Monday, 18 June 2012

Primark 'Ooh La La' Nail Foils | Review

WARNING: CONTAINS PICTURES OF SOME UNSIGHTLY NAILS!

I love it when a product I underestimated surprises me. Equally, I hate it when an item lets me down after I expected it to be amazing. Luckily, these foils fall into the first category.

I picked these up for a measly £1 when I saw them in the queue. This is where I do my most impulsive purchases in Primark. My eye catches something "Oh My God! That's only a pound?" GRAB. This has been my downfall in the past (some terrible nail polishes I won't even talk about further because they make me shudder) but occasionally I'm on to a winner. Like with these!
Disclaimer: I don't actually like the nail foil thing, especially now that it's summer. I like my pinks, pastels, mints. Not dark foils. But when in Rome,  eh. And by Rome I mean Primark.. buying things I don't really want.

So, on to the actual product. I've never used nail foils before so I can't compare them. How useless am I? But other brands seem to be quite expensive. And maybe I'm completely wrong here, but I can't see how the quality of expensive brands could really be much higher. They're just bits of papery stuff you stick on your nails? But as I said, I haven't tried them.
Application: Very straightforward.  I did cut my nails really short before applying them because for some reason I thought it might be easier? I was also getting bored of long nails. I simply "rubbed" the foil for 30 seconds or so, peeled it off and applied it to my nail. I then pressed down firmly on it to ensure it would stick. To tidy it up a little bit, I went over it a couple of times with a cuticle pusher so that it was flat and bubble-free. I then took a nail file to tidy up the ends. They didn't all come out perfect, but unless you had my nails right under your nose to scrutinize, they looked fine.
An hour or two after application
Wear: One nail did chip a little after a couple of hours but the other remained good. It was all going well for a day or two.. until I took a bath. When I was in the bath (didn't think I'd ever blog a sentence beginning like that) I noticed that a layer of what seemed like some sort of film had come off of one of the nails. From there it was all done hill. Once this layer of film had come off, the foils seemed like they were just paper and started breaking away.

For some reason I was expecting them to peel off, but they didn't do that at al. Instead they sort of rubbed off and eventually it was easy to scratch them off with my other nails.

After five days.. they started to go paper and disintegrate


I think these foils would be really great for a night out. Personally I like to do my nails at least a day before I go out because I like to wait a couple of hours between coats and it's just easier. But with these, you have to apply on to bare nails, so there is pretty much no preparation, except for removing what ever you have on them already. I'm pretty sure they would at least last a whole night out, and probably a couple of days afterwards.

I probably won't be trying out the more expensive brands, because these seem to work fine. I wish they'd bring them out in more exciting patterns, but they were only £1 so I can live with it.

20 comments:

  1. Great review, definitely think these are great for a night out rather than for everyday but for £1 why not :) x

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, definitely for a night out.. When these start to wear off, it isn't a great look! X

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  2. I've tried some other brands and didn't enjoy. I don't think they are my thing.
    Great review anyway :)
    xx-B
    http://thegreyclover.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah. I don't think theyre a particularly revolutionary product that's gonna have me gripped to foils but at least these ones are £1 so it's not too bad. Some are over £10 right? Seems ridiculous when you could get a really nice nail polish for that price and use it multiple times! X

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  3. They look great on the nails. Shame they don't last longer, but for £1 that's fine, especially as you say for a night out or a one off occasion :)
    Those items in the Primark queue get me EVERYTIME! x

    beautyimaginarium.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The primary queue is definitely evil! I go in for a basic t shirt or vest and some out with that plus 5 useless items. But yeah, for £1.. Why ever not? X

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  4. Great review did you put a top coat on? That might have helped them stay on a little longer and great value at £1. Have you also seen they do fake nail for either £1 or £1.50
    Love Emily xx

    http://emilysblogging27.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ooh I forgot, I actually did add a top coat! I'll edit the post to say that. Thanks :) and I did see the fake nails out if th corner of my eye. Are they really that cheap? Wow. I'm not much of a fake nail girl but if i was I'd get those! X

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  5. These look really nice! They'd deffo be something I'd consider for a night out :) x

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    1. I definitely think they're ideal for a night out because they're super cheap and so easy to use x

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  6. I tried the nail rock wraps which were about £7 and they were awful! Don't think I'll be bothering with foils again but if I do I'll definitely try out the bargalicious Primark ones!
    Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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    1. £7 is too much to pay IMO. I'd rather get a really nice polish for that money. So yeah, if you ever get the urge to use foils again, I'd go for these :)

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  7. A great steal at £1! Why not?! xx

    jensbrightandbeautiful.blogspot.com

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    1. I know, right? Definitely worth giving a go found £1 x

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  8. i believe the more expensive ones are suppose to last 1 to 2 weeks without chipping. since you only paid a dollar it's not a big deal that it rubbed off in the bath. I agree with you to use those on a night out, the design is gorgeous!

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    1. Ooh that's good to know. And yeah, they're so cheap so it doesn't really matter :) x

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  9. hey i nominated you for the one lovely blog award!
    http://cloudsandcuticleoil.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/one-lovely-blog-award.html
    xx

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  10. I'm awful at putting these thing on

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    1. I was at first but then I just stopped trying to be precise and it just sort of worked :)

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