The Incoco nail polish strips are made out of real nail polish. They are Big3Free and remove easily with nail polish remover. They have a glitter base with a beautiful design over them. Even with the glitter, they were still easy to remove, although I was reluctant to do so. These strips apply similarly to other nail polish strips such as the Sally Hansen ones. These are stretchy and flexible. They do rip easily so when stretching make sure to do it slowly. Any sudden movements may result in tears...
Each package comes with 16 strips in varying sizes to allow you to find the right fit for your nails. The strips are packaged in an airtight plastic wrap and must be used as soon as it is opened since they do dry out. As always, I wish the two strips of 8 were packaged individually so those with shorter nails had the option of only using one by cutting strips in half....
The package includes easy to follow instructions, but if you've used other nail strips before then you probably know the routine:
1. Remove clear cover
2. Peel polish strip
3. Remove silver tab & select end
4. Apply to nail & gently stretch to fit
5. Remove excess
As I mentioned, these can rip if pulled too suddenly so make sure to do it gently.
The directions suggest to remove the excess with a nail file, however this always leaves a rather rough looking edge at the tip, similar to what I got with the previous set I tried. Since these are made of real nail polish, I decided to try removing the edge with acetone rather than a nail file. The idea comes from a reader who mentioned that she cleans up around the cuticles with acetone.
Here is what I did...
Follow steps 1-4 above to apply the nail polish strip then gently pull it down, wrapping it around the tip as shown below...
Place a q-tip soaked in acetone, underneath the nail to gently melt along the edge of the strip....
Pull away the excess and you are left with a strip wrapped tip, which I personally think looks better than the file cut one. Please pardon my left over cotton fuzz...
This method is a bit messier than using a nail file, especially if you melt too much of the strip and it gets on your skin, but for me it was completely worth the effort to end up with a wrapped tip. It gives it more of a nail art vs a nail foil look.
I'd love to know what you think of these! Don't hesitate to comment below :)
Thanks for looking!
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