How to apply a nail patch?

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Presented as “revolutionary” they landed in 2010. But are nail patches really easier to apply than nail polish?

The promises of the nail patch are great, enough to lick your fingers: more resistant, more aesthetic, more daring and easier to apply than nail polish. But are all its promises kept?


A nail patch, as the name suggests, is a kind of small strip of nail polish that sticks directly to the nail (like a sticker). To satisfy all styles but also to easily change them, there are a multitude of nail patches: refined, discreet, graphic, colorful, flashy, printed …


As with everything, the first time isn’t always easy. So don’t panic if the 1st pose is quite complicated (not to say laborious) and long. Above all, do not stick a negative label on the nail patch or be discouraged. Indeed, once the technique is mastered, the manicure can be done in 5 minutes. No drying time and therefore no risk of streaks or burrs due to impact.

We recommend that you use the adequate manicure and pedicure set to take care of your nails before applying any decoration on your nails.

How to apply nail patches?

First, apply a base coat to protect your nails but also to allow better adhesion of the patch. Then, remove the protective film before gently gluing the tab to the nail. In case of air bubbles, smooth the tongue with your fingers or with the boxwood stick provided in the kit.

Finally, it is important to know that the nail patches are not all the same size: some are marketed XXL and others are smaller. In any case, you should bend and file the protruding part of the nail so that it does not look like Cruella.


Since a nail patch consists of varnish, the removal technique is the same as for nail varnish: a solvent is used. Above all, do not scratch your nails so as not to damage them.


Nail patches have several advantages over nail polish:

Applying a base is enough. While nail polish requires 3 coats: base, varnish and top coat.

No risk of going over and having to start a nail again.

Nail art is already done on some patches. No need for dotting tools or nail art accessories.

You also don’t have to wait 5 or 10 minutes for the patch to dry since it’s a sticker. However, this is an inevitable and restrictive step for nail polish.

Verdict of the match?

Even if once mastered, the break from the nail patch turns out to be easy, the editorial leans for … nail polish!

First of all, this one has a big advantage: one bottle allows several uses. Which is not the case with a nail patch. But that’s not its only asset! The nail polish also calls on our dexterity but also our creativity (in case of nail art) and at Maryton we like that! Finally, even if it means choosing, we prefer to wait for the varnish to dry than to have fun filing off the excess nail patch (in addition, applying the little finger is not easy).

And you ? Are you ready to patch your nails?

Read also: What Are The Trendy Nail Polish Colors This Winter?


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