November 18, 2011

Kiss Nail Dress - design KDS07 - pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

On a recent CVS trip I stumbled upon a rack of Kiss Nail Dress. They were kind of in a random spot, so I was excited to find them and I was immediately drawn to one design - which doesn't have a name, but is called KDS07, and it is a jeweled design (they have both jeweled and non-jeweled designs). I was so excited to put these on and try them out, but my excitement ended while I was putting them on. I'll explain why in my review at the end of this post. For now, check out the pics....




Kiss Nail Dress
Design: KDS07
Design Description: A metallic silver base with multi-color and multi-sized "jewels".
 





 


  


 











Kiss Nail Dress After 4 Days & How To Remove:




Basic stats for Kiss Nail Dress:
Formula: nail sticker strips
Wear: wears up to 10 days
Shade Info: 18 designs shown in the packet
Cost/Availability: $6.99 is what CVS sold them for. Find at drugstores and other stores that sell Kiss.
Packaging: 28 strips, includes mini file
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Kisses


Formula:
Nail sticker strips that remove without nail polish remover (by peeling off).

Wear:
They wear up to 10 days, but I wore them for 4 days and had major tip wear with the jeweled design I chose.


Shade Info:
18 designs shown in the packet. There are several shades I really like, but I'm weary about how some will apply. The shade I chose looks pretty sheer in the close-up pics, but you can't tell in real life. It just looks like a silver background.


Cost/Availability:
$6.99 is what CVS sold them for. Find at drugstores and other stores that sell Kiss.


Packaging:
Includes 28 strips, which have a rounded side (for use on nails) and a squared side (for use on toes). Also included are the instructions and a mini file.


Kiss Nail Dress Review:
I really wanted to like these, I'll even go as far as saying I thought I would love them. But I just don't, at least not the design I chose. I've used Sally Hansen and Incoco nail strips in the past, so I'm comparing my experience with the Kiss Nail Dress to the others I've used.

One thing I didn't like from the start are the size of the strips. They aren't as long, so I only was able to get one use from each strip. With Sally Hansen Salon Effects and Incoco nail strips I'm able to use the same strip twice, getting way more use out of them.

Now here's where my excitement stopped... When I went to file off the excess I realized that they were a lot harder to rip off, requiring me to really file a lot of it off --which really screwed up my nail tips (you'll see that in the one close-up photo). On top of that, because of the design I chose, a lot of the round "jewels" were ripped off because they didn't file off smoothly. They actually wore really badly on the tips... leaving little open black circles where the "jewels" once were. I also keep putting "jewels" in quotes because they're not actual jewels in the fact that they are rhinestones or something like that. They are just raised areas that look like jewels.

I really love the design/pattern, but didn't like the way they went on or the way they wore. Taking them off was annoying too. Sure, you don't have to use nail polish remover, but I don't like to peel things off my nails. It makes my nails feel sensitive and I worry about damage. It didn't leave behind any damage (thankfully) but I couldn't wait to put base coat on my nails so they didn't feel so sensitive.

I really do think these nail strips are a great idea, but the jewel designs maybe need some work. I do think I'll try out another design or two, one that isn't as "jeweled" near the tips.

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of these nail strips? Do you own this already, or is this now on your must-try list? Discuss in the comments below.



43 comments:

Molkinaify said...

I could see the ruined tip even before reading the actual review. It's such a pity, because the pattern is really pretty, but I don't think it's worth the price.

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

Omg. This is beautiful!


new post - follow me♥mfashionfreak

Samantha said...

they are really pretty from a distance! And I like the idea of jeweled nails that you can just peel off since rhinestones are such a pain to remove but I dont think it's worth the ruined tips :(
Thank you for the review, it was really helpful!

Miss L said...

they look pretty, but after your review I wouldn´t try them. I think Sally Hansen´s stiprs are better.

Sarah S. said...

Aw, what a bummer you don't love these! I was going to hunt them out but I trust your reviews very much :) I'm sure I'd have the same issue with the "jewels." Besides, I have a collection of the SH ones to last through next X-mas... lol!

collier said...

I'm not generally into patterned nails, and at this point I'm so fast with polish that doing stickers would probably take *longer*. A shame the wear on them was so bad! That'd be the main selling point for me, as I can only ever get about 2 days out of a regular polish manicure.

Pauline - omgnoodles said...

Love the bling!

AllThatIsGorgeous said...

Let us know how the other designs are when you try them out! I think they are adorable, too bad the jewels hindered the application!

Also, let me know if you want me to send you the perfume from my Birchbox! I won't use it! Email me if you are interested! My email is allthatisgorgeous@gmail.com!

goddessinspired said...

I don't think they're worth the price if they wear off so easily but I totally love the design you picked, it's superbeautiful! *_*

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

@ AllThatIsGorgeous: Aww, you're sweet to offer that, but I would feel bad having you ship that out! I think I'll just make my husband buy it for me for Christmas... test his listening skills, lol :)

Lydz said...

these look great!

MissDoll said...

The design looks cool, too bad that it was hard to handle

S.Art by S.M. said...

I really really like this!

sunny said...

i actually just bought this exact same one a few days ago at my local cvs!!! just waiting to put it on for the holidays!

Anna said...

love love love all these different designs!!

Anna
xoxo
www.enchantedly--anna.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

i tried these recently and it was very disappointing. The "jewels" fell off easily especially when putting on your jeans. I still want to see the outcome of the nail dress that does not have "jewels". I also used a nail clipper instead of the nail filer.

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

@ Anonymous: Yes, I was going to use little nail scissors, but figured I would follow the directions for the purpose of reviewing them. I just really wasn't impressed with their wear. I still plan to try out a non-jeweled version, but for now I'll stick to Sally Hansen Salon Effects and Incoco 100% Real Nail Polish Strips!

Anonymous said...

Those were probably a bad choice...I used the black and white floral ones with the gem stones and they came out very nice.

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

@ Anonymous: I do plan to try other designs in the future.

Anonymous said...

I tried the non-jewel ones and agree that they are a little too hard to fit at the tip. I expected to be able to pull over the tip of my nail & almost break off the excess, but these are too thick. They are more sticker-like. I ended up using scissors and a file to get them looking good. I'll try sally hansen next time.

Anonymous said...

i just put on KDS 16 & i love it. To really make it work, i also used a small make-up scissor to cut out edges. And to make sure the edges stay down, i used a nail hardener for the tips and sides other then that, love them!! Will deff give sally hanson a try next!

KISSofDeath54 said...

THEY ACTUALLY WORK FANTASTIC AND ARE EASIER TO TAKE OFF THAN THE SALLEY HANSEN BRAND AND LAST JUST AS LONG. THEY LIFT ON THE EDGES BUT YOU CAN STICK THEM BACK DOWN ...YOU ALSO GET MORE FOR YOU MONEY SEEING THEY GIVE YOU LIKE 20 SOMETHING IN ONE PACKAGE I DID BOTH HANDS AND FEET AND THEY DONT DRY OT OR FADE LIKE THE SALLEY HANSEN ONES SO I KEPT MY LEFTOVERS FOR THE NEXT NAIL PROJECT. .ALSO YOU CAN FIND 1.50 COUPONS FOR THEM IF YOU TRY

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

@ KISSofDeath54: Yes, they do remove easier since they just peel off (although I personally don't have any issues removing the Sally Hansen or Incoco; just 2 to 3 minutes soaking in polish remover and they remove clean for me; however, the Kiss nail strips would be great to remove them anywhere you are without polish remover). I did like that you receive more strips (28 in the Kiss compared to 16 with Sally Hansen, Incoco, and Sephora by OPI), but they aren't as long in length so I can only get one use from each, whereas with the Sally Hansen, Incoco and Sephora by OPI version I can get two uses from each strip.

ANGIEBEE said...

i love the designs they have but i think they are too thick. they feel gummy too. theyr weren't easy for me to put. the excess was too hard to file off. and because they peel off they didnt last longer than a day. i did put one on each big toe and that worked a lot better and lasted longer. i also had a jeweled desin but with the black background and multi colored jewels. I've never tried sally hansen but i will now.

Anonymous said...

Well I've used both the Sally and the Kiss. I really like the Kiss, it's much thicker(which did require more filing) I used scissors. Kiss last me 7 1/2 days WOW!, I also have to do dishes. I have wide hands Sally didn't cover my hand as well as Kiss. To make them last a little longer with the jewels I used a top coat, which I use when I place any type of jewelry or nail art on. Don't get me wrong I love some Sally, but for the price of 9.99 to 6.99 Kiss Wins.

Cardiokickdiva said...

I actually just put on the same design you have in your pic and they were surprisingly easy to put on and laid really nicely. I didn't have any issues filing off the end and my tips are intact. I will admit it does take longer than the Sally Hansen strips to file off. I did use nail glue to seal the free edge though but so far so good. I was a bit unsure about these at first because I never had a good experience using nail foils/wraps but these are really easy to use and nearly half the price of my beloved Sally Hansen strips (I'd never give those up though). Th

Anonymous said...

I bought a pair with a rhinestone zebra pattern. I don't like them. For one thing they barely cover my whole nail, they don't file off well, I get these weird creases when I try to press them down, and the tips don't adhere well. I got so irritated I gave up filing and used a pair of scissors to trim the excess off. I guess they look good from a distance, but if you look closely you can see the flaws. They bother me, but the advertisement that you can take them off really fast is true.

Anonymous said...

I bought the jeweled snakeskin pattern (not sure what it's called) and have to agree...they're MUCH thicker than the SH strips. It made them harder to file off, the nail clippers/scissors is a great idea! So far, they are wearing far better than the SH strips.

I'd have to disagree with not having two applications. While what are left are larger than my nails, I can cut them to fit without issue. In fact, I gave my leftover strips to a girl at work so she could try them. Cutting them was simple and they look great. :) Will be buying again!

Anonymous said...

I put on the black jeweled ones for NYE. I was so frustrated by the time I actually got all my nails done as I also had major issues with the tips. They barely lasted the night and by the next morning they were peeling off and snagging on my clothes.
I much preferred the SH strips!

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

It seems like most people don't like these, or just prefer the Sally Hansen ones.

It makes me wonder if Sally Hansen came out with jeweled patterns if they would have similar issues. I'd love to see a jeweled version from Sally Hansen!

Anonymous said...

i wouldn't try these because it will come out. but i will try the other ones. as for jewles i will go with the ones with the least amount. i still say these r worth trying. but the one with the silver and multi colored jewles......not gonna try them

Anonymous said...

i think they are really cool. Everyone likes them and thinks they look good. They stay on well. I think they are very pretty designs. love them

Anonymous said...

That's an amazing idea to actually cut each in half after choosing the right size perfect for short nails!

I actually stumbled upon these at walgreens as I walked by looking for the fragrances! I was drawn to kds08 pink rhinestone zebra and kds04 black military rhinestone. I was about to check out when I noticed all kiss items are BOGO January 22-28 2012 so I got both. I'm taking back the black because the sones are too big for my short nails. I will point out that you need to take that into consideration when buying! The pink zebra has small stripes and smaller stones the smallest being this size "." so they will work on my nails! That's the thing about most of the designs from nail dress and Sally Hansen as the designs are so big and spread out by the time you set them on your SHORT nail you end up losing most of it! If you have a "five below store" near you I suggest looking in the $3 cosmetic section as I found a cheap brand I've never heard of but that had the best leopard and zebra patterns plus unique patterns I've yet to find! And plus they are smaller prints that accommodate shorter nails:)

Anonymous said...

I bought the Zebra pattern nail dress without the jewels (they have some fine lines of silver glitter) and I actually really like them. They are a lot thicker than the Sally Hansen ones, but once they are on your nails you don't even notice the thickness. I put them on last week and sealed them with a top coat for added protection/wear time. The tips of my nails are just starting to chip now (day 6). I used a scissors to trim the strips, applied them, then used the file to smooth the edges. These have actually lasted longer than the Sally Hansen strips and I am pretty hard on my hands/nails. I just bought a kit with jewels to try out. I hope that I like those as much as I like the ones without the jewels.

Anonymous said...

I have tried the Kiss Nail Dress kits with and without the jewels. The strips are definitely thicker than the Sally Hansen kits (Kiss is more like a sticker, but it isn't all that noticeable once you are wearing them). I agree that just filing the strips doesn't work. I used a scissors to trim the strips and shaped them with the file. The one with the jewels (zebra stripes with tiny jewels) was harder to trim than the one without the jewels, but I didn't have the issue of jewels falling off. Maybe the size of the jewels makes a difference? After I apply the strips I topcoat them as well. I am up to day four with my jeweled tips and I am starting to see some chipping, but all jewels are intact. The next kit I try will be one with larger jewels just to see what my experience is. I would buy the strips again. I think they are pretty good and I get lots of compliments.

Anonymous said...

I actually love these nail dress strips. I found out that if you cut off the access nail dress ( I used a cuticle nail cutter) instead of filing them off you get a cleaner cut and wont loose any of the "jewels". Try it...

cstatum said...

I just purchased these 18 count pack without file at dollar general for $3.00. I figured at that price why not give it a try. I had great results.

Anonymous said...

hi, i tryed these yesterday and there absolutly gorgeous! but the only thing is they wont stick, i tried clear coats and nail hardeners but no luck. any tips? i really like them!

Crystal Valentine-Burhans said...

@ Anonymous: My only tips would be to make sure your nails are clean of all oils. Take rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover and swipe over each nail. When applying the nail stickers, makes sure your hands are warm, which will make the whole process easier. When you place them on your nails, hold them down for several seconds to make sure they are stuck on good. These are designed to peel off when you're done, so they won't have the best grip - so after you've done all that you can put a top coat on, but it may not make much of a difference. Those are the only tips I can think to mention.

Anonymous said...

i have these an im wearing them right now they are so much better then the sally hanson ones they are pretty cheap and they last forever and my tips havent faded even my little sister is wearing them and they are still perfect

Anonymous said...

Ilove them! i've tried the Sally Hansen nails & honestly these nails work so much better. the price is much better than sally hansens too!:)

Etoria said...

Hi Crystal!

I just wanted to say thank you for writing this post. I saw an ad for these nails in a magazine and when I looked them up online your blog was the first thing that came up. Based on your review, I decided to get them, and they're fantastic!

There's only one thing I would add to this piece, you mentioned you had some difficulty filing off the excess, I found that using nail clippers or a pair of small cosmetic scissors makes a cleaner cut.

Thanks for the tips, and keep up the good work :)

nail wraps said...

This is such a nice colour, I'm definitely going to check out the makeup, I'm a big fan of their polishes already!

Post a Comment

All comments are set for me to approve them before they post. I do this so I can read each & every one, answering any questions that may be in a comment. Please share your thoughts and questions below :)