Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Review: Jamberry Nail Shields

I've always wanted to try nail decals but never bit the bullet on them. So when Adriane, an independent consultant from Jamberry Nails (check out her site HERE), recently contacted me about reviewing a set of Jamberry Nail Shields, I was very excited!

Jamberry Nail Shields cost $15 per sheet and are sold through independent consultants (think like Mary Kay or Avon). There are literally hundreds of designs to choose from, so no matter what your tastes or interests are, there's going to be a design for you. I had a hard time picking but ultimately settled on a design called Birds. One sheet is said to be enough to do 2-3 sets of nails or toes, which seems accurate to me based on the fact you get 18 nail shields with each sheet and they're pretty generously sized. The stickers arrive on a sheet, like so:


And here is what they look like on the nail right after applying:



Cute, right? There's a small learning curve involved, but application is simple once you get it down. The nail shields come with clear, detailed instructions and Adriane also included several of her own tips and tricks that were very helpful for a newbie like myself! Basically, you heat the appliques up with heat from your blowdryer. After you stick the shield to your nail and smooth everything out, cut off the excess half of the shield (You can re-heat these, so stick the unused half back on the sheet and save it for next time!) then file in a downward motion until the shape of the sticker lines up with the edge of your nail.

The shields come with a clear protective layer over the design, so you don't need to use any topcoat, although I suppose you could if you wanted to. Although I am holding my topcoat bottle in the pictures above, I didn't use any for this mani because I wanted to see how well the shields wore on their own.

I moved this past weekend, so I seriously put my poor nail shields through the ringer while wearing them and they held up very well despite the major beating I gave them. At first I kept worrying they were going to rip or fall off, but these things are tough! They lasted through packing, moving, prying open a rather stubborn storage locker, cleaning, swimming at my new place's pool (Yay!), you name it. Some of the shields dimpled around the edges over time, but overall they really stayed put and none of the shields peeled, ripped or fell off. Here is what they looked like after four really rough days of wear:


These would be perfect for a vacation when you don't want to pack polish and remover. They're surprisingly sturdy and stood up against whatever I threw at them. The shields still had a lot of life in them when I took them off and I could easily see these lasting at least a week or more. Removal is just as easy as application. Just get under the edge of the nail shield and peel the shield off. The shields didn't leave any residue or adhesive on my nails afterwards. Since I've still got a lot of shields left, I want to try these for my next pedi!

I'd say my first foray into nail shields was a success! I was very impressed with how much these shields were able to withstand and I had a great experience with my consultant Adriane. Although I didn't have any issues applying my nail shields, she assured me she would be available for any questions or troubleshooting if I did need any help. To learn more about Jamberry Nail Shields or about placing a Jamberry order with Adriane, you can access her website HERE.


Disclosure: This product was provided for my honest review. For more details, please see my disclosure policy.

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    1. Thank you! I realized afterwards that it actually looks quite a bit like my bedspread--must have subconsciously been the reason I chose it hahaha.

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  2. They do look great and I love the idea behind then, but I dont think they are for me. I am so ADD when it comes to my nails that it just wouldn't be worth the price tag for me. I would be itching to take it off in a matter of a day or too.

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    1. I definitely got the itch to change even though the shields are adorable and clearly could have held up for much longer than when I took them off. I think these would be great for trips though or make an excellent gift for a friend/family member who is into nails but doesn't feel the need to change as often as us addicts. :)

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  3. Very cute! I've tried the Sally Hansen nail strips. I've worn them on vacation before because they honestly last 7-10 days..it's crazy. Cute pattern! :) That's cool that these just peel off bc with Sally Hansen, you have to use remover and the removal process is a tiny bit tedious. My only dislike about nail strips are when they start to grow out, they're fairly thick on your nails and my hair would get caught on the edges. That's awesome they held up so well with your move! I will email you soon. I bought the Urban Decay dematifying powder!

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    1. These are sooo easy to remove, despite how hardy they are during wear! I didn't have any problems with these snagging or getting caught on anything, which I had been a little bit worried about. But surprisingly that wasn't an issue for me. Ooo, I can't wait to hear what you think about the powder! Looking forward to your e-mail, as always. :)

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  4. I think it's awesome that these held up while moving! For us mani-obsessed who fear the though of naked nails, it's a good alternative when we know we're going to be using our hands rigorously.

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    1. Definitely, these are great when you need something that's going to last or you've got a busy schedule ahead that may not allow for regular manis like usual! Plus, maybe it was just my imagination, but my nails seemed healthier after wearing the shields. Maybe they appreciated the break from so much painting and removal. :)

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  5. great review! That's impressive that it held up throughout your move.

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    1. Thank you! And yes, these babies are tough!

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  6. I love the design, cute vintage-y feel :)

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    1. Thank you! They definitely have that quaint, vintage look to them, which I love. :)

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