This entry will show this set of Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish strips I bought. It is US$9.99 a set and last night I had a go at them.
All pictures are taken using my iphone, because I was doing a 'live' demo to my fellow nail junkies on watsapp and sending the pictures to them as I was pasting the nail strips on my nails.
Each set of strips contains 16 pieces, in various sizes to fit your fingernails. They are also quite long, which suits girls with longer nails. I had a good half of each strip to be taken away as my nails aren't very long at the moment. And I don't think you can possibly use any of the remaining strip.
They come with step by step instructions, which are super easy to use.
There is also no dry time, as you just need to peel off the plastic and base, and you are left with the pattern-ed strip which has an adhesive side, and that's the sticky part you gonna paste onto your nails.
I will show the pictures of the application itself, and sum up my thoughts at the end of this entry.
FIND A STRIP THAT BEST FIT YOUR NAIL.
it doesn't matter which end of the strip you use....depends on your nail shape.
after peeling off the backing and plastic topsheet,
Position the strip at the start of your nail, position it in the centre....[you are supposed to push back your cuticles..but I didn't bother]
be careful not to tug or 'stretch' the strip, it is very very thin...so it might tear or 'crack' --- didn't happen to me, but I can foresee that happening if you aren't too careful.
See how much excess?
You can just 'wrap' it over the tip of your nail. file away the extra.
five minutes later, one hand done
and ten minutes later...both hands done.
I had to get my sister to help me hold the strip while I position the strip for my right hand.
it isn't messy at all and the instructions are very easy to follow.
the kit also comes with a little emery board, and a cuticle stick
in more natural lighting, the next morning, after a shower etc
excuse me while I admire my new ring!!!! LOVES!!!
Ok so anyway, at the end of the day,
- no dry time --- true! you just need to peel, position, paste, file to fit
- last 10 days??? Hell to the no! You can see signs of wear at the end of day ONE. The strip is very thin, so I am not surprised it will be scratched easily. And if it wears off some more, the beautiful design will be all patchy, torn, and not nice anymore. I would give it THREE days of decent wear [when the defects may not be obvious to anyone else but you] but nail perfectionists would not be able to tolerate any little worn off bits
- I really like this design! It is something I don't mind wearing for fun for a short while, much like a temporary tattoo. And as far as temporary nail design go, these are way less harmful to your nails than those stick on fake nails. And more natural [not to mention easier to remove] too, as you are still having your own nail surface.
- it is cheaper than minx nails
- it is relatively easy to use
- for people with uneven nail bed shape, these strips may not fit you..as they are rather slim and straight. it would also help if you have longer nails, so you can showcase the design and minimise wastage of the strip. I do think my current nail length is just nice though, for me.
Hope this has been helpful!
Thanks for looking!