I’ve tried the No Chip Mani (and loved it) and while the appeal of a manicure that always looks fabulous is unmistakable, testing polish hues and mani trends is all part of the job. So this week, I returned to the beauty trenches to test drive the Minx Mani, a manicure that calls upon a flexible film applied through heat and pressure.
Minx doesn’t smudge or chip and some argue that it’s environmentally friendly since no chemicals need be used for removal. Just apply warm water or heat and these puppies peel right off. Similar to the No Chip Mani, nails that have been Minxed require no drying time; a small detail that I simply adore. Plus, these babies can withstand just about anything from doing dishes to taking a dip in the pool, something I can’t say for traditional manis as mine so often chip and peel.
My Minx manicure began with all the traditional mani trappings minus the oils and lotions: cuticles trimmed, nails filed, hands washed, it was time to select my “design” of choice. I opted for a sleek and chic chrome that was very modern, and impossible to miss.
My nail tech swiped my nails with alcohol before heating up each Minx film under a heat lamp and lining each one up perfectly with my nail bed before applying. Using light pressure, the film is bonded to the nail and then a glass nail file is used to shape the edges and remove excess. The entire manicure took about 30 minutes.
While some salons and spas say that Minx lasts up to 10 days, I did see some lifting at the edges on the fourth day. A quick shot of heat from my blow dryer fixed that; I simply heated my nails with a fast blow and applied pressure to smooth any errant edges back down.
To me, Minx nails are like limo shoes — they may not be the most practical option but boy do they make a statement. Minx can even be applied to artificial nails including acrylics and gels and is available in over 100 to-die- for designs.
Have you been Minxed? Which design is your favorite?