Last week my friend Katie told me about these nail polish strips by Sally Hansen and asked me if I would review them. I’m not one to say no to a friend (or a fun new product), so I stopped by Walgreens over the weekend and picked up a package for $10. This is definitely a bit pricey for a one time nail application, but hopefully the price will drop as the supply increases (I had to stop at 3 different places before I found the leopard print strips in stock).
Included in the kit are 16 nail strips of varying sizes, a mini-file and buffer, a cuticle pusher, and “detailed” instructions. Since I found these instructions to be a bit less detailed than expected, I thought I would put together a how-to so you all know how to apply these babies should you purchase some of your own. Here’s how I did it:
Step 1: Choose nail polish strips that best fit each of your nails. Do the best you can here, as it will save you from headaches when you get to the application.
These are the strips I selected for my right hand:
Step 2: Push back cuticles.
Step 3: Buff nails until smooth.
Step 4: Use nail polish remover to remove any dirt or oil from your nails.
Step 5: Remove protective film from the top of the first strip.
Step 6: Remove protective paper from the back of the strip. The sticky side will now be exposed, but it doesn’t really stick to your skin- just don’t touch it to your nail until you are ready.
Step 7: Pull tab off strip and determine which end best fits the shape of your cuticle.
Step 8: Gently place the strip on your nail flush with your cuticle and smooth. Here the instructions say you can stretch the strip to fit, but they don’t really seem to stretch much and have a tendency to tear if you try too hard, so be gentle and just try to pick strips that fit the best from the beginning.
Step 9: Use the flat side of the cuticle pusher to help adhere the strip. This is especially important to do around the edges and along the ends of your nails to hold the strips in place.
Step 10: Bend the excess strip under your nail and use the file to remove. The instructions say to use the light pink (fine) side of the file, but this side didn’t really seem to do the trick, so I used the rougher side of the file (dark pink).
Step 11: Now that the first nail is finished, continue doing steps 5-10 for the remainder of your nails. Save your thumbs for the end. Although when painting nails, these are usually the easiest, I found my thumb nails to be the hardest because they are much larger and thus it is more difficult to get the strip set properly.
Now the packaging says these nail polish strips will last about 10 days, which I hope is the case considering the price. While I like the leopard print pattern and some of the others as well, I don’t see why anyone would buy these strips in the plain colors (since a nice bottle of nail polish costs less than these do). Besides the fun print, I also like that you don’t have to wait for these to dry like you do with nail polish. Thus, it ended up taking less time to reach the finished product even though it took a while to get the hang of applying these.
Overall, I think this is a fun product that people will use for a while considering the current trend toward more adventurous, funky nail designs (a la shatter polishes). The application wasn’t too horrible, but it wasn’t easy, either. I think the price is a little high considering you only get enough strips to do your nails once, but I suppose it is cheaper than having a nail tech create the same pattern using polish or airbrushing.
Haute Lunch Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Trays
After I see how long these last before they start to chip, I will let you know and update my rating if necessary. So what do you ladies think? Do you like the funky patterns you’ve been seeing lately? Would you give these shot? I’d love to hear from you!!!
Update: I removed the nail strips today because the tips had started chipping a bit too much. Although they didn’t look horrible, I’m going to say that these last around 6-7 days at most. Also, removing them was a bit of a pain. I had to use a ton of nail polish remover, and they left a residue that was hard to get off. Still, I got tons of compliments on these, so I think I will keep my 3.5 Tray rating!
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