Provided for review by Glossique
Have you heard of Glossique? They are a company offering vinyl nail wraps. These wraps are similar to Jamberry, but they don’t require heat.
A little history about the company from Magda, my contact:
“Nicolle and Cindy initiated the idea and invited me to the project. As three traveling business women, who are also moms, we frequently ran into the frustration of making time to get to the salon. We also attempted at-home manicures, however, you need time to let the polish dry and our nails were chipped after a day. Gel Polish emerged and we thought is sounded like a great long-lasting option! It took a lot of time to have them polished (then dried), not to mention the damage that followed.
Nicolle and Cindy were trying competitor products but they were very hard to apply, needed to use heat, or required a clear coat. They were looking for a solution that wouldn’t require heating, or using any chemicals like a clear coat. After testing a lot of different materials, they finally found the best one!
I’m very hopeless with doing my own nails, I’m from Europe and I always had a chance to have my manicure done in a professional inexpensive spa salon. Here in the States, I have had a hard time to find similar quality in a good price so Glossique nail wraps is a life saver for me! Now after a couple months, I can swear by them and I can’t imagine my life without them!”
The first thing I noticed was the number and sizing of the wraps. There are 19 wraps and they have the smallest in the center of the sheet.
Magda has been incredibly helpful answering all my questions. I asked her about this difference. Here is her reply:
“We had requests to add more of the second pattern and had done so but did not get to updating the template on the website with the new version. However, after testing the updated half and half patterns we have decided to go back to the four “accent” nails only.”
Ok. That makes sense. Let’s get these on! I followed the instructions found on their website. Because of the order of the wraps, I took one of my Jamberry sheets to compare sizes since I know which Jams fit which fingers. With these, you don’t need heat. I sat on my couch one afternoon and put these on.
Sweet! And they went on really easily. The vinyl was really easy to stretch and pull to fit over my domed nails. This helps the wraps from getting puckers on the sides and tips. I used a glass file to file off the edges instead of cutting them close to the nail tip as the instructions suggest. These look really great!
You might notice the circle image on the thumbnail image above. On the biggest wrap, the frames are circles. As the wraps get smaller, the circles squish to ovals. I asked Magda about this and here is her response:
“We have tried shrinking the pattern and offsetting it so the size is relative, the downfall to these options is that you lose the look of the pattern in both options. Therefore, we have opted to the default which is what you received. We have come to the conclusion that when the patterns are on your nails it is not very noticeable. Most of our patterns though are to scale.”
I will have to agree with the theory that it’s not as noticible on the nail.
The wear on these is great! On day three, all of the corners and tips were still really well adhered to my nail. And even more impressive, there were no puckers on the tips or the sides.
These pretties stayed on a week before I *had* to take them off. I messed up one of the vinyls trying to untie a shoe. The rest were still looking great but I couldn’t stand the one messed up. I could have gotten several more days out of them.
I removed these according to the directions. They said to just peel from the cuticle to the tip. Well, I would not suggest that method at all. I did that and managed to peel off layers of my nail. So, don’t take these off without at least using some oil to loosen them. And I usually get a flosser stick and use that to go between the wrap and the nail. There wasn’t a sticky residue left over, but they did a number on my nails. I lightly buffed my nails to smooth them, but I wouldn’t suggest buffing too often or too hard. That’s your nail your buffing off…it gets thinner and thinner with each buffing.
So, my review of these gives Glossique an A+! They are $15 per sheet and frequently offer coupon codes. You can purchase these on their website
*And here’s my funny story about these: every time I looked at the black and pink circles, I saw monkeys in the frames. Please tell me you see them too!