Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

I uploaded this gem of a photograph on facebook last Sunday and it generated quite a buzz.
Since they sparked so much intrigue, I decided to dedicate a post. Presenting Sally Hansen's newest product: Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips.Better described as do-it-yourself stick on nail polish. Understand that I did not get these done at a salon; this is no Minx treatment. The box cost $10 and change at CVS and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. While I hemmed and hawed in front of the end cap display, typical questions ran through my mind; was the price worth it? Would I be able to apply them with ease? Would they last? Come to find out, the answers are Yes, Yes and Yes.More expensive than your typical drug store nail polish: clearly.
A longer application process: definitely.
Applied on Sunday and chip factor as of Thursday: barely.Understand the application of these nails takes some precision and dedication. It is not for the easily frustrated and you must purchase with an open mind and apply with a steady hand. Easy to follow, step-by-step directions are included in the package. Points to Remember / helpful tips:
-Everyones nail size is different. The strip is not going to magically fit your nail, the process involves shaping to size.
-If it seems like they are not sticking at first- they will. Have faith. Apply pressure to the nail for a good 10 seconds if necessary (the directions don't specify this but it seemed to work for me.)
-Double the usage: I found one strip can be sliced in half and applied to the same fingernail on the opposite hand. (Again, not specified in the package but with all that extra adhesive left over it seemed almost implied.) I'm a big fan of the Hounsdtooth (or Sabertooth as my cousins like to call it!) but if that's not your thing Sally offers a decent range of designs and colors. At my CVS I spotted patterns including denim, leopard and lace as well as solids in metallic gold, silver and neon colors. Now that I know this works like a charm, I'm totally going back for the denim! And whatever other funky patterns I think I can pull off. Would you wear these?

24 comments:

Megan said...

I would never have the patience or precision for this, but I think your nails look awesome! (They're debuting on my blog tomorrow.)

Jen said...

I pointed your nails out to Hubby the other night. He agreed they look pretty neat!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

You always have the prettiest nails in the most eye-catching colors! I am in awe of your patience. I actually have some free samples of similar products that I will totally never use. Can I re-gift them your way?

5 Star Foodie said...

Very neat nail polish strips! Pretty!

MelissaNibbles said...

These are awesome! I'd have to have someone else do it for me though. I don't have a steady hand.

Kelly said...

So cool! I love when my nails are painted, and I would totally try these out. I work with so much acetone at work though that nail polish has to be a weekend only activity for me :( or else they look grody after a day.

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

You are too cute! I love that you have houndstooth nails so unique and a fun change from boring nail polish!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

Fabulous! I would never be patient enough to do that myself, but every time I see your cool nails, I wish I got my nails done more often!

Di said...

I'm honestly going to go get these today...maybe I won't bite my nails if they look that good. I can't paint them myself but I think I can do this. :) Thanks for the review!

Corinne said...

yay, you posted about your funky nails!are they still on!? i hope so i want to see these in person tonight. im slightly embarassed to say that i received these in silver last yr for xmas but not knowing what they were threw them out!! oooops

Melissa said...

I got a free sample of a similar product, different brand, in a solid red. The color was great, but I'm not the most patient person and the application was tricky! But, once I got them on, I was impressed with how long they lasted and it looks just like nail polish! I would try it again.

Meesh said...

I want these!!!! I don't think I would be able to attach them to my nails without some sort of a mishap, but it looks like its worth trying!

Lizzy said...

Will you do them for me?!?!? How long do they last? They look amazing : ) G and I are discussing how great they are. Glad you did a post about it.

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

they look so cool! I like the idea of lace and the metallics too. Enjoy your weekend :)

Simply Life said...

oh that is too fun!

this free bird said...

Okay I would totally wear these. They look great and 100% like a professional job. Go Sally!!

Have a great weekend!
Carrie

Betsy said...

Very cool! I've never seen these!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial (though when I first saw them I actually though you painstakingly painted them that way!!)

Melissa said...

Loooooove your nails. Houndstooth is one of my favorite patterns. I was actually reading the wiki page about houndstooth last week. Random, haha. Maybe I'll try a kit like this while I spend my Sunday at home watching football. :)

carlys27 said...

i love our shout out on the sabertooth!! i cant wait to try these on a mission tomorrow to buy shape and complete the process luv u

Anonymous said...

Can you put a clearcoat over the top to make them last longer? I have the pink camo strips on right now and LOVE them.

tina said...

I tried them yesterday! Got a pretty color for now, just to see if I was able to put them on! I don't have the most steady hand, but it worked, and look beautiful! I can't wait to take this off to go get some cool designs on my fingers! Love love love this stuff...true, 10 bucks is pretty pricey, but I waste 10 bucks on dumb stuff all the time anyways! :)

Anonymous said...

My 12 year old and I shared a box, she did her own and I used the pieces unused by her little nails. They are great!

Alicia said...

Those look so cool, but I definitely don't have the patience for it. I would screw them up and give up immediately!

jesslope said...

i love this product. i also posted a pic on my blog. check it out: http://lifeinprogress-jesslope.blogspot.com/2011/06/beats-manicure.html
thanks!