Okay I'm back after researching nail foil art. Turns out that forums are saying the following...
Two formats of foil: rolls or sheets
Easy to apply
Easy to remove (just use polish remover)
Top coats - It appears that many topcoats (including our beloved Seche) cause wrinkling and cracking. It is a trial and error situation that means spending money to see what works!
Without top coat the foil lasts for a few hours at best (unless you don't do anything-don't wash your hands, just don't use your hands basically!)
You can read about foiling at this forum
did a 5 day test. According to her it lasted up to 5 days until she had a chip occur (and she did typical daily activities like washing dishes). She stated she used Essence Maximum Wear top coat
Retailers in USA:
I have not found a local retailer here in Las Vegas that offers nail foils
Crazy consider we're talking Las Vegas people...where there are nail salons everwhere!
So, the best price I've seen online for foil is at Dollar Nail Art
. They are a susidiary company of 'A Show of Hands', located in Florida. Minimum $25 order with CC/Paypal.
Foil adhesive if offered, but not top coat!
Another online supplier I found is Trans Design
, located in Georgia. More expensive per foil rolls, but designs appear to be different than D.Nail.Offering foil, adhesive and top coat.Nail Supplies Direct
offers foils in sheets (1/2" wide x 1 3/4" long; nail size). Compare their cost to the rolls!However, they offer a brand name adhesive and top coat...Kami (made in USA).
Retailers in the UK:Rio Nails
. This is the company that created the video I saw on Youtube. What started my researching obsession! I found it available on Amazon.com.uk
which unfortunately do not ship to USA (I tried). A kit is offered as well as individual foils; and both adhesive and top coat are available!