Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sally Hanson's Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips in Blue Ice

A while ago I was contemplating Minx for a business trip and Michelle of All Lacquered Up suggested I try Sally Hanson's Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips instead. By a twist of fate, I ended getting myself Shellaced instead. After the business trip I splurged on Blue Ice, my first Sally Hanson Studio Effects Nail Polish Strip experience.

Sally Hanson Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips in Blue Ice


Sally Hanson Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips in Blue Ice
This is the funkies thing ever! For roughly $10, you get one application of the color of your choice. It comes with two packets of strips with several extra size choices just to make sure you fit your nail bed appropriately, a stick, and a nail file. And thank goodness - it comes with really good instructions!

Basic Instructions (From memory)
  1. Prep your nail by buffing.
  2. Select appropriate size strip.
  3. Peel off back of strip and protective strip and place on your nail.
  4. Remove excess.
  5. Use nail polish remover to remove (I used Zoya Remove + and it worked like any other glitter polish). 

Once you've prepped your nails, peel off the back of the strip as well as the protective covering over the design (yes, there are two things to pull off). you place it on your nail and it sort of looks like this:

Sally Hanson Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips in Blue Ice


Then you take your file and file off the excess. I'll admit, I sort tore off the excess a few times because it was just easier and I wasn't using a pattern. The amount of excess was a lot because my nails are short, and I did throw away a few strips I couldn't use.


Sally Hanson Studio Effects Nail Polish Strips in Blue Ice
Color
The best thing about this product is what you see is what you get. Blue Ice looked the same in the packet as it did on my nail. Blue and silver glittery goodness!

Application
Even though it's tricky, it's not THAT tricky. And the only things you really need come in the set.

Wear
Ok, if you don't get a great fit or press down enough around the corners you'll run into what I did: peeling at the edges after your first shower. So yeah, I ruined my mani within two hours. The nails that did not get peeling on stayed perfect until I decided to remove them a few days later.

Bottom Line
Novelty fun. Just make sure you're not a hurry and you do them correctly. Could potentially be great for travelers who want a little bling. For a single application, though, I'd rather go buy a glitter polish I can reuse.

I am going to try this again, but with a pattern next time. I wonder if there will be anything different. I've heard things about patterns stretching so I'm curious to see. 
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