PM Bottom Line: A definite yes. So easy, so cute, so durable. Loved them so much I hosted a Nail Bar. See the Pros and Cons list at the bottom.
I haven’t done my nails in about two years. I may have done my toes, but I can’t remember. Up until then, I was all about Jamberry nails! For my toes. I hardly ever did my fingers because, even though I’m petty laid back and low maintenance, I want my nails to look GOOD if I’m going to put forth the effort. Toes are far away from most eyes and can be imperfect. But I see my fingers constantly, including chips, smudges and imperfections. Also, I play the guitar on a regular basis and so have to keep my nails trimmed. Jamberry pedicures took some time and a bit of contortionism on my part, but they lasted SO LONG that it was worth it. I would have cute toes for a good long while!
A few weeks ago I did my toes again. And remembered that yes, it does take some time and a wee bit of frustration. I mean, have you seen peoples’ toenails? They’re weird. In fact, everyone’s nails are funky shaped. And with Jamberry’s wraps, you have to cut the wrap to the shape of your nail. Still, my toes were now officially super cute.
Then I stumbled across Color Street Nail Strips online. This company makes nail polish strips that are 100% real nail polish. They say the application will last up to fourteen days.
I found a few local “stylists” and picked one, contacted her and she never followed through. Grrrr. But my second time was a charm and I got a few samples in the mail right away. I had 15 minutes before I had to head out the door on the morning of August 12. I was a little nervous about trying something new like this when rushed, but I dove in. They were so easy! And looked amazing. I couldn’t believe it. They were basically stick on, file the tip of the nail and BAM! Dry and Done. Here’s the August 12 photo.
I continued living my life, which includes playing guitar, washing dishes and more. I was not careful with my nails. I only trimmed them when needed.
Here’s Aug 17.
And here’s August 29, when I removed them.
You can see I’ve had a lot of nail growth and some wear at the base. I did need to trim regularly so I could play guitar, so that kept the ends neat. But this is 17 days later and I was still getting compliments.
Oh, I wanted to mention that these lasted over two weeks AND I completely forgot to use the little alcohol wipes with them to prep the nail so the strips will adhere better and last longer.
Now, I haven’t tried these on my toes yet, but I know they’ll be easier than wraps. Since I still have lots of wraps from previous parties, I plan on using them on my toes for awhile but using Color Street on my fingers.
Sets include 16 nail strips to account for different nail sizes and shapes. I cut mine in two to get twice the amount of manicures. My nails aren’t long, so I can do that. I think I’ll be able to get three manicures from a set and at least that many pedicures since toenails are usually smaller. So that’s $3-4 per manicure or pedicure. Now, you can get a lot more out of a bottle of nail polish for sure. But not patterns and, well, I stink at nail polish application. So this is a decent value for me, especially if they last two weeks.
The girls are all excited to use them so we hosted Nail Bar! With our rewards we each got two sets (8 sets total).
slight nail polish smell after application, BUT nowhere NEAR the fumes or liquid polish
not as many color/pattern selections as Jamberry
you have to re-seal what you did not use, as these are real nail polish and will dry out
not 100% organic with absolutely no chemicals
MADE IN THE USA!
free of a lot of the harsher nail polish chemicals
super fast and ….
SO EASY TO APPLY (no cutting, no heat)
no dry time
lays flat because it’s thin nail polish
lasts a looooong time
Can be removed with nail polish remover. Wraps are a little trickier to remove and you have to be careful to not damage your nails.
No special equipment needed
My girls can do them no their own. They just could never get the wraps and I didn’t have the patience to help them AND get to their required level of perfection.