Amor de Lacquer: Sally Hansen Sally Effects Nail Polish Strips

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to

I am 500 years late in reviewing these kids. In fact, I did a complete review of them on my YouTube channel but I wanted to be sure to do a post as well. Simply put, these nail polish strips have really surprised me. They do have their up’s and down’s but considering how many funky designs they come in and how easy they are to apply ,the up’s are WAAAAY up there. Hit the jump for more.

These kids retail for $9.99 for a box of 16 nail strips. No, I can not explain why they only provided 16 strips. It seems to me that they should have just given us 4 more. But 16 it is. To off set this a bit, you can purchase 2 boxes and have enough for at least 3 manicures. That is, of course, if you can find all of the strips to fit your nails.

Aside from the strips…

you also get a cuticle pusher-down thingie and buffer.

And of course, instructions…

I highly recommend reading the instructions. Even if you’ve used another brand of nail strips, every brand is different and you don’t want to make a mistake on account of your not reading the instructions. Not that I know that from experience. 😉

The trickiest thing for me was finding the right nail sizes. My nail beds are both wide and long and I had a tough time finding perfect fits for all 10 nails. In the end, I got close enough to where you couldn’t really notice if the strips were wide enough. See…

As far as wear time, I could get a good 3-5 days wear out of ’em. I haven’t tried it yet but many readers recommended that I put a top coat on top of them. Which makes a lot of sense. As with traditional nail polish, your lifestyle determines how well it will hold up.  I do know one thing though, after applying, wait a few hours before taking a shower or a bath. Not doing so will result in the nail strips coming right off. Uh  yeah…it happened to me. :(

Check out my video review to get tips on tricks on applying them. I think they are great alternatives to Minx nails–which can run you up to $40. You can score these anywhere Sally Hansen nail products are sold. That means, Target, Ride Aid, CVS, Walgreens, etc.

Has anyone tried these yet? Whatcha think?



  • Great post I have been waiting for this one. I tried the Broadway nails version I caught on sale for like $3.00 at Walgreens. They actually provided more than 16 strips and they have most of the same designs as Sally for half the price. I was also pleased with the look for one hand. I struggle with doing my own nails so my right hand didn’t come out as well. Over all I think they are great!

    • Brittany

      Haven’t tried those yet. I don’t even think I’ve seen them in stores. But the ones by Sally Hansen are everywheeeere.

  • elliot

    I have used these as well as the OPI by Sephora ones… these definitely kick @ss! I wore the houndstooth ones and they lasted me over 7 days. I did put a top coat on them and I couldn’t believe how well they stayed on. It’s real nail polish so it’s not like a sticker, as with the Sephora ones. I love them and if you can cut them in half if you have small nails. Way to go Sally! They are buy one get one 50% all the time at CVS and Walgreens. Check them out ladies!!! they work on toes too… I’m just saying :)

    • Brittany

      I totally want to try the ones by Sephora as well. Thanks for lettin’ us know about the deals. Hollers!

  • Toya

    I’ve heard alot of good things about these kids. They patterns are super cute…I may just give ’em a try.

    • Brittany

      They are definitely worth your pennies. You’ll love ’em!

  • That black and white design is cute! I always pass by these but, may have to pick them up one day. CVS always seem to have them on sale.

    • Brittany

      Yes, scoop ’em up. And even more so if they are on sale!

  • i saw these at walmart the other day. i know they are bogo right now at either walgreens or cvs this week, i might go get a couple of packs. =)

    • Brittany

      Let me know what you think about ’em!

  • They sell Broadway everywhere I bought mine at Walgreens and I have also seen them in Wal-Mart!

  • Hey sis wanted to say hellloooooo!!! I will be directing my readers to this post because as usual I love the review and want them to have something good to look at over the weekend!

    Stay fab and keep up the great work!

    • Brittany

      Hi darling and yes, it would be an honor. Thanks a ton!

  • Pingback: FD Mail: Spring 2011 Nail Trends |()

  • Nadatall3

    I noticed that these last longer if you apply heat as you do them. You can blow hot air on them after you apply each. Minx works the same way. Mine last at least a week without polish.

    • Brittany

      Good tip. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Melissa

    I LOVE these!! I find that the metallic colors/styles such as the leopard print are a bit more stretchy and stay on longer compared to some of the plasticy types like the zebra and houndstooth…It is something with the material they’re made with, but there’s definitely a difference!! A top coat with these is a must! I would also suggest a base coat as well that is a little tacky in order for these to stay on longer! I find without a base coat they tend to shrink around the edges and begin to come off easier around tips and cuticles faster… Another tip is to put the left overs in a ziploc or sealed container because they do sort of dry out if being left out too long and damage really easily when trying to put on…I have also found each strip long enough to do 2 nails (one per hand) which means i only have to open one packet per manicure!! Thanks for the review! These are an impatient/clumsy/lazy girls dream diy manicure!

  • Pingback: Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Wish Nets : Clumps of Mascara()