Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués

In Beauty, Designers, Fall 2013, Toronto
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Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués - 24K Brocade, BeadedCouture
Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqu̩s Р24K Brocade, BeadedCouture

l never thought l would be singing from the rooftops about nail wraps. l haven’t liked any of the ones l’ve sampled in the past like Sally Hansen or Essie. However, I’m here to tell you the Revlon by Marchesa collaboration nail wraps are the best things ever. Keren Craig and Georgina Chapman partnered with Revlon in order to translate their embellishment heavy designs to nail wraps that almost everyone can afford. The Revlon by Marchesa nail wraps are 3D textured appliqués accented with opulent jewels and beads. They are the most ornate 3D designs I’ve seen applied to nail wraps. The Marchesa nail wraps are a thing of beauty. They really do a great job of representing the brand in a very accessible manner.

Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués - Guilded Mosaic, JeweledNoir
Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqu̩s РGuilded Mosaic, JeweledNoir

When I received the collection from Revlon, l wasn’t even Sure I wanted to use them. They were too damn pretty. l got over myself though and picked my least favourite pair to test out. I’m still not sure that I’m going to use the other wraps yet. My main problems with nail wraps is that it takes me longer to apply than traditional polish. I have polish application down to a science now and nail wraps throw me off. My second issue is the finish on the nail edge. It’s always puckering and my design OCD goes freaking haywire. the Marchesa nail wraps don’t produce the puckered nail edge.

Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués
Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués

After the first nail l knew these would be a game changer. Application still took longer than regular polish but the finished edge made me very hopeful about the whole process. With other brands l’d stop application mid hand because I couldn’t stand the finish. Not with these babies. The only complaint I have about the wraps is that there should be more larger sizes in the package. I removed the wraps well before the expected 10 days they claim to last. I  guess if you aren’t hard on your hands they could last that long but my experience would put these at a week of wear before getting ugly.

Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués -Crown Jewels, EveningGarnet
Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués -Crown Jewels, EveningGarnet

The Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués get an enthusiastic thumbs up from me. If you were undecided about nail wraps before let me tell you that these are different. There are eight different styles. Each package contains 18 nail strips in various sizes. You can use the extras for statement nails. Some styles can be applied over nail polish for added effect.

Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqués - Royal Burgundy, SilkRosette
Revlon by Marchesa Nail Art 3D Jewel Appliqu̩s РRoyal Burgundy, SilkRosette

So far I’ve only seen them for sale at Rexall but the press release says they are available at drugstores and mass retailers. They retail for $8.95 and are available for a limited time only.

images: courtesy of Revlon