Disclaimer: Purchased by me.
I’ve heard some wonderful things about Incoco nail appliques, and I couldn’t wait to try them. I ordered three sets a few weeks ago, including the patriotic set, “Star Spangled.”
What better way to test out “Star Spangled” than in manis for Memorial Day weekend?!
I do want to say, before I go any further, that I am grateful for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms in the USA. Today is in honor of the men and women in our country who lost their lives in service, and while commercial America focuses on sales, BBQs and the unofficial start of summer, these men and women should be thanked and recognized for what they have done for our country.
I followed the instructions that came in the pack:
Here’s my swatch hand, day one:
I was unprepared for how much more delicate these real-nail polish appliques are compared with some of the nail wraps I use. For example, when I applied the first one, to my left thumb, I pulled very tightly to the tip and broke the applique so that I had a “chipped” polish look where it tore.
You can see some of that same tearing on my other nails, as well. I got much better as I moved finger to finger and onto my right hand (my swatch hand is the left!).
You can see, though, that the one thing that is missing from my nail beds is wrinkles. The Incoco wraps were the first ones I ever used that easily laid flat on my nail with no wrinkles!
Here they are on day two of wear:
Incoco says you can get up to 14 days of wear with these appliques, but I took them off after three. I just couldn’t commit! I removed them with my Zoya Remove + nonacetone nail polish remover just fine.
I had some left over, so I used them a couple days later in my actual Memorial Day mani:
- Thumb and middle: Star Spangled nail appliques
- Index finger: Orly Black Hole
- Ring and pinky fingers: Wet n’ Wild MegaLast nail polish in Coast to Coast with Hard Candy Soda Pop (red, white and blue) glitter on top.
I still struggled with tearing them, but I have a couple more packs and I’m going to keep trying to get it right!
I would definitely buy these appliques again. I had enough for a full mani, and some left over to use as accents in new manis.
It’s worth noting that as I wrote this, and checked the website, I don’t see Star Spangled there anymore. You can find the range of appliques here, though, and they retail for $8.99.
Have you tried Incoco yet? What are your thoughts?