Kiss Nail Dress
Day late and a dollar short on this one, but I did technically *do* this on Monday, so I’m not wigged about the post title.
As I said before, I was one of the lucky ladies around the Internets who received the Influenster Love VoxBox, and one of the goodies in there I received was a set of stick-on “Nail Dress” by Kiss. I have never used stick-on manicures, but have been quite interested to try them. So I decided to give them a whirl this week.
The directions on the box are, in my opinion, a bit vague. Clean and file your nails. Err, in what way should you file your nails? File the tips? Smooth the tops? Buff them? Leave them unbuffed? What the hell do you people want? I know that probably makes me sound extremely dense, but when I’m trying a product for the first time, I want details. I want an exhaustive step-by-step list, so I know whether or not product failure is my fault, or the product’s fault. But perhaps that’s just me. At any rate, I did what I felt made the most sense: I filed the tips and surface of the nails, and left them unbuffed. Read more below the cut.
Next, application. This was actually quite easy – just peel and stick. Sizing them can be a bit difficult, as you can’t really gauge the size of the stickers to your nails when they’re on their protective backing. Many of the ones that I thought would fit properly were actually a shade too small. If you have flatter nails, this probably wouldn’t be too much of a problem. Also, if your nails are flat, you won’t have so much of a problem with bunching around the edges, as I did. I found that applying them to one edge, and stretching them slightly to the other edge helped smooth out that bunching. Next, fold the tips over, and file them down with the included nail file. Be very, very careful with this step, as you can tear your nail stickers.
The end result is rather nice:
No topcoat is necessary with these. Just stick and you’re done. I’m probably going to try applying a top coat later in the week, to see how the chemicals effect the stickers… and because I don’t like how bumpy these stickers are. They are jeweled stickers, so they feel just plain weird to me. I’m hoping that applying a topcoat will make the bumpiness a little less obvious.
So far, though, I must say I really like these. If you play your cards right, and get friendly with the scissors, you could fit two full manis and a pedi out of this kit (28 stickers are included in the kit, which can easily be cut down to size to fit your wee little piggies). Priced at $7.99 per pack at Walgreens, this means each potential application is just $2.67. Still more than I’d like to pay on a weekly at-home mani, but it’s much better than a professional job, and it’s definitely not a bad price for a special treat.
These stickers claim to be good for “up to 10 days”, which I will be testing throughout this week. I will update this post with the final results!
UPDATE: I managed to keep this on for a full six days before getting bored of the design. Longwear testing fail! But here are the results after six full days and nights of wear:
As you can see, there was a good amount of edge wear after six full days. I noticed a bit of fraying by the end of day two, which I buffed down. There was also one point where one of the stickers snagged while doing laundry on day three. After that, however, there was no snagging or wearing. The clear bits did discolor slightly, but I am fairly positive that my smoking had more to do with that than the stickers themselves. All in all, these stickers had the same exact wear and tear as a normal polish mani. Will it last ten days? Sure, I don’t doubt it. It would probably last even longer, depending on your tolerance. But it won’t look perfect. Don’t expect miracles, just expect the obvious benefits: No dry time, and fancy designs for the artistically challenged.
As far as putting a clear topcoat on these things: Don’t. I left the stickers on my accent nails for this week’s mani, and applied topcoat to freshen them up. There was lightening of any coloured areas, and it made the stickers less glossy, and more “texured” looking. Not something I really like. Not something I’d recommend doing.
Removal was another moment when I would have appreciated more guidance from the instruction booklet. The instructions suggest that removal is as easy as using a nail polish remover. Well, I soaked my cotton ball, popped it on my thumb, and waited. Rubbed. Waited. Rubbed. Waited and rubbed some more. Finally, I got tired of waiting, and decided to peel off the sticker. That did the trick. For the rest of my nails, I soaked one edge with nail polish remover until the glue softened, lifted the edge, and continued to “roll” the sticker off my nail with the remover-soaked cotton. This seemed to be the best method of removal. It takes a bit of time – more time than removing a nail polish mani, but less than one with glitter.
At the end of the mani, I must say that I really do love these stickers, and I would definitely buy them again (or, for the first time, considering these were sent for consideration). Not all the time, mind, as $2.67 per application is a bit much for me to rationalize, but as a special treat? Or for special occasions? You bet. And they do have quite a variety of designs to choose from, which can be worn alone or layered over polish.
Have you tried these stickers before? If you received the Love VoxBox from Influenster, which design did you receive?
FTC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT: This item was sent for consideration by Influenster. All opinions are my own.