Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips Are Surprisingly Awesome

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Sally HansenAt the BlogHer conference last month, I stopped by the fabulous Getting Gorgeous party, where there were free manicures featuring Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

With my own party coming up that night, my unmanicured nails needed some help, so I sat right down and took my chances.

Frankly, I wasn't expecting to like the results all that much.

I was pleasantly surprised.

The process is pretty simple. First, you buff the tops of your nails a bit with a buffer that's provided -- this roughens them up so that the strips have something to adhere to. Next, you cut the strip if necessary to fit your nail. Once the strip is off the contact paper, it's like a thin sticker that you put right over your nail. It's okay if the end of the sticker is a little too long -- just fold it over your nail tip and file down the edge of your nail to make it look smooth. Another cool thing about the strips is that if you use certain textures (I used "Glitz Blitz," for example, which looks like burnished gold glitter), you can layer one sticker on top of another if you missed a spot, and you totally can't tell.

I ended up with awesome gold glitter nails that I received compliments on for days afterward. The gold was not too in-your-face; it was enough of a neutral tone that I felt comfortable wearing the manicure everywhere I went.

The best surprise of all was that my manicure lasted a good nine days before I finally removed it. Since the "color" was a texture, when the tips of my manicure began wearing off, it was completely unnoticeable. 

I would totally get these nail polish strips again. One of the reasons I never polish my nails is that I don't have time to wait for my nails to dry, and I hate how one chip ruins a manicure. These strips are great because there's no dry time -- and one "chip" often can't even be detected, or can simply be covered by another sticker. LOVE. You can find these strips for about $4-$5 at any drugstore.

Have you tried nail polish strips? Would you?


Image via Sally Hansen


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jkm89 jkm89

Yes, love them! Except they're more like $8-9 dollars where I live. I'd get them a lot more often if they weren't so expensive, they come in super cute designs!

nonmember avatar MJD

I think these are great for the same reason you do - no dry time! My issue is that everywhere I've seen them they are $8-$10 not $4-$5! As they are priced around here they are WAY too expensive for a one-time-use manicure.

Deedstra LasVegas

I just tried these for the first time last weekend and they are awesome!

tinyp... tinypossum

Do they come in any neutral colors? I'm not really a nail art kind of girl. 

linzemae linzemae

If you don't cut them you can usually get 2 nails done with one strip. As long as your nails aren't really long. I put one on my index finger and then attach it to my other index finger from the other end. Then you get another use out of them but don't open both packages, they harden when left out

linzemae linzemae

Oh and the glitter ones are horrible to take off! I usually use a nail file on my nail bed before I even start with remover.

cmjaz cmjaz

They are awesome and saves time having the cool designs applied by a nail salon. I also wish they were cheaper but still much cheaper than a nail salon

flood... flood1971

@linzemae Use straight acetone. Dap on nails for a few seconds; sgould come right off!

Doomy234 Doomy234

I would try them since they come in awesome designs. But I dont like that they are around $10. I can by 7 bottles of my favorite brand of nail polish for that price.

Doomy234 Doomy234


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