Are you a girly girl? I am. I LOVE make-up. Love a cute hairstyle and a great mani/pedi. Before having three kids, I always had my nails professionally done. It was so nice to have a perfect manicure for weeks.
After Squish was born, though, I just couldn’t get to the salon that often. I had to have my gorgeous nails removed. I resolved to keep them painted myself, but it didn’t work. No matter what brand I tried, the polish chipped and looked horrible after only a day or two.
When I first heard about Broadway Nails, I wasn’t very interested. I’d tried fake nails before (remember the Lee Press-On Nails?) and it wasn’t pretty. They looked fake, hurt going on and wouldn’t stay on because the nail sizes weren’t even close to my actual fingernail sizes. The Broadway Nails look exactly like the professional French Manicures I love, though, so I decided to give them a shot.
The kit I used, Broadway’s Real Life Pink, included 24 nails in assorted sizes to fit all fingernails. Each nail has a numbered tab at the end which makes it easy to hold while applying and to keep track of which sizes you need.
I tested out the sizes first, placing the nails on each finger and then laying them out in order.
Next, I cleaned my nails with acetone polish remover to clean off any oils. I put some glue on my fingernail and on the Broadway nail and then pressed the nail onto my finger.
I repeated this process with each finger and was finished in less than 10 minutes. Once the nails were all properly placed, the tabs broke off easily and voila! A gorgeous manicure!
Things I learned:
1. I did have a couple of the nails pop off after a few days. According to the Broadway website, I may not have used enough glue so the nails didn’t properly seal to my fingers. The nails don’t have to be pushed tightly against your fingernail to work; there can be a cushion of glue between the nails if that makes a better fit. (I ended up just popping the nail glue in my purse and putting the nails back on when they popped off.)
2. Don’t do your left hand first if you’re right handed! I found it easiest to do the pinkie, ring finger and middle finger on my (dominant) right hand first. Then I did those three fingers on my left hand. I saved the pointer fingers and thumbs for last so I could use them to apply the other nails.
3. I found that the nails stayed on better if they were glued to longer real nails underneath. The first time I used the Broadway Nails, I filed my own nails down so they wouldn’t stick out. I realized later that it left the Broadway tips sticking out, not glued down to anything, which probably contributed to them popping off.
Overall, I loved the Broadway Nails! I couldn’t believe how easy they were to apply. They looked exactly like a professional manicure, without the expense and the time in a salon. I will definitely be using Broadway Nails from now on. I can’t wait to try some of their funky sets, too! So cute.
* I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did review a sample of the product for evaluation purposes. The opinions in this review are my own. *