I am fascinated by the new nail strips. I tried out two types: Sally Hansen Salon Effects and Kiss Nail Dress. Overall conclusion: What you are paying for is convenience. It’s much like paying almost $2 for soda at the front of the store when you know you can get twice as much for the same price — but it’s right there and it’s cold! So you could buy a bottle of polish and gems or nail art paint and do your nails over and over again for the same price, but this way is so quick and easy it’s hard to resist.
They both promised to last 10 days and I changed them out after a week each. The Kiss lasted a little better, but I think that’s because after the first time around I realized you need to be just as careful with these as you do regular nail polish. The photos below show the deterioration of each after about four days. As a disclaimer, I am very clumsy and am constantly snagging my nails on things.
Overall, I enjoyed the Kiss brand more. I found the designs more attractive, they held up better and there were more sizes. I am tall, and therefore have longer than normal nail beds. I’ve NEVER been able to buy press on nails because of this (another reason to feel like a freak as a preteen.) These completely change the landscape for tall and large nail/large hand gals (I know that just sounds weird, but how else do you say it?) The Kiss set even provided peels large enough for my toes.
The BEST part was no waiting on drying time. I will say though, it is much easier to apply them if you have a little length on your nails. Both came with a specific file to shape the strips down after you stick them to their nails.
The Kiss strips are also a better value. Originally I paid approximately $10 for the Sally Hansen and $8 for the Kiss. However, I’ve seen a lot of sales on the Sally. The kicker though, is that there are 28 strips in the Kiss set and only 16 in the Sally set. You can easily do your nails twice or do nails AND toes.