Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps
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- "I followed the directions directly from the packaging, and sealed them with a top coat as suggested on multiple blogs." in 11 reviews
- "They are way cheaper than sally hansen though so I would probably opt for these but I also had an issue with airbubbles and chipping." in 6 reviews
- "They come in many amazing different designs but the problem with these are they don't stay on your nails for long (less than a day) which is a shame." in 5 reviews
What I really love about this product is that it’s pretty easy to apply (just follow the instructions IN the packet), it does last a long time (7 days for me even with those darn creases), and the huge bonus for me: unlike similar products from other brands, any leftover strips will keep well for another use. Yes, you read it right. 2 of my favorite brands for this type of product is Sally Hansen and Incoco. The problem I have with those is that if I manage to have some leftovers, I can’t keep it for another use. The adhesiveness disappear, even if you store it in an airtight plastic bag. Such a waste.
I got a few good days of use out of my NCLA ones and they were nice and easy to remove; I just peeled them off and went over the nail with a cotton pad soaked in varnish remover. The wraps could've comfortably lasted a few days longer, I was just keen to try another pattern.
I had a pack of Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps hanging around with a Black and White Stripes pattern. I liked the pattern, I felt it was quite 60's although my boyfriend pointed out that they'd prove equally complimentary to the hands of a Queens Park or Newcastle United football fan....so that's handy.
The application for these wraps was again easy, although the wrap felt a little bit thicker which was made it harder to file the edge off. The finished nails looked good, but the big difference between these ones and the NCLA ones is that the edges of these were very scratchy; I couldn't even apply eye cream properly as the ends of my fingers were so raggedy. They don't look raggedy (unless you look really close) but I wasn't too thrilled with the way they felt.
I applied these last night and they really haven't held well. Firstly, the edges keep catching on things and no amount of smoothing them down has made any difference, plus one of the wraps came almost completely off earlier which isn't ideal. I feel like I need to be more careful with these wraps whereas the NCLA ones I felt wouldn't budge until I wanted them to.
Lastly, little bubbles have started to appear under the nails. I don't know if this is a flaw in my application technique or a problem with the wraps themselves, but I don't think I'll try these wraps again as I don't feel they're as easy to work with as the NCLA wraps.
The NCLA ones involve slightly more effort as you need to apply a clear varnish before and after you apply the wrap, but if this is the difference between wraps that stay put and wraps that start peeling then I think it's worth the effort.
Today I bought a couple more wraps: Nailease and Myleene Klass. Both of these don't appear to involve faffing about with heat, so I'm hoping they'll be as good as the NCLA ones, otherwise I'm likely to stick with NCLA wraps instead.
Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps are available from Boots here or their main site here.
Anybody have any other nail wrap brands to recommend
The pattern itself was not one I would have purchased myself although looking at the site it's doubtful I would have ever purchased them anyways based on patterns alone (I really prefer the patterns of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects myself).
But since I'm always willing to try new things I decided to give them a go. I followed the directions as they were written and I'm not sure if maybe my package was a bit defective or something because they just did not stick well AT ALL!
Another issue I had was with the sizing as I have slender nails and about 5 of the 8 sizes wouldn't work with that. They do say you can trim them down but I just wasn't willing to go that extra step since they were not sticking well at all.
I know the package says they could last 10 days but mine probably wouldn't have even made it past the first one.
There is definitely no way I'm going to go out of my way to buy these but if I receive more in a future subscription box I'd give them another try just to see if my first set really was defective.
The wraps were a little bit of a struggle to put on, but after putting a couple on, you get the hang of it. While they do include a small nail file and an orange stick, I recommend just using a big nail file, it's much easier than trying to maneuver the three inch tiny nail file included.
My nail wraps lasted about two weeks before I had to peel them off. So they last just as long, if not longer, as a regular manicure! :) And you don't have to wait for your nails to dry so you can text or type right away x)
There's also different sizes of the nail wraps in each package. And if you have left over nail wraps but not enough to cover all of your nails, just put one or two on your fourth finger too add a pop of color. :)
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