Static Nails Pop On Manicure Review
Updated: Aug 13, 2019
I'd like to begin by saying I have always been a lifelong nail biter. Whether I'm stressed, bored, excited, nervous etc. you'll most likely find me spaced out, staring off into nothingness, with my fingers around my mouth. I KNOW how horrible and gross of a habit this is and for years and years I've vowed to quit. Yet here we are, out buying fake nails to glue on because mine are chewed down to the nub.
I've found that using fake, glue-on nails are a good way to prevent me from biting my nubbies without going through the acrylic process which absolutely destroys my nails. Since I'm trying to break the habit, I've been in a cycle of buying the cheap artificial nails by Kiss and replacing them whenever they fall (or I chew them) off.
So far things have been going so-so. My nails have remained short, but have shown small signs of growth. When I saw an Instagram ad for Static Nails in my timeline, I was instantly sucked in. To be fair, I'm a sucker for Instagram ads and always end up buying whatever product it is that looks SO good on the model in the video or picture.
As usual, I tapped the ad and was redirected to the mobile website where I began to thumb through the color choices. The first thing that caught my eye was that every freakin' color was SOLD OUT. Are you kidding me? You're going to sell out of all of your nudes? Those are the key colors you need to always keep in stock. That was disappointing to say the least. Especially since the Instagram ad hyped up all of the different colors and styles. I finally decided on the short rounded pastel blue ones called "something blue".
Then my eyes found the price tag and I had to dust off my phone to make sure it wasn't a mistake. These little pieces of plastic were more than double what I usually pay at the drugstore for Kiss nails. With shipping and handling, I ended up spending close to $20 for freakin nails. What?! Whatever, I thought, they must be some damn good quality artificial nails with magical glue. I hesitantly clicked "confirm order" and the wait was officially on.
I will say that the package came fairly quickly, about 5 days after I placed the order. I will say that the packaging and presentation looked really good. The oversized box was a gorgeous periwinkle blue that ended up matching the nails perfectly. It came with a small collection of different sizes of nails along with a tube of glue, a small file and cuticle pusher. Basically everything that comes in a Kiss nails box, except like, super extra. So as far as presentation goes, I'd give Static a 5/5.
Next came application. As far as ease is concerned, I wish the nails came with breakable application tabs so I could place them symmetrically. Instead, you have to carefully apply glue to the back of the nail, then apply glue to your real nail, then somehow flip over the artificial nail without touching the glue and place it perfectly on your nail in alignment with your finger. It's so much harder than it sounds. I can't tell you how many times I dropped a nail with a fresh coat of glue on the carpet.
After the glue had time to dry, I noticed a white crusty line between my cuticles and the nail from the glue drying. It was easy to pick off, but as you can see in the photo, it was initially very noticeable and made my nails look shabby. I filed them down and rounded them out before I washed my hands aggressively, and the crusties eventually came off.
Finally I was able to take a step back and admire my work. I thought they looked pretty good! The color was very vibrant and they were smooth. I was ready to go out and flash my newly dressed fingers and test out the durability of these puppies. I am sad to report that after only 48 hours, I had 3 nails pop off with 4 more that were one wiggle away from the same doom. I wasn't even able to salvage the nails that popped off because I couldn't find them! So much for "reusable". The nails I did manage to save were worn down and dirty under the nail that I wouldn't have felt comfortable reusing them to begin with. On top of that, the dried glue remained on the used nail and gave off a gross odor.
So while I think that the nails looked awesome, I can't justify spending over $10 on nails that wouldn't have lasted more than a week anyways. I am bummed out though because I really liked the color choices they had and wanted to try them out. There's still a chance I could be a returning customer, but for now, I'll just stick to my drugstore nails until (fingers crossed) my real nails decide to show up to the party.
Overall, their marketing team deserves a pat on the back, their manufacturer needs a kick in the butt and their customers should be given a price break.
Have you guys tried Static nails? What are your thoughts?