So I’m sort of “borrowing” the lightening review concept from that other site that I write for. I figured if it works for gadgets, why not beauty products? It’s actually a great way to organize a review and make sure you get all the important stuff in there. So without any further ado, here is my lightening review of NCLA Nail Wraps.
I was so excited to try these out! I kept seeing them on my fellow bloggers, and I really coveted ikat fingernails. Alas, I was super disappointed that the wraps refused to stay on for me! Here are the details:
What are they? NCLA’s nail wraps are basically thin stickers for your fingernails. They come in different sizes for different fingers, and they come in super fun colors and patterns.
How much to they cost? $16 for 2 sheets of 22 wraps, which if you’re luckier than me could get you up to 4 applications: not bad.
Who are they for? Anyone who wants fun nail art but might not be so handy with the polish—or who might not want to wait around while someone else does the painstaking handiwork. And let’s face it, most of these designs are not really possible by hand!
How do you use them? First, you clean your nails with nail polish remover, then you paint your nails with clear nail polish. Let it dry. Peel off the appropriate-size sticker for your nail and stick in on. Give it a good rub to remove any air bubbles. Then you file off the extra material at the tip (NCLA provides a handy nail file), filing in a downward motion. Finally, cover the wrap with one more coat of clear nail polish.
Tragic flaw: They did not stay on my nails. Like, not even for a few hours. I know that several other outlets gave the wraps positive reviews, and other bloggers didn’t seem to have this problem, but I tried TWICE, thinking the first application may have been sabotaged by my application of body lotion too soon after applying the nail wraps. So I tried again the next day closely following the instructions and steering clear of any moisturizer. Same thing happened! Within an hour of normal activity, half of them had fallen completely off.
This is weird: Trimming your nails after application is supposed to somehow seal the deal and prevent the wraps from peeling. But it didn’t work for me. I ended up with stubs for nails and the wraps peeled off anyway.
Should you try them? Despite my not great experience, maybe. You might have better luck! I do have very tiny fingernails, perhaps that was my problem? Check out some of the other reviews (linked above). Like I said, others did not mention the peeling off problem, so it’s certainly possible that I have some kind of bizarre body chemistry that repels wrap nails! Just to push my luck a little further, I’m going to try the Sally Hansen version next. Stay tuned!