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