There are some things that nail junkies everywhere are looking for. One of these things is true reflective chrome polish. I thought I might have found it in MAC $$$$$ Yes but it wasn’t like it appeared in the promotional pictures.
Due to limits on current technology, there is no way to make truly reflective nail polish yet. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot have reflective natural nails! There are some thin sheets of foil or Mylar that can be applied to natural nails and they are totally reflective and chrome-tacular.
The first foiling method is available in selected salons, called Minx. It appears to be a thin sheet of foil that’s heat sealed onto the nails at a salon. It costs around $40 for a manicure, and will last a couple days. But it is pretty shiny. All Lacquered Up has a review on Minx. While it looks cool and they can do custom designs, $40 for a manicure that you can only get a couple days out of seems a waste.
I looked at the Minx company website, and I’m probably going to irritate a few people by saying this, but: The introduction made me want to vomit! Here it is (italics mine).
About our Sassy Company
Where on earth would you find a completely new and unique product in nail fashion? In sunny California, of course, where the sun, sea and surf surrounds some of the most beautiful women in the world who need to look sensational whether they are waxing a surfboard, attending a movie premiere, or glamming out for Hef’s next bash at the manor. (Hef doesn’t care what your nails look like, he’s just interested in pretending he can still get it up. Barf.)
While it is hard work gliding through each day and night (and after-hours) looking gorgeous with a touch of naughty, Minx is here to lead the way. The golden flash of fingernail as you beckon for the brunch waiter (wow! Can you snap your fingers at the waitstaff with Minx too?)… the sparkling arc as you firmly grasp the last pair of Jimmy Choo’s on sale (well, at least they’re on sale, I guess. Use Minx to blind those other shoppers who get in your way!)… the perky glint of silver wrapped around a fresh Pinkberry smoothie (What the heck is a Pinkberry smoothie?)… once you’ve been Minxed, your life will never be the same. (No, especially if you get to have a geriatric romp with Hef while wearing your Jimmy Choos! You’ll need therapy to block out the memories!)
I know a lot of polish junkies are very into fashion and this kind of name-dropping would be attractive, but I just say yeech. (Then again, I have worn purple hair and a dyed-black, chopped-up wedding dress from the Salvation Army with homemade glittery ruby slippers.) Fashion and finding your style – whatever it may be- are great. Buying something mindlessly just because it’s expensive and you think people will notice you for it is not.
In Japan, a lot of women pick one brand (Gucci, Chanel or Louis Vuitton, usually) and they will be decked out head to toe in it: headband, earrings, necklace, scarf, sunglasses, purse, coat, shoes, etc. They don’t look confident, they look like they’re easy marks for a pushy salesperson and don’t have the confidence to wear something that they chose for themselves.
While I’m on a roll, I dislike the word ” fashionista,” especially when people use it about themselves. It’s like those shorts that say “Juicy” on the butt, or t-shirts that say “Hottie.” Believe me, if you are juicy/hot/fashionable, it’s apparent. Emblazoning it all over yourself is not necessary.
OK! Rant over. Obviously, since Minx doesn’t mesh with my personal philosophy or my wallet, here’s my alternative. It cost about 10 cents.
Please excuse the fluorescent yellow around my cuticles.
Above: Direct indoor light.
Below: Indirect indoor light, with my Pinkberry smoothie, waiting for Hef to call.
Like Minx, this is not an enduring manicure. I would recommend it for a party or special event. It if gets nicked or scratched, it will dull. Since it’s so reflective, blemishes will show up easily in it. Your nails have to be totally smooth to get the maximum effect, so buff them first.
After buffing, a slightly sticky liquid glue is applied to your clean nails. Don’t miss any areas- this is what the foil sticks to. It’s not tricky- it dries pretty smooth. After the glue turns transparent, it’s foil time!
Cut the foil into pieces that will cover your nail. Lay it on across your nail slowly and press down, making sure there are no wrinkles or air pockets ( I couldn’t get this 100% perfect, but it was pretty good.) You want as flat an application as possible. Roll your nail under the foil instead of moving the foil. Try to smooth down any wrinkles. Then, lift the foil! Voila!
I tried every topcoat I own to seal this: Seche, Fast Forward, Orly, etc. and all ate the foil off and cracked it. There is some special topcoat available with the foil, but I didn’t purchase it. Next time I place an order, I will.
The foil is $1.99 per roll at Transdesign. You’ll have to search for “foil” since there is no direct link to the page. Various colors and patterns are available as well. Each roll could do a few manicures at least, depending on your nail size. You will need the special glue for the best results as it doesn’t show brushstrokes.
This is lots of fun and I couldn’t stop staring at it, but it’s fairly fragile and would not wear well. I’ll update after I buy the special topcoat.