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

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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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. 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 :)

  2. 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.

    • 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!

  3. 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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