Those who know me know that I love all things sparkly and metallic, so bedazzling my nails isn’t a far stretch. I never had much success with 3D nail art until I tried Sephora by OPI Nail Designs and Nail Gems. For $5, these are an inexpensive, easy option to enhance a manicure. The line includes flowers, butterflies, hearts, stars, rhinestones, and even Hello Kitty–enough choice for a variety of looks!
Each package lists how many decals are included, which surprisingly, not all brands do. This takes the guesswork out of planning a design and potentially under- or over-buying. I bought “Crystal Bindi” (pictured below) for a princess look over an opaque french manicure. The package contained four matching patterns for three designs, and one larger focal design, which I felt was plenty to decorate both hands. The Butterfly Holograms and Metallic Gold Flowers packages include the most decals.
Unlike other decals I’ve tried in the past, these are particularly sticky. Some reviews complain that the designs are difficult to peel from the sheet without breaking apart. I suggest bending the sheet as you would with regular stickers, and using a cuticle pusher as a spatula to lift off the decal. You can apply them to tacky or dry nails, but should overlay with a top coat to seal them to your nail. The adhesiveness of these particular decals aid application since they don’t shift while applying the top coat. Avoid using nail glue because it will dull the gems and leave a film on your nail polish.
Any 3D nail art is susceptible to catching and popping off, so you do need to exercise caution. Mine held up through a shower and other daily routines, but I recommend using gloves if washing dishes or cleaning.
Be creative – you can turn the stickers various directions, place several together, and alter where and on which nail you place them. Now you’ve made original, dazzling nail art in seconds!