Beyond cute ~ nail decals with a bit of edge
As much as I love nail art, it’s just not something I’ve ever been good at executing. This is precisely why I gravitate toward nail stickers; they’re inexpensive, easy to apply and you can change them as easily as you change your clothes.
But if you’ve used nail stickers, you know that they can lift or peel off your nails, even with the help of a good top coat. I usually get about two days of wear from the typical nail sticker, but all that changed when I was introduced to bigRuby nail tattoos.
A sheet from the Cosmic tattoo pack
This cruelty-free company (they donate a portion of their proceeds to The Kindness Ranch, a sanctuary for research animals) makes nail tattoos that are super cute but with of bit of edge. You will find no roses or smiley faces or anything else you’re accustomed to finding in drugstore nail stickers here.
They function in much the same way as temporary tattoos that you apply to your skin. Instead of peeling off a nail sticker and affixing it to your nail, with bigRuby Nail Tattoos, you cut out the design from a sheet and press it against your nail using a wet paper towel. Just hold the wet paper towel against the tattoo for a few seconds, lift it away and voilà – instant nail art!
Beyond the cool graphics, the essential element that sets bigRuby Nail Tattoos apart from traditional nail stickers is that the actual design is flush against your nail, so there’s very little chance of the design lifting or peeling away from your nail. bigRuby suggests topping their tattoos with two coats of clear top coat and, let me tell you, once you do this, these babies are ON like Donkey Kong.
I tested the Mod (above) design pack ($12 for 86 tattoos) and wow – these designs are packed full of mid-century goodness. If you’re into atomic era design (which I adore) you will LOVE these. The designs in this pack are wonderfully retro with clean lines and simplistic beauty.
Now that I’ve started applying bigRuby tattoos, I cannot get enough, and I fully intend to purchase the Sea Creatures pack in the near future (hello, sea horses!) You’ll also find tattoo packs devoted to garden images, twinkling stars and birds at the bigRuby site.
As you can see in the top image, I put a different Mod design on each finger. For this experiment, I used a polish that has a slight texture to it (it’s hard to tell in the image but there is very fine glitter in this light blue polish). I wanted to see how the bigRuby Nail Tattoos would hold up against a textured polish and I’m pleased to report that they worked beautifully! In fact, that pic was taken three days into my manicure – and there’s absolutely no peeling or lifting at all. I used two coats of polish, applied the nail tattoos, and then topped them off with two coats of clear top coat.
For my next attempt, I decided to use just one nail tattoo on my “accent” finger (aka ring finger) and I just had to go with bigRuby’s mascot because I LOVE bulldogs. (Side note: every design pack in the bigRuby store includes a few bulldog nail tattoos, which I think is absolutely adorable).
I used a mint green crème polish for this mani (no texture) and the bulldog tattoo held up just as well as the other tattoos did against the textured polish. Once I applied the two layers of clear top coat, this tattoo didn’t budge until I removed it. By the way, these nail tattoos remove easily with traditional nail polish remover. I had no issues at all during removal.
• Unique designs that you cannot get at the drugstore.
• Tattoos are flush with the nail so there is no lifting or peeling.
• Excellent staying power.
• As easy to apply as temporary skin tattoos.
• It can be a challenge to gauge their placement during application.
• Cutting the smaller tattoos out of the sheet can be difficult if you don’t have a small pair of scissors (or a steady hand).
Whether you’re a nail art junkie or a first-time nail art user, I think you might fall in love with bigRuby nail tattoos. I sure did, and I can’t wait to get more of them!
Please stay tuned for the we heart this team to weigh in with their thoughts. In the meantime, do you think bigRuby nail tattoos would be a good fit for your nail art needs?
Gianna is our expert on drugstore and budget beauty. She is the writer/editor of Nouveau Cheap, a blog that’s devoted to finding quality products that don’t break the bank.
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