Today I'll be sharing my thoughts on Revlon's Runway Collection that was sent to me for review. I believe these retail for around $7.00 and the box contains 24 nails, a little file/buffer, glue and a small plastic manicure stick (similar to an orange wood stick). There are 12 different sizes of nails, and I was able to find the correct fit in the selection without a problem. They are to be applied to clean, smooth nails. The set I tried was the Studio style in the medium length, so I assume they are available in various lengths. The instructions say to "apply an even layer of glue over entire natural nail and back of artificial nail. Use enough glue to cover entire area and to prevent air bubbles from forming. Press nail firmly for 5 seconds. Use manicure stick to wipe off glue." That is what I did, but as you can see, the glue is evident in many areas that you can see through the nail. I tried to spread it around with the tip of the glue bottle, but perhaps if I brushed it on with a small brush, that would work a bit better. If the nail bed color of the artificial nail were a darker color, I imagine you wouldn't be able to see through to the glue, either.
What I liked about this product:
♦ They were fairly quick to use and although there was a bit of residue, it cleaned up easily.
♦ The look nice, very similar to acrylics or gels, but at a fraction of the cost.
♦ They wore much better than I expected. They stayed put on the nail through many tasks.
What I didn't like about this product:
♦ They were difficult to remove (soak in acetone) and the glue was very stubborn.
♦ The fact that I can see the glue areas through the nail.
I can see these being perfect for someone who has problem nails or doesn't have the time to paint their nails or get their nails done, either natural or acrylic/gels. I personally think it takes less time to do my nails the way I always do them, than to apply, remove and clean up the glue residue of false nails. Keep in mind that most of us are not the 'normal' person when it comes to doing our nails, and by that I mean we do them so often that we have it down to a science. This application was all new to me, so I imagine after some practice the glue issues might become easier to overcome. They're a fun product though, and I will be trying some of the others that were sent to me. I'm hoping they turn out a bit better, but all in all, a nice product for certain instances.