Custom Nail Solutions creates artificial nails that are custom-made to perfectly fit your nail beds. Nail impressions are made through a special at-home kit and then scanned by the company to fit your nail anatomy.
You have the choice of five lengths – Sport, Active, Fashion, Glamour or Stiletto; three different styles—Square, Oval or Squoval; two colors – French Manicure or Pink (No White) and two smile lines—Classic or Deep. The order form also lets you indicate whether you are a nail biter—if you select yes for nail biter, the white section on French Manicure nails start 1mm back from the tips of all ten fingers.
The first step in creating your custom nails is an Impression Kit that is delivered via UPS to make impressions of all finger and thumbnails. The kit includes little containers of white and yellow putty. If you are not going to use the kit right away, you should refrigerate the putty until 30 minutes before you are going to make the impressions.
When you're ready to make the impressions, you are instructed to have a professional or home manicure and to trim the nails short, which should be done on the day of or day before making the impressions.
Read over all of the instructions before starting. The impressions need to be exact. There’s a DVD included with an impression video segment (also found online at the CNS website) and a “Make a Great Impression” booklet.
Each nail needs to be in the finger tray for at least 10 minutes, so it’s best to have someone help you if you’d like to do all the nails at once. If you’re on your own, it will take an hour and 40 minutes or more. (Put in a good movie).
The good thing is, after you’re finished with your impressions, CNS will have them on file, so you don’t have to go through this process again should you want to order a new set of nails, or lose a nail (as I found out can happen). I’m not quite sure if the glue that came with my introductory package had been opened—it had a sticky consistency instead of liquid. But with the exception of a thumbnail that popped off after a day, the nails stayed put for a little over a week.
After the impressions are made, you can take the package to a UPS store and ship them off with the enclosed return UPS label. (If you have UPS pick up the package, you’ll get a charge.) It will take about a week to receive your Custom Nails.
I originally ordered the Glamour nail length, which was too long for me as someone who is writing, using the laptop and filing all the time. I also picked the French Manicure color, also not a good idea. The color looked unnatural on my hands and was too white at the tip. The company does have topcoats that might help with this. The topcoats aren’t included with the collection I was sent for review, so I’m not sure—I needed to use a few coats of polish so that the white tip wouldn’t be seen underneath. I later ordered the Sport length (much better), the pink with no white color and the Squoval style. I was able to function—doing work, yoga and household activities without any problems. (The Custom Nails can be filed to change the length and shape—but it’s advised that you wear the nails for a while, in case you just need to adjust to them.)
There are different Custom Nail collections that you can order. The lowest priced collection is the Standard Collection for $139.95, which includes the Impression System and One Set of Custom-Fit Nails (at-home, mail-in kit).
The Impression System comes with:
- 10 finger trays
- 1 spoon
- 1 yellow impression material
- 1 white impression material
- 1 Instruction sheet
- 1 Product brochure
- 1 Order Sheet
The final kit arrives in a large pink CNS Cosmetic bag that also includes:
- 1 Set of Custom Nails
- 1 Bottle Soak Off
- 1 Soaking Dish
- 1 Nail Dehydrator
- 1 Adhesive Debonder
- 1 Nail Protector
- 1 Nail Cleanser
- 1 Nail Brush
- 4 Pink Cuticle Sticks
- 1 Nail Stand with 10 Plastic Dowels
- 1 Application Instruction Sheet
There is a booklet with instructions for the application, removal and care of your custom nails. The nails are sturdy, and definitely won’t break as easily as typical artificial nails. They are fairly easy to apply and remove.
A single replacement nail costs $14.95 plus shipping and handling, and an additional full set of nails is $89.95 plus S&H.
For more information, visit CustomNailSolutions.com.