I recently purchased this nail kit from Sephora:
ciaté and it's a velvet manicure. I wanted to try it out for the wedding in September but it did not work at all. It just looked like my nails were strangely dirty. So last week I decided to give it another go and it turned out really cool:
In the kit they give you nail polish, a bottle of "crushed velvet powder" (so basically flocking) and a little brush. The directions tell you to paint one coat let it dry and then, one nail at a time, paint another coat and sprinkle on the velvet. That's what I tried the first time when I got the dirty mange look, so the second time instead of sprinkling it I poured a bunch out into the plastic tray they give you and smashed my wet-nail-polished-finger straight into the velvet so it was totally covered.
The powder comes out of the bottle so slow that your nail dries to quickly for it to stick, and you need a little pressure so the powder really gets in the polish, so the smashing method works really well.
The flocked nail look was fun for a while but it starts to feel weird after a bit, like when you run your fingers through your hair, or when you eat french fries like a slob and get ketchup all over your finger tips (licking ketchup off velvet just feels unnatural). So try it out for an event . . . but maybe take it off before you start cooking :)