so much time in this section trying to choose!
As for the file quality – they are excellent! The standard / medium size (135mm / 5.32″) provides the same level of course-ness as my elusive no-name 10 yr old glass file with the navy velvet pouch that I’d mentioned in my other post! It has the perfect level of grittiness – not too fine and not too course. It’s like finding Cinderella to fit the glass slipper! Or Goldilocks finding the perfect porridge… 😀
I found the large size (195mm / 7.68″) one to have a finer grit which was perfect for smoothing over the nail edges and for fine-tuning my nail shape. And of course, the itty bitty small size one (90 mm / 3.54″) is now in my purse for handy touch-ups and emergencies. This set sells for €27 (approx $30.20 USD / $40.60 CAD) which I think is extremely good value for 3 high quality files that will last for years. The files are also sold alone, in sets of 2 or 3 – the prices range from €4 up to €27 depending on the size, design, and quantity.
The Mont Bleu files come housed in sleek black velvet pouches.
I wished I hadn’t waited so long to try these nail files from Mont Bleu. I was hesitant because I couldn’t feel them in advance of ordering them online – but let me tell you, these files are The One for me. And I’ve tried a TON of glass files in search of a worthy replacement for my beloved 10 yr old one. Now I can rest easy knowing I can get more from Mont Bleu. Seriously, this is one of the best discoveries of the year and it’s only half way through the year! 😀
Here are the various places you can find Mont Bleu products:
• Mont Bleu consumer online store
• Amazon shop
• Wholesale site – on this site, you can see a glimpse of their manufacturing process – it’s so neat:
Mont Bleu was kind enough to offer a discount of 20% off through their online store (first link above). Just type in “BLOG” in the check-out and you’ll automatically receive the discount. And here’s the most important question – would I buy these items on my own? Yes, I would! I know that I’ll be getting more of the glass files and the cuticle pusher for sure – they would make fantastic presents (to give to others or for yourself… 😉 )
Note: these items were sent to me free of charge and I tested them out thoroughly before forming my own thoughts and opinions about them. Thank you, Mont Bleu!
Have you tried Mont Bleu nail tools? Are you a fan of glass nail files?