First there was nail art pens, then there were image plates and stamping, now we have nail decals/patch/stickers. Doesn’t these all make nail art much more fun and easy? Oh yeeeaaahhh!
My first encounter with these stickers was with a gift from Joey – Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Nail Polish Strips. Pick, peel, place, smooth, file, done (^0^) It was that simple. What I love about Sally Hansen’s Nail Polish Strips is that the formula seems to be gentle on my nails which did not turn yellow after 1 week plus without any base coat on. Sally Hansen is not exactly the most affordable when it comes to nail decals but it is sure worth the cents if you need something pretty, easy to use, reliable and which looks after your nails. No top coat is needed but I applied it anyway.
You can find Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips at Watsons and Sasa, retailing approximately $17.90 per design. Each pack contains 20 strips and a mini file.
Next is the Nail Patch Art by Sephora which retails at $16 per design. Each pack contains 16 strips. Sephora has a much limited set of designs available compared to what Sally Hansen offers but their designs do no lose out to the beauty of Sally Hansen’s.
Sephora’s Nail Patch Art lasts longer, stretching to 16 days. However, I do recommend, highly recommend base coat to be applied before the application of the strips. I did not think that it will be necessary to apply base coat since my nails looked alright from my first encounter with Sally Hansen’s but my nails turned slightly yellowish after I finally removed the strips after 16 days (ok, this is a little too long but hey, I was too busy… :p)
That was how my nails looked like from the outside after 16 days *haha* Please remember your base coat if you have intention to keep the strips for more than 10 days.
Gmarket and other stores around offers cheaper options of these at $2 or less. Bought some off Gmarket but was quite disappointed. Some, I couldn’t even get it to work because it does not stick at all even after following the instructions and soaking the strip in water. The better ones came off on the 2nd day *lol*
All in all, a quick summary of my experience is that:
- 20 strips (if you try to use also the “tip”, you may just have enough for your toes too)
- Lasts up to 10 days (as per stated on Sally Hansen’s website)
- Nails did not turn yellow for me
- Easy to remove
- 18 strips (you will have to really plan your usage if you want to do your toes too)
- Lasts more than 10 days
- I recommend applying a layer of base coat before putting the strips if you intend to leave it for more than 1 week
- Might have some sticky substance during removal
- Probably less than $2
- Usually btween 10 to 14 strips
- Usually lasts lesser than 10 days
- Application of top coat is recommended