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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review: Application + 1st Day Wear

I was super excited when I won these in Madison's (My Nail Art Blog) giveaway! They came in the mail yesterday and since I knew I'd be busy with final exams all this week, I was eager to put them on ASAP.

I'm going to keep this review as quick and short as possible since I know I like reviews best when they are straight forward. I'll also be breaking this up into separate parts as the days go by. Today I'll cover the application and first day wear since that's all I can tell you about at this point.

Application with this was horrible! It took me about an hour and a half to get all ten nails done. The strips kept on tearing as I tried to fit them and most of them did not fit well enough. I later learned that you can stretch them carefully on the sides to fit them. I wish someone told me earlier. But I think this is one of those things were some people will struggle more than others do.

Here's what my nails look like after wearing "Girl Flower" for one day:

As you can see, there are bald spots towards the tips and edges of my nails (see Exhibit C). That is ONLY because of my application. I did not apply them very well to some of my nails so they ended up looking bad. The ones with good application (middle, index) still look perfect with no tip wear or chips. My middle finger has a dent from it because I was checking to see if it was hardening yet. Clearly it wasn't.

Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
So far, I'm pleased with this product. Sure, the application was difficult, but only because this is so new to me. I've heard from other reviews that the second time they purchased these strips, application became easier. The fact that there's no dry time, no odor, and no need for topcoat makes up for it. I also love the design. I got tons of compliments today and everyone wanted to know my secret. They were so shocked to hear they were stickers!

I'll be back in a few days to continue this review, let me know how your experience with these are if you've ever tried them.


  1. im scared to try this! i hear that its cute and all but it chips so badly after a few days... and 10 dollars is alot to be disappointed! i could buy an opi for that! keep us updated

  2. LOL I love the "exhibit a, b, c" LMAO They look good on you! I cant wait to hear how they turn out.

  3. That is so pretty i hope for a sale so i can get some.

  4. @Summer Don't be! It just takes practice! I'll make sure to keep you all updated though.

    @Traci Lol, I'm laughing as I re-read the post!

  5. I'm excited to see how this holds up too. I've heard both good and bad things about them.

  6. Well they look nice! Too bad application wasn't so much. That's weird how people DIDN'T think they were stickers. Usually when I have stamping done on my nails, people assume they're stickers before I tell them what it is.

  7. uauu, gorgeous! Lovely flowers! :)

  8. You did a good job applying them!

    I've eyed them more than a few times in the store but always pass on them because I just KNOW it'd be a waste of my money. I'm too clumsy for stuff like that :P

  9. I am currently on a test run with these bad boys as well (:

  10. @Delaynee Ohh, let me know how they work out for you!

  11. I have yet to try these guys and I think I'm going to wait until they are on clearance for 99 cents lol

    Thanks again for the blog award ... all my secrets have been revealed come visit :D


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