Today I have for you the answer to all your nail foil prayers. Ok well, to be honest, I don't know if that's true, but I did find a top coat that works with nail foils. Finally! You might remember my previous post: My love/hate relationship with nail foils from earlier this year. Sprout Raindrop clear top coat was the answer to my needs.
For this test, I used some nail foils that I picked up at Dollar Nail Art. They are not the easiest to apply, but I'm hoping that I'll get a little more practice now that I've found a way to actually wear them. I'll start out with a picture of the nail foils alone.
And here's a macro shot just in case you want a better look. As you can see I still struggled with getting these applied just right, but I was still able to get good results for the top coat testing.
After applying the foils I added a thin coat of Sprout, making sure to not drag the brush across the surface of the nail. This is not a quick dry top coat and did take about 20 minutes to fully dry for me.
While I still didn't get absolutely perfect results from Sprout it is leaps and bounds better than my traditional top coat that I attempted to use the last time. There is still some slight wrinkling of the foils but it's minimal. This next macro shot makes it seem much worse than it is to the naked eye.
On the left is a nail foil with only Sprout Top coat applied, on the right is the addition of a quick dry top coat. I wanted to see if the quick dry top coat would still ruin the nail foils after Sprout was applied and also which way would hold up better. The additional top cost also seemed to smooth out any wrinkles in the foils.
Now the real test. How did everything hold up after a day filled with laundry, dishes, and raking leaves?
Well, not as good as a traditional manicure that's for sure. But it was a completely different experience for me than the first time wearing foils. The ring finger held up the best as that was the only one with both top coats on it.
Sprout Raindrop clear didn't turn out to be the miracle product I was hoping it would be, and allow me to wear nail foils for a few days. But it is the only top coat I've used that didn't ruin the foils the minute it touched the nail. And now I can wear nail foils without my nails being a complete disaster after walking out the door. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!