Every now and then I get fixated on something and I have to have every single variation of it. Right now, my new addiction is stick-on nail polish:
They look like nail polish, but you don’t polish them on. You stick them on and cut and file off the excess until you have an artsy nail. I get an unbelievable number of compliments, especially on the sparkly ones.
These aren’t my nails…they belong to Confessions of a Glossaholic. But this is definitely one of the shades I have to buy:
First, the positives. No drying time. You stick them on and they’re done. I found them easy to apply, but some would rather brush on some polish and be done with it. They last FAR longer than any nail polish I’ve ever used, even professional salon manicures. As a writer who types pretty much nonstop during every waking hour, my nail polish is usually chipped by the second day. Even when these start to wear, it’s barely noticeable, especially with the lighter shades. Sally Hansen claims it will last up to ten days. I found at about the one-week mark I’m feeling compelled to remove it. However, remember–I’m someone who is usually seeing considerable wear by the second day with regular nail polish.
A couple of negatives: 1) The price. I’ve seen the prices on Amazon to be the best. The site has quite a few twin packs for under $5. There are also some discontinued shades that you can get for next-to-nothing. My grocery store is selling ONE set for $8+, so this is quite a bargain. Plus, I was able to find some Halloween shades that have been discontinued. (I love Halloween, so I’m already stocking up!)
Another negative: If you’re a perfectionist, be prepared to put some work in. I can throw these things on in five minutes or less, but I don’t care if I have a little bubble somewhere that’s barely noticeable to anyone but me. A perfectionist will likely be measuring and perfecting the process for much longer than five minutes.
Oh, and one last negative: removal. Someone advised buying some nail polish remover that’s heavy on acetone. Even with that, I find myself scrubbing away to exhaustion to get some of these shades off, especially the ones with glitter. Of course, if it lasts 7-10 days, you’ll have to remove less often, so maybe it all evens out.
Stay away from the white shades. I love butterflies, so I tried the white butterfly strips in the first picture above and barely lasted four days before it had to come off. It looked like I had stickers on my nails. The more traditional it looks in the pictures, the more it will look like nail art.