I’ve procrastinated writing this post for far too long because I spent weeks writing it in my head EVERY day. I wanted this post to be perfectly detailed and totally unbiased. I took detailed pictures every day. Seriously. I spent far too much time thinking, analyzing and worrying about this post….that I never wrote it. As the old proverb goes, “Perfect is the enemy of good.” Without further ado, here is my not perfect but hopefully helpful post.
As I said in my first post here, I’ll be judging them based on the following aspects:
- – Style/design
- – Ease of application
- – Shape of wraps
- – Cost
- – East of removal
- – Chemical components
- – Durability
I chose the designs that I personally liked so yes, I liked them all but allow me to go into a little more detail.
- – Sally Hansen (white) – I love the script but due to the shaping of the wrap, which we’ll get to in a minute, I had to turn the wrap (and script) upside down. I still like it though!
- – Jamberry (gold) – I like this wrap because I can wear it on my bare nails or over top of another wrap or polish. While I like the diversity of it, the stripes made it easy to tell if it wasn’t EXACTLY straight (and unfortunately it wasn’t).
- – OPI (rattlesnake) – I adored this one! The complexity of the colors and shimmer make it look much fancier in person than the picture captures. When running your finger over the wrap you could even feel the snakeskin texture.
- – Kiss (black) – I wasn’t a huge fan of this one to begin with, it’s a touch gaudy for my style but I did like it. The 3D gemstones have a metallic look to them.
- – Essie (grey) – This is another one that looks better in person. The grey is a flat color while the pink behind it is fabulously shimmery. This wrap is also textured.
Based on style/design my favorites are OPI & Essie.
– Ease of Application
- – Sally Hansen (white) – Came with orange stick and nail file. Just peeled off and pressed on. Easy peasy!! After applying the nail wrap I used the enclosed nail file to remove the excess and it came off right away. Very simple. These wraps were very thin and were easy to stretch to get a good fit.
- – Jamberry (gold) – This package only came with the wraps themselves. If you’ve ever tried Jamberry wraps before you know that it’s kind of a complicated system. I’ll skip the details here and let you google those on your own but I’ll say that this wrap took the longest to apply. I’ve used Jamberry wraps several times before this application so you’ll have to trust me, I did apply them correctly and took my time to make sure they were done right. This was by far the hardest to apply but not so difficult that I wouldn’t do it again. They were also the thickest wraps of the ones I reviewed.
- – OPI (rattlesnake) – Came with a small nail file. This went on just like the Sally Hansen ones and were super thin and stretchy too. Easy as could be.
- – Kiss (black) – Came with a nail file. These wraps were slightly thicker than the Sally Hansen and OPI ones but not as thick as the Jamberry wraps. The gemstones made it difficult to press the nail wrap down so it took more time than a few others but not as long as Jamberry.
- – Essie (grey) – Came with a plastic orange stick and nail file. These went on the same as the Sally Hansen and OPI wraps. Very thin, stretchy, and quick and to apply.
– Shape of Wraps
My nails naturally have a square-ish shape so my reviews are based on my personal experience. If you have different shaped nails, I’m sure you’ll like different wraps.
- – Sally Hansen (white) – As I mentioned previously, I had to turn this wrap upside down to get a good fit and while I didn’t like that for this particular design I do love the fact that one side of the wrap was rounder and the other was more square.
- – Jamberry (gold) – Jamberry is the wrap that I had to cut the most. They’re wraps are very round on all edges and that’s something I wish they would change. However, they also had more wraps so I had more size options to search through to find ones that really fit from side to side.
- – OPI (rattlesnake) – This fit my nail the best! It was like it was custom made for my nails.
- – Kiss (black) – These also had one side that was square and one that was round.
- – Essie (grey) – These only had square sides but that worked in my favor.
I bought all of these from Amazon.com so I’ll add my Amazon affiliate links here and a link to my friend’s Jamberry site.
- – Sally Hansen (white) – $7.13 w/ free shipping on Amazon. Contains 16 strips.
- – Jamberry (gold) – $15.00 on Jamberry. Contains 18 strips.
- – OPI (rattlesnake) – $12.99 on sale for $5.99 w/free shipping on Amazon. Contains 16 strips.
- – Kiss (black) – TWO pack for $15.00 + $2.95 shipping on Amazon. Contains 28 strips per pack.
- – Essie (grey) – $3.80 w/ free shipping on Amazon. Contains 18 strips.
– Ease of Removal
All of the nail wraps were easy to remove.
– Chemical Component
I’ll be honest, I haven’t had time to go through and find out what all the chemicals mean in understandable terms.
For instance this is what is in the Sally Hansen wraps:
Nitrocellulose, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Triphenyl Phosphate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Butyl Acetate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polyvinyl Butyral, Acrylates Copolymer, Benzoaphenone-3, Phosphoric Acid, Tin Oxide, [may contain +/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77163), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C Red No 6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), D&C Black No. 2 (CI 77266), FD&C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), FD&C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), D&C Red No. 34 Calcium Lake (CI 15880), D&C Orange No. 5 (CI 45370), D&C Yellow No. 11 (CI 47000), D&C Red No. 22 (CI 45380), D&C Red No. 28 (CI 45410), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Violet No. 2 (CI 60725)].
I do know however that Jamberry wraps are free of formaldehyde, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and DBP.
This is what everyone has been waiting for. Drum roll please….
These pictures are taken 15 DAYS AFTER APPLICATION! That’s pretty remarkable in my opinion.
– Essie – It lasted well. Being my thumb nail it got a lot of use and endured well. When it began to show wear it slowly wore away at the end of the nail a bit. Around day 9 it started chipping at the end of the nail and the rest of the nail remained in tact.
– Sally Hansen – It held out for the long haul too. It slowly wore away at the edges and around day 13 I noticed some cracking in the polish. I guess my nail bent at some point and instead of giving the wrap just cracked. It was hardly noticeable at all and that was almost two full weeks of wear. Day 15 the top of the nail started showing chipping too.
– Jamberry – It lasted well but began “lifting” after three days. Some have suggested that a base coat would have helped it initially adhere better or a gel top coat would help it last longer but I didn’t use either of these. The slight lifting remained slight until day 9 when the left side started to lift as well. Day 12 the right side was lifting but it held in place and still looked nice. You couldn’t tell that the wrap wasn’t fully secure just by looking at it so I lifted the wrap with my other finger to show you that it wasn’t connected all around. You may notice in the picture below that the nail wrap rotated on my nail a bit.
– OPI – This wrap did the best I would say! It barely wore away at the edges even after 15 days.
– Kiss – The gemstones stayed on well until day 10 when two came off. It started chipping ever so slightly on day 9. It started lifting on day 12 and by day 15 it was barely hanging on and many of the gems had fallen off. However, I have to point out that Kiss wraps only promised to stay 10 days and they did that!
I played, I painted, and I washed and washed my hands. I wasn’t easy on these nail wraps by any means and I am impressed with them all. Each of them hold up better than regular nail polish and I’ll likely use them all again.
- – All of the wraps besides the Jamberry ones say that they are only good for one application because the rest of the wraps will dry out (they’re polish strips) BUT I stored them in a baggie right away and I’ve been able to use them again without any problem.
- – All of the nail wraps have a nail polish scent except for Jamberry. If you hate the scent of nail polish you’ll want to go with Jamberry wraps.
- – Can you believe how fast my nails grew? With that much growth in 15 days I’ll never need a nail wrap to last longer than a week!
What do you think? Did you predict right? PLEASE tell me if I didn’t answer a question that you had! I want to be as helpful as possible.