Product Type: Elegant Touch makeup
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Elegant Touch Rapid Dry French Manicure
Member Name: Whizz11
Elegant Touch Rapid Dry French Manicure
Advantages: Nice set
Disadvantages: Leave your nails weak
If you've ever tried to put on false nails then you will know what a hassle, pain and downright task it is to not only apply them but then take them off when they start to look bad. Having lived in Los Angeles for a number of years nails were big business and as a girl you were never fully "done" unless you had your nails on. All my friends either went to the salon to get their nails done or used the at home do it yourself kits. Now, I must admit that I did sort of get sucked into the trend but was not as religious about getting them done as some people. I just tended to use the kits now and again when I knew I had somewhere fun to go and wanted to look nice.
Nowadays nail bars are popping up all over England and its becoming more and more the norm to have nice nails. Again, I don't really have time to get mine done all the time and with soon to be two little kids its not that practical but for a nice night out and then some time afterwards I like to use the kits.
I like the natural look and so really only go for a French manicure look as I think this is the closest to natural you can get. I hate the long plastic painted coloured nails that you get as I think they look tacky and cheap but the Elegant touch brand seem to do a really nice french manicure set.
The set comes with 24 nails which I think is good value as this gives you at least two sets of nails at two different times and allows for any mistakes you will make and believe me, you will make mistakes applying these. The nails are already painted in the French manicure style, with the white tip on the nail and then the main body of the nail being a light beige/pink sort of colour. The nails are all about the same size although there are bigger ones to suit the thumb which then allows you to cut the nail down to size to your fingers. I find this is usually the tricky bit. I always size the nail up on my finger, apply it and then attempt to file it but sometimes I can just never get it right and end up having to do it again on another nail so one or two are always lost.
There are two ways to apply the nails with this set. If you want to wear the nails for just one night I recommend using the stick on tabs, this way you can pull the nails off easily after use. The nails comes with a stick on tab backing that you just pull off and then apply the false nail straight to your real nails. To remove you just soak your hands in a bit of soapy water for a few minutes and they come off, don't worry they won't come off with just regular hand washing throughout the day when you have them on.
If you want to keep your nails on for a week or longer I recommend using the nail glue. I generally always go for this option but this is where the trouble begins sometimes for me. The nail glue sticks very well, as you would hope it would, but that just means that you have to make sure that you have stuck the nail where you want it quickly and not try to rearrange it for very long after you have stuck it otherwise it might not move.
Then when it comes to removing these nails it is always a bit tricky. The back of the box suggests that you Buff the surface of the artificial nail to break down the top coat and then soak in pure acetone until soft. This is always too much hassle in my opinion so I'm quite naughty and tend to pull them off gradually over a couple of days. The only problem with this is that the natural nail underneath can split a bit so you are always left with weak nails after using false nails which is why I like to leave it quite a long time between applications.
I find these nails to be strong and hard working, they generally don't break and the manicure does not come off either so I think they actually last longer than a shop manicure would.
All in all if this is the look you want to achieve then I do recommend these nails.
Summary: Elegant touch false nails