By Wendy Larson
Where were these things when I went to Prom?
Ever since I saw a picture of Katy Perry wearing pictures of Oompa Loompas on her nails I’ve been interested in Minx manicures. From what I understand happens in a Minx mani, a nail artist places a strip of printed lacquer on the nail, smooths it down and shines a UV light on it to affix the strip. Unfortunately this service costs around $40 bucks and no salon in my area offers it.
Enter the sheer awesomeness that is Sally Hansen. I love all of their other nail polishes that they carry and when I saw a display for the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in 24 different colors and patterns I kind of freaked out… seriously I made a weird guttural squeal. Then when I saw the price ($9.99) I giggled maniacally and grabbed a zebra print called “Wild Child.”
I know Sephora carries OPI strips that are similar but for $15 bucks and no designs that I like I’ve always passed on them.
The box comes with 16 strips of nail polish, an orange stick, and a small nail file, no UV light necessary. Sally Hansen claims that these strips will last 10 days and that once you want to remove it, just to use regular polish remover. I don’t know about the 10 day claim, it’s been 7 days for me and most of the polish is still on, however there is a lot of chipping around the cuticle area. Regular polish lasts on me about 3 or 4 days because I am brutal on my nails. The Polish Strips lasted a good 5 days on me in perfect condition before they started to go south…which is a small miracle, especially after not using a top coat.
Overall, I was shocked at how good these were. I do wish that there were more prints in the collection. (there are currently 11 prints, 8 neon colors, and 5 glitters) I’m not sure what the point of the solid colors is, since you can easily find colors like that in regular nail polish. Another plus is that drug stores often have BOGO sales on Sally Hansen products, so these aren’t going to break the bank.
You can also find these strips at Drugstore.com.