Hey There Polished People!
A while ago I posted a mini review of my Kiss Nail Dress nail strips when I used my first one on an accent nail (see that post here) and today I have my final review after I wear-tested them and got a true feel for the strips by using them on a full mani and wearing them till they needed to come off. I was a little intrigued with these strips because although I can do nail art myself, who doesn’t like an easier way to still look awesome?? I certainly do!
Kiss Nail Dress (full mani)
When I used the Kiss Nail Dress decals for one nail, I loved them. They were easy to apply, came off cleanly after a couple of days and wore perfectly. When I wore them for the most part of a week, it changed my mind a little. Let’s take it day by day and I’ll tell you what my thoughts were:
Day by Day Wear and Thoughts
- The first day I applied them I was impressed with the ease of application. The multiple sizes makes it easy to find a size for each nail. I stuck em down to my clean natural nails, pushed down with my fingers, filed off the excess and was good to go. The only extra step I took was to add a little topcoat to the free edge to prevent that rough edge feeling that I despise so much.
- On day two my nails still looked great. Strips are holding on perfectly, nails look great, I got some compliments on them and people didn’t even know they were nail strips. The funny thing is that when I do nail art on my own either stamping or free-handed people always accuse me of using strips, now that I use strips people assume I did it myself.
- Day three was just like day two.
- Day four is just fine, I’m impressed that the strips are holding up so well through cleaning and dish-washing and showering and everything else.
- Day 5 I notice that some of the strips are loose at the cuticle or at a side. I start to notice when I’m doing my hair it gets pulled a little at the edges where the strip has raised up.
- By day 6 the strips were pulled up enough that I knew I needed to remove them. By nighttime my hair was getting stuck in the side of the strips every time I touched my hair and it was driving me nuts. Some strips were stuck down perfectly still, but for the most part they were peeled up a bit at the sides or cuticle and one nail was peeled up about halfway from one side to the other. I decided it was time to remove them.
Until I removed them I was thinking these are an EXCELLENT choice for anyone who wants nail art but maybe doesn’t have the patience to do something all leopard spotted, blinged out and gradient-y. When I removed them I decided that they’re best just for special occasions when you might get fake nails, but these would be a cheaper, less damaging alternative. I removed the nails by gently peeling them up from the cuticle where they were loosest and peeling them toward the free edge of the nail and off. When I removed the strips, I had a lot of residue left on my nails. That didn’t bother me too much, I figured I’d just use some acetone on a cotton ball to remove it if I needed to. Here’s what they looked like immediately post-removal:
See all the gross, sticky residue left behind? It peeled off really easily though, I ended up not even needing to use acetone. I just rubbed the pad of my thumb over them and kinda rolled the residue up and off. The problem was that even once I was all cleaned up, I was still left with the following:
See all that white peeling and damage???!!! I was not thrilled. Especially look at my pinky nail! It’s all tore up!! I don’t remember if this photo is before or after I buffed my nails to try to remove some of the white spots but even when I was done they were still there. I ended up buffing them, oiling them really well, leaving them overnight and then applying Essie Feed Me base coat and painting them like usual. The good news is that the damage didn’t leave scraped marks or indents in my nails once they were painted, but as you can see the removal of the strips definitely damaged them.
Final decision- Yes, Please! or No, Thank You:
Despite the damage, if I wasn’t able to do my own nail art, and I wanted super-special nails for a special occasion, I would still use these once in a blue moon. The damage is much less than artificial nails cause, and when I removed them I would probably drip some cuticle oil in between my nail and the strip as I removed them to try to ease the strips off a little more gently. Would I use these every other week just for fun? No. So I guess these are mostly a no thank you, EXCEPT as an alternative to the much-more-damaging acrylic nails.
Have you had this type of damage to your nails after using press-on nails or strips like this? I would like to try some real nail polish strips next and see how they compare. Obviously those wouldn’t damage my nails because you remove them with remover like regular nail polish, but I’m curious how they look and feel. Let me know what you experience has been in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!!