Robart Hobby Paint Shaker – Shake All The Polishes!!
I have a new toy… the Robart Hobby Paint Shaker. It’s been on my wishlist for a very long time, and I finally broke down and bought it. This miniature paint shaker is really meant for hobby paints, but it also works great for shaking nail polish. I’ve heard a lot of women talk about their Robarts in various nail groups, and my friend Michelle from Manic Talons has mentioned hers a few times. After asking her some questions about it, I finally bought it.
Hand-shaking gel polish can cause some serious air bubbles that make it difficult to get a smooth application. You’re really not supposed to shake gels for that reason, but rather roll them between your hands. Sometimes polishes need a really good mixing, and that’s where the Robart comes in handy. It mixes the polish well, and it doesn’t cause any bubbles!
As soon as I received my Robart in the mail, I started playing with it and made this short video to demonstrate how it works. I’ve used it a few more times since then. I had a couple of polishes that seemed a little thin when I was applying them and they had some shrink-back issues. After putting them on the Robart for a couple of minutes they applied like a dream with better coverage and no shrinking. And as you’ll see in the video, the Robart also helps shake up glitter polishes because the glitter always seems to sink to the bottom over time.
So far I’m super happy with this purchase! I bought this on Amazon for $41. There are actually two versions – the one I have which is powered with a cord (see it here), and then there is a cheaper version that runs on batteries for only $33 (see it here). The expense of batteries really adds up over time, so I avoid them whenever possible. You can also purchase replacement straps if the little rubber strap breaks.
I saw another product on Amazon called the PROshaker. This one is says it’s endorsed by OPI Gelcolor, and comes with a much stiffer price tag of $99. I admit that I was tempted to buy it because it looks much more sleek, but the price tag scared me off. If any of you own this shaker I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
And I literally JUST heard about another shaker yesterday with a more reasonable price tag called the ForPro shaker. I wish I had seen this one before I bought the Robart. This one is $34 on Amazon, can be used with batteries OR the AC adapter, and comes with extra straps. I heard that it’s quieter than the Robart and doesn’t move around as much. I might have to buy this one so I can do my own comparisons.
Leave a comment if you own any of these shakers, or if you know of any other good ones!