Cheating a little on this week’s #CBBxManiMonday as it is not so much of nail art as just using polish I wouldn’t usually use. My nails never grow very long, between medication and naturally thin nails, they break easily when long. So I rarely use thermal polishes as you don’t get much of a change on short nails.
I recently swatched the latest collection from Paint it Pretty Polish which is all thermals. I actually swatched them twice since my laptop died and I hadn’t backed up the recent photos despite doing a load for blog posts as I knew January would be busy so I have tried these Makartt Stiletto fake nails a few times to get the length I needed to show the changing colours.
Makartt Stiletto Nail Cover/Tips Review
A single set of fake nails can easily cost around $10 at Canadian drug stores but you can get a pack of 500 Makartt fake nails in various sizes for around the same price. Unlike the sets in drug stores, they do not come with glue or tabs so you do need to buy that separately. Since you don’t use all of the sizes, you can get up to 25 manicures for around $15 with nail glue. They are sold from Amazon and are shipped Prime, so no waiting months for delivery from abroad either.
Makartt Fake Nail Stiletto Style Sizes
I have decently long nail beds so pointed nail tips can be hard to fit. Often they start curving before the end of my natural nail. This happened on one of my nails so I had to go up a size and gently file the edges to get it to fit at the cuticle. That cuts it down to only 12 manicures per pack for me. Still a great price per manicure.
I would say they they do have sizes to fit most nails. My wider nails often use the biggest size in packs but that was not the case for these. I used #1 on my thumbs with a little filing as I felt it looked better at the tip than #2. So they should work for even the widest of nails. Then I used #4, #5, #6 and #9 before deciding that #4 looked better on my ring finger too and skipping using #5 the next time.
Makartt Fake Nails Review
The Makartt fake nails are quite thin compared to many brands. I like that personally as they seem more natural for me. I hate really thick ones but they do provide a bit more protection, these have quite a curve too so make sure you put a decent amount of glue in the centre. Not too much though, they are not acetone friendly and easily melt so you don’t want to be doing glue clean up. I found they stayed on better with dropper glue than brush on glue.
You can see a little of the glue marks here so you do have to use a decently opaque polish. Under my lights, I could still see some nail line with two coats of Paint it Pretty Blue Ice thermal polish but it was not noticeable in normal lighting conditions. Swatches of the whole collection coming soon, so be sure to check back as they are gorgeous!