July 31, 2013

Jamberry Nail Wraps [Review] & [Giveaway]!


Today I have something very special: a review of some Jamberry Nails nail shields / wraps, and a small giveaway of a really cool, complete set of Jamberry shields*!

Stay tuned for the giveaway information at the end!




Here are the wraps I'll be testing out:


They're called "Blue Chevron!"

Inside:



You can see that the wraps really come in a good variety of sizes.

Supplies:


Jamberry nail shields, of course; a nail buffer, cuticle remover, and alcohol wipe to prep the nail beds; a glass file to buff down edges, a plastic cuticle pusher to adhere the wraps near the cuticle.

Also, nail scissors and a pink stick:


Most importantly, a heat source.  I used a hair dryer:




There are conveniently located instructions right on the back, but you can also visit Jamberry Nail Wraps- Application & Removal Instructions   for more detailed instruction.

Let's get to it:


Showing the transparency of the backing

The first step is to select the appropriate size wrap for each nail.  This part is made easy by the transparent plastic backing, since you can just hold the strips above your nails.

Lift with a stick:


One complete nail wrap can be used twice (unless your talons are extra, extra long), so Jamberry recommends that you cut each strip in half:


You then heat it up for 3-5 seconds, until they become more flexible:


I felt like I was roasting marshmallows!  With hair dryers, you may need to hold the strip further away than the picture shows, so the blast of air doesn't bend the strip too much.  Jamberry sells special heaters for this purpose, which might be convenient if you're going to be applying these all the time.

Then, you just carefully apply to your nail, starting from the center and smoothing outward:


My nails are very curved, so the hardest part was dealing with the tips.  The wraps really wanted to wrinkle there.

The next step is trimming the excess of with nail scissors:


You can see there that the base of the nail shield is quite rounded compared to the shape of my cuticle.

Then, you just file the edge in a downward motion to bond the edge of the strip:


You can see above on my middle nail how the wrap looks before filing.  I honestly had a bit of trouble with this part.  Jamberry says you don't need to aggressively file, but I did in order to remove the little pieces hanging off.

During the application process, it also helps to keep re-heating the wrap on your nail, so that it bonds more fully, and this should also be the last step, as well.

Here's my "helper:"



Amazingly, here's what I was left with on the sheet:


I will obviously get a lot more use out of those!  (I might try them on my toes next.)

The results!


Pretty snazzy, I think.





The up-close photos really show the application flaws.  I had a wrinkle on the index nail I was unable to smooth out, and you can see on most nails that the top left edge was not completely sealed down, probably a result of being slightly too big for the nail bed.  I could not see that in real life!

I think with these, you really need good attention-to-detail at least for the first application.  I wasn't aware of how imperfect a job I'd done until I saw the photos!



Really cute though!  This particular blue and green chevron pattern is so Summery.




Really fun, and an easy way to do nail art if you happen to be a semi-nail art-challenged individual such as myself!


Some bullet thoughts:

  • They're thicker and more elastic than many other nail appliques I've tried. 

  • Clear film backing does make it easy to select the appropriate size. Next time, I know to err on the side of too-small (I think that was my main application mistake.)

  • Nice variety of sizes, which should fit many nail bed types. The smallest was just small enough for my pinkie, but I think I have abnormally small pinkie nails.  If you have short to medium nails, you can definitely use each wrap twice, by cutting in half like the instructions recommend.  

  • The process reminds me of shrink wrapping Easter eggs.  

  • There seems to be a little learning curve, but they're fairly easy to work with and more forgiving than other nail appliques.

  • I couldn't quite get the ends filed properly.  They look pretty good in person, but photos show wrapping flaws, and I'm pretty OCD about the edges of my nails being smooth to the touch.
  • The more curved your nail bed, the harder they'll be to apply probably; you'll have to be careful not to get creases and wrinkles at the edges and tips of the nails. 
  • Wear time: Unfortunately, these only wore for about 12 hours for me, BUT I believe that's due to my poor ability sizing them- the result was that the edges weren't adhered completely.  Next time I know to size down a bit, and I think I'll get a more bonded application!
  • Applying these isn't necessarily any faster than applying regular nail polish, between the heating/ snipping/ and filing- but no topcoat is needed, and there's no drying time, which is the obvious, big advantage.  However, it is much faster than doing such complicated nail art!
  • They come is so many styles and patterns it's incredible!
  • Jamberry nail shields retail for $15.00, which is on the pricey end for nail wraps.



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And now for the Giveaway!

 

The prize is a complete set of Jamberry shields in "Retro Blocks:"



Those are going to look so cool on someone's nails!


 Guidelines for Entry:
  • The giveaway will run for two weeks: From today, (Wednesday the 31st), until Wednesday, August 14th
  • I will announce the winner the next day, Thursday, August 15th!
  • Mandatory
  • 1)  You must be a Google Friend Connect Polish Hound follower to enter. 
  • 2)  You must also 'like' Jamberry Nails on Facebook!
  • Winner will be chosen by random number generator.
  • Entrants must provide a means of contact, and winner must respond within 48 hours of notification.
  • Chances of winning depends on number of entries; additional entries (up to 14) can be completed via Rafflecopter below:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


RulesEntries are open from July 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM, CST and close on August 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM, CST. You must be 18 years or older and/or adhere to the rules of your state regarding giveaways to enter. All prizes are brand new and unused. They were provided by Jamberry Nails for me to give to you. Items in this giveaway include 1 set of Jamberry Nails nail shields in the pattern "Retro Blocks."  The approximate value of these items is $15 USD, but the prize is not redeemable for cash. The item will be shipped directly to the winner by Cait/Polish Hound. Polish Hound is not responsible for lost shipment or damage that occurs during shipping. This giveaway is open internationally. You must follow Polish Hound via Google Friend Connect (GFC) to enter. Extra entries are outlined on Rafflecopter. One winner will be chosen at random on January 8, 2013, and notified the same day. Winner must provide a means of contact in order to be notified. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen at random.  By entering or accepting the prize in this contest/giveaway, the winner agrees to be bound by the Official Rules, Terms & Conditions and to confirm to all federal, state and local laws and regulations.




Good luck!

(as always, thank you so much for reading and sharing in the polish & nail obsession!)



 * Disclosure: these nail wraps were provided to me for honest review by Jamberry Nails, but all opinions are my own.

19 comments:

  1. I love both of these patterns! Oh my gosh, your dog is so adorable! I love him!

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  2. What an awesome post. You are so thorough! This look beautiful on you. I love using them for accent nails:)

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    1. I first discovered them on your blog! I'm inspired by how you use them for accents!

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  3. I will say I have some samples of Jamberry and they look awesome, but the hairdryer part kinda scares me.

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    1. The hairdryer part was okay! I just put it on low and held it about a foot away, and all was well.

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  4. Nonsense! I see no flaws ;) I have to confess that in my two years of wearing nail polish I've NEVER used these kind of strips. Kind of because I'm cheap and here even the Sally Hansen ones are pricey, $10 for one use? Hellz no. But I loved how much you were left here and I imagine one can even use them as accent nails. Easy peasy nailart, I see the attractive.

    Thanks for sharing this :)

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  5. Patterns with letters are my favourite!

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  6. I love having SO many options to choose from!

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  7. I love using nail wraps on vacation to avoid chipping polish or having to pack polish.

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  8. I think my favorite would have to be the Purple & Silver Crisscross nail wraps. The Retroblocks are really cute too!

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  9. I haven't tried nail wraps actually, but I've seen lots of designs with laces or flowers that I LOVE!! :D

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  10. I haven't tried them yet! Im excited because they have amazing designs but Im scared I might not do it right.

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  11. I love the ones which feature some foil design on them :) so pretty!

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  12. Awww..both designs are so pretty. Love the colors. Light and classy indeed! Its perfect for everyday wear.

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  13. I love the colorful designs that are too complicated to diy.

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  14. Purple & Silver Crisscross nail wraps

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  15. I noticed upon check out it says: "* Prices reflect US Dollars, international exchange fees may apply. *". If the consultant is in Canada, shouldn't it be in Canadian funds? Just thought someone might know, I am going to write them.
    Great article by the way :)

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