My only prior experience with nail strips was that with the nail foils from The Born Pretty store here. They looked nice, but I couldn't stop picking at them and they came off in less than an hour. After that I have been mostly ignoring anything that resembled those nail strips and assuming they were all the same. As luck would have it, I won two packages of Sally Hansen Salon Effects as part of Carolina's amazing giveaway. One of them is this one, named Snow Bunny. Since I needed a break from the dark colors I have been wearing lately and these have such a cute holiday design, I decided to give them a try.
Upon careful inspection of the package, I was surprised to see that these are made with real nail polish and are removed with polish remover. The package came with everything needed to apply them and application itself was really easy. Just peel, stick, and file off the excess. So simple! Although I did manage to end up with a bubble at the tip of the ring finger :(
I did choose to add a topcoat over these which is not part of official
directions. It didn't affect the look of the nail strips, but I feel
that it made them adhere better and I could wrap the topcoat over the
tips as I do with nail polish. These photos are pre-topcoat...
Overall, they were easy to apply, contoured to the nail well and didn't lift or peel as the nail foils. I was not at all tempted to pick at them and more than 24 hours later they still looked great. It was actually kind of sad when I removed them. I would definitely wear these again, especially for a trip where I don't plan on changing my manicure on an almost daily basis.
The package contained 2 blister packs with nail polish strips, a nail file, cuticle stick and detailed instructions. I didn't bother looking at the detailed instructions and the simple ones on the box were enough.
Inside each blister pack are 8 nail polish strips in varying sizes to accommodate different nail sizes. My nails are short enough that theoretically I could have cut these in half and used them for two manicures, but I didn't actually do that. After doing a full manicure, I'm left with 6 nail polish strips... accent nail anyone? :)
Have you tried nail polish strips before? Love them or leave them?
Thanks for looking!