Saturday, May 18, 2013

NCLA Nail Wraps in Stephanie's Galaxy


I've always had a difficult time with nail wraps.  In theory, they are meant to be the easier way to wear polish.  Just stick, file, and go -- no dry time necessary.  However, in my previous attempts, they failed me miserably, leaving raggedy ends and bubbling surfaces.

When I was asked to review NCLA nail wraps by Nail Polish Canada, I was actually excited to try nail wraps out again.  NCLA is a brand reputedly well known for its nail wraps and I hoped that they'd be more user-friendly than the ones I tried in the past.

Here is Stephanie's Galaxy:


So here's the breakdown:  

- The NCLA stickers are in fact the easiest I've used.  They apply easily and without too much sticky hassle.

- The wraps come with a full sized nail file which you should use to file the ends down.  While the ends weren't too difficult to remove, removing them smoothly leaving one straight edge proved difficult.

- The wraps are geared towards people with wider nail beds.  As you can see from 3 out of 4 of my fingers shown, the stickers pop over my cuticle.  The instructions suggest choosing stickers that are slightly smaller than your nail size over slightly larger, there was nothing smaller for my nails.  Perhaps my nails are narrower than most (would explain why I've had issues with nail wraps in the past), but it left my nails looking messy.

- The stickers bubble.  While I was able to smoothly adhere my pinky and ring finger stickers, no matter how hard I tried, my index and middle finger just refused to lie flat.  The more I worked at it, the worse it became so I just had to stop or rip the sticker.

- The pattern is awesome.  I loved having a galaxy look on my nails that didn't require a five hour nail art session; shame it just didn't lay well -- despite finishing each nail with a coat of clear top coat.

While these stickers were the best I've used, I can't say they were any panacea.  For $16 Canadian dollars, I'd hope for something of a slightly higher quality in terms of use and finish.  Later this week I will be reviewing another set of NCLA wraps I received, so here's hoping that those work better.

If you are interested in purchasing NCLA nail wraps or any other NCLA products, please visit Nail Polish Canada



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20 comments :

  1. I love the design! lol it's funny how they are supposed to be easier than applying polish, but I feel like just painting your nails is easier! I think you applied these really well :D

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  2. Nail wraps are tricky...I've given up on them! But your right the pattern is awesome on these!

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  3. This design is amazing. Nail wraps boggle my mind. Sometimes it's easier to paint my nails, lol.

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  4. Pretty design. Nail wraps never work for me. Well actually the SH ones do, but other than that I have very similar issues like you did.

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  5. I remove the tips of nail wraps with acetone and a brush instead of a file - it works for me and never creates the creases!

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  6. I totally agree and thank you!

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  7. I wish they made polish that just applied like a galaxy.

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  8. Interesting, I'll have to try that, thanks!

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  9. Hmmmm, I've got two sets of these to try as well. I have never had good luck with nail wraps. I think I'm too impatient!

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  10. Dang that sucks about the application. I actually just reviewed some of these. I have narrow nail beds and I had to trim them along the sides. But luckily apart from that I didn't have any other problems.

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  11. I hear ya...they can be frustrating.

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  12. I'd be nervous I'd trim too much, but it's definitely a thought!

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  13. love the design! I'd probably have trouble applying them too.

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  14. Nah, I'm sure you'd figure it out better than me ;)

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  15. Great pattern! I have no luck with nail wraps either. I think my nail beds are too curved.

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  16. Yeah, I've read that those with very curved nails have issues with wraps. I actually don't have super curved nails so I'm thinking I just have narrower than average nails. So weird.

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  17. Bummer about the application cuz the design is awesome!!

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