By Lauren Keith
The Walgreens-only Incoco sure does make applying your own French manicure look easy, and if this dry nail applique works, it could save you some money at the nail salon. Dianna Todt and Marilyn Proffer "tipped" me off on this product.
"We're going to have Marilyn wipe her hands off with the polish remover inside the kit," instructs Dianna.
That's key. Meantime, Incoco dry nail applique isn't a set of stick-on nails. Instead, it's more like stick on nail polish. It's actual dry nail polish that goes on like a hard-core sticker. Again, you must prepare your nails first. Wipe off any previous nail polish, push back your cuticles, and buff your nails. What's nice...all of the tools you need are in this $6 kit.
"It's easier to start with your pinky," says Dianna.
Already, she's a pro at this. That's why she wants to apply the pale pink Incoco polish to Marilyn's hands. The package comes with two sets of nails. So, that's enough to last you a month, if this works.
"Just take your finger, rub it all in, file the end of it, and snap it off," Dianna demonstrates.
And just like that, it covers Marilyn's nails quite nicely. Of course, everybody's nails are different, so keep that in mind. She has no problem appying it herself. Also, if you accidentally place the dry polish in the wrong spot, you can easily do it again, but before you file it off. So, is the French manicure just as easy?
She first applies the white tip, then the overlay....and wah-lah...she has an instant French manicure she applied herself and the best part....her nails aren't even wet. No drying time needed here. Dianna likes these nails so much, she offers to give me a French manicure. I think she's trying to make sure I give this product a passing grade. You think?
"I think the two of us will be a true test to see if they stay on for two weeks," says Dianna.
I think so, too. Dianna is doing lots of renovations and remodeling to her business and Marilyn is a nurse. She wears latex gloves daily and uses her hands in almost every task at work.
So, two weeks later... here's what we found.
"Mine are still great. I broke one fingernail," says Dianna.
The Incoco stayed in place. She just filed and repaired it, and her nails still look salon-fresh!
Meantime, because Marilyn is a busy nurse, we had a hard time coordinating schedules for her before and after, but...
"She did have a few cracks in her's, but the polish stayed on," reports Dianna.
Mine, on the other hand, look pretty good, but one nail did come completely off, thanks to my new puppy who chews everything in sight. You'll notice a few knicks here and there--same reason. Dianna fared better.
"I stripped wallpaper, I scrubbed floors, I painted. I did everything. It weathered all that," she says happily.
So, she's ready to give these nails a straight 'A', but admits she'll still go to the salon for that extra pampering and special touches.
I agree this is a great quick fix and you can't beat the $5 to $6 price tag. I will knock it down a little though simply because if you don't seal this package tightly, your second set of nails will dry out....and that defeats the purpose of the cheap price tag.