Hey There Polished People!!!
I’ve been a little busy lately but of course I can’t have my nails looking all busted so when I got the chance to review some Jamberry Nail Strips I was pretty hyped! I love the idea of nail strips and recently tried the Kiss Nail Dress strips and pretty much hated them. I was anxious and a little nervous to try these out. Let’s have a look and we’ll see how they fared.
Jamberry Nail Strips
Jamberry can’t be beat in the color/design department. There is seriously an entire booklet of designs to choose from and they’re all just ADORABLE! I think we can agree that the design I got is super cute! 🙂 Also worth noting is that the colors are vibrant and the strips themselves are super shiny.
This is where I had a little trouble. You apply the Jamberry strips by heating them up with a hairdryer, applying them to your nails then heating them up again with the hairdryer, cutting the strip off just past your nail tip and finally filing the excess off the tip. I had a little bit of a hard time with the sizes of these strips, as my nails aren’t all that wide and these strips really would benefit a wider nail. Luckily, there are plenty of sizes and each strip can do two of my nails (length-wise) so I found enough strips that fit properly. If you have wide nails, these are definitely the strips for you!! I could always trim down the width with scissors if I had needed to but luckily I did not. Anyway- immediately after I filed the excess tips off I was not exactly loving these because the tips were so jagged!! I was seriously like “Whyyyyy do all nail strips hate me??!!??!” and I emailed Cynthia to ask her what I should do. She suggested checking out some existing nail strip reviews to see if there were any helpful hints and lo and behold- AHHHHHH (angels singing) one simple tip turned it all around for me. What was that tip, you ask? File the edges off in a downward motion. I filed mine off side-to-side and it made it soooo ragged and jagged. They were seriously driving me CRAZY! Filing them down fixed the problem in a matter of minutes. Hallelujah!! The other tip I would stress is to heat them up really well before you apply them. I only warmed them a tad and I think that’s why I have some rippling. The rippling on my index finger has nothing to do with the strips, though, because that’s where I cut my nail with a knife (oops!) and patched it up so it’s a little imperfect anyway. You’ll see on the other nails that they stuck down pretty well. I was happy with the application after reading the filing down tip.
For whatever reason my nail strips were peeling up at the tips by about the 4th day, so they did not last two weeks plus like advertised but that may be due to me not heating them up enough upon application. I’ll update this post when I try the rest of the Jamberry nail strips I received and heat them up more before applying them.
This is the most impressive part of my Jamberry experience. Remember how the Kiss Nail Dress strips tore up my nails??? Well these give instructions for a gentle removal in which you soak your nail in acetone for a few minutes and then peel up/wipe off the nail strip. IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!!! I soaked my nail for about a minute, used tweezers to pull off the plastic piece that will separate from the strip, use a cotton ball to wipe away the color and you’ll be left with a plain white, stretchy plastic piece on your nail that you can fairly easily remove with the tweezers. You wouldn’t NEED tweezers, but it keeps the sticky residue off the rest of your fingers. They took about 10 minutes or so to remove and left exactly ZERO damage behind. None. YAY!
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If you like nail strips, I would definitely give Jamberry a try. I have only tried these and the Kiss brand and these are way better, mostly because of the variety of patterns and because of the gentle removal. Also they were perfectly opaque whereas the Kiss strips left a bit of a VNL. Some people may not like that you need to use heat to apply them, but that didn’t bother me. I do wish they lasted longer, but like I mentioned above, my experience may be due to my own imperfections in the application. As it turns out, I, personally, am not the world’s biggest fan of nail strips, but I appreciate that these didn’t damage my nails at all and they were above and beyond the Kiss nail strips.