A few weeks ago I made a post about Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Misbehaved. I was so impressed with them that I decided to try out another pattern. I couldn't decide between Laced Up and the multi-colored glitter. I decided that since I could always glitter up my nails with polish I already own that I'd go with the Laced Up pattern.
If you've never tried these before I'll tell you that they are a really quick and easy option for someone looking to make their nails look cute in a hurry. They are super easy to apply. Probably the hardest part is deciding the right size for your nail.
The photo below is from the side of the box. Detailed instructions are inside, but it's pretty much what you see in the photo below. You'll clean and smooth out your nails, apply the design, smooth it out, and move on. I put detailed instructions on how to apply these strips on the Misbehaved post.
These nail polish strips last a long time, so you definitely get your money's worth. I had mine on for a little over a week before I couldn't take it any longer and had to change my polish color. But during that week my nails looked the same all the way through without any signs of wear. I'm not nice with my nails either and generally mess up every manicure. Not with these!
I received a lot of compliments when I had on the Misbehaved pattern, but I don't think I'll get as many compliments on the Laced Up pattern.
I have to say, I don't like the Laced Up pattern for me. They're pretty, and I like the design up close, but from a normal viewing distance (and any further away) I hate the way they look. The base color blends in well with my natural skintone, so unless you're looking at them up close my nails just look like I spilled black paint on them.
As you can see in the swatch photos above and below, some of the nails are great in pattern and color. But then you look at my ring finger and you can see it looks faded in comparison to the other nails and the pattern looks broken (or maybe it's just the black coloring isn't as strong and shows the lace under it). Even the pinky is slightly less intense in black coloring compared to my pointer or middle finger (it looks more faded in person than in the photo). I'm not sure if the fading on some of the nail strip is just random factory mess up, or if it's something that happens in every box with this pattern. Either way, I'm just not liking the Laced Up pattern as much as I loved the Misbehaved pattern.
As you can see in the swatch photo below, the box represents the pattern perfectly, as did the box with the Misbehaved pattern. That leads me to believe that the box will not lie when it comes to showing you what the pattern will look like on your nails. Now that may not be true with the glitters, but I'll have to report back on that when I try the glitter patterns.
So what's my final verdict? I still love these real nail polish strips. I'm excited to try new patterns and I hope they'll continue to come out with new designs. But when it comes to the Laced Up pattern I think I'll have to skip this one in the future. It just doesn't look right on me.
What do you think of this design? Have you tried these real nail polish strips yet? If so, which design/color did you go with and what are your thoughts?
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