Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips

I know I’m super late in trying these as they were the cool thing to have last year, but I decided to try them since they were on sale at Kroger’s Grocery Store.

My first impression was that it still smelled like polish.  I thought that was strange.  Like the minute I opened the package, it was as if I opened a bottle of polish.  My 2nd thought was “Hey, these aren’t all the same color!” What the what? Check out the above picture.  As  you can see they haven’t been opened however there’s a clear difference in color between the left sticker and the right sticker. 🙁

My 3rd thought was this packaging is hard to work with.  I’m not sure why, but I had a hard time opening the silver part of the packet to get the stickers.  Once I finally overcame that obstacle, it was a task to get the sticker on.

Above is my 1st failed attempt.  When I peeled the sticker off the back, it immediately tore. I also couldn’t see where the clear protective plastic cover was. Later realized that it didn’t peel off the way it was supposed to. 

I didn’t even get to the filing because as I stretched it, it tore some more.  Above is all that was left.  This strip was just wasted. 🙁

I tried fixing it by taking it off and moving it over a bit but I quickly realized that these strips aren’t easy to peel off either.  They remind me of when you have a lot of coats of polish on your nail and you peel it off.  At this point the polish is really thick and soft so it comes off in one piece, but takes off a layer or two of your natural nail. 🙁

My 2nd attempt was a bit better.  I just couldn’t get the sticker straight in the middle.  Then I had problems getting the creases out. *sigh* Notice the difference in color.

I checked with my tweeps and found out that a few of them had problems as well with these nail strips and they were not as easy as you think to put on. I had two people tell me they’d never buy them again and on even said she give hers away. Ha.

I was determined to at least finish what I started, even if it took me having to use the entire pack tonight.  Here’s my final outcome. Total Fail. The shapes don’t fit my nail beds. They don’t lay down all the way on my nail even after smoothing the stickers out with the stick and filing afterwards.  I doubt that they last throughout the night, let alone 10 days as the package advertises. 🙁

I would not recommend these and will never buy them again, even if they’re on clearance.

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I think everyone's first nail attempt at these things is a hot mess..I know mine was! but by the time I was done, I had the hang of it! They are pretty cool!
Shasie of Live Life in Style

Ha! A hot mess is a great description of what this mishap was. 🙂

I think I'm going to pass on these in the future. It was more frustrating than fun & cool. Not what I expected at all. I really don't like the fact that the sizes didn't fit my nail bed. 🙁 One of my tweeps, Krystol, told me that Ruby Kisses has nail strips that are way better. I'll have to look into trying those.

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