Obsession: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I never do my nails.  I am impatient, cheap, and they usually chip or break so quickly that I just don't see the point.  Yesterday, while I was flipping through the pages of this month's Cosmo, I ran across an ad that instantly moved me to buy.  Sally Hansen has come out with stick-on strips made out of real nail polish in countless fun little designs.  No dry time, no trip to the salon, and no mess.  I picked up a set in the pattern "Laced Up" for 8 bucks and some change (about a third of the cost of a salon manicure) and got to business.

The enclosed instructions were extremely easy to follow.  Simply select the right size strip for your nail, peel off the protective covering, and stick on.  They came with a cuticle stick and nail file to help smooth the strips onto your nail and to file off the excess.

The strips are delicate and flimsy, so be careful with them.  They do stretch, which is nice, and since they're so thin, they don't really bubble or fold over.  My pictures don't do them justice - the pattern is gorgeous and they look great, even for my first time applying them.

Difficulty:  Moderately easy.  Requires a steadier hand then traditional polish, but as long as you follow the instructions, they should come out fine.

Price:  They look like they cost way more than 10 bucks.  And they supposedly last for 10 days.  I say this is a win.

Tips & Tricks:

  • Make sure to wash your hands and use nail polish remover before applying.  This will ensure the surface is smooth and dirt-free, making your manicure last longer.
  • Groom your nails before you try these.  They are not artificial nails, just polish strips, so if your natural nails are unruly and jagged, they will not look good.
  • Sleep on it.  I was not that impressed with these right after I put them on.  After doing some normal daily activities and sleeping, I loved them.  I think it helped them bond better and smoothed them out.