Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Kitty, 16 Count Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Wild Child, 16 Count

Description of product directly from Sally Hansen: "Sally Knows nails are the best accessory. Now, Sally makes it easy to get a salon effect anytime, any place. It wears like nail polish because it IS nail polish. No dry time, so you’re ready to go.
Lasts up to 10 days
Removes easily with nail polish remover
24 fashion-forward styles"

Sally Hansen Nail Effects in Frock Star
Every time I apply a new nail polish I feel so content. You know that feeling!  You look at your fingers and toes and think "Wow, they look so pretty."  You even go out of your way to put on a top coat just so that it lasts longer... but you already know the deal.  Nails need to be maintained at least once or twice a week.  So, when my friend, Angela, came to work with some fun, leopard nails that lasted a solid week... I had to try the SH Salon Effects. 

Extremely easy!!  Its like applying a sticker onto your nail. I did find that it was easier to just cut off the excess with small scissors and then file down the rest.  The only catch here is your timing. If you peel your "sticker" and do not apply immediately; it will dry and become useless.  Otherwise, its great there is no mess and obviously very little dry time.

L to R: Frock Star & Laced Up

I was very pleased with the way it looked. It really looks like you have a professional manicure.  The strips don't look too stickery so you don't have to worry about it looking too child like.    I opted to try the Laced Up print and I must say that it is quite pretty when it's on.  I received a lot of compliments. If you feel like it may be too much print for your hands just do accent nails. :)

Day 3: With out Top Coat (Laced Up)

Long Lasting?

Day 7: With out Top Coat (Laced Up)
In the pictures above, I have the Salon Effects paired up with OPI for Sephora's "What's a Tire Jack". I didn't apply a top coat on either one. This part of reviweing the product was the most painful! Seeing chipped nails that looked unkept was sooo gross!  I removed the product on Day 8 because I couldnt help it. Anyway, Sally Hansen cleverly advertises it as up to 10 days so you can't say that they failed if it does fall short of 10 days but, honestly I could say that it's passable for 6-7 days. After that, I would definitely suggest reapplying. Is it more long lasting than regular nail polish? YES.  Was it hard for even nail polish remover to take it off? YES.  However, it does seems that Frock Star (glitter shown above) chipped very quickly... so I recommend applying a top coat on that one in particular.  

 The package comes with 16 strips. If you were to apply it to all fingers that would only be one manicure and half. If you just did accent nails you could possibly get 4-5 wears out of one box.  The retail value is $9.99.  A bottle of nail polish will run anywhere from $6.00-$9.00 and you can get at least 10-15 wears out of that.  Having said that, I think if you buy the Salon Effects that have a design then, $9.99 is an okay price. If you buy a solid color then you are paying a little too much. Luckily, a lot of drug stores will run specials like buy one, get one half off so you might want to take advantage of that.   

I give this product a 3.5 out of 5.


  1. I decided to try these things out based on your blog and I love it. I thought it would peel off with the slightest pressure but so far they've stuck on. Thanks for the rec!

  2. No problem!! I really do like these but the glitter one (frock star) let me down a bit.