I knew as soon as I saw these Revlon by Marchesa nail appliqués that they were something a bit special. So special in fact, that I've been holding on to them for a suitable occasion and now that party season is upon us I thought it would be the perfect to show them off.
It seems that 2013 was the year of the nail wrap and I think the standard of these products has really stepped up across the board. Because my nails are very curved, any wraps that I wear have to be the thin stretchy kind or just insanely adhesive to have any chance at staying attached. These fit in to the second category!
These nail wraps are very sticky and thin enough to get a good purchase on your nails without too many crinkles. As with all wraps - the flatter your nail beds, the less chance of crinkling. As you can see in my pictures, there are few bumpy bits near the edges but they aren't noticeable from a distance.
These are applied by sticking them in place on your nail and then filing off any excess that extends past your nail tip. The mini nail files that came with the wraps for getting rid of the excess were very rough so I opted for my glass nail file instead which did the job with no unnecessary damage to my nails.
The range contains 8 different and exquisitely crafted designs each inspired by a dress from Marchesa's archives. The design I'm sporting is Royal Burgundy. Each pack contains 18 appliqués in a good range of sizes so you're guaranteed to find a match for your nails and it comes in handy if you mess up a few! I have some left from this set which I'll be saving to wear as accent nails on occasion.
The sets run at £8.99 each which is a few pounds more than most nail wraps you'll find on the high street but justified by the exceptional 3D designs. This is the kind of item that I would reserve for a special occasion where I'm going to get dressed up! I think they'd also be perfect for a bride on her wedding day. Silk Rosette (blue florals on clear) could be your something blue and Crown Jewels (gold details on clear) over a pale pink or shimmery white polish would look breathtaking.
I couldn't resist added a gold spark to my usual make-up to match my nails!