I applied my nail wraps on Sunday, October 29th. It's currently Friday, November 3rd, and my nail wraps are no longer on. Let's discuss this.
1) I truly believe that the NCLA Base/Top Coat isn't strong enough. I know they say it's specifically made to be used with their nail wraps. But, they were literally peeling off. Not all of them, of course. But most of them.
2) I think that filing them in the downward motion to remove the excess, as the instructions describe, isn't the best method. I feel like you need to leave a little bit left so you can fold it over, under the now, then apply the top coat around the edges to seal that.
3) Because the top coat wasn't really doing it, and I already had some bumps in the front, those bumps just got worse and worse, and they were just peeling and peeling. So, I had to apply black polish and orange polish to the edge of my nail to seal them, then apply another top coat layer. I kid you not, I probably applied the top coat about 5x between yesterday and Sunday when I applied them. And you would think with all that top coat I would've had these big thick nail, but I didn't.
4) What I ended up doing was keeping them on the nails they were still looking good on, and removed them from the bad nails, and applied black and orange polish to my other nails, so my nails still looked cute for Halloween regardless. I'm trying another one next time when I do my nails, but just on one nail, and I'm going to use my other top coat, and see how that goes.
5) I will say removing them was a breeze. I literally just peeled them off, easy peasy. Then, I used nail polish remover on my nails. That's the plus side. Overall, I have no clue how people get these to last as long as the 2-3 weeks I've seen. As I mentioned before, I'm sure user error played a part, since nail wraps are new to me, but it's not all user error.
FINAL VERDICT: Wait until they're on sale. Don't pay full price. Then try them out, but don't expect much. And, use your own top coat.
Here's some photos of them, covered in pumpkin guts! My husband and I carved a pumpkin on Halloween, and it turned out AWESOME FYI, I'll include a photo. The original Halloween from 1978 is one of my four favorite movies of all time, so the pumpkin from that is what I wanted to carve. We did a pretty good job, considering we just eyeballed it from a picture, and from the fact that I've watched that movie over 100+ times.
FYI: Remember in my last post when I posted that video about the defective skeleton nail wraps that I was originally going to use? I sent them the video, mentioned the name of the nail wraps (Macabre), and said I bought them awhile ago, was there anything they could do? Well, they emailed me back and apologized for the defective set and would send me a new one. I received my new one in the mail today, and they sent me the Jack o' Lantern ones, not the Macabre ones, lol. Oh well. At least they sent me a replacement, even if it was the wrong one, so I don't feel like I lost out on money. I just wanted to let you guys know, since I said I would update when I found out.
I hope you all had a fang-tastic Halloween!