Today I have something a little different for you. It’s a review, and it’s nail polish strips. A few months ago I was lucky to receive a lovely prize package from Break Rules Not Nails, and one of the items included was a box of nail polish strips. I liked the look of the pattern, but since I like to paint my nails often I knew it might be a while before I got to trying them. The perfect opportunity came in December when I went away for a week. I wasn’t taking any polish with me so it was the perfect time to use the strips, and to give them a proper wear test.
The box shows the pattern (I love stars!) along with some basic application instructions and promises that the strips will fit all nails, remove with polish remover, and last up to 10 days. When I opened the box, these were the contents:
I haven’t tried many nail strips or wraps in the past, but these were completely different from those I have tried. They were far thinner, meaning that I didn’t have issues with them wrinkling at the sides of my curved nails. You peel them off from the backing and apply them directly to the nail. One thing that I struggle with is getting a strip to fit the nail exactly, or trimming down wraps that are to big. That wasn’t a problem for these, because they remove with nail polish remover! I opted for picking a bigger strip when in doubt and cleaning off the excess with remover. It was a little harder than normal polish cleanup, but worked very well. I also liked that since they were thin, they felt natural on my nail.
Each of the blister packs contains 8 strips. Because it was my first time using strips like these, it was all I could do to use one strip per nail so I had to open both packs. Each strip was far longer than I needed though (so it could work for people with longer nails) but I also felt like with a little more practice, if you use these strips a lot you could divide some of the strips in half and so get two full manicures out of one pack.
I topped the strips with a coat of Seche Vite top coat to provide some extra protection and longevity and I was ready to go. The rest of the photos were taken during our holiday so the lighting will vary.
2 days: After a visit to the beach, they still look as though they were just applied.
3 days – it’s a good thing these pictures were dated or I wouldn’t have even known what was from which day. The strips are still looking perfect after another beach visit. There is the tiniest bit of tip wear, but it’s barely visible.
Day 5: I skipped day 4 because the strips still look pretty much perfect. You can see the tip wear a little more clearly on my middle and ring fingers. By this time we had been to the beach several times, and also swam in both warm and cold pools.
Day 8: I skipped a few here but at least you can finally see a difference! You can now see tip wear on all of my nails. Well, that might have something to do with the huge hole I dug on the beach with my nieces using my bare hands. Despite that, still not one chip. By this time I was seriously impressed as I hadn’t honestly expected the wraps to last more than maybe 5 days before they started to look bad.
11 days: This was back at home right before I removed the strips. The tip wear is quite bad now. The first tiny chip appeared but it’s not even visible on the picture as it was on the upper corner of my thumb. The main reason the strips don’t look great any more is that you can actually see how my nails have grown!
Removal was easy with polish remover. It did take a bit longer than it would with normal polish – especially over the stars – but was really no problem.
Overall: I was seriously impressed with these. They stood up to all their claims. If they could last over 10 days with visits to the beach or pool every day, washing dishes, playing with the kids and digging in the sand, well then they really last 10 days. I also loved the pattern so I didn’t get tired of my nails even though I basically never leave one thing on for that long. These were a great success! Would you try them?