Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Sally Hansen Salon Effects; Retails at $9.99 [Full size]


I am a girl who loves her nails being done and I've always been intrigued by the idea of using wraps especially when they state that they have no drying time. I've seen them everywhere - from drug stores to the supermarket but I've never had the chance to try them - until now when a pack was supplied in my Influenster Spring VoxBox.

The Sally Hansen Salon Effects claim last up to ten days so they would be perfect if your going on holiday and don't have to worry about your nails or just perfect for the summertime! Everything you need [16 foil wraps - mine was in the Rock Star shade, nail file and stick] is inside the pack which is really welcome and very handy. I found the instructions to be very helpful, care and easy to follow especially for a first timer like myself when it comes to the Salon Effects strips.

nails

The Salon Effect strips come in a really handy box with everything you'll need.

Nevertheless I didn't have much luck with this product although admittedly it was the first time of trying nail wraps. The first problem I had is that I apparently have tiny sized fingers so a lot of the nail foils were too big so not only did I have to file the wraps down around the tip of the nail but also along the side and then carefully try and pull the access off. Nevertheless the straight forward filing the wraps down to size around the tip was pretty straight forward.

 My nails straight after application of the nail wraps.

However within a couple of hours I'd noticed them the first signs of chipping to the tips - with the wraps being similar to a glitter pattern it wasn't too noticeable but if they had been a straight forward plain colour then I'd of been very disappointed. They claim to withstand up to 10 days of wear, sadly mine didn't make it past three. It's not as if I do a lot of manual work with my hands, although I do a lot of typing, washing up and general cleaning and crafts. Perhaps using a strong top coat of nail varnish after application may help in the future.

I can see why they appeal and their range of shades are impressive - they have 40 in total. But in future I'd rather stick with traditional nail polishes especially because of the price. $9.99 for one use is a little expensive in my view especially when I can get a full bottle of OPI for far cheaper!

Have you ever used Sally Hansen's Salon Effects or foil wraps similar? What have you're experiences being like?

disclaimer - this product was provided complementary by Influenster for my review regardless all thoughts and images are my own.

25 comments:

  1. What a shame it didn't last, I absolutely love the effect and it sure beats ruining your nails with taking glitter polish off.
    I had the SH zebra effects from a pal in the States for my birthday, they lasted about 7 days before they got shoddy. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That is very true - glitter varnish is horrid to remove so it does have that advantage!

      Delete
  2. I'd seen polkadot nailwraps and thought they looked pretty divine but I think they're a little too fiddly for me, the glitter is super pretty!

    Jem xXx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah especially when you're working with your opposite hand and you're trying to get it lined up just so!

      Delete
  3. I love glittery nails, they look great! Shame they didn't last long! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They were a really pretty shade, sad they didn't do very well with me!

      Delete
  4. I am hopeless with nail wraps!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad i'm not the only one!

      Delete
  5. I've been using wraps and falsies more and more recently, but I'll avoid these ones as the whole reason I like them is longevity. X

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think I maybe need to try some more - probably some cheaper ones so they aren't as expensive to waste to get the hang of them a little more!

      Delete
  6. They look gorgeous. I had Minx nails once and they only lasted about 3 days on me x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm starting to think they are all really hit and miss which is a shame!

      Delete
  7. i've never tried these before, but i've been wanting to. thanks so much for this review, now i know what to expect. :)

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway -- Open internationally!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I totally don't like nail strips, which is a shame because there are a lot of cute ones out there. They just don't last very long!!!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah I think they were worth a try but i'll stick to me normal varnishes in the future!

      Delete
  9. I was going to try them but I don't think I will bother now, I may as well stick to nail varnish as it is so much cheaper :)

    Gems x

    Fashion, Well Done

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's what I keep coming back to - the price. Far easier just to buy a couple of new varnishes for the price of this!

      Delete
  10. Ooh I wanted to try these cause nail polish always chips so quickly with me, think I'll leave it now! They look cool tho, love the glitter :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I found these to chip even sooner then a normal varnish would! The glitter was really pretty though! Always love a bit of glitter.

      Delete
  11. They look gorgeous!!! I want this design, they're popping up in my Asda and I'm to try :D

    Lucy
    http://lucyywrites01.blogspot.com
    x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Can't wait to hear what you think of them!

      Delete
  12. I've only tried nail wraps once, they were Minx ones, applied by a beautician and they didn't work all that well either. I have small nails too, but even the filing down the excess at the ends was difficult, they looked ok for about two days, but I wasn't happy with how they felt at all, the edges were really rough. It's a shame cos I love the idea of them and how they SHOULD look!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah they never seemed to be smooth around the edges after the filing especially when you had to file along the edge of your finger nail! I think they might need to work a little more on offering some smaller sized ones in their packs too!

      Delete
  13. I love these! I only buy them when they're on sale though and if I really like the design. I also only use them on my toes, I only have to use one of the packages that way and I get the design twice. I tried them on my nails once and didn't like it, they chipped really fast

    ReplyDelete