Pros and Cons of Shaping Your Nails at 2am AKA My Regrettable New Nail Shape

by - Sunday, September 25, 2016

Pics of the process as it went down from my IG Story

"So Katherine," you might have been asking recently, "Why aren't you posting? Where did you go?"

Well dear reader, the answer is as follows: When I got home at 2am a couple days ago I noticed that the edges of two of my nails had broken off, and I decided it was time to try something new! Why not go for a bit of a coffin shape?!

So I did it.

And in the morning I looked at my nails and said to myself: "Oh god. What have I done. Would I be better with nubs?"

So I'm sharing this all with you for two reasons:
  1. So you never make the same impulse decision that I did early in the morning, and 
  2. I need your input on if I should tough it out with these until I get my regular length and shape back, or if I should just nubbify them for the week or so until they grow back proper. I even put a nifty little poll at the end so you can chime in. :)

First up let's look at what my nails looked like before, when I had a softened square shape... For the purposes of this comparison I'll be re-swatching OPI Cosmo With a Twist. Here is my original swatch with my original shape:

And now, dear readers, here's the look that I shaped for myself at 2am:

EUUUGGHHHH I hate it. Hahaaaaaaa.

Here's a look from another angle compared to my original shape:

 Normally following my impulses actually works out pretty well for me... I've had a lot of great results from impulse moves, impulse haircuts, impulse trips... Apparently impulse nails are not for me, though. :( Arrrrghhh.

I'm probably going to cut these babies down to nubs tonight, to be honest. What do you think, is that my best bet? Or should I leave them?

Just for fun, let's have a poll!

Let me know what you think! If you have ideas other than nubbifying, let me know in the comments! Thanks guys. xx

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  1. Alternate option: try rounding them off before you give up and file them super short. Why not try #allthenewthings ? :D

  2. I am in the same boat *cries* and keeping the stubby coffins in hopes they look better when they get longer.

  3. The poll box is not displaying for me correctly (using Bloglovin on iPhone)'s all blacked out to me.

    But anyway, I don't think they look all that bad...but I could be biased because some of my nails seem to do this to me naturally all the time, particularly my thumb nails. Maybe live with them a few more days (one day at a time) and then maybe file them off gradually...?

  4. Haha, it sucks when a new shape doesn't work out! Now that the corners are gone I'd probably try rounding them out for a while.

  5. Changing nail shape is so difficult. I went from square to pointed and hated it but then got used to it. Now I hate them if I have to square them off.

  6. I just went through this on Friday. I went the other route and hacked them all off. I was wondering if I should have went coffin, at least then I would have had some length. I think they look great.

  7. I lost a few corners a while ago and changed them into coffin shape. I love them, I do find that coffin shaped looks a tad bit better when your nails are longer though

  8. I like them all! I think the coffins will be awesome with a little more length.

  9. Honestly, I like both of the shapes. I think you don't like the coffin ones because it is a drastic change. We tend to be harder on ourselves. My nails have a funky look right now that i'm not happy with. Corners break, my nails are already too short to do much else to. You do what you're most comfortable with, but they both really look good on you.


Thanks for your comments! Even if I don't get a chance to reply I read and appreciate each and every one of them!! <3