Pretty Peek: NCLA x Melody Eshani Nail Wraps Monday 19 March, 2012

The NCLA x Melody Eshani Nail Wrap collection champions fresh, fierce and exceedingly fashion-forward design for your fingertips.

As I’ve mentioned before, I work for a magazine that, for all intents and purposes, is all about nails—the business side, yes, but also the creative side. And we all know there’s a lot of creativity to be had when it comes to nails. But sometimes nail art can fall kind of…what’s the word I’m looking for? Hokey? Tired? Been-there-done-that? Because of this, I’m always on the quest for nail art that is fashion-forward and fresh. So, stumbling across NCLA‘s newest nail adhesive collaboration blew my fashion-loving mind. The brand tapped celeb-loved designer Melody Eshani, who’s accessories can be best summed up as “fresh-to-death” (her high-voltage designs are worn by the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Estelle, if that’s any indication to her freshness), to design four different nail adhesive styles for the NCLA x Melody Eshani Nail Wrap collection.

 NCLA x Melody Eshani I Don’t Play Nice

Are they fashion-forward? You betcha. They champion high-contrast design elements, making them undeniably eye-catching. Some of them are quirky with a sense of humor. I can easily see someone like rapper M.I.A. wearing the tiger-beat-boxed “I Don’t Play Nice” design (above)—perhaps next time she wants to flip off 111 million Super Bowl viewers?

 NCLA x Melody Eshani Money Green

Each design comes with two sheets of 22 adhesives, so the slightly higher price tag of $16 shouldn’t be too shocking. Truth be told, you can get three manicures out of one style if you play your cards right (all nail adhesives can be sized by cutting them, if need be).

 NCLA x Melody Eshani I See You

Another no-brainer trick to making adhesives last: Just adorn your ring finger with one, while keeping the rest of your mani a solid polish color. Of course, you get your biggest visual bang by sticking an adhesive on every single nail, but, you know, if you want to be conservative, the one-finger-blinger is the way to go.

 NCLA x Melody Eshani I Get Around

I don’t think I particularly have a favorite of this series; each certainly has it’s own singular look, from the cool play on Egyptian symbols in “I See You” to the black-and-white globe-trotting “I Get Around.” But I do have to say: Can we have a moment for this model’s haircolor? That dip-dyed teal is exactly what I think outré haircolor should embody: shiny, polished and vibrant.

Ready to deck out your nails in NCLA x Melody Eshani? Visit to start stickin’ it to your fingers.

PS: Which is your favorite style?

Karie L. Frost Signature


(Photo composites by me)


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