I used to have a religious Sunday night beauty ritual. Clean my makeup brushes. Deep condition my hair. Wear my collagen facial mask. And paint my nails. But lately, I spend more time blogging than I do primping.
Last week, I decided to get back into my regular routine with Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Polish Strips ($8). But while press on nail polish strips might sound like a great idea–smooth application, no dry time, 10 days of wear–they failed to live up to their promises.
While the hot neon yellow nails intrigued me, I decided to go with something a bit more subtle, pale gold. But if you’re looking to try a crazy color or without buying a whole bottle, this might be the perfect solution for you.
The application seemed simple enough: peel, stick, trim. The important detail they neglected to mention is that if you don’t clean, trim and treat your cuticles with a manicurist’s skill, you won’t get a smooth application. Instead, you’ll get lumps, bumps and unsecured edges.
And speaking of unsecured, even though I pressed until I couldn’t press anymore, I never felt confident that they were firmly applied. It looked like they might peel off at any moment. Which, incidentally, turned out to be a bonus when I removed them three days later. That’s right, three days.
The package advertises that they last up to 10 days. However, I lost half of one the first time that I washed my hair. I then chipped the tips doing light housework. And within 72 hours, they were so messy, I could barely stand to have them on another moment.
Final verdict: Perhaps women would benefit from an easier nail polish system, but this isn’t it. Two coats of OPI and a liberal application of top coat would have held up twice as well for three times as long. Additionally, since one application’s worth of strips costs $8, they’re not exactly a fiscally responsible alternative.