Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jamberry Nails Review

*Sample provided for Review*


After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born. 

Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash, too! Jamberry Nails arm you with style and confidence, while demanding very little of your time or money. 


I was sent a few single Jamberry Nails decals for review. Two were a solid color and the third a true ROY G BIV which matched me new mini Color Club purple - Disco Dress - to a T. As instructed by the card provided, I followed these steps:
    • Clean unpolished nails with alcohol
    • Match nail (finger or toe) to the wrap that best fits
    • Peel off wrap, warm with blow dryer for 10-15 seconds until soft & flexible
    • When warm, press wrap onto nail, apply firm pressure around edges to adhere to nail. Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around base of cuticle.
    • Trim top with scissors, file off remaining wrap using downward motion to remove excess.
    • Apply heat & pressure to wrap again until bonded to the nail
 While I don't have a rubber cuticle pusher, I do have one of those gem picker-uppers (yes I realize this is not the official name) it worked alright considering I didn't realize I had to have a specific tool to complete this. The side edges and cuticle went down nicely but I had some trouble with a wrinkle in the tip. Not sure if it was the error of first application, only having one to try or something else. I even applied heat to it a few more times to see if I could smooth it out with no luck. After sleeping on it, an edge hadn't quite been put down and had to come off. It removed alright with the application of heat. The site says it won't leave any reside but there was a tinge on my tip that easily came off with remover.
I decided to give it another go, the sides seemed to work better the second time around but that same wrinkle reared it's little head again. I would like to see these on someone else's nails that aren't quite as rounded as mine. For me, I just couldn't get this little sucker to lie flat.
It says it can last up to two weeks on nails, which is 4 days longer than the proclaimed length of Sally Hansen and six weeks on toes. While I am pretty impressed that the site has "over 250 designs" - I thought the online product info. was a tad lacking. When you go to order a design it simply says $15. Not sure if that includes 1, 10 or 20? It also didn't specify in the FAQ. I do love the fact that they have a "Jamberry Juniors" collection for the littles! You can also order custom wraps, think Russel Brand Face via Katy Perry pre-split.

Let's recap

Pros

  • Huge range of custom designs, some intricate, some simple
  • Long-lasting
  • An added layer of durability with the heat application
  • Easy to remove
  • Having the ability to order direct online if you don't want to hold a party
  • Great for "mommy and me" manis and custom ideas
Cons
  • Price, they are a little high for my wallet, but if you host a party - you'll probably see a decent discount
  • Wrinkles, at least on my nail 
  • Bit of residue, which I wouldn't mind, but the site specifically says it won't have any
Jamberry nails can be purchased direct from their website or find yourself a consultant like Ms. Shea who sent me her samples (let me know if you'd like her contact info.).

Three single nail samples were provided to me for review. 

7 comments :

  1. I have never tried wraps I am also always afraid it might wrinkle. But it does look great the designs I've seen.

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    1. Diana, I've had great wraps and some that just won't form to my nails :(

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