Trend on trial: A-list nails

Can those 'stilettoval' talons work in real life?


By Amy Lawrenson

I’m a big fan of the stilettoval-shaped nails that Jessie J, Rihanna, Alesha Dixon and Adele seem to wear so well, but while the look works for those enjoying the dizzy heights of stardom, is it a trend that us ‘mere mortals’ can rock? I put the look to the test this morning in the office with Nazila Nail Glitz false nails, from £9.99.


They’re fabulous, they are by far the best false nails I’ve seen in a long while. They come in themed packs with all the hard nail art work done for you, like Pink Studs, £12.99, and Stars and Stripes, £14.99 (of which I used a mixture).


First I lined up my ten chosen nails in order so I knew which fit and which designs I wanted to go on which nail. Then I buffed each nail, attached the provided sticky tabs, followed by the nails. Simple, it took 10 minutes tops.

First thoughts – ‘I’m not cool enough to pull these off’, followed by ‘oh no, I really need the toilet and that’s not going to work’. In fact most day-to-day office-based tasks were a nightmare. Typing, no – those emails will have to wait; rooting around in my wallet – a nightmare.

At some point a nail pinged off and landed under my desk – how it got there I have no idea!


The only things I could do with my new bling nails was drink a cuppa. If I was a famous singer I could totally hold a microphone and if I was a judge on BGT I could definitely hit that big red buzzer, with little fear of nail loss.

Basic things like tying my hair back or putting on my boots were tricky, which aside from the whole fashion thing must be part of the reason why these stars have stylists for hair zsushing and dressing, because with these nails it’s pretty tricky. Spot the loose nail in the picture below...

Of course my nails were only fixed with the sticky tabs supplied, for a more sturdy application the box recommends using nail glue. With the proper use of the nail glue I would totally rock these for a night out with leather-look leggings, killer stilettos (to match that stilettoval nail shape – the name Rihanna’s nail artist Jenny Longworth coined) and plenty of attitude. On a normal day, these are a no-no.

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