Review: Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

Hi everyone!

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.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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:Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

More detailed instructions, a small file, orange wood stick, and the strips in two blister packs. I followed the instructions (minus buffing my nails) and applied the strips. Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

Here they are after the first day. I hadn’t done much aside from sitting in the car yet, but they are still looking perfect. Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

2 days: After a visit to the beach, they still look as though they were just applied.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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. Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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.

Painted Fingertips | Sally Hansen nail wraps review

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?

  • Annette

    Wow I’m well impressed I’d probably give them a go!

  • Kairi

    What a great review! I might try them, I think my job would be a great test 😛

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! I was really impressed with them 🙂

  • Jessica W.

    Great review!

  • Color Me So Crazy

    This is a super fun pattern and I love that it lasts 10 days!

    • paintedfingertips

      Yeah, I was impressed with that 🙂

  • Simona LightYourNails

    This is a very informative post to me! I’ve only ever tried nail strips from an unknown brand and I had some of the issues you mentioned. Now you made me curious to try the SH ones I have and see if they work for me, too. I must say I find it odd that there are only 8 strips in the package though. I mean, why not 10?!

    • paintedfingertips

      I found that odd too, I’d’ve been happier if I didn’t have to open the second section. Now I have a few strips left over and they are probably already drying out. I do see that with most strips and wraps from different brands though.

  • Glowstars

    It’s great that they last so long although I’m not convinced by the design of these ones….

    • paintedfingertips

      I ended up loving the design but yes, if you’re going to wear something for so long you had better like it!

  • doctorcrafty

    I actually really like the Sally Hansen wraps – they’re better than any others I’ve tried. AND they’re what got me into nail art! Great review 🙂

    • paintedfingertips

      Oh wow! Great way to get into nail art! They’re the best I’ve tried so far too (although I haven’t tried many). Thanks!

  • Cheyenne

    I’m a really big fan of these strips! I myself was pleasantly surprised the first time I tried them! Great review!

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! They were really better than I was expecting them. I was so glad my nails could look good the whole week 🙂

  • Jennifer Channell Starnes

    I really like the pattern. They look great on you.

    • paintedfingertips

      Thank you! I wasn’t sure about the pattern at first, but once it was on, I loved it 🙂

  • Lothwen

    I’m so impressed by the durability! And they look awesome 😀

    • paintedfingertips

      I was impressed too! Thanks!

  • kelliegonzo

    Cute design! I’m not a fan of strips personally, but they are fun 🙂

    • paintedfingertips

      Usually I’m not a fan of strips either, but these turned out to be perfect for getting my nails through the holiday 🙂

  • Jenna

    Very very cool! Love the time lapse! They wore so so well!

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! I was really impressed with how they lasted!

  • Marisa @ Hey, Darling Polish!

    Wow, that’s awesome that these lasted so long!! Great review!!

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! They were pretty great!

  • Jenny Gilmore

    Great review! That is seriously impressive that they could withstand all of that playing the sand and swimming and such.

    • paintedfingertips

      Thanks! They definitely surpassed my expectations.

  • Deborah

    That is some decent wear time, woah! I’m impressed.

    • paintedfingertips

      I was very pleasantly surprised 🙂

  • Shelly Najjar @ Ten Tiny Paintings

    Thanks for doing this. I wondered how long it was going to really last and about using the other half of the strip for a tipped mani or something like that. I managed to snag a box at the dollar store a few months ago and was waiting on trying it until I had a chance to wear them for longer (couldn’t because of the old job I had). Great post, very useful. 🙂

    • paintedfingertips

      I am so glad it was helpful for you! I think the best way would be to divide a couple of the strips in half if you can (I didn’t) because that way you can get 2 full manicures out of it. They warn that once the pack is open, any leftover strips will dry out so I have kept my leftovers to use for an accent nail or something but I will have to see if they are still usable later.

  • Lustrous Lacquer (@LustrousLacquer)

    Ive tried strips before but have so many issue with applying them correctly that Ive never tested the wear time with them. I tend to get wrinkles and remove them after 2 or 3 days. This was a a great post about the wear time and makes me want to give strips another chance.

    • paintedfingertips

      Previous ones I’ve tried also wrinkled really badly. What was different about these was that they were a lot thinner so it seemed like they could conform to my nails better. I do have some other strips from other brands which I’ll try eventually but so far these are the ones that have worked best for me (by far)