UPDATE: 7/11/13 – Since writing this review, I have tried out the final two foils, and I had the same issues. Bubbles, peeling and just all around a bad experience. They just don’t work as easy as you would expect a nail foil to and they aren’t something I will be trying again. You can grab some cheaper versions at the drugstore and they’re much better.
I am a huge fan of nail foils, from Sally Hansen to Kiss Nail Sticker. So when given the opportunity to try out Jamberry Nails I quickly jumped at it. Jamberry Nails are vinyl strips with many different designs. JamberryNails.com has 100+ designs and I loved the three that I received.
Jamberry Nails aren’t like nail foils that I am used to, since they are vinyl you need to use a hair dryer to apply and remove them. I’m used to just sticking it on, smoothing it out and going about my way. I will say that once I read the application process I was a little bit intimidated.
I took on this task, and in the end it really wasn’t as *hard* as I was making it out to be. It was a bit difficult to get the hang of it and for my first try I would say I did ok but there is definite room for improvement. I decided to pick from the three Jamberry Nails designs I was given and go for a blue/green & white striped nail.
Like I said, they take a bit of work to apply, once you remove a sticker you need to heat it for 10-15 seconds with the blow dryer (User Note: I think for better results this should be more like 25-30 seconds) until they become soft and flexible and the apply to the nail. Once applied you take scissors and cut off the excess and then file off the piece that can’t be cut in a downwards motion until all is smooth. Once you apply all stickers to all of your nails you need to use the blow dryer again and heat them so they completely seal to your nail (User Note: I found that this didn’t really make much of a difference, they seemed to seal fine on their own) and then you’re finished. Sounds easy right? Well there are a few issues, you’re supposed to apply these from cuticle to tip but when doing this you get some air bubbles that don’t ever quite find they’re way out. Applying heat the second time around is a bit annoying, especially if you have an extra strong blow dryer like me, my fingers were burning.
I actually really loved the design. Each sheet of Jamberry Nails comes with 18 stickers for $15.00 and you can most likely get three manicures out of it, each sticker is long enough that once you apply it and cut it you can use the cut portion for the other nail. The only real problem I had with these is the air bubble which you can see in the photo above, but I believe that is just user error and the fact that it was my first time working with them, I will try out once of the other two designs that I received in a fun nail art post and make sure to give you an update, I think next time instead of applying from cuticle to tip I’ll do it in a side by side motion and that should likely reduce the appearance of the bubbles.
The picture absolutely shows all the tiny imperfections but I have to say from far away they look a lot better and I received quite a few compliments on them in the four days that I wore them. Another thing I noticed is no matter how many times I washed my hands or did the dishes they did not loosen nor did they chip for the first three days and that’s using my phone and typing on the computer almost constantly, I did notice a bit of chipping when I went to remove them but nothing that was too noticeable. All in all I enjoyed my experience and I look forward to trying another design and hopefully perfecting the application process!Have you tried Jamberry Nails?