Getting a mani-pedi can be time-consuming and expensive.
So when Target revealed that it was offering 10-minute manicures for just $10, consumers like me were excited to see what the hype was all about.
The manicure, performed by an in-store robot called Clockwork, is currently available at select locations in the states of Texas, Minnesota and California.
As a Dallas resident in desperate need of a manicure, I was excited to discover there was a Clockwork robot at a nearby target.
I made an appointment online and drove to the store the next day.
When I arrived there was a woman at the train station who asked me my name and my date.
She quickly checked me in and started sanitizing the machine and the table it was standing on.
There were 25 colors to choose from – fewer than my usual nail salon but more than I expected from a little robot – and I chose a dark shade of red.
While I didn’t have high expectations, I was surprised that no nail buffing, trimming or filing was required.
A cart next to the machine contained cotton buds, nail polish remover and nail files – so I suppose if you need it you could ask – but none of these were offered to me by the woman and my nails were good enough.
With that in mind, here’s my first pro tip: Clean your nails, trim the tips, and clip the cuticles. The machine colors exclusively.
After watching a short clip explaining how the robot works, I put my hand on the cradle and let the machine do its work.
Thanks to an internal sensor and the digital photos it takes, the robot scans the size and shape of your nails – one by one – and analyzes exactly where you need to paint.
With my first nail, I started off on the wrong foot: because I seemed to make a slight movement with my hand, the robot didn’t accurately estimate my nail size and therefore didn’t cover the whole thing with paint.
The woman stopped the machine, removed the sloppy polish from my finger and told me to try again.
I was skeptical, but this time it worked.
The robotic arm lowered, tracing the outline of my thumbnail first, moving inward with each movement.
The woman told me that although she only paints each nail once, the machine puts out enough polish for two coats.
After seeing that first one go smoothly, I was hopeful about the rest.
12 minutes later (the extra two minutes was probably due to my initial mess) and my manicure was done.
No disguise was involved, but the woman recommended putting one on at home if you can.
I was initially impressed with the results.
The finish was smooth; the polishing of most of the nail; there was no residue on the surrounding skin; and it dried pretty quickly.
That said, I noticed that someone who is particular or picky about their manicure (I’m not) probably wouldn’t be too thrilled since the nail polish didn’t fully reach every edge of the nail.
Since it was a Friday afternoon, I figured I’d at least be covered for the whole weekend with a fresh mani — especially since the wife told me she’s heard people say it lasts over a week.
Unfortunately, that hope was short-lived.
On Saturday I noticed visible chipping at the top of some nails.
By Monday, those chips had grown so much that I was dying to take them off.
But I waited until Wednesday. At this point the polish looked thin and grainy.
I happily drove to my usual nail salon and got a gel manicure.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5774887/target-robot-mani-ten-minutes-chips-right-away/ I received the Target $10 Robot Mani – it only takes 10 minutes but chipped in 1 DAY