I'm pleased to say curiosity finally got the better of me and, before long I was snipping the top of my Gulliver-sized glue tube and popping my stick on cherry!
I really loved these natural-looking fabulous French falsies from Eye Candy.
They're a really wearable length (I couldn't really tell I had them on) and the colours are so natural they looked to me, even at close inspection, like a set of high gloss pink and white acylics. Of course they don't offer the durability of acrylics (or indeed claim to) but they're certainly a much quicker and cheaper alternative if you're stuck for time and need no-fuss flawless nails. They're much speedier to do than applying polish too, no smudges, nicks or chips, simply stick 'em on and you're good to go.
When applying, the trick lies in selecting the right fit of false nail for the natural nail. Too small and it will pinch when glued or ping off. To big and it swamps the cuticle, a dead give away! But with 24 nails in 10 graduated sizes, there's usually one to fit, or you can tailor them further by filing the sidewalls slightly.
I liked the steep smile line as it gave the illusion of extra length whilst keeping the nails a comfortable, practical length and was amazed at how long they stayed on (a good three to four days despite washing up, cleaning, even bathing the dog!!). Removal is a bit of a chore for those that didn't come off on their own (you soak your nails in a bowl of acetone-based nail varnish remover until they turn to a jelly-like mush and can be gently scraped away) but nothing too arduous, especially if there's something good on TV! A gentle buff to remove any remaining glue and a slick of nail oil and my nails were back to their usual state, eager for their next stick on fix!
Eye Candy False Nails are available in French, Decorated French, a classy pillar box red (see below), and Natural. Prices range from £4.49 for Natural to £5.99 for Decorated French.
Available from Gordons Chemists nationwide, www.justbeautifully.co.uk and Amazon from Feb.