This nail polish strip review came in from a reader with the user name SerendipitiousP. She answered our Reader Respond: Nail Polish Strip Reviews, but I thought it was such a helpful submission it deserved to be its own article.----------
I am fussy about any imperfection in my finger nails. I often prefer gel nails at the salon because they last longer without problems, but I sometimes can't afford the time to maintain gel nails. So, I finally tried nail polish strips. I picked Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips - Laced Up.
I have to say, they were much easier to apply than I expected. The results are also better than I anticipated, even after a few days wear. I'm particularly hard on my nails - I don't have a dishwasher, I type constantly (IT consultant), and I garden a bit. The attached picture is after 2.5 days wear and tear.
I picked a pattern to go with a black and white outfit I planned to wear. It's a bit wilder than my normal style, but still not skulls or camo or animal print.
I found the instruction to stretch the strip material a bit misleading - I didn't really need to do that much. The hardest part for me was getting the strips off of the paper form - especially once down to the last or next to last nail to finish. I found it very simple to hold the strip in the middle, stick it down as close as possible to my cuticle, press down with the orange stick, pull a little bit over nail edge and then buff the edge so I could remove the excess.
The strips are packaged in 2 sets of 8 each, with varying sizes. I found I only needed to use 1 set of 8 to do my whole manicure, because my nails are not very long so I could use one strip for my pointer fingers (2 sides), one strip for my middle fingers (2 sides), and one strip for my ring fingers (2 sides). I did end up using separate strips for my pinkies, probably because those nails are thinner and I creased the other half of the pinky nail strip.
I have a hand/arm/neck disability so painting my nails myself is often frustrating and messy due to my hands shaking a bit. The fact that I could actually use the strips with no problems was awesome! Even a few of my male colleagues noticed my new funky nail design and commented!
Here are some things that I think are helpful to know before you try them.
- If your nails are short, you can probably use one strip for 2 nails.
- If the strip is a tiny bit wider than your nail, push the edges under your cuticle with the orange stick.
- You don't really have to buff the end that much. Just do it a little and then gently tug on the excess nail material to remove it. Buff the ends down *after* removing the excess.
- I had a lot of success using the other half of the nail strip on the nail of the other hand.
- Then, I went back and finished off all of my nails.
- You should start at your pinky nails and work towards your thumb nails as mentioned in the instructions.
Curious about nail polish strips? Check out our list of 6 nail polish strips to try. We also reviewed Incoco's Nail Polish strips and loved them. (Read Review) And if you've yet to try Shellac, you must learn more about it.
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