And so I went out to find a cheaper alternative to these beautiful nails, and as it turns out, you don't have to go far! Nails Inc have created a line of nail wraps, ranging in all colours and patterns. For those who aren't familiar with how nail wraps work, you have to heat the wrap up (eg. with a hair dryer) before carefully placing each wrap on your nail, smoothing out any bumps or bubbles and heating them once again to make sure they're properly set on to your nails. Seems a bit tricky to do on all ten nails, right? Especially if you haven't got the steadiest hand when you're doing the nails on the hand that you write with. But at just under £8 for 24 individual nail wraps, you're not exactly breaking the bank, and if it all goes wrong then you can just chalk it up to experience.
Ideally, this is what I imagined my nails would turn out like:
So I popped along to Boots with my purse ready and my tail wagging, only to come across THIS little beauty instead!
Barry M Instant Nail Effects in Silver Foil for half the price at £3.99! Barry M I could kiss you! Half the money and half the effort, yielding the same effects! Result!
So I bought this and so far I've been loving it! It's just like any other nail polish - simple to apply, except with two coats of it, I've found that it's barely chipped in the five days that I've been wearing it. Barry M are my knight in shining armour when it comes to nail polish - they have every colour imaginable and at affordable prices. I wouldn't say that Barry M in silver foil has the exact effects of nail wraps though. While foil wraps have the effect of the shiny side of aluminium foil, the Barry M nail polish has the effect of the matte side of foil. Still equally as cute, but doesn't have the same wow factor that wraps would have.
These are my Barry M nails compared to the Nails Inc wraps. Apologies for the poor quality photo, I sneakily took it on my camera phone in Boots (can you take photos of products in shops??)
So my verdict is....undecided! I do love the Barry M nail polish, but if I wanted to treat myself to some party nails, I probably would try wraps. Nails Inc and Nail Rock both do affordable wraps (both retail at around £7-8 each). I'm desperate to try Nail Rock's black and white stripe designer nail wraps.
What do you guys think? Have you ever tried wraps?