Nail Vinyls Review and Swatches

OCC Nail Lacquer and Nail Vinyls

Have you heard of Nail Vinyls yet? If not you just might be interested! Plus there is a sale going on now through tonight (see details below)!

Nail Vinyls are vinyl stencils or guides that come in various shapes and sizes. They are like stickers for your nails, but removable ones. You know how many people do “tape manis” where they cut pieces of tape into say a chevron style then lay it across the nail, paint, pull it off and create a chevron pattern? Well that’s extremely time consuming and not very accurate. All you need to do with these is peel them off the backing, place them firmly into place, paint over and remove. No cutting or getting all the shapes correct because they’re already done for you!

The great thing about these also is they don’t leave any residue on the nail after you remove them. Also they are sticky enough to stick, but if you don’t get the placement right the first time, you can just remove it and place again. Using a pair of tweezers helps with placing and removing them.

Nail Vinyls

Regular chevron, single chevron

As mentioned they come in various shapes and sizes from large, regular, single and mini chevrons to half moons to lightening bolts to zebra stripes to stars and french tips.

For my manicure this time around I tried out the regular chevrons and single chevrons.

OCC Cruising and Pool Boy

First I painted my nails using Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cruising and Pool Boy. In hindsight maybe these weren’t the best choices because you really want to use colors that are very opaque with just one coat. Incidentally do you see that HUGE ridge on my ring finger? WTF?!?!?!

OCC Nail Vinyls Mani

So here is what you do. You paint your base colors and let them dry completely. Then you pick up one of the chevrons with a tweezer and place across your nail however you like. Make sure you REALLY stick down the sides of your nails otherwise you will get bleed-through. I keep having this issue so it’s something I need to work on perfecting.

Once you have them placed and stuck down tightly, paint your second color on top of them. Then immediately remove the nail vinyl with the tweezers. That’s why I said using a really opaque polish works best because you don’t have much time before you have to remove the vinyl or it could bleed through.

Then voila! You have your pattern! I definitely suggest waiting a good 5-10 minutes before applying a top coat also because I smeared my first mani using these by not waiting long enough.

Lessons learned:

  1. Make sure the polishes you are using are very opaque.
  2. Make sure you don’t have any oils or lotions, etc. on your skin/nails when attempting to apply the vinyl or it might not stick.
  3. When removing the vinyl, remove immediately after painting the second color on and work slowly.
  4. Wait until everything is very dry before applying a top coat.

Nail Vinyls are super cool and I am definitely doing some nail art I never would have bothered attempting before. They are totally even and shaped perfectly, and fairly easy to use.

The pricing varies depending on which shape and how many sheets you want but they are anywhere from $5-15 or you can get a variety pack of eight shapes for $36.90.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Right now through tonight at midnight EST, you can save 15% off orders of $15 using code “letitsnow15″ or more or 20% off orders of $20 or more using code “letitsnow20″ on their site.

Will you be trying out any of these?


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  • February 13, 2014

    I love nail vinyls! I use them all the time and Linda is super nice! A tip for the smearing issue is to use HK Girl Top Coat. It doesn’t smear and dries super fast! I use it over my base color so it dries faster then in about 10 minutes I use the nail vinyls. After I paint and remove the vinyls I immediately use HK Girl and no smearing! It also lasts longer than any top coat I’ve ever used because I’m usually really probe to chips like the very next day. You can get it at and she’s having a sale tonight starting at midnight EST I believe. She’s on Instagram @glistenandglow1 I believe. I tried the top coat after seeing people rave about it on Instagram and I’ll never stop using it!

    • February 13, 2014

      Thanks for the tip!

  • February 13, 2014

    These sound great! I have a tip though – you should try sponging the polish over the sticker. In my experience there’s no bleeding when doing it this way, plus it doesn’t puff up from so much polish as it does when doing it with the brush from the bottle. Although it is kind of messy. (I hope this made sense, I’m so not eloquent, haha.)

    • February 13, 2014

      Ohhh thanks I am going to try that!

    • February 14, 2014

      Thank you SO MUCH! I had just about given up on stencils because I’d get bleed-through every single time no matter what I did. I’m so excited to try your tip! :D Thanks again!

  • February 13, 2014

    These are ok but I find stamping these designs to be a million times easier!

  • February 13, 2014

    Fabulous! I love nail art but have no time for it .. this would make it quick and easy.

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  • February 13, 2014

    Just placed my order, and the discount code was still good at 10:38 pm pacific time. These will be fun to play with. I bought the variety pack and a pack of 20 stars.

  • February 14, 2014

    I love nail art when it’s simple like this, I might have to look into these bad boys.
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  • February 14, 2014

    Ooh, I’d love to try something like this! I’ve been wanting to try a tape manicure for ages, but always assumed I’d make a terrible hash of it…
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  • February 14, 2014

    The chevron print looks awesome on your nails! These sound pretty cool!
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  • February 14, 2014

    These stencils look like they really work well! Your chevron design is perfect! I love that you get so many on a sheet. Every time I’ve tried stencils I’ve gotten bleed-through. I am going to try Becky’s tip and sponge the polish on instead of painting it. Excited to see all the designs they have! :)

  • February 14, 2014

    Oh no… I might just HAVE to buy these! I love easy nail art and patterns but I haven’t a steady enough hand and stamping is more effort than I am willing to put into something that I’ll be wiping off in a couple days.. These seem like an easy medium!
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  • February 16, 2014

    I’ve been wanting chevron tape for so long. I even got chevron scissors to try to make my own, but the chevron was way too large for nails :/
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  • February 17, 2014

    I just love this post! Thank you SO much!!!