People are taking their love for bubble tea to next-level obsession with 3D nail designs

Photo: The Nailicious/Facebook
Photo: The Nailicious/Facebook

Bubble tea, a simple beverage of milk tea (and its variants) with tapioca pearls, has blown up in popularity over the past couple years, invading every part of our lives. But it’s not contented to just take over our diet with its sugary concoctions that’ve made it to cakes, tarts, buns, and even hot pot dinners.

Now, not only are people wearing pearl milk tea earrings, they’re also showing off their boba love (obsession?) on their nails. Yep, your favorite drink has made it to nail salons in hand-painted designs.


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The Nailicious, a shop at Far East Plaza on Orchard Road, is known for its elaborate gel manicures that bling out cutesy designs with the addition of 3D elements. In line with its aesthetics, its bubble tea nails actually pay tribute to popular brands like The Alley, Tiger Sugar, Koi, Gong Cha, and Xing Fu Tang with drink cups that look just like the real thing. They’re all impressively detailed and meticulously painted on, too.

We can’t help thinking that they’d be a bit of a hindrance though, especially for those not used to having 3D nail art on their fingers. Plus, they’d be too much of a temptation to get your daily bubble tea fix.


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For those who prefer something a little more understated, Eileen Nails Sg offers an adorable, cheery take on the trend, while Y Nails does a simpler, more generic version. Both are home-based nail salons and run by appointment only.


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But us, we’ll just be sipping on our oolong milk tea (0% sugar) with plain nails, thank you very much.

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