Mapping It Out with Fing’rs Nail Art Tattoos – A Review

Lisa writes…

Recently, I came across an amusing article in the Wall Street Journal.  It was via this bastion of style and influence that I learned nail art is “played out” (ouch), and that nude polishes are finally back in style.

Oh, please.

This is not to say I’ve a beef with nude polishes. Goodness, no.  I love them, to pieces.  It’s just that clearly, the Wall Street Journal hasn’t stepped foot in my local Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid, because had they done so, they’d have noticed more retail shelf space being devoted to colorful little bottles of lacquer and nail art,  than books, newspapers and magazines. Combined.

Fact is, nail art is a coat of many colors, textures, and effects.  If you’ve the attitude and bearing to rock these looks, it’s ALL in style!
Speaking of Walmart, a couple of weeks ago, I spotted a shiny new Fing’rs Heart2Art nail art display, and proceeded to laser in on a package of the brand’s Map It Out nail tattoos.  For $4.99US, I scored the kind of product that up until now,  I’ve been ordering via slow boat from China. Take that, Wall Street Journal!

Recently, I had an opportunity to play with these nail tattoos, and here’s how it went down…

Over a base of butterLONDON Nail Foundation (this stuff is like makeup for your nails, providing a base finish while evening out the color of your nail bed) I painted three thin coats of Essie‘s lovely sheer white Marshmallow.  Once dry, I gave it a quick once over with a fast dry clear coat (Sally Hansen Insta Dri Clearly Quick).  This left me with a nice white palette to work with.

Next up…

I cut one sheet of the tattoo paper into five nail-size pieces, and then one-by-one, removed the plastic film from each small strip, dipped the paper in water, and then affixed it to my nail.  FYI:  All it takes is 10 seconds before the paper slides away, and a nail tattoo is revealed.

In this particular package, I had the option of working with one of two road maps, or a subway map. Each of these three sets comes with 10 sheets of tattoo paper, for a total of 30 sheets in all. 

Oh, yeah…I decided to take the subway. 

Once all the tattoos were affixed and dry, I applied one layer of Gelous to smooth out any imperfections, and then two layers of top coat to protect the design and amp up the shine.

Kinda sweet, don’t you think?  Here’s the low down…

PROS:  Super easy, fun, locally available, and inexpensive.

CONS:  Be careful to remove all bubbles between the tattoo and nail surface, by smoothing the surface out with a wet finger.  I ended up with some teensy bubbles, here and there, but inasmuch as my nails aren’t likely to be subjected to Hubble magnification, I couldn’t care less.

TAKEAWAY:  If you’re of like mind, head on over to Wally World and buy yourself a package (or two) of Fing’rs nail art tattoos!  For a small price, you’ll have yourself some unique options for tons of accent nails and full-out tattooed manis.

So, what’s YOUR take on nail tattoos?  “Played out” or timely and fun?  Let me know in comments.  I’m always interested in knowing what other mani mavens are thinking.

Well, that’s it for today, folks…

Until next time, thanks so much for dropping by!

UPDATE:  Seems the WSJ isn’t the only one calling for the demise of nail art.  It’s hilarious.  You’d think they’d have better things to do.  But then again, your style and mine is dictated by the red carpet styles of Hollywood celebrities. NOT.  Actually, since first reading the WSJ article last month, I’ve suspected that some fashion designers want their haute couture worn without anything that might distract from that designer’s vision. Good nail art is nothing if not a perfect distraction.  Apparently Marc Jacobs and his polish-less mannequins, agree.

  10 comments for “Mapping It Out with Fing’rs Nail Art Tattoos – A Review

  1. Kimberly Williams
    July 18, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Personally, I love these. I have the FIngr’s version, and really need to play with them. Wall Street Journal? Up your game, yo!

  2. Criminal Nails
    July 18, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Perso, I love them. And I couldn’t care less of what people say is IN or OUT as far as my personality is concerned. As if us polish lovers were so because it’s tredy… c’mon! I bet your nails were painted blue well before this became IN!
    The decals look awesome! I wish I had access to them, here in Spain nail art is still a little tiny trend… 🙁

  3. July 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Matilde. You know, I’d be happy to send you a little care package. 😉 Lemme know if you’re interested.

  4. July 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks so much, sweetie. Yeah, go PLAY! 🙂 They are too much fun.

  5. Nailista
    July 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hubble magnification!!!! Lol lol lol!!!!..
    I’m up for any easy nail art and these patterns look so cute!!! I’ll hunt these down when I go to the States because even when they do sell Fing’rs here, I haven’t seen these cute packages. I have planned to buy the Nail Foundation by BL <3 that brand!
    And I wanted to ask you, that Gelous topcoat isn’t for a gel mani, right? And where do you buy it?
    Thanks Lisa!!!

  6. Criminal Nails
    July 18, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I’d say HELL YEAH! I will drop you some lines through FB when I’ll be home ‘cuz I can’t find your email right now… You better start thinking what I have access to that you don’t, so we can do a crazy swap! ^^ How’s that sound?

  7. July 18, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hey, Marii! Thanks for the sweet note! Gelous is sold via Sally Beauty Supply. If you can’t get, let me know and I’ll see about getting some to you.

    Correct, it’s not a “gel mani” type of polish. It has a gel-like viscosity, that leaves a relatively thick and clear topper. Kimber and Gini turned me on to the stuff. It’s TERRIFIC for use over heavy glitters…the kind where you need layers and layers of top coat to get a smooth finish. Because Gelous is so thick, it can usually smooth out the glitter with one coat. I use a regular quick dry top coat on top.

    Great stuff! 🙂

  8. July 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Sounds DIVINE! 🙂 Will contemplate Spanish polishes, while you do likewise with US lacquers!!! 🙂

  9. Nailista
    July 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks Lisa I’ll go check again at SBS and then on the US and if when I return I haven’t foud it, then I’ll let you know. Cause I have been buying some Kleancolors for you 😀 I’ll send you an email then!

  10. July 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Ha! Articles like that are always hilarious and annoying! Everyone should wear whatever they like whether it’s nude polish or nail art. And nail art is defo her to stay (yay!)

    And, I love these train-line style nails!!

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