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(Early) Happy Valentines Day everyone!
I’m excited to show you nail lovers the cutest alternative to traditional nail art, just in time for valentine’s day. This was my very first time trying nail foils, and I’m already counting the reasons why I love this just as much as regular nail polish.
WHAT ARE NAIL FOILS?
If your not familiar, they are simply designs and colours that are transferred onto your nail with glue. Kind of like the temporary tattoos you probably played with as a kid, but a lot cooler! The foils are delicate strips that give you bold, smooth, nail colour.
This collection of foil rolls are one of a few different combination packs available from Epic Nail, and come with everything you need – including the glue.
Left to right: Winter Is Coming, In The Jungle, Pipe Dream, I Heart You, All Laced Up, Nautical
There’s two ways of applying Epic Nail foils, the choice is yours:
1 – as a full nail cover
2 – dabbed over nails for a multi color, multi dimensional effect
Zero drying time, once applied the effect is immediate
easy, beautiful designs
Shelf life – the foils will never dry or spill like traditional polish
Versatility – apply it in two different ways, combine with other polish
Smooth application – with the right prep, they look almost flawless
Generous length of foil for each roll
Can be difficult to apply initially and the right glue application can be tricky to judge
To begin with, I struggled with the application of the foils. It took me a few attempts to get the process right. In the end it all came down to one important aspect – the glue. The right glue consistency and application was crucial. Apply the foils too soon, or with the incorrect amount and the effect either won’t work or will apply patchy.
Once I got the application down pat, I was in love. And the foil Winter Is Coming just blew me away with its amazing shine and beauty. It is my absolute, hands down favourite. I tried it with the full nail effect and was in awe. It sparkled like no liquid nail polish would ever be able to. (Apparently I’m a bit of a Bauer Bird when it comes to nails. Who knew?)
MY TOP TIPS FOR THE PERFECT EFFECT
Take your time – do one nail at a time until you are comfortable
Wait till the glue is dried correctly and is very tacky – I found painting a small amount on the skin to test stickiness each time, and using a timer worked wonders. I also found doubling the waiting time was more effective
If you just can’t get the edges right, paint the glue over the cuticles and skin also – this gives you a wider application you can clean up and perfect with acetone and a cuticle stick later
Clean/manicure your nails beforehand – buff your nail ridges and tidy your cuticles to maximise effect
Try on clean nails and painted nails – I experimented with both, and found different foils worked better with different bases
To maximise shine, avoid a top coat – your foils won’t last as long, but layering top coat over it can dull the already visible shine (for certain foils)
Disclosure: this post contains product sent for consideration. This is no way influences my opinion, and my reviews are always honest!