I was sent these nail gel films from Perfect Nail in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own, as always.
When I was little my mom got me some children's Tinkerbell nail polish that you could paint on your nails but it would just peel off when you were done with it. It was the best thing ever and is still a very distinct memory from my childhood. It was also the beginning of my love for nail polish. As I got older, my love continued and became a source of stress relief for me. In college my best friend would gauge how stressful my week was by how often I changed my nail polish. However, one thing that has always eluded me is quick nail art.
When I had the opportunity to try Perfect Nail, I couldn't say no. I've tried a lot of the nail art options out in the world but most of them just haven't worked for me whether it was because of speed or just finding the product too temperamental. These nail gel films were said to be incredibly easy to apply, and they are supposed to turn in to nail polish as you apply them to truly give you a seamless application.
Don't those sound like claims you'd want to test out? Keep reading to see my results!
How to Apply
I started with my nails already painted. (It's Mineral Fusion in Rose Quartz and Milani Color Statements in Gilded Rocks, for those curious minds.)
This is what the nail gel films look like after you take them out of the package. Each design comes with 10 films.
The instructions for application say to apply your base color and then wait until it is damp before applying your film. Since I was taking photos, I let all my nails dry completely and then applied a thin layer of top coat on the nail before applying a film. I highly recommend this method if you're applying them to yourself since the films stick easily to damp nails!
When your nail is ready, gently peel back one of the nail films and place it over your nail. On the back of the package it mentions that a wooden cuticle stick can make this easier, but I couldn't find mine. Honestly, I also wanted to test and see if you didn't own a ton of nail art supplies, would you be able to get seamless results. (I determined that you would.)
Once the nail film is on your nail, gently yet firmly apply pressure on the nail film to ensure that it has completely adhered. Pay careful attention to making sure it sticks around the edges of your nails.
To finish, you need to apply another thin layer of top coat. This time on top of the design.
I want to place a special emphasis on thin. These films really do react like nail polish, and if you use too much top coat you will smear the design. If you're worried about having enough top coat on your nail to keep your mani lasting, do a thin coat and then, after it has had time to dry, do another. This will help prevent you from smearing the design.
After your top coat has been applied, carefully pull the excess film off from around your nail. The top coat will met the film, so what's on your nail will stay adhered and what's not will easily separate from it. A wooden cuticle stick could possibly help here, too, but I did fine without one.
If you get any excess color or film on your skin or cuticles, you can use my favorite hack to make your at home mani look more professional - dipping a small eyeliner brush (I get one from Wet N Wild or ELF for $1) in acetone and cleaning up the edges.
Now let's talk about when your fingers slip and your film ends up off center. (Like pictured below.)
When I was applying a film to my dominant hand, I slipped up and the film ended up way off center. Since the film wouldn't pull off the nail once it had made contact, I treated it just like a good application, but was extra careful when I pulled the excess away so that I could apply it to the blank places on my nail. (You can see these in photos below.) At least with this design, you can hardly tell that I goofed up.
And that's it! I would definitely say that I'm a HUGE fan of these! They really were easy to apply and did become just like nail polish once they were on my nails!
If some of my instructions don't make sense, please feel free to leave me a comment and ask your questions! You can also see a video application here.
What do you think? Would you try these?
P.S. You can see more of Perfect Nail's designs on their website, Facebook, and Instagram!
P.P.S. As I put the final touches on this post before hitting publish, I wanted to add a note that I've had this design on my nails for just over a week and it still looks virtually flawless. The very, very tips of my nails are showing a tiny bit of wear and tear but it's primarily the nails that do not have Perfect Nail applied to them. On the majority of my nail, the design still looks fresh.
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