As of September 1st Jamberry Nails officially became available for selling and buying in Canada! I have always loved doing funky things with my nails and loved the samples of Jamberry nail wraps I’d tried in the past, so I’m excited to join with Jamberry and become an independent consultant myself!
Now.. in fairness, I’d never tried any other nail stickers before Jamberry. I’d seen pictures and heard reviews from others that made it clear Jamberry were superior in many ways, but I’ve decided to give two other types a try just so I can say I have first hand experience with them.
So, I went to the store intending to buy a package of Sally Hansen “Salon Effects” real nail polish strips. I was surprised when I was looking for those to find three other types of similar products! Two companies I’d never heard of before (Kiss and Essie) and something from L’Oreal called “Nail Lingerie” (really?). So, I bought a Sally Hansen and a L’Oreal. Why not try a couple types? I’ve also seen similar things for sale in a dollar store.. but is it really fair to compare anything against something that’s a dollar-store quality??
I also had some more Jamberry wraps left, so here’s everything I decided to try:
There were very little options in the L’Oreal line up. All that this store had was clear with some kind of flecked color design. Kind of boring, but I wanted to try the brand anyway. The Sally Hansen is a nice design and comes with a little file and cuticle stick, so that’s handy. The L’Oreal came with nothing but a single sheet of 18 stickers. The Sally Hansen has only 16 single nail polish strips. Both are noted as lasting “up to” 10 days. Jamberry has 18 strips per sheet but each strip easily does 2 applications if you don’t have crazy long nails. Plus, if you opt to not do your toes, you can cut the larger toe strips into smaller pieces to do even more nail applications. Jamberry also lasts at least 2 weeks on your fingers and 3-4 on your toes. But honestly, I’ve had a set of Jamberrys on my fingers that lasted a month! I don’t think that’s typical, but goes to show how well made they are.
Just showing everything out of the packages. You can see how the L’Oreal stickers are tiny and definitely only made for one nail (no cutting them to get two out of one strip).
Here is the Sally Hansen strip next to my Jamberry. The size difference is pretty clear, but what I was really trying to get in these pictures is the fact that the Sally Hansen one looks like a cheap inkjet print job. Seriously! It’s slightly out of focus, a tad blurred, and really looks like someone just printed it out. Also, nothing compares to the shine of the Jamberry wraps! Normal ones are glossy, but these ones happen to have some metallic shine to them that is really nice. There are some matte options available too if you don’t want shiny nails, but glossy is very nice.
So the process for putting them on was very similar for all three types. They all start with the same rules: clean your nails well, make sure they are dirt, oil, and polish-free. Push back your cuticles. For someone with bad cuticles and/or oily nails, this process is extremely important for all three brands, so none of them at this point are any faster than the others.
The Sally Hansen wraps have plastic on top you have to pull off, then you have to break off the tab and pull off the backing before applying. I found breaking off the tab ripped the sticker a bit but I probably was being klutzy. The sticker itself felt really cheap. It was kind of like sticky, really thin paper. And it smelled like chemicals/nail polish. I guess that makes sense considering it’s a “nail polish” strip. The application wasn’t hard.. just make sure you get the right size, carefully start in the middle of the nail and push it down.. then stretch it a bit to make sure it doesn’t bubble. Trim and file the excess, and you’re done. Only problem I encountered was when I used the buffer (recommended) to smooth one down a bit.. it almost started tearing the sticker/rubbing it off, so I stopped.
The L’Oreal stickers were a bit like plastic wrap with decoration on them. They were also fairly easy to apply, but the finished product definitely looks like you’ve stuck plastic wrap to your fingers. It’s okay, but meh. Didn’t get my interest in the slightest.
Just for kicks I also applied good old fashioned nail polish with a sparkle top coat to a pinkie nail.
Here are two Jamberry nails (pointer & ring), the Sally Hansen (middle), and the normal polish on the pinkie.
Here’s a close up of the L’Oreal and Sally Hansen.
Here’s a closer shot of the Sally Hansen and Jamberry.
And here’s a good shot showing how the L’Oreal looks like plastic wrap.
So there you have it. Maybe I’m biased, but I truly do prefer the Jamberry nails. Oh, and also.. after having the nails on for almost a day now I can say the stink of the Sally Hansen has not yet gone away! It was so bad my husband even noticed while we were watching TV last night and it was making me nauseous. I’d like to just take them off but I’ll keep them just to see how long they last. Ick.
September 6, 2013
I took off the horrible Sally Hansen and L’Oreal nails today. I just didn’t like them at all.. plus, I got my new Jamberry nails today so I wanted to put those on instead. Here’s a picture of what the Sally Hansen & L’Oreal were looking like prior to removal:
So after two days the Sally Hansen were already starting to rub off pretty bad at the tips. I’m sure if I had of left them on longer it would have been worse, fast, but I could stand them anymore.. they still smelled funny even after two days.