Disclaimer: Purchased by me.
I’ve been holding off on my Jamberry Nails review for months mostly because I didn’t like them, and I didn’t feel like writing about it. But, I also know that part of being a beauty and nail blogger is sharing with you when I don’t like a product, and why.
I ordered four different designs because they were buy three get one free: Teal Sparkle, a design with acorns, a fall Jack O’Lantern pattern and Christmas lights. These were $15 a piece (so $45 for all four):
I love the designs, and I honestly couldn’t wait to try them out. Since I got these in fall, I chose to use the acorn pattern first.
Before I started my Jamberry mani, I gathered the supplies I needed:
- Nail polish remover and cotton balls
- Nail buffer
- Nail file
- Nail scissors
- Orangewood stick
- Hair dryer
The directions call for cleansing the nail with nail polish remover or alcohol first (which I did with the cotton balls), and shaping/filing the nail. Then you buff the top of the nail, and push back the cuticles:
When my nails were ready for the design, I chose the best sizes for each nail.
Directions tell you that when you peel off the nail design from the sheet, you have to warm it with your hair dryer for 10 to 15 seconds. When it’s pliable, apply the shield to the nail. So I did this.The nail shield flapped against my fingers in the hot air.
These apply much like other nail stickers and decals. You press it onto the nail and you can use one of the cuticle sticks to push down the edges down by the cuticle.
Then, you can cut the excess nail shield off at the tip of your nail and file it down. They you bring the hair dryer back into the process, and apply more pressure on it, to adhere it to the nail.
In a world where I use fast-dry top coats and have to juggle doing my nails with other things like work and household chores, this was a process.
Here’s how it looked:
My nail tips were misshaped because I had to file them down so much to try and get rid of the jagged edges. There was some bubbling in them, despite the heat and pressure and trying to get them right.
From a distance, they didn’t look horrible.
But look at these tips:
They’re bubbled and jagged.
I know that I probably could have done a better job of cutting and filing but I worked at it, and I was trying not to lose all the length of my nails, too.
Not only did it take forever to apply these because you have to use the hair dryer, but they started lifting within hours. The next day, at some point, I tore all of them off my nails because they were driving me nuts. And of course they took pieces off the top layer of my nail when I picked them off.
You’re not supposed to take them off that way. If you’ve been wearing them for the 10 days Jamberry says these can last, you’re supposed to soak them in nail polish remover for 20 to 30 seconds and then rub them off your nail gently. For a quick removal, you can whip out your blow dryer and heat your nails for 15 seconds, then lift them up and gently peel them off side to side. The company recommends the more gentle removal process if they are stubborn.
Of all the nail stickers/decals/shields that I’ve used, these were the most laborous and bothered me the most on my nail because of the lifting.
As I mentioned, it’s been a few months since I tried these, and I noticed on the website that they sell a mini heater for $18, which might be more convenient in applying these than using a hair dryer. I don’t know if this was available when I purchased mine – I did see Teal Sparkle on the website but I’m not sure if the other three designs are still available (they may be seasonal and come back later in the year).
I really wish I’d liked these, because the patterns are amazing and there’s at least two manis in every one.
So tell me, have you tried Jamberry Nails? What was your experience? I’d love to hear!
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