I got C-3PO nails!

I have wanted to get Minx nails for years. I remember reading about it in magazines and thinking "I am definitely going to try that one day". Well "one day" came last Monday and here's what they looked like.

Tasteful? No. Fun? Yes.

Minx is not nail polish. And it's not a gel. It's what the manufacturers describe as a "protective coating" for the nail. In other words it's a sticker - just like the ones that you can buy in the likes of Sephora and New Look. They are hundreds of designs to chose from - I went for one of the "safest".

I got it applied in a salon. I didn't really know what to expect but it's the same standard process - preparation of the nail, cuticle work etc - up until the application process. Here it's a combination of a little bit of heat and some careful shaping of the sticker to ensure that it fits the nail bed as much as possible.

It took about 45 minutes to get them applied and there's no waiting around for them to dry. It's straight out the door and into the sun where the reflective nails proceed to blind pedestrians/drivers. They are seriously striking - as someone said on Instagram, they are right "bobby dazzlers".

It was love on day one. I was excited to finally have truly metallic nails - nail polish just doesn't deliver in the way that Minx does. I actually got stopped by a woman who asked me what I had on my nails. Whether she was mesmerized by the tacky or just genuinely interested I will never know but still, that hasn't happened before!

However, less than a week after I had them done, I had to peel them off myself. The Minx site talks about the product lasting 14 days on fingernails and 4-6 weeks on toes. I am just not sure about that. They got ropey pretty fast.

I don't know how I feel about this. I did know that they wouldn't last in the same way that gel nails do, it's more of a "lifestyle" nail product - and one that changes to reflect your look of the day/week. I also knew that the sticker itself is susceptible to water and oil exposure so if you want them to last for days and days you have to effectively avoid washing your hands - in fact I was told to do this.

I did try and protect them as best as I could but yes, I did continue to wash my hands (seriously, I can't NOT do this) and so by day 5 the peeling at the tips was too pronounced to ignore. Luckily they came off easily and no damage was caused - they really are a protective coating as the marketing would have us believe.

So after my little experience I would have to conclude the following:

a) Minx looks amazing and unique - it will amaze women and baffle men.
b) It's fantastic for a special event or weekend - ie, something less than 3 days because after that they may/will start peeling.
c) The longevity no doubt hangs on a combination of how you treat your nails and the experience of your technician. I am not going to blame mine as the average length of time it lasts seems to be in-line with my experience. I did read of some people getting a UV top coat applied after application...that sounds sensible.
d) If I wanted to dabble in this again I wouldn't pay for the manicure - I would just go to eBay and buy direct from the many sellers. For £11 you get your own set and after that you just need scissors, a lamp and some serious patience.
e) I would love to get this applied to toes for the summer - I think that would look amazing.

Have you ever tried Minx? What do you think about the whole nail sticker trend?

PS. On my nails right now is good old fashioned nail polish - OPI Vodka and Caviar :) 

69 comments:

  1. amazing nails!



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  2. hmmmm - they should find a way to make this type of 'polish' last.

    3 week manicures make a week sound useless....

    Look fab though!

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  3. not wash your hands for a week? excuse me while i go and throw up... seriously, if someone told me to do this i would tell them to jog on. disgusting... glad you didn't obey lol

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  4. Ohhh! This is seriously striking! It's a shame they don't last too long. If I was to get them done, I'd definitely get the UV top coat too :) x

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  5. I recently did my minx training and its one of my favourite things ive done! Its a shame they dont last on fingers but they last amazingly well on toes! I'm yet to try these plain metallic foils (ive only used patterns so far!) but now they are at the top of my list! :) xxxxx

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  6. I just want to try this too! But i don't know how to get some Minx products :/

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  7. these look so pretty! And it looks like yours lasted longer than mine - I tried one of those nail-sticker things and they lasted only a few hours on my nails!

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  8. Those are amazing! Also, I need to work the term 'bobby dazzlers' into my everyday vocab! xoxo

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  9. Looks so luxurious and chic!

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  10. I had them done in metallic red. They looked amazing for a couple of days but it was quite disappointing.

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  11. They look amazing! I love the look of minx, but like you I've been saying for ages 'I need to go get this done' but i've never got around to it! :)

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  13. Thanks for this great review! When I was in the US, I used to be addicted to gel manicure and stopped when I came back to Paris. I ended up with very thin and weak nails. Since then I have managed to stay away from it even though I think it looks great and gives an amazing result.

    I think it looks great on you and I completely agree with you that it is just perfect for a special occasion.

    P.S : I love OPI Caviar & Vodka. I would recommend Essie Boudaries as well

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  14. You are so,so, so silly! Love your postings Laura and miss your videos. But I'll take your postings and twitter...any lil bit of laura in my life. :)

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  15. Wow, they look amazing! I'd imagine if they were a little more long lasting or a little simplier to do at home then they could be very addictive!!!

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  16. I think they are gorgeous! x

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  17. Omg they are so cool!!
    I NEED to try them:)

    Check out my blog??
    http://missjammyxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. These are so awesome! C-3PO nails ha! Love it :-)

    Maria

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  19. Wow, it looks so cool! That is so funny that someone stopped you on the street, but those nails do look amazing!

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  20. I kept checking your page today for a new post :) Just had a feeling that you'd update today, and just when my faith was starting to waver...I saw this! I totally forgot about Minx nails. They look AMAZING, but I agree - they'd be really striking on summer toesies

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  21. Wow they're so... wow. Haha. I know I wear gold all year round but I think these nails would look particularly stunning at christmas :)
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  22. I love your nails! They are so funky and out there, perfect touch to spice up any outfit! :)

    Lots of Love, Ana
    cupcakesandflowers.blogspot.co.uk
    x

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  23. Ahhhh I love them! I haven't had minx but got shiny gold nail stickers from primark ages ago. Wore them to my grad ball and fricking loved it! I'm such a magpie I can't resist! Its fun, so why not?
    xxx

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  24. These look great, it's such a shame they didn't last better. I really like the floral Minx designs too x

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  25. I love the look! They'd be perfect for special occations. It's too bad that they don't last any longer. And I agree with you, I could never go without washing my hands, so mine wouldn't last long :)
    I wish you a happy week.
    xoxo
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  26. Those look SO pretty!! They would be perfect for special occasions! And I'd definitely get them done for those times.
    Although not washing your hands, dang, that would be hard to not do....

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  27. I don't like the idea, at all. The colour, yes beautiful and something nail polish's just don't give but on the other hand I think it looks too untidy, too time consuming and look way too fake? hmm. I like old fashioned things and I think nothing will beat the ordinary nail polish.

    Currently wearing: Butter London - The Old bill (absolute favourite)

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  28. love the nails!!! they would look incredible on the toes swell!!!! think ill try the ebay site!:) http://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.com/ xxx

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  29. It would be awesome if they could last longer because they offer more designs than you can do yourself...so i mostly use them for the weekend. http://betsubetsuna.wordpress.com

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  30. Would it be a crime to put top coat over it ? Maybe it could work ! What did the technician said about a straight top coat (not UV gel etc) ?
    I do that with the Sally Hansen nail salon sticker nails and the lasts a week with a top coat, 2 days without !

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  31. Ok this is totally off topic, and I usually dont comment on your posts but just read them silently lol

    Anyway, Ive been wanting to say/ask this for a while; Whenever I read ur blog, I hear ur voice in my head, like ur saying it...and thats strange cause you didnt post a video in decades!! =P

    So I was wondering if im the only one who has that "problem"....

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    1. Me experiencing the same thing. I used to watch every single video of hers so when I read her blog same thing happens ..I can visualize her and hear her voice too :p

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    2. I DO THE SAME THING!! I thought i was the only one aswel!! miss her videos maybe thats why i hear her voice!! http://thefashionistaobserver.blogspot.com/ xx

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  33. They look so cool!
    I think I've seen Sally Hansen's version of that, but it was silver.
    May give it a go now :)

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  34. looks nice but such a bother to avoid washing hands

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  35. Very cool looking, but to avoid washing hands is absurd! I bet they come out with a more durable version soon though.

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  36. They are definitely 'out there' but very cool all the same! I agree, they would look amazing on toes! Xx.

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  37. ooooooooooooooooooooooh me likey! <3 that is just tooo cool!! how fun!

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  38. These look amazing! It's a shame they don't last as long as gels but I'd definitely get them for a special occasion. x

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  39. Love those nails!!!!

    xoxo

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  40. They look amazing! Can't believe you got advised not to wash your hands with these though! I think they would only last on my nails for a day because I'm such an OCD hand washer ha ha ha :) xxx

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  41. How much did it cost to have it applied at the salon??

    Lots of Love from a new follower xxx

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  42. I think I'd give a shot as a pedi!
    It does look wicked cool!
    xx

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  43. These are literally amazing I love them really want to give them a go!

    xxx

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  44. They look amazzzzing!!! love them! x

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  45. these are gorgeous!

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    xxx

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  46. OH MY GOSH UH-MAZING NAILS!

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  47. Stunning nails! I would love to try that out, but I don't think we have that here in the Philippines. Any suggestions for alternatives? :-)

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  48. They look amazing but as you said I could not stopping washing my hands either, so not sure they would be worth it on me ! xx

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  49. Have you ever tried shellac nails? It's a totally new nail trend here in the states. I just got it done this weekend and it's amazing. It supposed to last 2 weeks, no chipping, utilizes your own nails (no fake tips) and also no dry time- in and out of the nail salon. It's not too expensive either. I got a coral color- perfect for spring! You should try it!

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  50. Not sure about not washing the hands, sounds quite icky but they do look fun as you said!

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  51. Love the look, just wish it lasted longer! They really contrast with the dainty ring you have on as well.

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  52. They r so cute!

    Xox Soph

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  53. These are so eye-catching!! It's too bad about the lack of lasting power. And I can't believe they recommend not washing your hands! Yikes :O lol

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  54. I trained in MInx last year and I love the concept behind Minx. I don't wear them on my nails personally because they don't wear for long enough for me to feel they're worth the effort however I have them on my toes nearly all year (not the same wraps obviously, that would be disgusting!) as they last so much longer! x

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  55. so pretty nails!
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  56. Some brand s are better than others and the same goes for technicians. Give it another try! I have also used the sally hansen in the yellow colour, they stayed on and looked great till I removed them

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  57. Jesus they look awesome, but the fact that the lady told you NOT to was your hands is crazy XD. I guess a way to keep them nice is when you wash dishes or something to use gloves >.<
    xoxo

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  58. Great and elegant. It is very simple yet it catches my eyes to have this. Really great and interesting to do. Thanks for blogging.

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  59. Wow what a amazing nail. I love this. I love nail art it looks cool. thanks for this post.
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