Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ABC Challenge: C is For China Glaze - Nail Polish Appliques

Hello lovelies! Welcome to another ABC Challenge post!

Today we are on letter "C". I had planned on doing some more nail art for this challenge but I ran out of time. Instead, I decided to reach for one of my fave brands, China Glaze. I've had a package of their Real Nail Polish Appliques sitting in my stash for awhile now, and I decided now was a great time to try them out. These particular appliques are called "Shake Your Tail Feathers" and are a Peacock Feather Pattern.  I fell in love with these when I found them at Sally's back in October! I have no idea why I waited this long to them out.

These Nail Polish Appliques work just like other brands - You select the size that fits your nail, peel off the backing and stick. They are pliable, so you can stretch them to fit the sides of your nail, which is handy when you have oddly sized nails with a deep C-Curve! Once securely on the nail, you use the little file that comes with the strips to file off the excess, top coat, and voila! Instant nail art!

 In Macro shots you can see some wrinkles and places where I had some issues with removing the excess as well as a couple small wrinkles. IRL these aren't nearly as noticable.

I love the pattern on these Appliques.  Peacock nails have always been a personal favorite, and these made getting the look easy peasy.

The only thing I don't like about Appliques is having to file off the excess. I always end up filing a bit off the nail which changes the shape slightly.  I also had issues with the Appliques tearing at the corner of the free edge during the process of removing the excess. These aren't very noticeable IRL though, so don't let that dissuade you from giving these a try. They look great, are fast and relatively easy, and can be used as a full mani or an accent nail.

The wear on these wasn't too shabby either.  The package says that these can be worn up to 7 days without chips or peeling. I wore them for a full 24 hours and didn't have any severe peeling, chipping, or lifting of the applique.  I did have a few spots on the tip of the nail where the strip wore off in a small, hang nail sized strip, but that didn't really effect the overall look.

If you are interested in trying these, I found mine at Sally's for $5.99.

How do you feel about Appliques? Yay or Nay?

Be sure to check out all of the lovely ladies and their "C" manicures!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!


  1. Wow, your appliques came out flawless! I had such a hard time with them. I did some for Halloween, also from Sally's but they peeled and wrinkled. I had a hard time getting them smooth... it was frustration. I am amazed at yours, very pretty!!!

  2. I've never tried anything like this. I tried a foil thingy once and the glue never dried. Those were a complete disaster LOL

    I like how these look and I think you did a great job putting them on nice and smooth :)

  3. These look awesome! But I'm nay...I have small hands and they don't fit well. And I have a terrible time getting them off, they don't just peel off for me :(

  4. I actually really like this. I'm always hesitant to try nail art but this looks great!

  5. I've not tried the nail appliques yet. These are lovely! Why do I feel like I'm cheating if I use appliques? I am seriously nutzoid. Seriously.

    Pretty job, sweets!!!!!


  6. I didn't even know China Glaze made appliques! I have a couple of Sally Hansen's but never got around to wear them. And it pisses me off that I have to file them and as you said I'll end up filing my nails, too!

  7. wow.. your's is really amazing *o*
    The feather looks so gorgeous >.<

  8. These look beautiful! I have these in the same exact design and I had completely forgotten about them! Might have to dust 'em off :D

  9. These are pretty! I have never had much luck with nail appliques, though.

  10. Super Cute! I feel ya on not liking to file them, I have the same issue, I wish they made them so you could rub the edge with your finger and it would come off.

  11. These look so cool! I really want to try them, I love that they are 100% pure lacquer. I was very satisfied with OPI's apps so if I find these on sale I will definitely try them!

  12. These decals are beautiful! I feel a bit guilty now, I have lots of wonderful decals in my Helmer and I've never tried them. :D

  13. That is so pretty. Now I gotta get Appliques. Found you from Beauty Blog Hopping :)Bad part-You find new things to try which requires $$$ LOL.

  14. Love peacock nails! These are really cute!

  15. These are very pretty - I see these EVERYWHERE now, so many different designs and finishes, and was concerned with how well they applied and lasted. I always imagined they would peel off. May be worth a try though - thanks for the idea.

  16. Oh very nice! I adore peacock pattern but am not nearly adept at nail art to do such a complicated piece how great to have in applique :)


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