I wrote this ages ago and forgot to click publish!
I received these Little Mix Leigh-Anne Nail Wraps in the last ever Miss GlossyBox – November/December. I was pleased to receive nail wraps as I have never tried them before, plus the price is a bit of a deterrent for something you can only wear once.
Anyway, I was excited to try these but couldn’t think of the occasion to wear them. As you can see, they are what I will have to call urban – they could represent any city, anywhere. The theme covers denim (ripped and un-ripped), graffiti and a bit of bling with a girly twist. They’re not really Christmassy so I wore them for New Year’s Eve.
I decided I had to wear the walls with the gold squares whether they fit my nails or not! Luckily they did. I also made sure the denim with the gold squares fit. I had no choice with the thumbs so I had to go “graffiti wall” with them. For my other fingers, I would have preferred plain denim as I didn’t think pink and turquoise hearts would go with my very sensible work attire but it was not meant to be. Pink and teal asterisks and hearts it was. They’re cute and playful and I do like them.
As you might have guessed, as each nail size has a different pattern, you have to wear the wrap that fits, rather than the design you want. This might be fine for some people but I like to have control!
As for application, it was very easy. You apply a base coat first, let it dry then stick the wrap on to the nail with the curved edge at the cuticle end. Once you are happy with the position, you smooth the wrap on to the nail and file the edges. I bent the edges over to make it easier to see where to file. The part I love is that if you stick the wrap on a bit wrong, it’s really easy to peel it off and reposition it – as long as you have not smoothed down the whole wrap. This is perfect for someone like me who has a slightly unsteady hand. I couldn’t say application was faster than nail polish but apart from the base coat, there was no drying time which is ideal if you are impatient like me!
The first major chip happened for me the next day but that was all my fault- I use my nails as tools. The next came the following day for the same reason! They didn’t start to wear badly until the 4th day. If I was more gentle with my hands I might have got more wear out of them.
I will say that if the positioning of the gold squares means that you have to file through them, so there’s not a full square at the end of your nail, the rest of the square may rub off. It still looks ok in my opinion.
In all, I really liked these wraps. Although wraps cost more than nail polish, and you can get several wears out of a bottle of polish, there is no way I could replicate the designs myself. Also, they are a bit 3D with the raised gold parts and nail art like this is difficult to do with shaky hands. The best part for me was that there was no drying time (except for the base coat).
To take the wraps off I used Elegant Touch Get’Em Off nail polish remover. I didn’t follow the instructions – I soaked a ball of cotton wool in the Get’Em Off and held it on my nail to soak in then rubbed off the bits that did not naturally lift. It didn’t take too long and didn’t take too much effort, great!
So, no waiting around for ages to dry and fun designs with a bit of bling? I definitely like!