Monday, October 10, 2011

Product Review: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

I've wanted to try these since they launched months ago.  The idea seems intriguing - nail polish strips - like the old press on nails I remember from junior high - but hopefully with better results.  They come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of designs including butterfly, bamboo, leopard, camouflage, glitter, fishnet & denim.

At $8.50/ box, they are not cheap.  But I was particularly captivated by the houndstooth design and I also liked the idea that they could last up to 3 weeks.  The box includes 16 strips and I was hopeful that I would be able to stretch these into multiple uses.  In the box there are 2 packs of 8 strips, in various sizes.  You also get a cuticle stick, a buffer, and instructions.

Application was easy:  Clean nails with polish remover, buff, and apply.  

The strips are generously sized, and I was able to trim them to cover 2-3 nails from just one strip.  The strips themselves are thin, flexible, and surprisingly sturdy. After doing both feet I still had 4 strips left from one pack, which means I can reasonably expect to get 4 uses out of each box.    

Please, no criticizing my Flintstone feet.

I LOVE the way these look.  I think the houndstooth is so fun for Fall. I don't think I would try a solid color, but some of the patterns are a neat way to change things up.  You could even do just one toe & paint the others. With a pedicure running $20-$30 + extra for any fancy design, I think these are a good value.  I'll add a postscript once I've had them on for a few days, but for now, I am very happy with the results. FYI, I did add a topcoat.  

Would you try these?  Do you think they are worth the $8.50 price tag? Update: There are 8 strips in each pack of nails strips (2 packs per box). Once the packs are opened, the strips WILL dry out, rendering them unusable. I don't know how long this takes, but I tried to apply nail strips that had been open for about 6 weeks, and they would not stick. So, I say share them or do your fingers and toes at the same time.


sarita said...

Love them! I think it would be a super fun (and much cheaper) girls night in activity than getting a professional pedicure.

Ben, Rebecca, Natali, & Isaac said...

I have been eyeballing them for a while now. I've been reluctant not knowing how they hold up. I'll be curious to know what you think after multiple days.