Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Reviews, Photos and Swatches

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Published on February 13, 2011 with 7 Comments

My first experience with dry nail polish strips dated back to 2009 with Incoco Self-stick 100% Nail Polish Strips. Since then, I have tried out Chic Prints For Nails by Minx from Sephora, which sadly, were a total miss. Now, the latest brand to jump on the bandwagon is Sally Hansen with its Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. Read on to find out what I think about them!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips


DBP-, toluene- and formaldehyde-free, these adhesive films are available in 16 different shades that range from shiny neons like yellow, pink and blue to multi-color prints and glitter. All the designs are uber cute and I ended up getting 3:

350 Misbehaved is a metallic taupe with fishnet designs.
260 Glitz Blitz is a super glittery yellow gold.
360 Laced Up is a nude with glossy black floral designs.

Each set contains 16 strips, a cuticle stick, instruction booklet, mini file and buffer.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips


Just like the Incoco strips, the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips work the same way. All you have to do is peel, apply then file off the excess. The strips fit comfortably on my nails and while they did not look like nail polish, they did look natural enough. They also managed to stay on for more than 10 days with minimal chipping around the edges and absolutely no peeling, yet removed easily with nail polish remover.

My only complaint is the scent, which is a little stronger than the Incoco strips. Other than that, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are easy to use and a super fun way to do an at-home manicure.

Below is me wearing 360 Laced Up on on Kiss Active Oval Fake Nails:

Wearing Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up
Wearing Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up

Wearing Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up
Wearing Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up

Overall Rating:

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are now available at Wal-mart for $8.50.

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  1. LOVE lace! will definitely be trying these out!

  2. ohh, I definitely like that lace pattern! Out of curiosity, have you tried out Inque nails yet? They came out around the same time these SH ones did, but they seem to be made of a sturdier vinyl, and they’re completely customizable :)

    • No I haven’t. Are they only available online?

  3. I actually think these look best on shorter nails…mine are usually long but I applied these after I trimmed my nails (wanted to wait till they were longer again but was too excited to try them). They looked classier and lasted longer (I have since tried them with longer nails). Plus, if you use them on shorter nails, its easier to use just one pack for both hands. Its also important to pay attention to the sides of the nails when you apply the strip; if it is to wide for your nail, press it firmly around the edge and remove the excess. Otherwise it looks unnatural and sloppy.

  4. You shouldn’t cover up your cuticle with the strips. It makes them look like press on stickers and not painted on when you cover them up.

    • Claire, I cannot agree with you more. While the design is pretty, it looks very fake and blah on the poster because she covered up the cuticle. The nail areas look too big for her fingers. Thanks for the review though!

  5. Should people who bite their nails horribly use these? I’m a nail bitter and I got the cut it out kind and I also just took a shower and their coming up a bit. Should you have long nails to use these strips or can you have short really short nails.

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