What am I talking about? I'm talking about Fran Wilson Nail Tees. I picked them up at my local Sally Beauty last weekend when I went in for some new nail art brushes. They were just hanging there at the counter. After a previous (fruitless) search after hearing tips like these mentioned by a friend ... well, I had to have them.
I'm not sure exactly how much I paid for these in store, but the Sally Beauty website has them for $3.29. I used my loyalty card for a discount, so likely about $2.99 for 120 Tees. It's a bit pricey when compared to the 500 tips you get in a package of Q-Tips for nearly the same price.
However, the Tees are specifically created for nail clean-up. They're not the end all, be all that I hoped and dreamed they would be. I thought they would be perfect to get in around the nail for precision clean-up with such formed tips, but the sharp tip collapses slightly when wetted with nail polish remover. However, it's still sharper than a regular Q-Tip and does a pretty great job cleaning up once you get the hang of wielding the Tee.
As you can see, some ends collapse easier than others.
I'm thinking of trying to use the sharp tip dry immediately after painting each nail. I figure this might work slightly better than using nail polish remover. I'm hoping the Tee will keep its pointed shape and the polish, while wet, will be easily swept up.
All in all, I'm sure there are many other methods of cleaning up your nails. Some probably cost you nothing at all. However, I'm pleased enough with this product to say I will not only continue using what I have but I will buy it again.