“ Brand: Avon / waterproof: yes „
I didn't get to try these when they were available via Avon but did buy them from Ebay recently. Having done all sort with my nails over the years, I thought instant nail varnish could be ok, it would save time waiting for the nails to dry so I can do my nail art on them.
I paid £4 for a set of light blue nails, which were a lovely light colour. The idea of these is an idea that I wish I had thought of, it makes doing your nails easy and saves time waiting for the varnish to dry. Unfortunately, they don't quite live up to expectations. The colour looks lovely until you remove the nail from the backing sheet and suddenly it isn't so bright, it's a bit pasty and weak. The nails themselves are all long, which means you have to cut each one down to the size of your nail. This is a bit awkward and fiddly. My nails are quite long and they were a nice fit, once cut to size which took forever.
Although they are sticky, they don't stick enough to your nail to make them even, I tried many different ways of sticking these to my nails from starting at the cuticle and smoothing it up to the end. Taking the whole nail off and sticking it in one go, rubbing with tissue afterwards. It still ended up either creased, wrinkled or bumpy with air bubbles.
They didn't stay on that long either, they peeled and chipped very easily. I didn't have to use nail varnish to remove them as they came off all by themselves. I found these pointless and not very good although the idea is still awesome. I guess I know why Avon have stopped making them and why people are selling them on Ebay.
What a stupid pointless item! This has got to be one of Avon's worst ideas! I got given some and was actually quite excited, there something that you don't see very often and that no one else has ever made... however, it is for a very good reason that we don't see this sort of thing widely available! There rubbish, there difficult to use and even when you do get it right they don't look all the good, it's not a strong striking block of colour that we see in the books it's a see through watery colour, and that's with the burgundy colour. I wasn't impressed with this product at all and would persuade anyone away from it. They come off pretty easy, maybe a little too easy. However the only plus I find that these strange little strips have is that your don't have to wait for them to dry, but apart from that their rubbish and not worth the buy!
There is a very good reason why Avon chose to discontinue this item, and that is because it is difficult to use and really just a little bit pointless. I believe there is still good reason to write this review even though it is discontinued because it is the sort of thing that will hopefully stop them from bringing this back next year (as they so frequently do with discontinued products!).
The idea behind this product is that you apply thin pre-shaped nail enamel transfers to your nail from a little row of nail shaped transfers. None of the transfers will exactly fit your nail so you will of course have gaps all along the edges after using these, or you will wind up having to pick extra bits off your cuticles.
There is a large bit that tapers off the edge of your nail once you've applied this as they are one size fits all to incorporate even the longest of nails. So once you've applied it and sorted out the sides, then you have to carefully peel off the excess at the end of your nail and just try really hard to tear it in just the right place and not pull a chunk off your nail.
On the plus side it is at least an instantly drying product so at least you are ready to go within a minute of application!
My Avon lady is also my sister so I think I probably do better than most people for Avon freebies. One recent generous freebie she gave me was a set of all the colours in Avons Instant Manicure range.
I like my nails to look nice but because my medication makes me a little bit shaky I am finding it hard to apply nail varnish neatly now I am getting older. Instant Manicure seemed like it would be the answer to my prayers so when my niece got married last month I decided to try out this revolutionary new way of colouring my nails.
I used the Berry Fast variety this time and this is a nice deep pink that is so shiny that it can look almost red in some light. It looked a beautiful colour on the strip and I knew it would match my outfit perfectly because of the colour. Instant Manicure are not false nails, they are strips of nail varnish which are ready to be pressed and smoothed onto your own nails.
It really was not the answer to my prayers, or anyone else really as Avon have now discontinued Instant Manicure after less than 12 months of regular appearances in the Avon book. You can still buy it on Ebay and I think it is in the sale brochures that your Avon lady may show you and it is now much much cheaper than the original £5 price tag.
My own experience was not a good one. The nail varnish comes in strips exactly like the ones shown above and it is a hard thing to describe so please have a look at the picture. You need to detatch each separate 'nail' and remove the backing to allow you to stick it firmly onto your finger nail. That is much easier than it sounds because they are just not a true nail shape, I have slim nails that I keep trimmed quite short so before I could even begin applying them I had to use a pair of baby scissors to cut a little bit off each of the long sides just so they wouldn't cover my fingers as well as my nails.
When I had got the width right I removed the backing and pressed the Instant Manicure on my nail. This makes it sound easier than it was because it is a very fiddly process and involved lots of smoothing, rubbing and stretching of the varnish. I thought it was very frustrating because I would get half of the varnish strip smoothed down nicely but then an air bubble would pop up or the varnish would take it upon itself to start wrinkling. The only thing that worked as it should was when I came to trim the length of the varnish down to the length of my nail it was very easy to fold the excess varnish over the tip of my nail and use another finger nail to perforate it enough to remove the excess. It left a nice smooth finish at the end of my nail which is more than can be said for my nail itself.
My nails looked a right mess after I had used Instant Manicure and I wished I had paid the extra £7 to get them done at my local nail bar. After over an hour I got my nails looking fairly presentable and went to the wedding. Within half an hour of being there I noticed that even more bubbles had appeared in my varnish and my thumb nail had noticably chipped even though I had done nothing harsher with my hands than pick up my cup of tea.
I will not use it again and just yesterday put the rest of my stash on Freecycle, tellingly no-one on there has showed the slightest bit of interest in them. I thought it was very easy to remove with normal nail varnish remover and came off completely after just a couple of sweeps with the cotton wool.
Avon Instant Manicure is wonderful! Speaking as someone with not very perfect nails and quite short this is a revelation as it goes on very well and hides all your imperfections, plus you don`t have to wait for it to dry. It is difficult to apply but not as bad as the previous review, my friend can put them on whilst travelling by train and she has shortish nails. My big beef is that Avon have now DISCONTINUED this fantastic product and I urge everyone who likes this product to ask them WHY!!!!!!!!! They are the only people that have made stick on nail polish so I cannot understand why they been withdrawn. My friend and I are distraught and trying to buy what is left of them from EBAY where people are asking unrealistic prices for P&P. Avon sold these nails off at Christmas for £1 per strip yet some sellers are asking for over £3 per strip plus £1 post and packing per item, you could post them for a first class stamp, including the bubble wrap!
If anyone has any pull with Avon, please urge them to re-think their decision. Thanks for reading.
I found this product difficult to use. You have to peel the coloured varnish from the backing sheet and get it on your nail without any wrinkles or bubbles. Once it has adhered it almost behaves like varnish, so there is no margin for error. It is a bit like using those rub down transfers that caused frustration when you were a child!
Once on (if you manage it) you have to rub the edges with another nail to get the overhang of varnish off. I found this gave a raggy, torn effect - not good.
I suggest a quick drying nail varnish instead.
I have sold Avon for a while now, and have even tried many of their products.
The Instant manicure has to be one of the easiest to use nail polishes there ever was!
How to use: Kind of like fake fingernails, just line up the appropriate size, press the base of the strip onto your fingernail( or plastic fake nail), and press and shape.
The strips come in longer lengths for people who have longer nails, so you have to peel the excess off of the tip, and you are done!
Supposed to last up to 2 weeks, but I am a nail- biter and I also like to change the color of my nails frequently, so I have never tried to get the full time out of this.
Sometimes it is hard to keep all of the strip on your nail or a little of the excess strip stays behind after you tear the tip of the strip off. Might just be me though, I am real good at messing such things up.
They need sizes that you can use on toes.
I give this 4 stars, it might deserve 5, but just in case I am wrong about my problem being me,I am giving 4.
copywrite Stephanie A. Smith, 2007
Nail enamel formula on self-adhesive strips / Goes on dry and lasts for up to 14 days without chipping / Just press on, shape and bend to your nail / Two strips of eight in each pack / Can be used on acrylic nails / Waterproof / Remove with nail enamel remover / Full instructions included /