*Review* Rebel Nails Inc - Nail Wrap Art

I was so excited when I stumbled across Rebel Nails Inc website, I actually got lost for over an hour in nail heaven! For a nail-freak like myself, I recently wrote a post about how painting my nails was the ultimate relaxation tool in my life. However, I'm not the best at creating nail art (yet!), so nail wrap art is the next best thing in my life, as of now! Let me tell you...


Packaging

I was sent two varieties to choose from and try out, and I couldn't wait to get started. The set I decided to try - immediately - was: Glittering Camden Town Patterned Nail Art Nail Wraps .You can buy this set for £7.99.

Arriving in a very simple thin sleeve I literally gazed at the clear window within and thought OH EM GEEE!So tasteful, suitable for work or a special occasion and not at all tacky. I do hope my pictures can show just how beautiful they are, because no amount of practicing nail art could achieve this look LOL!

I did question the 5 minute application time and of course, how many other nail products promise no chipping or smudging etc. It was a little cliche, so held out no real expectations from this. So I settled into my couch position, brewed up and got cracking.



The first thing I noticed was the fact there are only 16 foils in the pack in 8 different sizes, so if you have 2 nails the same size on each hand you would have to use a wider foil and file the edges to fit your nail.
Nail Sizing Template

Bit fiddly, and bound to extend the 5 minute application time, but luckily there is a handy clear nail sizing template and I discovered that this wasn't the case. Which was quite unusual for me as glue-on nails often present this problem a fair bit for me.

Upon peeling the foil wrap away from the card, make sure you only touch the straight edge, else you'll affect the adhesive at the cuticle end, which will decrease your wear.

Make sure to buff nails first to increase staying power!

Simply lay over your nail and press upwards to prevent any creases. Once you have done this you'll wonder what the barnacles you're supposed to do with the flap at the top! The instructions state to fold this flap over (and slightly under, I found) the tip of your nail and then use a file to shave it off. The filing was difficult to get the hang of at first, as it's supposed to be downwards.

Fold this flap over and slightly under the tip
Turn your hand in to your self and do it by looking down the nail rather than looking at it straight on (see final pictures for the way I held my hand whilst doing this).

Slip the file at the tip of the nail and, from the centre of the nail, file one way towards the edge of the nail. You'll see a perfect perforation appearing and it will simply and easily come away.

One downside was that I noticed I was filing the nail too, as well as the foil, so lost a bit of length by doing this. (Gutted!)

I already had a short pinky nail and it was a little difficult to fold the flap correctly so I wouldn't recommend these for nail biters, unless you're happy to practice quite a lot.

Once you have filed the nail wrap, I applied some gentle heat to seal the adhesive and it's odd because you can feel them get really hot and kind of melt into your nail - not in a horrible torturous kind of way - just in a "it's working" way! I used a hairdryer for this, you mustn't allow the heat source to touch the foil, as I assume they actually would then melt - eeek!

Finished!
In terms of completion time, including pre-buffing and applying heat, it took me twenty minutes. But then it was my first time and I was being super careful.
I have no doubts that I could half this time in future and when taking pre-buffing and heat application out of the equation I think 5 minutes is pretty spot-on.

Can you believe it? A nail product that does what it says in the time stated?!





After 4 days, I noticed some 'curling' at the tips of the foils, which did begin to annoy me a little as they were catching in my hair, on clothes etc.

But they didn't come off completely!

I removed the nails after 5 days, which is longer than glue-on lasts, or indeed 'no chip' polish. Removal is easy. Simply peel from one side to the other, no marks on the nail are left or anything. Wipe over with a cotton wool pad and some acetone to give a completely clean finish and boom! Done!


Yup, they do what they say on the tin! They don't chip or smudge whatsoever - even with excessive bathing of my son (he's at school now so he's a messy monkey!), dish washing, showers, soaks in the bath myself. Even lugging a few boxes around at work the other day, they stayed put!



My score is 9.5/10 - I've knocked off 0.5 simply because of the length lost to my own nails. This could have been my technique when filing, I appreciate that completely. I would recommend these if you're going away and don't fancy hauling a case of polish and nail art tools with you. Or indeed, a special occasion as they are truly beautiful. I received a lot of compliments from these nails and can't wait to open the other set!




Have you used foils/wraps before?

Take care guys, Jo xxx

*I was sent these nails free of charge for the purpose of testing and reviewing. In no way does this affect my score. You know me by now - honest and open!*

3 comments:

  1. Love the way they look on your nails

    I doubt I would have kept them on that long if they were curling and getting caught on things as that is a huge pet peeve of mine

    Epiphannie A: Had an epiphannie yet?

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  2. thanks for your comments. they curled ever so slightly but was worth the perseverence for fab nails!

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  3. Hiya, thanks for the review and lovely pics.

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