Film producer Harvey Weinstein wants you to buy nail stickers. Marchesa-gowned starlets have swanned down red carpets for several awards seasons now. Next month, you too can have a little piece of the couture fashion label, at least for a little while. Revlon by Marchesa is a new limited-edition collection of 3D jewel nail art appliqués featuring intricate, signature designs by Marchesa, of which Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman is a co-founder.
Each package of Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués ($8.95, drugstores) includes 18 nail art stickers, a tiny plastic cuticle stick and a tiny nail file. Above: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués in Silk Rosette.
When the head Beautygeek suggested that I try these, I balked. I am, after all, an adult (ish). She suggested that I wear just one Revlon by Marchesa nail applique as a statement with a matching dark polish on the other nine fingers. That was a good idea. Above: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués in Crown Jewels.
Instead I tried a handful to see if I, someone who visits a manicurist on the regular as a necessity, could do it successfully. You see, I am too incompetent to paint my own nails. It’s always a disaster, with colour landing on many places it doesn’t belong. Perhaps stick-on nail art could solve my problem? Above: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués in 24K Brocade.
The longer answer is that applying each sticker without bubbles or wrinkles is a challenge, at least for me. The pattern on the Revlon by Marchesa Royal Burgundy nail appliqués made the bubbles and wrinkles less noticeable, but nothing could get the extra length off evenly. Above: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Nail Appliqués in Evening Garnet.
I followed the instructions to the letter, but still my nails looked badly chipped from the outset. I also question how long the nail stickers might actually last; I found them quite peel-y. These are not for me. Above: Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel Appliqués in Jewelled Noir.
Crank-O-Meter beauty rating out of 5: 2
Have you had success with nail art appliqués?
UPDATE: if you’re a nail-strip novice like Cranky Beauty Pants, you might like to see our new video tutorial on how to apply these Revlon by Marchesa 3D Jewel appliqués, featuring Revlon nail expert Leeanne Colley. Cranky’s going to have a look and try the application again
Product photographs, Janine Falcon. Shown: seven of eight available-in-Canada shades; Beaded Couture is clear with silvery, crystal-esque accents.