Hey There Polished People!
Most of you have probably been by my side for my nail strip adventures. I have tried Kiss Nail Dress strips (stickers), Jamberry Nail Strips (stickers) and now finally Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (real nail polish strips, aptly named). I did NOT like the Kiss strips, I liked the Jamberry strips just fine but didn’t absolutely fall head-over-heels for them so I wasn’t expecting much from these either. I was curious to try them so when I got them for review I was really happy to have them. Read on to see the strips and see what I thought of these.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects French Tip Nail Polish Strips in “Pink Macaroon”
First off, I want to say I’m really sorry for the terrible lighting here. I wore these for like 6 days and they were a busy 6 days where I just never seemed to get outside to get a good picture. Please forgive me.
The Pink Macaroon Nail Polish Strips are pink glittery, sparkly tips with a clear strip that goes over the top of them. I chose to layer my tips and clear strips over a sheer nude color just to camouflage some discoloration.
These Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips go on really easily. You just wipe your nails clean with nail polish remover (or paint them first in my case :p) then pick the french mani tip that fits your nail width, peel off a plastic protective layer, remove the strip from its backing and slap it down on the nail. I used my other hand to kind of pinch off the excess, then file in a downward motion to remove every little bit of excess that I couldn’t pinch off. You repeat that step with the clear over-coat of “polish” (the clear strip) and when it’s all on your nail, if you want you can run your acetone-dipped clean-up brush around your cuticles to perfectly melt your strip down to your nails for a seamless look. You don’t need any topcoat, once your strips are down, you’re good to go. No dry time, professional appearance, super shiny- they look excellent. They do take a little time since you’re basically applying two strips to each nail, but I still thought it was worth it. I found them easier to apply than the Jamberry strips.
Wear Time and Removal:
The wear time was great!! I wore these for 6 days and the only wear I had was a little chip on my thumb. What I liked best about these strips was that they wear like nail polish! They may chip like regular nail polish, although not as quickly as regular nail polish, but none of mine peeled up at all! Even after I scrubbed tar off my car (see picture below) and used lighter fluid to clean the tar off my hands and nails, my nails still looked perfect. The pictures you see above are AFTER I cleaned up the tar. Granted this picture below is the other hand but you’ll just have to trust me that both hands were in the same bad shape.
The removal of these strips was the best and easiest of them all! I just used regular nail polish and cotton balls to remove the strips. The glitter was, well, glitter-like so I ended up using the foil method and they all came off no-problemo! 🙂 AND NO DAMAGE!! Jamberry strips didn’t damage my nails either, but the Sally Hansen strips came off much more easily and more quickly.
Yes, Please! or No, Thank You:
Yes, Please!!! WOW!! A nail polish strip I actually like!!! I don’t see myself using these a LOT since they can be as much as $9.99 a pack, but I would definitely use them again if there was a special design that I wanted and quite honestly I LOVED this french tip set so much I could even see myself wearing these again like during vacation (since the wear time is so good) or for a special occasion. If you are looking to try some nail strips, I would definitely recommend this brand. If the price is a bit much for you (each set really only provides one full manicure) keep an eye out for when they go on clearance. I see them on clearance pretty regularly at Ulta, Rite Aid and also at Marshalls for about 5 bucks. Between the ease of application, super easy removal and the cute designs I am really, honestly a fan of these! Stay tuned in the future for reviews of the other sets I received.
Seriously, how shocked are you all that I actually LIKED NAIL STRIPS!?!??! Haha. Seriously though, these were great! Have you tried the Sally Hansen strips before and was your experience like my own? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Thank you all for reading and till next time- Happy Polishing!! 😀
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