Nail Helmets?! Yes, you read that right! Today I'm taking a look at Helmies, a new (ish) product designed to help protect your freshly painted nails from bumps and smudges.
What are Helmies?
Helmies are soft, reusable silicone covers ("helmets") which are worn over your nails to protect against bumps and smudges while they dry. Each pack contains 10 helmies for your fingers including 2 smaller ones for your little fingers, plus two large pink helmies for your big toes. For some reason my pack didn't contain the smaller ones for my little fingers...I can only assume because I had a press sample?
How do I use them?
When your nails are touch dry, place the helmies over your nails. The closed side goes over your nails, and the open side is so you can still touch things such as your phone (thank god). The idea is to continue on with your day (or go to bed) without worrying about bumping your manicure while it dries.
The breathable holes help your manicure to dry!
The holes on the front mean you still have the ability to touch
Helmies are not usually a product I would try because I'm a fully paid up member of the quick dry top coat fan club, but I was intrigued so I gave them a go. I applied 2 coats of polish plus a regular top coat, waited for them to be touch dry as per instructions (about 10-15 minutes) then put the Helmies on and went about my day (they're not something I'd want to wear outside the house, so I wore them during fun household activities like laundry)
Do they work?
Hmm, sort of. When I removed them after about an hour, there was a couple of scuffs in my nail polish. Admittedly not as much damage as there would have been had I not been wearing the Helmies, but it wasn't the perfect manicure I was expecting. One or two of them kept sliding off my fingers too which got quite annoying, I think they'd be better if they came in different sizes.
Some people may find them useful, but for me, they don't give me a reason to stray away from my trusty quick dry top coat. I did find a better use for them, however! I've been placing them over my nails on one hand while I use nail polish remover on the other...it protects my nails from being dried out and damaged by the remover, especially as I use it SO often. I also feel like they could be more useful if worn when you go to bed with a fresh mani as you're not bumping your hands around as much.
What do you think, are Helmies something you would try?
- Available from the Helmies website, priced £7.99 per pack