Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. The opinions stated here are my own and no one is paying me or otherwise compensating me for my opinions.
Alright, I am going to apologize right here and now because my pictures are rather limited. My daughter got a hold of the packaging before I could snap a photo, so I'm missing pieces. Total bummer as I actually thought the packaging was quite cute; it was put together in such a way that it looked like a proper bottle of nail polish but instead of paint inside there were little fake nails. Here's the best picture I could get of it, it's missing the top bit which was black with the brand name on it.
This bottle just pops open with ease to let all the little nails out. This set comes with 24 individual nails in 12 different sizes and sells for between $5 and $8. These are the short length nails, though they also come in medium length. I found that these fit me quite well length wise, though I have heard that some people with longer nail beds found them to be too short for their nails. So I guess if you have long nail beds you should probably try the medium length.
So here's an individual nail, you can see the little plastic tag at the bottom that you need to pull to take the backing off which you place near your cuticle. The end is quite square, which I didn't quite care for on myself so I filed it to a shape I found more appealing.
On the underside of the nail you can see the plastic covering that you need to remove to expose the adhesive on the nail.
Now applying these is quite simple. The directions state that you need to first wash and thoroughly dry your hands. Next there's a little wipe that comes with this kit for you to rub over your nails, presumably to remove any oil from your nails that may get in the way of proper adhesion. If you want these nails to stick it is really important that you take the time to properly rub your nails down with this wipe! Seriously, adhesive and oil do not mix.
Now make sure that you have all your nails lined up that you plan on using, it makes it way easier when putting these buggers on. And it says in the instructions to do your thumbs last. I don't really know why, but whatever. Then you just pull the little covers off and apply the nails by setting them on your nails and simply pressing them on. For the best results press down on the middle and work your way out.
To finish just file off the little tabs at the end of the nail and then wait 30 minutes before getting your hands wet. I also opted to shape the nails a bit as I'm not a fan of super square nails. And here are the results!
As far as I'm concerned they look great. They went on easily, I didn't have to fuss much with them, and you don't have to use any additional glue. They look just as good as any acrylics or gel nails that I've ever gotten at a salon and at a fraction of the price and time. And as far as longevity, I'd have to say they're decent. I only wore mine for 3 days because I just have a miserable time doing much of anything with fake nails on. I'm seriously totally useless with fake nails, it's pretty sad, haha. But I didn't have any lifting or chipping as of day 3. They probably would have lasted a few extra days had I not just popped them off.
There are some negatives attached with these nails though. First of all is the smell. It probably wouldn't bother a normal person, but I found that they smelled quite heavily of plastic and the scent didn't seem to fade at all over the 3 days that I wore them. But I'm also overly sensitive to the smell of plastic, it totally grosses me out. The only other thing that I didn't care much for was that the adhesive went past the free edges of my nails and everything stuck to it. And once something was stuck there, it was not coming off. It just grossed me out hard core. I actually snagged a picture so that you could really see what I was talking about.
|See? Super nasty.|
So basically, this product isn't perfect, but I really like the overall performance. It's highly functional for the price and it looks fabulous. I am very interested to try out the other colors and designs, I do believe that there are 36 varieties.
So would I repurchase this product? For sure. The pros definitely outweigh the cons for me and there are some really gorgeous designs available.
Would I recommend this product? Yeah, so long as you don't have really long nail beds. But if you do have really long nail beds the medium length might work out for you. I would have to try out the medium length before I could properly assess as to whether or not they would work well for those with long nail beds.
So I hope you guys enjoyed my review, and if you've tried this product before I'd love to know how your experience with them was. Til next time!