Nexus Nail Wraps Subscription Box Review + Coupon – June 2017
Nexus is a nail wrap subscription box from Espionage Cosmetics that sends two different, themed nail wraps each month. Subscribers get to pick a winner and it earns a permanent spot in the Nexus store.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Nexus
The Cost: $15/month + free shipping
The Products: “This monthly subscription service ships two brand new nail wrap designs to your doorstep! An epic wrap battle ensues and it’s then up to you to vote on your favorite! The winning nail wrap design joins our permanent #NerdManicure line and the loser becomes a subscriber exclusive, never to be produced again.”
Ships to: U.S. and International
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
June’s theme is “Under the Sea”. The themes seem to lean toward quirky and fun. You can check out past winners here to see if you like their style.
The battle between “Land of Submarines” and “We’re Jellin’” begins!
A couple of paper cutouts are included and they encourage you to cut them out and integrate them into the photos of your Nexus manicure on social media. If you do, you are entered to win your next Nexus package for free!
Land of Submarines Nail Wraps – Value $10
The first set of nail wraps are “Land of Submarines”. These are colorful, graphic wraps in a mod style with a couple of accent wraps that have cute yellow submarines and a load of nostalgia.
We’re Jellin’ Nail Wraps – Value $10
Set two are the “We’re Jellin’” wraps. These look like you are looking into the jellyfish tank at the aquarium. They are real images and a different style than the illustrated wraps they are going up against.
The submarine wraps won the battle because I was going to trivia with a Beatles fanatic and I knew she would get a kick out of them. I was right!
Application was pretty easy after I got the hang of it.
Step 1: Clean your nails with some alcohol wipes to remove any oils.
Step 2: Pick the wrap that fits your nail best and peel off the clear protective layer.
Step 3: Peel the wrap off of the backing and place onto your nail close to the cuticle but not overlapping any skin.
Step 3: Rub the wrap onto your nail starting at the bottom of your nail. I used one of those rubbery cuticle pushers to make sure I got all of the edges down.
Step 4: Tuck the end of the wrap under your nail and use an emery board to file in a downward motion to cut the excess wrap.
Step 5: Apply a top coat (regular, not quick-dry) for more staying power. This step is optional.
It took me about 15 minutes for the first hand and 10 minutes for the second. I’m sure I will get quicker with each application until I am a pro.
My nails looked really nice and smooth and definitely colorful. I like that I didn’t have to worry about letting polish dry (if you don’t use the top coat) and that my manicure looked perfect with no stray polish.
You can change the look of your manicure by adding different top coats, like matte and glitter, or by using the wraps as accent nails with your favorite polish colors.
I have read that these can stay put for up to 2 weeks. Mine were peeling off within 2 days. 🙁 Great thing is, they are super easy to remove. You just peel them off and wipe your nails with coconut oil to remove residue. No damage, no chemicals, and super quick.
I’ll be trying some tips I read about getting these to last longer because I’d love to have an option for a quick, long lasting manicure for such a good price.
Extra cool thing: These glow in the dark! I walked close to a black light and they REALLY glow.
Verdict: This is the first time I have applied nail wraps and it was easier than I thought! I think that if you are a wrap kind of person, $15 + free shipping is a good value for the $20 worth of nail wraps I received.. I am disappointed with the short time these lasted on my nails, but I’ll give some different techniques a shot to see if I can get some more life out of them.
What do you think of this month’s Nexus box?