Nail Polish Strips/Stickers/Wraps/Appliques…. The Pros & Cons

Happy Christmas Eve! Are you ready for Santa’s visit tonight? 😉

So today I’m going to be talking about nail polish strips, stickers, appliques, wraps… whatever you want to call them. If you don’t know what they are, they’re fully cured nail polish that has adhesive backing. You just peel them off, apply to your nails, file off the excess and…. viola! You have a nice manicure with no drying time! These are great for someone like me. I love having pretty nails but I SUCK at doing them myself and paying to have a manicure done is pointless because it always starts to chip within a few days.

I have 2 different versions I’ve used so far – the Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips and Essie Sleek Stick nail appliques. I’ve been lucky enough to find both of these at various Dollar Tree locations around where I live as both of these products cost around $10 a pop in regular stores. So keep your eye out if you have a Dollar Tree (or 2 or 3) in your area.

Ok first let’s focus on the Sally Hansen Salon Effects. These are made from real nail polish. They smell like it too. They last for up to 10 days. Each box comes with 16 nail polish strips (2 packs of 8 strips). You just pick out the one that fits each nail, peel off the protective cover and adhesive back, place on your nail, then file off the excess (they include a cuticle stick and little nail file) and that’s it! Since these strips are made from real nail polish, you can add top coat to them to protect from scratches and chipping and helps them last longer.


Sweet Marble Floret

Sweet Marble Floret

Red My Tulips

Red My Tulips

The downside is the nail strips come in vacuum sealed packs and once you open each pack, the strips you don’t use you have to toss because they’ll otherwise get dried out. If you have short nails though and are savvy enough, you can make one box last for 2 separate applications by cutting the strips in one pack half and using those on both hands. When you want to remove them and let your nails breathe, you just need to use normal nail polish remover. They can be a little stubborn to remove (especially the more intricate designs), but they do eventually come off with a little extra scrubbing & determination.

And then there’s the Essie Sleek Stick nail appliques. The package states they’re UV cured, so I’m assuming they’re made from real nail polish as well. Each pack comes with 18 strips as well as a cuticle stick and nail file. The difference between the Essie and Sally Hansen versions is the remaining appliques in Essie ones can still be used even after opening the pack. They won’t dry out like the Sally Hansen ones will. The Essie nail appliques last up to 10 days as well. But… the top coat trick you can use with the Sally Hansen ones doesn’t work the same on the Essie ones.


Embrace The Lace

Embrace The Lace



Steel The Show

Steel The Show

Over The Moon (before I added top coat)

Over The Moon (before I added top coat)

The Essie site says you can use an Essie top coat (maybe that’s the secret). I used different top coats (Sally Hansen, Rimmel & Maybelline to be specific) on the Steel The Show and Sneek-e designs without any problems. However, when I tried using top coat on the Over The Moon design, it caused the applique to become all wrinkled, which looked awful. I was very disappointed because I really liked that design and ended up having to peel them off and toss them. Maybe I’ll try again with some Essie top coat and see if that makes a difference (and if it does… well played, Essie).

So these nail… thingies are great for a quick and easy manicure if you’re like me. And even better if you can find them at your local dollar store as you can stock up and be ready for any occasion!

Ok that should do it for today! Have you used either of these nail wraps or another brand? Did you like them? Tell me about it below in the comments.

As always, thank you so much for reading! I hope yo have a wonderful Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year) and I’ll see you again Friday with a new post! 🙂


2 thoughts on “Nail Polish Strips/Stickers/Wraps/Appliques…. The Pros & Cons

  1. Awesome! The Essie ones look nice. Just picked up a set of the Sally Hansen ones the other day. Haven’t tried them yet tho. Thanks for sharing this. I will keep an eye out for the Essie ones for sure!


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