Umberto Giannini Painted Lady Talons - Nail Wrap Review

Post date: Wednesday 2 April 2014

I have been wanting to test out a set of nail wraps for ages now; there's something very appealing about being able to just stick a pattern on your nail with the promise of it lasting for a whole week, especially when you're as lazy as me. However they can be pretty pricey and I wasn't ready to drop £10 on a product that may or may not work for me. Whilst making an enthralling purchase of sixty hair grips in Boots the other day, I saw these Umberto Giannini nail wraps in the clearance bin for just £2 and I couldn't resist giving them a go.

 I read the instructions meticulously, and watched multiple YouTube tutorials on applying various wraps in an effort to get to grips with the technique. I washed, filed, buffed and re-washed my nails to ensure there was no oil left on the surface. I then proceeded to chose ten of the eighteen wraps to fit my nails. The instructions call for you to trim the wrap down before applying it, but this seemed a bit fiddly and inaccurate for my liking and none of the beauty gurus whose tutorials I had watched bothered to do so, so of course I didn't either. Instead, I placed the wraps on my nails, warming them up slightly with a hair-dryer and using a cotton swab to press them in to place. I used a nail file to gently file off the excess wrap and sat back to admire the result.

Given that this was my first attempt at such a high-tech process, there wasn't much admiring to be done. A lot of the wraps looked raggedy at the edges where I had filed them off, fine from a distance but unacceptable if anyone is going to be inspecting my talons. I only managed to achieve a perfect finish on two nails, and I am highly impressed with those. The wraps stick on easily and they last well, so if unlike me you have already perfected the art of filing them down then I would certainly recommend this product. They come in a cute array of patterns and are less pricey than some others I have seen on the market. I will definitely be purchasing some more next time I want some jazzy nails for a special occasion (these snakeskin ones might be a little too sassy for me!), and to ensure I get use out of all eighteen wraps, I am saving the eight I didn't apply to use as accent nails in future manicures.

Have you tried these or any other nail wraps? Let me know! 

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