I finally caved and got my studs from BornPrettyStore! I got 2mm gold and silver square studs and there were like a gazillion in each packets. Wow. And what's even better, you can reuse them! You literally get an endless supply for a ridiculously cheap price. It's definitely a bargain!
If you're still not persuaded on this, I've done a simple design to try out the studs (as well as breaking in a new bottle of polish).
This is 3 coats of OPI It's My Year. It's sheer and I can still see a bit of my nail line. The gold shimmer is gorgeous though!!
I do think I like studs more than rhinestones now. What do you think? Are you going to try them out?