Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Review, Swatches & Pictures!

By | September 26 2011 | 26 Comments

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Last week we had the fall-on-the-floor-and-kick-yer-heels-up news that Sally Hansen’s hotly anticipated Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips would be landing on our shores come the end of October and will be available at the usual stockists. By means of deduction, skill and looking at a calendar, I have ascertained that that’s just about one month away, therefore allowing for the saving of multiples of €8.95, which is what each pack costs.

Happily, the brand couriered me one at the end of last week and of course, I, ever dedicated to the bid’ness of beauty, tried them over the weekend. To start, we’re getting nine of the available patterns and shades; a mix of metallics and prints to include floral, lace and leopard. I got Glitz Blitz (which immediately made me think of blogger Fitz n Bitz, I think she needs to make these her signatures!), which are essentially golden glitter, and which pleased my inner magpie heartily.

Now, these differ from Minx or nail wraps in that they’re not plastic and you don’t have to heat-seal them; you pretty much press ‘em down and they’re stuck, if you want to remove them you just wipe them back off with regular polish remover. They’re exactly like Incoco, which was available in Ireland a few years ago and which was absolutely brilliant. Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips have the edge though, because of the patterns.

In each pack you get 16 nails, an orange stick, three-sided buffer/file and an instruction sheet. Read it! You do need to prep nails before you apply the stickers or they won’t adhere properly so you’ve got to lightly buff them and swipe them with some remover to make sure surfaces are completely oil-free and perfectly prepped.

sally hansen salon manicure strips individual nails

Utterly eager to get going, I shook out the 16 individual nails to get some pre-application sizing-up going on, and I have to say, the sizes of the nails are kind of odd. The idea behind giving you 16 isn’t so you can do multiple applications – it’s to accommodate the fact that we all have different finger and nail sizes.

However, the pack includes loads of really big ones and not enough smaller sizes, so I was a bit stuck until I remembered some comments left by gals who’d already used these – the strips are long, so if you’re careful in application you can get two nails out of one strip. That takes care of that problem for me, and left enough to do my toes as well, if I was so inclined. Toes and fingers for €9.55? Not bad, to be honest.

So, what exactly do you do?  Once you’ve buffed and wiped nails with remover, here’s what I did:

sally hansen nail strips application steps

  1. Firstly, before you get anywhere near applying them to your nails, measure them up to see what size will fit each finger
  2. Each strip has two peelable surfaces – a clear top layer you take off first, which protects the polish surface, and a backing which protects the sticky back. Firstly, peel off the clear top layer
  3. Now, peel the nail strip itself off the backing
  4. Hurrah! You can finally press it onto your nail – as you press, stretch it slightly to get it into place – this helps it stick and stay better. You’ll have loads hanging off the end (and you’re meant to have broken off the grey tab at the end but it doesn’t really make any odds if you leave it unless you want to use the other half for another nail; in my case I did), so snip it close in to the top of your nail
  5. Much like this, in fact.  Before you go any further, you need to do a couple of things:
  6. Get your orange stick out and use the long flat end to smooth down the strip onto the nail bed so that it’s smooth and well adhered. Then you basically need to press the top of the strip firmly down over the top of the nail and get the buffer and gently file the excess off to leave a nice neat, finished nail

Anything else? Yeah, I think you need a clear topcoat to really keep these in place, to prevent the edges catching on clothes and lifting and to cut down on tip wear, but they’re blimmin’ well genius. The above steps might look like a faff but you’ll have 10 digits adorned in under five minutes and they’ll look absolutely perfect to boot, plus the glitter is smooth and not remotely grainy. If you’re one of those people who cannot keep polish on the nail bed and gets it all over their fingers too or you can’t manage that neat gap between the cuticle and nail to save your life, then these are frigging genius – they do it all for you. Ace.

sally hansen strips

So, here’s the finished result. So tidy!

sally hansen nail strips

And shiny!

sally hansen nail strips

And glittery!

In summary, while the sizes are a bit funny and I had to do a bit of a workaround to get them to fit, and topcoat’s gonna be a necessity to keep the strips looking good for a few days, these are great. I’m totally sold on ‘em and can’t wait for them to hit the shops so I can leopard print myself up a set of digits.

Totally deadly. (Glittery) thumbs up, Sally Hansen.

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26 Replies to "Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Review, Swatches & Pictures!"

  • Grá says:

    Oh I love the gold! Bling bling! Perfect from this bling season coming.

  • BerG says:

    Totally gorgeous. Can’t wait to get a go of these.

  • blondie says:

    LOVE these.
    Cant wait to try.

    Bought Blixz (sp?), couldn’t manage them at all, but think I’ll be able for these!

  • Aine says:

    They look DEADLY! Can’t wait to try ‘em.

  • boredmum says:

    they really do look fab, roll on october :D

  • Fifibelle says:

    There’s leopard print you say?

    *takes out money box and starts counting out €9,55*

    Fantastic idea!Am always a bit afraid of nail strips, but will be giving these a go!!

  • Sherry says:

    OOh these look great. Oh was watching youtube and birch box, Americas version of Glossy box got Incoco in their boxes.

    I wonder will we get these in our Glossy boxes LOl

  • char says:

    OOh im in love i use minx on my toes these look way easier :)

  • Snowdrop says:

    these are 8.50 dollars in walmart in the US. I think we’re getting ripped off tbh – as if you buy 2 packs, you’ve spent the bones of 20 yoyos! However, the houndstooth ones are AWESOME – they were always out of stock :(

  • Rosemary says:

    I cry looking at these – they are the VERY colour of the ones I used that ruined my nails. I think they are amazing and look amazing but heed my warning and take ‘em off after two or three days!

  • Kirstie says:

    rosemary, I was wondering did you do loads and loads of buffing before you applied? liek SUPAH buffing?

  • PinkPanther says:

    Houndstooth? WANT. How long do they last?

  • CherrySue says:

    I’ll be giving ‘em a shot fo’ sho’

  • Maj says:

    Oooh pretty!!!!

  • My friend said the amount of leopard print you wear corresponds to to number of husbands you’ve stolen. He’s about to get a big shock.
    I wouldn’t be bothering buying a plain one though, that glitter manicure is gorgeous but I’d rather pay just over a quid for a polish and put up with chipping. The patterned ones are right up my street :)

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    I think I must be really tight. I took one look and thought “But you could get a whole bottle of nail polish for that!”

    It specifically reminded me of OPI “Bring on the Bling” from last Christmas’s Burlesque Collection. I think a lot of OPI stockists still have some knocking around, so it might be worth it to have a search!

  • SJP’s Missing Mole – Exactly. That’s why I’d only get the fancy patterned ones, I’m hopeless at nail art.

  • CherrySue says:

    Oh my god Lorrrrrrrrraine, those poor, poor husbands!

    I’m a confessed lover of the leopard (see pic) but se-here-iously, if I don’t want a hubby for me I certainly don’t want anyone else’s used one. Ewww.

    In fairness, I don’t speak for all the Bette Lynchs, they could have a lot less taste than I,(dubious),(obvs) ;)

  • sevda says:

    i think €10 is a lot for a set of nails but for an occasion I’d consider the ones you have there kirstie. Not a bi nail art fan but don’t mind a toney bit of bling.

  • TeaTime says:

    A word of warning with these. If you open the packet of 16 make sure to do all your nails at once. If you leave the open packet over night they will not stick on your nails the next day. I opened the packet and did my thumb late one night with the intentiion of the doing the rest of my nails the next morning but they would not stick on….What a waste due to my laziness. I had a very fancy thumb though!!

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