I recently got the opportunity to try some Incoco Nail Polish Appliques. Incoco sent me three sets, but I've only worn one so far and I also did a wear test like I have previously with the Sally Hansen and OMG brand strips.
What impresses me so much with the Incoco strips is the massive range of designs they have. When looking at nail strips I always try to get something that I couldn't easily create using stamping, such as simple black designs on a solid base colour. With Incoco, I had so many choices. This design is called Tribal Dance and it has a silver foil base with black tribal printing and sections coloured in pink.
The strips are very easy to apply, although I am now starting to feel like a bit of a seasoned pro at applying them. They are strong enough to withstand one or two lift offs and repositions without tearing and they a soft and flexible so you can stretch and smooth them out over your nail. I like the fact that each applique is already cut out and loose (just like the Sally Hansen and OMG), rather than stuck to a full sheet (like the Ulta3 ones). This makes finding the right sized strip so easy, as you can just line it up and wrap it around your nail. The pack comes with 16 nail strips and I was able to find a size that fit every nail without having to cut any down.
The instructions say to peel the clear covering off the nail strip before peeling the paper backing off. I actually found it easier to leave the clear strip on the front until I have the nail strip positioned correctly on my nail. I then carefully peel the clear covering off and push the applique down firmly on my nail.
The instructions also say that Incoco nail polish appliques contain base coat, colour and top coat, so there is no need to apply top coat. With both the OMG and Sally Hansen brand strips, I felt I needed to apply top coat to seal it all in. This time around I followed the instructions and went top coat free. Without top coat they were still smooth and glossy, so missing the top coat didn't seem too much of an issue. I was particularly interested to see how they would wear without additional top coat applied.
Now for the wear test. As a blogger who posts daily, I naturally change my nail polish daily. But I did leave one applique on my right hand for a full seven days to do a wear test. As you can see, the wear is outstanding. By day 7 there was no chipping and about half a millimeter of tip wear. They say can can wear these up to 14 days, and I imagine they would still be ok, except for the regrowth at the cuticle edge.
I would have difficulty in saying which of these brands wears the best over a week. I'd certainly be happy to recommend any of these three brands to anyone as they all performed really well.
The only down side for me is that because they real nail polish, unused appliques will apparently dry out over time. I did seal my unused strips back up in their sleeve with sticky tape, so I'm hoping to still be able to use some in future skittlette manis.
Incoco nail strips are available for purchase through their website and cost $8.99 per pack. They also carry a large range of french tip designs and pedicure designs.
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