Since I’ve been so busy, I’ve been relatively slow in my manicure upkeep – at the moment I actually have just a couple coats of Deborah Lippmann’s ‘Turn Back Time’ base coat on since fixing nail polish chips while traveling is SUPER annoying. Last week, I threw on a pair of China Glaze nail apps I’d received from Nail Polish Canada as they seemed easy to apply and required no drying/wait time. What more can you ask for?
The China Glaze nail apps are made from real nail lacquer, and are like a decal for the entire nail. Each pack retails for $11CAD on Nail Polish Canada and contain 16 apps of various size, which is essentially good for one application with a few leftover for mistakes/emergencies. I chose the ‘Cherry Blossoms’ design, which is cute little red cherry blossoms on a creamy white background. The process is insanely simple. After separating the decal you want from the strip, you peel the backing off the decal and then the front and apply the sticky side to the nail, choosing the appropriate size for each. Then you merely tear off the tab, fold the free edge down, and file it off to your nail shape. It’s really as easy as that! The whole process took me maybe 5-10 minutes to completion. They also provide the file and orangewood stick for you to push your cuticles back if need be.
I wore these decals for about 3-4 days and had absolutely no peeling, chipping or the like – just minor tip wear which I actually think I caused when I originally filed them. While I liked the ease of these decals and durability, the one drawback was that the sizing seemed off. There were many small decals that did not fit the width of even my smallest nail, and only a handful of sizes that were the perfect fit for most. See evidence below.
However, this problem was not terribly noticeable and I can get past it. It’s going to be impossible to have a one size fits all as everyone has different shaped nail beds. Overall, they were fun and easy, and while not the *cheapest* option for just a regular-day mani, they’d be fabulous for an event – and they’d probably last a lot long than I left them on. I was able to wash my hair and do my regular thing without even a hint of peeling (strangely however, they came off easily by just pulling an end and peeling off). If you’re in the market for some fancy nail art, for whatever reason, I think these are a great option and pretty much fool-proof!
Have you tried nail apps before, or would you? Do you still paint your nails while traveling or leave them be?
*Product was provided by the PR company/brand for my unbiased consideration.