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I love falsies (false nails) I wear false nails quite regularly, having realised how much getting acrylics was costing me, but also the damage that wearing arcylics was doing to my nails / nail bed. I am not blessed with good nails, or the most elegant of fingers, so false nails do make my hands look slimmer and achieve a look I cannot achieve with my nails naturally.
Having tried a range of false nails, I discovered Elegant Touch Short Slim tips a couple of years ago. I wear very short nails and had found it quite hard to find suitable natural looking nails that fit my fingers properly, so was pleased to find these, and reasonably priced.
The nails come in a range of sizes, allowing you to find ones that fit perfectly, along with glue and a small file. The nails are easy to apply, with small tabs that help you get hold and position the nails, which snap off afterwards. My advice is to apply with LOTs of glue. There cannot be too much (any excess can be cleaned off) This comes highly recommended after one fell off on a first date the first time I tried them. The overall effect is natural and looks quite similar to an acylic set, and the look lasts well over a week. (Im quite active and also type a lot during the day) The other bonus is that if you wish to remove them you can do easily, rather than spending ages soaking hands in acetone or having to visit a salon, and applying a new set takes just minutes rather than an hour.
The drawbacks are that if the nail you are applying doesnt fit quite right, then it can lift slightly, or cause a bubble between the glue and nail, which looks quite unattactive, and is more noticable than a tiny bubble in an Acrylic set. Friends say it is only really noticable on very close inspection, but if you are like me, I could see it right away. There is also the drawback that a nail could 'ping' off at any time, leaving you with one uncovered nail, or rushing off to to a quick fix (not always so easy and can be quite messy on a night out!)
I would recommend these to a friend, however if you are looking for longer term results or to wear every single day, I wouldnt say these work as well as a full acrylic set, - but certainly cheaper.
I don't very often wear false nails as I usually get acrylic nails done professionally. Recently I have been doing my own acrylic nails as I find its save a lot of time and money. I went to a friends birthday recently and didn't have a lot of time on my hands to do my acrylics and decided to go for the easiest option and buy false nails. I don't have much experience with false nails, so I didn't know what to look out for. These were the cheapest option available whilst still looking the most natural, I went for the elegant touch false nails.
Before I begin to apply the false nails, I choose the correct size for each of my nails and lay them down in order on the table. I recommend that you definitely do this, as it saves time and also a lot of panicking when you realise the nail you have applied glue to, doesn't fit the nail your trying to apply it to. The glue is provided within the pack which I thought was excellent, as there's no need to spend more money on buying the glue separately. The glue is very easy open and a little goes a long way. What worked best for me was when I applied a little glue to the bottom of the false nail rather than on my own nail. It was more precise and there was less leakage around the side of the nail when I pushed down. Instructions are also provided with the false nails, which give a very good explanation on how to apply them.
The quality of the product wasn't bad seeing as the price was fairly cheap for false nails. The glue wasn't great as my nails did start to fall off after a day or two. I did expect them to last for at least a week, like the other false nails I have seen stated. But as it was only for a night and they were quick and easy to apply I didn't mind to much. I did have to carry around the glue and the spare nails just in case I did loose them, but fortunately it wasn't till later the following day they started to fall off.
I bought these in boots for £5.95 I thought this was a good price compared to the others available which were nearly £8.
Overall these nails do live up to their name and do look really elegant, making my fingers look slender and long. It also made my slight tan show up more and made my hands look gorgeous. I was complimented a lot of how they looked and how nice they were, which gave me confidence that I did a pretty good job in applying them. They are natural looking, with a nice white tip. I would recommend these false nails based on the price and that they do look gorgeous after being applied, but I would definitely buy a different glue that is much stronger to give better hold.
These nails are a very cheap alternative to getting false nails professionally put on, they are pretty good alternatives for the price they cost, but are obviously not as good as the professionally applied nails.
These nails look quite professional, and are more on the natural side of fake nails, as they are not at all over the top and do look pretty natural.
These nails are not for people who already have naturally long nails as you will have to cut your real nails so they do not overlap the fake ones on top.
These nails do not chip, so as long as they stay on they do look pretty good. The nails however, did not stay on me for as long as professional ones do, and they only lasted a few weeks without falling off, but there are 24 nails in the pack, so you can reapply ones which fall off up to a certain extent which is pretty good.
The only other bad point is that the nail glue which they come with dries up very quickly and I had to go out and buy more.
I wear accrylic nails. I go to the salon every three weeks and have done this for a long time. However, occasionally I become a bit guilty about the amount of money this is taking and decide that I am going to apply false nails myself.
Elegant touch branded nails are very good quality. I have used various varieties of false nails in the past and these elegant touch brand are consistantly of a good quality. I like the appearance of the nails. They are very natural looking. They are also quite short and square shaped which is what I actually go for when looking for nails as they are indeed much more elegant.
There are a few different varieties in the elegant touch brand. Many are designed for special occasions with sparkles and gem stones on them. This is great if you are looking for something a bit more glamorous for a wedding or special occasion. However, today I am talking about the short slim tipped nails.
These nails are far more appropriate for day to day use. They are short enough to be used while carrying out work such as typing. They have a nice finish on the nail which makes them look salon finished. The tip of the nails look very much like french manicure and the tip of the nail is lovely and slim but also really bright and smart in appearance.
I do like these nails and before I started attending a salon I was more than happy to use them. Now though, I just can't really do anything with them. I think they feel flimsy and the bond between the nails and my own nails feels far from strong. There is glue provided in the set. But I don't think this glue is much good in providing a good bond. I find that within five minutes of applying these nails I have to reapply one because it has come flying off. This means I have to take the small glue everywhere with me just incase.
These nails do look very nice on. But compared to professional salon applied nails they just don't cut the mustard. They look false. You can see the plastic edging fitting against the cuticle of your own nail. I wouldn't have noiced this before, but now I can't abide the way they look.
If you are just bintending to wear false nails for a night out then I think that these nails are very good and serve a really good purpose. However, if you are intending to wear these nails for a holiday or for longer term use I would advise you to treat yourself and have your nails done in a salon.
These elegant touch nails vary greatly in price, although they tend to be on the cheaper end of the false nail price scale. I have picked up these nails in store such as home bargains for as little as £1 in price. I think this is extrodinary value. I have also picked these nails up in the supermarket for around £5 which I think is quite steep for these particular nails.
These nails can be painted over with nail polish. I found that this gives them a more realistic appearance. You can also apply nail varnish remover when you wish to remove the varnish.
One thing that I find about these nails is that the packaging does not include anything to keep the nails in. A small bag that you could fit in your handbag would be great. As it is, once you open the box there is no where to store these nails and so they do tend to spill out.
~Reasons For Buying~
I don't always wear false nails but now and again if I'm going out somewhere nice then I might buy some to make my nails look pretty.
Recently in Boots I saw a poster up about £5 off vouchers for No7. I love the No7 range and can never resist a good offer, so I decided to spend the £5 in store needed to get one of the vouchers.
These nails caught my eye in the false nails aisle, probably as I had never used them before and I liked the name 'elegant touch'. The packaging and the nails inside really did look quite elegant, I thought, and as this cost £5.95 buying them meant I would qualify for the voucher.
If it wasn't for the voucher I would have probably looked elsewhere to see if you can get them cheaper anywhere else first, but looking on amazon they are priced around £7 so maybe I did get an OK deal.
~Applying The Nails~
There is glue provided in the pack which means you don't have to buy your own glue to add on to the price. The glue is easy to open and easy to use. What I do to apply the nails is simply squeeze a little glue onto the back of the false nail then press down quickly onto my own nail. Before I start glueing them down I lay them all out on my desk in front of me, and find one which fits onto each nail. Then it will be much easier and avoid panicking when the glue is drying on the nail as I won't be trying to find a nail it fits on to.
There are easy to follow instructions that come with the nails and overall they are easy to apply yourself.
~Wearing The Nails~
The glue isn't that strong and the nails did start to fall off by the next day. I had to carry the glue on me at all times because I never knew when a nail was going to fall off and I didn't want to lose any of them.
I loved how they looked, though. They are quite pale and made my hands look more tanned than they actually were. I wouldn't recommend these if you have a really dark tan though, because they will show up really badly! The tips were white and really clean looking. I think they lived up to their name, as they did look rather elegant. They made my fingers look thin and long and I got lots of compliments about them which I was very pleased about and made me really glad I bought them.
These aren't the best false nails I have used; they are slightly more expensive than other nails I have bought and the glue isn't sticky enough to hold them on for long periods of time. But as I say they do look really gorgeous and a lot nicer than my natural nails.
I would recommend these to try because even though they aren't the best they certainly aren't the worst and I do really like them. If you do buy them I would recommend buying another glue to use with them. A great glue is one from Savers that I have used a few times and which only costs about £1. I can't remember what its called but its the only one sold on its own and it comes in a yellow bottle.
I used to go to the Salon every other week to get false nails applied, but more recently I have been purchasing packs of false nails from high street stores and applying them myself. One of the main reasons for buying packs of nails and applying them myself is the fact that it is more cost effective as I can pick up a pack of false nails for as little as £4 where as it costs me over £15 to have them applied in the Salon. In my opinion there are upsides and downsides to doing your own nails, the main advantages are the fact that it is more cost effective to do it yourself, there are many different styles of nails to choose from and you can apply them in the comfort of your own home. Some of the downsides to doing it yourself are - your nails might not look as good as Salon Nails, you can get the glue everywhere and stick your fingers together and they don't last as long.
I have tried lots of different False Nails bought from High Street stores, some have been really good ones which looked good and lasted a good length of time before they started falling off and others have been a complete waste of money and time applying them as they seemed to fall off really quickly and they looked awful.
As I have previously mentioned there are lots of different nails on the market to choose from, many from different manufacturers with prices ranging from a small £4 right up to over £10 per pack. The most popular type of false nail in my opinion has to be the French Tip style which looks clean, classy and elegant but there are a lot of different other types which aren't as plain looking for those who prefer a more glitzy look there are nails which are coloured and have designs on the tips such as a glitter effect and even some with beads and jewels on them. I think they type of nail you choose is just down to personal taste and opinion. I normally opt for a more glitzy nail for nights out and sick to plain French Tips for during the week when I'm at work.
The most recent False Nails which I chose were the Elegant Touch Pre Glued Nails - mainly because I thought that these would be more time efficient and easier to apply as I wouldn't have to mess around with nail glue and run the risk of gluing my fingers together which I have done on many an occasion. The Elegant Touch Nails which I recently purchased were from Semi Chem. and only cost me £3.99 which I thought was good value for money considering many of my previous purchases cost me in the region of £7 per pack. The packaging the nails were contained in was just like many of the other packs of nails on the market - contained in a small cardboard box which has a plastic front so as you can see the shape, design and general size of the nails inside it. In my opinion the packaging for these nails was quite plain and simple as it mainly consisted of the Elegant Touch Logo in a purple coloured box at the top of the pack of nails as well as a diagram of a lady's hand wearing the nails. On the back of the pack there was some general information regarding the false nails and the fact that they were pre glued. It also showed you some other examples of the other packs of false nails available in the Elegant Touch range.
I opted for the Petite Sized nails as these aren't as long as the other sizes and I also opted for the ultra short style design which is basically your typical French tip styled nail but has a shorter white tip than normal. In the pack there was 24 pre glued nails in 12 different sizes so you are bound to get a nail which fits each finger perfectly.
Before applying the nails you must make sure that your own nails are clean and free from any residue or nail varnish. Before applying the nails I like to just run over my own nails with some nails polish remover on a cotton pad just to make sure there is no residue - then apply a hand and nail cream about an hour or so before I apply the nails so as it has time to dry in and soak into my skin and cuticles. After this is done I gently push back the cuticles on my nails before getting ready to apply the nails on top of my own nails. One of the most important things to do before applying the nails is to sort through them and find the ones which fit each of your fingers the best, by placing the nail just above your own nails to make sure that the nails you are going to adhere to your fingers aren't too small or too big. A nail which is too big for your finger is quite uncomfortable to wear as it tends to dig into the skin around the edge of your nails. A nail which is slightly too small for your finger is much better to apply rather than one which is too big. Once you have found all the nails which fit your fingers best you are ready to start applying them one by one. I prefer to apply the nails to my right hand first as it is easier for me to apply the nails to my left hand afterwards for some reason - I think it is because I am right handed and it is easier to apply the nails to my left hand with the nails already applied to my right hand. I sometimes find it a struggle to do it the other way around as I find it harder to get a grip of the nail and position it on the nail properly.
Because these particular nails are pre glued they are a lot quicker to apply and you don't run the risk of gluing your fingers together with the Nail Glue which is very strong and similar to that of Super Glue. Applying the nails couldn't be simpler all you simply have to do is position the nails slightly above your cuticle and hold down firmly for a few seconds before releasing the pressure and your nail is applied and stuck down. You just simply repeat this step until all of your fingers have a false nail stuck to them.
The general look of the nails is very shiny in appearance which is similar to that of your own nails painted with a clear nail polish, the tips of the nails are bright white and the rest of the nails are a pale pink colour which is slightly lighter in appearance than your own nail colour. The general feel of the nails is a soft plastic material which is quite flexible so as it moulds to the shape of your own nail on application. Some people have higher arched nails where as others have a flatter style of nail, it just depends on each individual wearing the nail and the type of nail they have, but as previously stated the nails are flexible and mould to the shape of your own nail.
The glue which is already pre-glued onto the false nails is like double sided tape in my opinion as it is like a sticky film on the underside of the nail. I was expecting the nails to be quite sticky and sturdy when applied just like using nail glue however I was really disappointed by the end result as the nails didn't stick to my nails as well as I thought they would. I found that they stated to peel away from the fingernail about 30 minutes after application and they didn't feel secure. After applying the nails I was replying to a few work emails and the some of the nails started to come off my fingers, mainly on my little fingers and index fingers. The instruction leaflet advised that if the nails started to some off that you should just apply a little pressure to the nails affected and that they would adhere to your own nail again, however I didn't find this happened as the nails had lost their stickiness after an hour of originally applying them. I had to resort back to the good old faithful nail glue and stick the nails onto my finger again. After doing this with some left over nail glue from a previous pack of false nails I found that the nails felt more secure on my fingers and they didn't come off when typing, doing the dishes or housework. In all the nails lasted on my fingers for 6 days before they started falling off which was really expected as I had to stick them on with nail glue - where as the pre glued nails only lasted an hour at the most before they started to fall off.
Removing the nails is really easy all you have to do is soak your fingers in some nail polish remover to loosen the glue so as the nail starts to come off. You should never try to forcibly pull the nail off your finger as this is very painful and you could damage your entire nail which would take months to repair itself.
In general the size and fit of the nails was very good as I found nails which fitted my fingers perfectly, and the length of them was also quite good as they weren't too long - they were only approximately 5mm longer than the tips of my fingers. The appearance of the nails was also quite nice as they had a square tip rather than a rounded one, however if you prefer a rounder tipped nail you could purchase the other shape in the Elegant Touch range or file the nail into a more rounder shape.
The only downside to these nails was the fact that they didn't stick to my fingers as well as I would have hoped and that I had to resort to the good old faithful nail glue which totally defeated the purpose of purchasing pre glued nails.
Personally despite the cheap cost of these nails and the comfortable fit and range of sizes available I wouldn't recommend them as they totally defeated the purpose of pre glued nails. I think that these nails would probably be better for teenagers to wear as they are easy to apply and come off really easily which would be a good thing to wear at the weekends as they would definitely off in time for the weekend.
These nails can be purchased from most high street stores which stock beauty products such as Semi Chem., Superdrug, Boots, Body Care and even some supermarkets such as Asda and Tescos. At a price of £3.99 they are a slight waste of money as you really need to use nail glue with them.
For more information on Elegant Touch and their range of Nails available please have a look at their website which is www.eleganttouch.co.uk
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