Rebel Nails – the DIY Minx effect!

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 31 - 2010

I was sent these a while ago now via the brilliant r8beauty, probably around the time my camera went up in a big puff of smoke and I have been absolutely DYING to play with them but holding off until I could do them justice with a photo incase they were amaze.

Rebel Nails are a simple stick-on concept that can be customised with an almost infinite number of designs from animal print to high-shine chrome.

I found application a touch tricky, though the instructions provided were clear and easy to follow.

Firstly, I had to trim EVERY nail sticker.  They were all far too wide for my narrow nails and even after trimming, I found that I had been a little too cautious and should have taken off more than I did.  Something to remember for next time.  It looks far better once on the nail if they’re a little too narrow for your nail bed than too wide.

I also experienced more problems with creasing on the ones that I hadn’t trimmed enough.  It really is key to ensure you personalise these nails to fit your own properly.

But how does the overall effect look?

Pretty darn brilliant even if I do say so myself:

My little nail and ring finger are both perfect fits (and applications) but at the time, I thought I’d trimmed too much from the sticker.  You can see though that they look far better than my index and middle fingers yes?

Stickability is impressive.  I achieved 4 days before a little peeling but if I’m completely honest with you… I wanted them off my fingers after day 1.  I found that the free edges (no matter how well I filed) just kept catching on things and feeling ‘scratchy’.  I wouldn’t have lasted 4 days if I weren’t testing them for wear.

For me, these are great for special occasions…. nights out and the like.  They feel very comfortable on the nails… the thin membrane of sticky foil is light and unobtrusive.  It’s just that rough nail tip that I couldn’t put up with.

Removal was 100x easier than I had anticipated.  I switched on my hairdryer, gave a nail a quick blast before peeling back the sticker which left barely any residue, gunk and absolutely no damage behind.

Rebel Nails offer around 100 desgins on their website, with prices starting at only £4.99 a set.

I’m loving the look of these Snowflake Red ones for Christmas.

Do you like?


9 Responses to “Rebel Nails – the DIY Minx effect!”

  1. They look fantastic. I could imagine them being tricky! I’m always doing something to do with cleaning so I could imagine the free edges snagging for me.

    I’ve been seeing this application for nail designs for a few years now but with my nails currently in a state of despair I can’t even buy things for them at the moment.

    Yet it won’t stop me trying once I get them back to a happy state.

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  2. LeanneOCD says:

    Pretty! I got something similar from Sephora by OPI when I was in the States over the summer. You just reminded me that I never tried them out, must go and hunt them down now… x

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  3. Jan says:

    I like the effect, but am not sure about the edges catching, a bit like nails on the blackboard. I have got to wrestle with glitter polish this afternoon, being a glitter polish virgin, I did not know it was a bu**ger to remove, but fortunately Sparklz and Shine linked me to the foil trick. Thanks for this and the foil trick. Jan x

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  4. Jenn says:

    The design is so pretty, and your nails are like perfectly manicured, lol.

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  5. tass says:

    Wow I love these! I just did a post on Minx style nail wraps but mine were awful. I thought they would be like foil, but they were much thicker and they looked awful. I agree about the ends being scratchy and annoying which is why I peeled mine off.

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  6. Tina says:

    See, that’s what I ‘m talking about, those would be ideal for my Katy Perry inspired leopard nail!!!
    I love how metallic and 3D it looks!
    Must get some of those at some point!!!

    xx

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  7. Amanda says:

    i think asos have some! i was quite interested to try them out. i’d love to try out the leopard print nail stick ons xoxo

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  8. Valeria says:

    These looks very good indeed!
    I’m gonna check if they ship to Italy :)

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  9. Emz says:

    Love the finished effect but not sure I’d have the patience for all of the sizing & trimming. Essence are bringing out a range of these too which might be worth a try as they’re sure to be inexpensive.

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