A week or two ago I got to have a browse of all of the new ranges of nails and nail wraps from Elegant Touch. Although I have fairly long nails, I do envy the glossy and perfect finish people get from their falsies, so I was excited to try my first pack of Elegant Touch's UV gel coat nails.
*Elegant Touch UV gel nails in mink | £6.95 | Boots
That last pic looks slightly blurry because the nails are so shiny! Because I can grow my own nails I don't usually use press-on nails or have acrylics done, but I do really envy that shine and also the really straight and square shape that I can't achieve naturally. I tried out the short version of the nails, which are still fairly long, although I did need to file my own thumb nail slightly so that it didn't peek over the edge! I really like the colour of these nails, and did I mention that fabulous shine?
The nails were so easy to use and took a lot less time than it would for me to paint my nails. The adhesive tabs say that they are designed to be super-strong, and on most of my nails they were, but I did have the nails on my index fingers ping off a couple of times as those must be the ones I use the most. I'm quite heavy handed with my nails - I heard a saying once that you should treat your nails like "jewels not tools" - I can't help using mine as tools, so I expected a few casualties. Luckily it was easy enough just to stick the nail back on with another sticky tab. I checked with Elegant Touch on twitter and they let me know that you can use nail glue with these falsies, so I think that's what I'll do next time so that they stay on whatever I'm up to.
As well as the nails I also got to try out some of Elegant Touch's new nail wraps which are called Envy Wraps and Envy Wraps Bling - as you might guess, those ones have added bling attached to the wraps!
*Elegant Touch Envy Wraps | £5.49 | Superdrug
How gorgeous is that accent nail? I really love the combination with the peachy pink polish but I have to confess, I copied this look from one of the PR girls at the Elegant Touch event. She was wearing the same nail wraps with a peachy polish and it looked fab so I stole her style :)
I've tried lots of nail wraps with varying degrees of success, and I found these ones to be really good quality. I've had some wraps before that were cut in such a way that literally none of them fit any of my nails and I've also tried wraps with embellishments that fell off whilst I was trying to apply them! I had neither of those issues with the Elegant Touch wraps.
I'm a bit (lot) of a perfectionist when it comes to nails - I can't stand it when I get polish on my cuticles - so I have to get nail wraps perfect too or I won't keep them on. I think you'll agree this one looks pretty much spot on - you possibly wouldn't know it was a wrap. The trick to this is picking one that's slightly smaller than you think you'll need - I think most people do the opposite and end up with the wrap overlapping their natural nail edge and it can look a bit messy. Also, the better the fit the longer the wrap will last as there are no flappy edges to be catching and peeling up.
I added some topcoat over the top of my nail wraps - my peach polish has already chipped but the wraps look set to last a few more days yet. I would definitely buy these wraps and will probably try out some of the other bling wraps versions as they have some more really pretty ones.
Lastly I just have to give a mention to the most amazing nails I saw at the event - how super-shiny and silver spaceman are these nails? The colour is called molten silver and I think I need to get my hands on them (or get them on my hands?) for the party season. I always want a finish like this from metallic silver nail polishes but you just can't achieve that proper mirror look that these babies give. They also come in gold.
Elegant Touch Metallic nails | £5.25 | Superdrug
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