I was gifted the Racy Lacy nail art strips by a Avon rep. I have used nail strips in the past but this is the first time I used this brand. For me nail strips are a novelty item. They will never replace nail polish for me. To me nail polish is more economical (I can get more manis per bottle than what is supplied in a box of strips–and isn’t it convenient they only put in 18 strips instead of 20) and I feel like I have more control over polish.
The Racy Lacy nail strips are actually transparent where the black netting is and there are a few raised gems on each one. Instead of putting them on bare nails and having them show through I thought I would put them over my L’Oreal Rendezvous red nail polish which sort of matched the gems (it did in my darkly lit living room but not so much in these pictures).
I usually have no problem fitting the fingers with the nails strip shapes but I always have a problem with my thumbs which have a square cuticle edge instead of rounded, I suspect mostly everyone else does.
I find these strips to be really sturdy to work with; the last Sally Hansen (SH) ones I had kept tearing with the slightest tug and these ones are hefty, maybe a bit too hefty. The excess at tip has to be filed off and it takes more to file them (including some nail) than the SH strips. I had fun putting them on but they are just not my thing — I really enjoy the act of painting on the polish.
No top coat is required and they stayed on the few days I had them on no problem even being over polish. To remove them I only had to peel them off. Avon has over 18 patterns of nails strips to choose from for $10.
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