Shinyyy!!! …I mean. Review. Yes. That’s what I meant.

I got a request (I love requests!!) to opine on super-shiny nail wrap things.  As far as I can tell, there are 4 (maybe 3?) options:

  • Minx (the original).  Heat-shrink stickers, applied in a salon.  Lasts: a week or so.  Costs: $50+!  Aaaand we’re done.
  • Non-Minx heat-set nail wraps.  I’d have to try them to know what the hassle factor is (which is why I’ve already ordered them).  Costs: 19¢/nail.  Also, at least in pictures, 100% identical to…
  • These stickers.  These are probably less hassle than heat-shrink nails?  Costs (from this site now): 50¢/nail.  Also, what I’m about to review. 🙂
  • Push-n-Shove, with its concomitant babying and less-mirror finish.

Okay, first, let’s get this out of the way, because it’s going to distract me until we do:

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ohmigosh so shiny sooo shinyyy I am a cyborg from the future here to destroy you!†    *pant* *pant*  …ok. Done.

What.  As I’ve said before and will say again, I see nothing wrong with wanting to look like I’m from the future.

Okay!  Review time!  (This is gonna get long, so feel free to skip out.)

High Level

I love these.  Love.  They are mirror-shiny and futuristic, and they made Mr. Fix-It say “Wow.”††  They’re priced for special occasions, but that’s okay; sometimes there are special occasions.

That said, here are the nits and the picks.

What you get

Here’s the package, plus the remnants when I was done:

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 I’m sorry these images are all mis-aligned and weird.  I’m still working on bending WordPress to my will.

So.  16 stickers.  I only needed to cut two to size (my index fingers were between sizes).  These are long and my nails are short, so I could probably have cut them in half lengthwise to get 2 applications; that said, if you decide to do that, do it before you pull them up and get finger grease all over the long ends.  Unlike me!  Which is why I only have 6 left that I could cut into useful shapes.

Application

They’re stickers.  You know how to use stickers.  So, pretty easy?  My hands are shaky – sleep dep, caffeine, rhinovirus, stress, you name it – so it took some time, maybe 20, 25 minutes at my usual slow-loris pace.  This involved a fair amount of carefully re-placing stickers until it looked right, which will affect longevity.

You have to cut off the extra length, which they suggest doing with teeny scissors.  After experimentation, I eventually settled on using scissors to get it close to the end of the nail, but nail clippers to cut the rest off.  They’re shaped for exactly this problem, it turns out!  I left a good 2-3 mm overhang, so there was a big chunk to poke out of my clippers with a toothpick, instead of tiny little pieces.

Still, no matter how careful I was, I ended up with wrinkling at the tips.  Nails bend lengthwise as well as widthwise (imagine putting a flat sticker on a globe), and the wrinkles caught on every little thing.  You can see it in that first picture above.  The instructions suggest stretching it to make it smooth, which makes the problem so much worse, why do you lie to me.

What eventually worked was cutting my nails to the quick when the sticker was already on.  If, like me, you trim your nails to nubbins semi-weekly, this is a good answer; otherwise, it is not.

So here’s the post-trim, no-snag version:

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 same sad disclaimer 🙁 augh WordPress augh 🙁 dangit

Cleaner, tidier, much less prone to snags.. and still shiny enough to apply lipstick with. 😀

Longevity

Well.  I only put them on tonight?  So this review is probably a little premature.  (But I was so excited!)  So, I will post new updates with back-links, if it helps.

The instructions say to “trim the cuticle” and “buff your nails.”  This is two things you should never do!  Ever!  (Rant coming soon, probs.)  You’d probably have equal luck cleaning your nails with an alcohol wipe beforehand, anyway (without the “screwing with your body’s immune system” issue.)  Of course, I didn’t do either, leading to…

I’m a terrible person to ask about this.  Playing with nails is a soothing nightly ritual for me. I very rarely wait for peeling between changes (younger-me is having an amazing belly laugh right now).  I am enabled by peel-off base coat.  But with something specialty like this, I think “makes it til morning” and “makes it to the following night” are valid benchmarks.  I will keep you informed on status when I (gasp) don’t avoid things like washing my hair anddoing dishes.


† I am pretty sure future cyborg destroyers won’t say ohmigosh, if it helps.

†† YMMV, depending on spouse.

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