Hi friends, I was fascinated by the concept of Nail Cones and their helping to protect your skin from nail polish. I was fortunate enough to be chosen out of the applicants on Tomoson to review this new and innovative product.
As a former Cosmetologist, I am so very picky about my fingernails when I polish my nails, and I spend a lot of time with my dominate hands, fingernails removing the sloppy polish that have gotten onto the skin from my non dominate hands application.
My Sample Pack of 12 Nail Cones arrived in an envelope, and my first impression? I thought that the design on these nail cones needs to be placed on some full finger Nail Art Stickers or Water Slide Appliques! The design is simply beautiful and a shame that they are on products that you use and dispose of. Next impression, my reviews are typically full sized product and not samples, I was sad to learn that my review writing and using the product was not worth a full size product.
Next I examined the Nail Cones and shrugged, the inside of the nail cones are cut out round, not the oval shape that I expected to actually cover all of the area around the outer edges of the nail.
Well here we go… time to try them out.
The instructions for use on these Nail Cones were very simple to follow. This is how I used the product:
I Washed my hands, first using my usual soap, then I realized that the stickers weren’t adhering well as my usual soap has a moisturizer in it.
Next I Washed my hands with a non moisturizing soap. This helps to make sure that the oils (or moisturizers) on your fingers won’t interrupt the adhesion of the stickers both from handling the stickers to apply them and from interrupting the adhesion of the stickers.
Applying the stickers, for me, were quite difficult as I had to find the ones that fit the nails. Luckily my sample had 12 nail stickers (3 sizes), though I do wish that they had more, since all I used were the medium and large stickers (this is why I usually don’t review samples of products, I don’t get to test the product thoroughly enough). So having only 8 stickers from the pack that I could use was was a sad prospect. Note the packages that you buy from Nail Cones have 60 stickers in them.
I wasted more nail cones as I struggled to get them right… my nail beds are elongated compared to the Nail Cones which has only a round cut out, leaving a gap around the nails exposing skin. Now I am down to 6 nail cones to use on my fingernails. I tried bending these little beauties to get them to cover all of the skin around my nails, not a good idea fussing for 30 minutes trying and trying to no avail and the stickers were not adhering as well.
So I gave up and finally just did the remainder of my nail cones on the few nails that I could, the result was the polish did go into the round gap between the nail cones and my nails. The product is almost perfect, I do think it could be in a slightly more oval cut out for the insides of these stickers.
I did have some clean up to do, both from over handling my samples of the product and from the rounded gap in the sticker that I couldn’t straighten out to form up to my nail bed.
I did use the middles, cut out areas, to help me form a nice french tip to my nails. So I found a use for those little leftover insides of the forms. You need to use them on dry nails and take that center placing it on clothing or skin and peeling off several times to reduce the adhesion. Once the adhesion is reduced some, you stick it on the nail, covering the area you don’t want to get your french tip on and there you go… paint away! 🙂 It works well. 🙂
All in all, the Nail Cones will prevent a lot of cleanup around your nails, you may have a little rounded gap around the nail edge, as I did. And if you have acrylic nails that you polish, because of the thicker bead that is placed midway at the applied nail tips, you may not have a gap at all. Is it worth it? At $5.99 that is almost $1 a sticker, you decide. For me, it’s a give or take on the product, the application was easy with practice and learning not to be so picky, and the small rounded gap was easy to clean up later… however once I have set up to clean up the edges of my nails, I may as well clean up more than I have to with the Nail Cones.
Thank you Nail Cones for giving me the opportunity to review your product, I think it’s on it’s way to being a perfect product. My recommendation is to elongate the cut out area of the forms, to more of an oval shape, not round and you may have the perfect solution to avoiding any clean up with the nail cones.
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.