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Hmm… Not so keen on nail foils/stickers! Kiss Nail Dress Review

Hi everyone! Phew it’s been a busy first week back at work for me and, well, I’m pretty exhausted! At least it is Wednesday, so I’m on the downhill slope to the weekend! πŸ˜‰ How has everyone’s week been going so far?

I’ve been invited to attend a wedding on Sunday; I am still planning my outfit! So, when I saw some nail art stickers on sale I thought I would give them a try. (I’ve tried small nail art stickers before – such as flowers and stars – but not the full nail foil like stickers.) I like to look after my nails and experiment with classic and more funky looks, so I picked up the following design from Kiss (you can check out their website here):

Price: currently on sale for $11.99 AUD @ Priceline; standard RRP $13.99 AUD (they retail here for double what you would pay in the USA, which is where the brand Kiss originates!)

Where can I get it? Priceline

They claim that their stickers will last on your nails for up to 10 days. One packet contains 28 different sized stickers as well as a nail file (you need to lightly file the ends of your nails to trim the excess sticker off the end of each nail).

My nails beforeΒ  – yes these are my real fingernails πŸ™‚ –

The end result –

I found it difficult to apply these, because my hands and nails are very petite. I found that most of the stickers were way too large and I ran out of the small ones quickly. As such I had to trim some of the larger stickers down to size, which was more difficult than I thought it would be. Due to the size of my hands, the stickers on my little finger nails on each hand have a much bigger pattern to clear sticker section ratio which I think looks a bit funny. 😦

The process was also very time consuming. From start to finish, it took me approximately 45 minutes to apply the stickers to both hands! 😦 If I was doing similar nail art on my nails with nail polish I estimate it would only take me approximately 30 minutes, with a better quality finish.

I don’t believe the manufacturer’s claims that the stickers will stay put for (up to) 10 days… I suspect after a day or so mine will start to peel. The adhesive did not seem at all strong!

Oh-oh, this seems like quite a negative review, doesn’t it? I think I’m so critical because the cost of these is equivalent to a fairly decent bottle of nail polish, which you would get a lot more manicures out of!

Beautiful rating: value 1/5, quality 2/5. There are a lot of cool patterns in the range but I am disappointed with the quality and performance of this product, given the expensive price tag.

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Has anyone else tried full nail foils/stickers? Which brands would you recommend? πŸ™‚

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About sarah@abeautifulstory

Enjoys reading, writing, eating!, watching anime, spending time with friends, walking and grooming my dog, learning new things, and mucking around with health and beauty products!

Discussion

5 thoughts on “Hmm… Not so keen on nail foils/stickers! Kiss Nail Dress Review

  1. I think the secret with nail foils is to really heat set them with a hairdryer or heat lamp. But even then I never find they last the full amount of time. Its a shame these weren’t great for you. The design is kind of cool. Maybe in future just use the design as inspiration and do the nail art manually?

    Posted by Sara-May (@TheMakeupUtopia) | February 1, 2012, 3:13 pm
    • Oh I didn’t know that about the use of heat – thank you for that tip! πŸ™‚ (I’m very much a newbie when it comes to nail foils!) Yeah I could just do it using polish in the future… I’ve considered using parts of the remaining stickers creatively in the future, more like nail art stickers covering part of the nail rather than the whole thing! πŸ™‚

      Posted by sarah@abeautifulstory | February 2, 2012, 8:21 am
  2. I love the manicure itself! It’s absolutely adorable, but I can see what you mean about the size discrepancies…oh well! I still think it looks fantastic. :3

    Posted by Jake Sauvage | February 2, 2012, 3:24 am
    • Thanks Jake! It does look nice in the picture but later that evening it was already starting to peel (I followed the instructions + popped on a clear top coat of polish). 😦 Today less than 24 hrs later a few of my nails have peeled quite a lot!

      I think they are probably best when going out somewhere special and you apply them immediately before you go out! πŸ™‚

      Posted by sarah@abeautifulstory | February 2, 2012, 8:16 am

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