If you are like me, you constantly weigh the pros and cons between a regular mani and gels. A classic polish is quick and easy and gives you the freedom to try out more nail designs and colors. The wrong side? It rarely lasts a few days (even if you’re lucky) before flaking. Gels, on the other hand, have good hold, but they cost more and removal is a PITA.
I would love to be that person who always tries the latest nail trends, but given the regularity in which I use my hands to unpack the packages, the nail polish has no value, and I cannot never convince me to pay the tip of $ 50 and more than a gel mani requires. This is what makes this new brand ManiMe—And her gel nail polish stickers – so shiny.
Although the nail stickers are certainly not new, what sets ManiMe apart is the insane wear time and the glossy gel finish they have. Using K-Beauty technology, the formula is cruelty-free, 10-free and doesn’t require you to expose your hands to UV rays, because the gel is already set before application (genius, I know).
The founders Jooyeon Song and David Miro Llopis have made it their mission to create a nail salon experience without sacrificing quality in the comfort of your home. One of the biggest cases they managed to solve was the one-size-fits-all problem of typical nail stickers encountered. Their response? 3D printing.
After adding your stickers of choice to the cart, the website invites you to take a photo of your nails (on the back of a driver’s license or a business card for size), which you then download during your ordered. (Believe me, it’s an easy process.) From there, the brand prints and ships stickers that will fit your nails perfectly. The ManiMe pack also includes a preparation pad for cleaning your nails, a mini nail file to remove any excess sticker and three sets of five nail stickers.
Besides their ease of implementation, just follow the video tutorials on the website; the whole process takes about five minutes – price is a huge selling point. ManiMe gel nail polish stickers cost between $ 15 and $ 25, depending on complexity, and they take around 15 days to donate or take. I can personally guarantee the service life and their water resistance. Just because it was washing day, I spared no compassion for my new nails. The day after they were put on, I completely rubbed my scalp and combed my damp curls. A few days later, the dishes and hand soap could no longer reach them.
Removing them is just as easy. After about two weeks of wear, peel them gently from the base of your nail and they should come off. (Just be sure to go slowly and immerse your nails in lukewarm water if they are stubborn. The last thing you want is to damage or remove your nail plate.)
Not that I tried to keep this innovation to myself by all means, but the amount of questions and compliments I received from complete strangers was insane. And it only got better when I revealed my secret: “Thank you, these are gels to stick!”
I think one of the most glamorous parts of it all is the ability to mix and match patterns, sets and colors. Designs that would take well over an hour – and, TBH, my budget – are suddenly workable. I am currently on my second design pack and I never look back.
Purchase some of my favorite designs of DIY gel nail stickers, below:
Talia Gutierrez is the beauty assistant of Glamor, Allure, and Vogue. Follow her on Instagram @taliamichelee.