Shu Uemura isn’t a brand that comes to mind when I think about nail products. I’ve used quite a few Shu Uemura products over the years including their eye lash curler and cleansing oil. But nothing related to nails. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Mika Nail Stickers. What I did know was the stickers looked GORGEOUS! So I was excited to try them.
Mika Ninagawa is a Japanese photographer known for her bright and vibrant photography (that’s what Wikipedia said!). These nail stickers are meant to capture her world and I have to say, I think Shu Uemura did a good job in that sense.
Under the jump there is a full review on this product along with directions and about anything else you can think of relating to using these nail stickers.
Currently, the Mika for Shu Uemura nail stickers are available on the Shu Uemura website and are available in 2 designs. The design I have is Melting Sweet Dreams/Curiosity.
Packaging: The packaging for this product is your basic cardboard envelope style packaging. Inside there are 28 nail stickers, a plastic cuticle stick and a mini nail file.
Instructions & Application: Application of these nail stickers is pretty straight forward. I did use a base coat and let it dry completely before applying the stickers.
The nail stickers are on a clear sheet so it’s easy to pick which sticker to use. I have narrow nail beds and many times find it difficult to use nail stickers. These nail stickers fit my nails better than any other nail stickers I have used.
Application is simple. Once you pick the sticker peel it off the sheet from the tip and apply the sticker to the nail starting at the cuticle. These stickers are on the thin side and I found they were pretty easy to conform to the nail. That being said, my nails have a pretty significant curve to them so I wasn’t able to get all the wrinkles out of the stickers. I did top the stickers with a top coat (making sure to wrap the tips).
Wear: These wear really well if you use a top coat. Without a top coat I found the nail stickers would start to lift. But using a top coat prevents that from happening. Also, while application of these isn’t difficult it does pay to take your time when applying these. The less wrinkles you have the less likely the nail stickers will lift on the nail.
Removal: Removal is simple. Just soak your nails in warm water for a minute or two and the stickers should peel off easily. Any residue left on the nail can be easily removed with nail polish remover.
Overall, I do like these nail stickers. These are some of the best nail stickers I’ve used. And I love the design. It’s unique and looks beautiful on the nails. And while this may not be all that important I really like the cuticle stick that comes with these nail stickers. Instead of wood it’s plastic and is flat. This is very helpful when applying the nail stickers.
The downside of these nail stickers is the price. They are a bit pricey at $22.