Jamberry Nails Review

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):

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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They’re bubbled and jagged.

I know that I probably could have done a better job of cutting and filing but IΒ worked at it, and IΒ 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 daysΒ 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!

Disclaimer: I purchased the Jamberry Nail Shields reviewed in this post. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!


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    • Momo on April 20, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    They wrecked my nails. I have really strong nails and never need strengthener or gel or anything. I don’t have wraps done at salons or mess with my nails, I keep them short. If I let them grow they could be lethal weapons, they’re so hard and strong. So when I tried Jams I was really disappointed when I removed them and my nail was PEELING and BRITTLE. I tried my best to take them off by soaking til they fell off and it’s almost like nothing I did made it any better. I think maybe I’m allergic to the glue or something. Something’s wrong there. Now I have a ton of wraps (I enjoyed collecting them, honestly) and can’t use any.

    • Starah on July 15, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Yup. For sure. First time I used them, they peeled off a few hours later (Beginning of 2016). I stuck one the ‘peelers’ onto an old piece of furniture, and it’s still there. I brought the cuticle remover oil, and freaked out when it said, do not leave on for more then a couple of minutes. Which I didn’t. But my cuticles have never been the same since. Like after using the wraps, and the oil, they keep coming back. Forever ruined. I do not advise using the remover oil. Not sure what the cuticle oil does, but if you can get over the smell, it’s OK. The gel system is inferior! After following all directions, it can end up peeling off a few days later. And Jamberry’s advise about using an orangewood stick after using the gel removal packets while the nail is still moist to remove access gel is terrible! It created scratches and dents on my nail bed. Its cheaper to buy a quality product online that actally works and lasts, then this stuff. Do your nails a favour, just don’t buy it.

    • Jennifer on October 14, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    Hi. I have been wearing jams for 6 months now, mainly to support a friend who is a consultant. I love wearing them, but like you my nails are now in terrible condition. At first I thought it was due to incorrect removal technique, as all the Jamberry people, including my friend, say that they don’t damage nails, but I have been carefully and correctly removing them for five months now and the damage is steadily getting worse. I am now waiting for the damage to grow out. It pains me to say it, considering all the money I have spent on them, but I don’t think I will use them again.

      • Kim Lake Benson Bond on October 15, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Jamberry should have warnings saying this could happen.
      Ah well slow progress on my nails

    • Somethingwicked on June 4, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I don’t mean to be rude, but your nails do not look healthy enough to have been using a product like this. I don’t sell JB so I don’t have anything to gain. Your nail edges are red and inflamed, and look very rough. You can’t hide unhealthy nails under stickers. I have very difficult nails and it takes work to get them healthy around all the edges. I had my first experience with JB 2 weeks ago and I’ve been very pleased. The only problem I had was that I didn’t read the directions for removal and now I have peeling on the surface. I’ve got thin nails to begin with so that can’t have helped. I don’t have a problem with using a hair dryer in my ‘mani experience’-that just seems weird to me. Oh well. Nothing works for everyone.

    • Terri Jones-Kristofferson on May 10, 2016 at 4:11 am

    I have tried them over and over.. I hate to say anything negative because my daughter is a consultant… I have so many of these very cute and expensive wraps and can not use them anymore. After many, many tries I got the to stay on pretty good. But now, my cuticles are infected and my beautiful long nails are in shambles. I removed them according to instructions but my nails are ruined. Several of my fingers are numb at the cuticle to the tip and they are bright red around the cuticles. My nails are splitting and peeling. And.. The hurt! I can never use these things again. The same thing happened to my toenails.

    • Lea on March 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I used to have the same problems, but now that Jamberry has come out with the new TruShine Gel Enamel System, I can wear the wraps perfectly. I apply it over the wraps (45 second cure time), and it gives a salon-like finish to the wraps. No more lifting!

    • Christina Boothby on February 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I’m glad there’s a few ladies here with good suggestions for future applications if you choose to do so! I wanted to add my two cents as well… I was super skeptical at first because i have never had a mani last as long as was promised…ever. I’m brutally hard on my nails and even my Jamberry wraps struggle to take the abuse some days, but in over 20 sets I’ve only actually ruined three i think, which isn’t bad for someone who used to have to touchup her salon manis every few days! My first sample came off after day two and I was like “See! They won’t work for me!” and my rep was like “Uh, no, you need to try again because that shouldn’t happen”. So I gave sample number two much more care and it stayed on for eight days if I remember correctly. I bought a few sheets and quickly realized I was going to need to become a rep to help pay for my new addiction! Those first handful of sets I put on weren’t great, it’s kinda like learning to paint your nails when you’re twelve years old…there’s a learning curve to it! Now I put them on in less than 20 minutes and rarely have a set that doesn’t look damn near perfect. I’m actually putting in another huge order for my personal supply today! And i can offer just a couple quick tips as well. First, BUY THE HEATER. WAAAYYYY easier. I have zero patience so it was well worth the $20. Second, don’t let the wrap get too hot, it gets too wiggly and becomes more difficult to apply straight, so let it get warm and tacky, not hot and wiggly! Third, once it’s freshly applied, quickly use the cuticle pusher to stretch the edges a little for a better fit on the sides and around the cuticle. I found this difficult and irritating the first couple sets but now do it without even thinking about it. And lastly, if you have trouble with bubbles and puckers, try getting your applied wrap pretty hot again and using the plastic baggie method. I’ve only had to do that for a few sets, but those sets have also lasted me the longest, one set using baggie method lasted EIGHTEEN DAYS! That is practically unbelievable for someone as hard on their nails as I am. I have heard horror stories about the old style of wraps, and I did see those were the ones you had used. I do hope you end up trying them again, I’m so grateful my rep sent me that second sample that got me hooked!

      • BeautyJudy on February 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

      Hi this review is from 2013. I’m actually a Jamberry consultant now. http://beautyjudyjams.jamberry.com

    • Dana on January 9, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I absolutely love them. I got some for Christmas and never would have purchased them on my own because I thought it would be a hassle to apply them especially the first time and I have no patience so if applying them the first go around did not go smoothly I would never try again. I used a blow dryer as well and heated and applied then cut heated again and pressed down around the edges and then filed in a light downward motion so that it took off the wrap but not my nail. I absolutely love them and even putting them on my dominant hand was easy. I definitely recommend these and am even thinking of becoming a consultant because I was so pleased. I urge you to watch a few youtube videos with tips and try again. I also used the end of my nail scissors to hold the wrap while I was heating it because if you touch the wrap the oils from your skin can get on the adhesive and it does not seal properly which results in bumps.

      • BeautyJudy on January 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Hi Dana – see my more recent post on Jamberry – I’m kinda in love with them now. http://beautyjudy.com/2016/01/revisiting-jamberry/

    • Blues on November 15, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I got interested in Jamberry because my daughter wanted to have a party. We did, and she earned lots of free stuff, and she’s now a consultant. I’ve spent a fortune on these adorable designs. However, I have tried every method under the sun and no matter what I try, they still bubble, pucker, crinkle…whatever you can think of, they do, except stay on as nicely as they look when they’re first done. I’m so sick of spending all that time and money and practically burning my fingertips off for a manicure that lasts less than 12 hours. They don’t cover my nails, and the torture is not worth it. I do much better with Sally Hansen gel polishes. For $10 a bottle, I get a lot more manicures than I do out of a $15 sheet of crap.

    • Becky Gillam on October 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    If you still have any of these from 2012-2014, I would be more than happy to buy them off you! Send me an email: yashinfan@yahoo.com !

    • Marghi Kilmer on September 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I really appreciate this review. No product is going to work for everyone. I love my wraps and actually joined as a consultant but I really like hearing what other people say. So I am glad to see people who love them AND people like you who have a bad experience with them. It sounds like you really gave them a good try.
    If you ever do try them again, get them from someone close by who will take a few minutes to help you tweak the application process to work for you.
    Thanks again, all the best!

    • Liz Roberts on September 21, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Yeah , they suck. I bought mine from a friend who had all these Facebook parties. They were a pain to put on, my nail edges got so jagged and rough from filing .By morning the were starting to peel at the edges.By the second day they were half on half off. I followed the instruction bought their heater which doesn’t work and Nada.they are garbage.

    • Tlboct on September 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I applied them perfectly the first day, very first time trying them and I LOVE them!! It all comes down to a steady hand, time & effort. I have long, rounded nail beds and my nails are perfect……. Jamberry’s are such a better option then flaky nail polish or harsh acrylics!

    • Seola on July 10, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    This is one of the top on Google when searching Jamberry Nails Scam (I was looking for something else for a friend who is getting hosed). I want to comment on the fungus issue separately that I mentioned below.

    The application process actually specifically kills protectors on your nails by completely stripping it of oils. Which wouldn’t necessarily be a problem itself (though repeatedly doing it will as your nails will stay dried out and get brittle if you do it back to back to back), but those oils protect your nails.

    The reason why fungus happens with Jamberry is that the adhesive lifts in places that will hold dirt, debris, bacteria and water on top of your nails. It can create miniscule channels because it doesn’t adhere directly to your nail. You will see this in people who do their own fake nails a lot with just superglue or other bonding. I love the Impress nails (which are AMAZING for me, even with a few nails that are not rounded but rather prism shaped), but wearing them for months at a time, you can even smell under your nails and smell the funk of bacteria.

    Acrylic nail applications adhere directly to the nail so they don’t “open” in the center. Applying polish directly doesn’t do this because it sticks directly to the nail, and when it doesn’t it comes off (which can be a pain but is a GOOD thing for nail health). Polish wraps from places like Sally Hansen are on the nail itself so it can’t trap anything and the material is porous so it allows tiny molecules of air in and lets moisture back out. Jamberry traps all that junk on top of your porous nail, just after you so wonderfully took all the things off your nail that would protect them. Depending on the debris/bacteria it can actually EAT the top layers of your nails. I think what people are seeing with the peeling of nails is actually partially eaten nails that finally pulled away. And if you get into a cycle where “ick, yucky nails, more Jamberry!” you then start the process over of completely killing the oils on your nails, filing them away (which means suuuuuuuper thin nails after several applications since you replace these faster than they grow), then get more gunk trapped.

    Jamberry’s design itself is the problem. Thinner doesn’t change that the glue can come up underneath the wrap that you can’t even see.

    • Christina on April 24, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I know this post is old but just came across it and thought I would share my experience. Seems like Jamberry is like just about everything else in the world – some people like it and some don’t and that’s ok. I myself have a friend that sells it so I bought from her and tried it. I never thought I would like this kind of stuff. I tend to leave my fingernails plain or with clear polish but I really like these. I think one reason it works for me is that I wear my nails short. So I don’t have to file them down to remove the excess wrapper. I cut the excess off and then after using the heater to seal it I use nail clippers to clip my nails which seems to work well. I hate filing my nails so I just don’t. I don’t like the way it feels. I’ve included a pic of the first time I applied Jamberry myself. If I had to do the filing method I probably wouldn’t like it. I always apply new wraps when I need to trim my nails to make it easier.

    • Sharon on April 24, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I just tried these tonight, I ordered them about 2 weeks ago and had the same exact problem…I DON’T like them at all.. I have tried the Sally Hansen nail polish strips and loved them. Those were very easy too apply, no scissors, no hair dryer, no excessive filing, lasted a month on my toes (at which I peeled them off) BUT, design choices are limited. I really wanted the Jamberry Nails to work because I loved the designs, but it totally isn’t worth the time, work and money to still have nails that look cute from a distance, but bubble up within hours and look cruddy close up. I just really was not a fan of having to use my hair dryer…

    • Michelle Hofmann on April 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I’m going to agree with your article and the edges of the nail. I’ve used Sally Hansen Salon Effects and it’s almost effortless. Jamberry was a process and a long one. But loving the designs, I don’t mind taking more than the 5-7 minutes that it takes to apply the SH product for the cute designs. That wasn’t the primary issue. The primary issue was in having to file my nails in removing the left over Jamberry and it was not a matter of swiping and buffing (what I love about SH). I have a thing about the feel of my nails as well…I want them to be smooth and comfortable. No jagged or sharpness or catching on clothing or fabric and that’s what happened to me using Jamberry. I ordered two sets from a friend to try them. I am not going to bother with the second pack. I had to remove them within a half hour of putting them on, because my nails looked like yours did on the ends and was catching to my sweater. Not for me. I did not have an issue with bubbles, but I’ll stick to real polish and SH Salon Effects are made with real polish as is the OPI app products – I’m ordering them from Amazon today and going to try them out (heard they were similar to SH). Those products can have extended life with a fast-dry top coat (Out the Door is great and very fast drying).

    • Dawnielle Gaunt on March 21, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Reading this i can point out exactly why your jams are doing what they are doing. #1. You buff the nails BEFORE you clean them. if you clean them then buff them…they arent clean anymore. Also you are heating them for WAY too long. it 3-5 seconds MAX!!! not 10-15. I LOVE Jamberry. I have 3 kids and work in a restaurant and my jams stay on for about 2 weeks. Also when u apply them stretch and rub it on. There are actually very helpful videos on youtube πŸ™‚

    • Jess on March 18, 2015 at 11:27 am

    p.s. I use the mini heater…it might be more convenient, but it doesnt make them stick any better. I also have very curvy nails and I just dont think they bond well to them. Save yourself the grief and sell the left overs on line or give them away.

    Ive saved a few to wear as accent nails .i.e. for St Pattys but they still only lasted a day before driving me nuts.

    • Jess on March 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    My sister is a rep and loves them so I get a lot of pressure to wear them. She keeps insisting if I apply them “right” they should last for over a week. Ive now worn them four times and have them bubble over night each time or peel at the tips. I cant be bothered to do something so expensive that requires so much fussing to “get it right.” Theyre my nails, they shouldnt take an hour to still look like crap. She also mentioned to avoid touching anything greasy, not to use hand cream and to avoid letting my hands soak in water. Come on. I have no idea how she makes them last since she has 2 kids under 3.

    • Lyndsay on March 8, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’m not a jamberry rep, but I love wearing them. A friend/rep once asked me how it went the first time I ever painted my nails (like when I was 6 and it looked like I had dipped my fingers in pink house paint). She said the more I applied the wraps, the better I would be at it and the faster and easier it would be (and the better they would look and satay. I have found this to be true. Another friend (also a rep) said she hated her first mani and it came off the second day, too! Turns out she has very only nails and now washes the nails with Dawn before applying the wraps and that has taken away the oil and helped them to stick and stay stuck :).

    • Heather on February 28, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I loved my Jams! Loved how easy they were to apply! Loved the designs! Loved that they stayed on my toes for almost two weeks! I soaked the wraps off and saw that BOTH of the nails on my big toes had a large weird white spot at the corner. I literally had a rush of panic when I realized my nail was no longer attached at those white parts. I’m disgusted! I’m upset! I’m pissed I have to walk around with my feet covered because I’m missing half a toenail on each foot. Why is this product still on the market without at least a warning of leaving them on for longer than a couple of days? I won’t be using any of the wraps I have left and want a refund. I’m writing the company next.

    • Jaime Weston on February 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Yes I have and they ar JAMAZING!!!!

    • Patricia on February 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

    My first application of Jamberry nails was not that great either, but once I got the hang of it I can get a full 10-14 days with a single application. There were a few tricks that I had to use to get them to work for me. First was use the mini heater, it is so much easier than a blow dryer. Second trick, after getting all your nails shaped and prepped wipe the nail again with an Alcohol pad and let it dry making sure that you DO NOT TOUCH THE NAIL SURFACE AGAIN. The oil from your skin can cause the bubbling and prevent the adhesive from getting a good seal (all the issues I can see from your picture). To prevent touching the adhesive with any part of my skin I use tweezers to pull the wrap off, hold in front of the heater, and place on my nail. Once I have the wrap on my nail I take my thumb and push the wrap down on my nail to get a good seal. I trim the edges with the scissors as close to the nail as possible then I hold my nail to the heater for a few more seconds and use the cuticle pusher to push all around the edges to get a good final seal. Then I wait for the nail to cool down (I usually do a complete hand) then I go back to the first finger and take a nail file and file straight down on the tip to file the excess wrap off the tip. (Make sure you file straight down slowly in the one direction only, filing back and forth can cause lifting)

    • Jenn Danforth on February 4, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I feel exactly the same way! I was so disappointed in them. They look so pretty. But they take forever to put on. They also didn’t fit correctly on my nails. It did not cover the edges completely. And as you mentioned they bubbled and the tips did not adhere!

    • Kokomo on January 20, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Unfortunately – Jamberry products damaged my nails. No problems applying at all – and the product stayed on really well. Looked great! But after removal (2 weeks later), my nails were damaged. It’s like the glue ate through my nails and the top layer peeled off in some parts. It’s over a month later and the damaged nails are still growing out. Brutal.

    I am going to try one more time once the damage is repaired – but this time apply them over 2 or 3 layers of clear base polish. They obviously didn’t test them on a wide enough audience!

    • Shannon McHenry on January 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

    This is your opinion-we are all allowed to have one- I do not understand everyone trying to blame you or wanting to change your mind.

    • Susan Childers on January 9, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    I tried Jamberrys this past summer (June 14) because a friend of mine started selling them & said how great they were. My first attempt at applying them (with the hair dryer, too) turned out a little bit like yours, but I contacted my friend who gave me several helpful hints about how to get the tips to stop coming up & how to get rid of the bubbles. I stuck with that set, though, because I loved the pattern so much, and worked on it. After a couple of days of working on the little problems as they arose, they finally stuck right! I’ve never had more compliments on my nails than I did with that particular style. I wore them for about 11 days, and they really looked nearly the same as they did when I applied them other than a lot of nail growth evident at the cuticle. Here’s where my problem came, though…. At the end of 11 days, they were definitely beginning to show some minor lifting around the edges, so I gently pulled and they came right off without any resistance. That was fine with me, since I was ready to take them off, but then I noticed that my natural nails (which are usually VERY strong and not brittle at all) were beginning to peel – not at the ends, but from the middle of my nail to the end. There was really no saving my natural nails. They were so broken up and flexible that they bent like crazy, and I ended up having to cut them down completely and start over. Since the peeling started in the middle of my nail, it took a couple of months before that part had grown out enough to see my strong nails return. I tried the Jamberrys again – using their “soak in remover” method and being VERY gentle as I removed them — and the SAME thing happened with my nail damage! I let them grow again and (determined to make a go of it) tried them again over the Christmas season with a combination of their cute holiday styles (always getting rave reviews about how cute they were, and they were VERY cute!). At the end of about 10 days, I removed them (again very gently with remover) and THE SAME THING happened with my nails! I went from having pretty natural nails (about 1/4 inch of nail tip showing on all nails) to immediately losing three of them because of the weakness. Eventually, a couple of others started chipping off from the middle of my nail and I had to trim them all down to the nail. I now have no nails, and the nail bed has lots of peeling spots – so ugly! I have wondered if there’s something in the adhesive that just reacts weirdly with my nails. I’m so disappointed, since I have so many styles that I’ve bought. On a side note, I’ve put them on my two girls (almost 6 & just turned 9), and their nails have *never* been damaged by them. They both have worn them for 2 weeks easily, without losing a single nail. I’m thinking that possibly my Jamberrys are just going to be something I use on them. πŸ™

      • Angi on February 12, 2015 at 3:18 am

      You might solve the nail damage issue by applying a good base coat before you apply the nail wraps. I’m not sure if it would work for everyone, but it worked for me.

        • SLilyBelle1 on February 14, 2015 at 3:31 pm

        Thanks Angi. I will try that the next time. Can you recommend a good base coat? Nail polish never sticks to my nails no matter what. ~Susan

    • Tammy on January 8, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    Actually, I had the same problem and it wasn’t the wraps. The problem was my nails. My nails aren’t flat enough. With that said, there is a technique you have to do if you have coned nails. I tried the technique and had no more bubbles. I suggest googling jams for cone shaped nails. It will take you longer to do but with a little practice they can look great.

    • Lynn Guss on December 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    THese are the old ones. The new wraps are clear backing and better formula. If any of you ladies see wraps that have the white backing those are the old ones and Jamberry has made a new and very improved. Also. DO NOT PEEL them OFF DRY! You need to heat them up first, then soak in WARM OIL heated up in a small bowl for about a minute, and remove slowly with a flosser. Then clean off anyu remaining residue with a little bit of nail polish remover or alcohol wipe.

    • Jaime Maynard on December 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Reading your comments as I have been back and forth myself about becoming a consultant. I personally LOVE the product, which is why I am debating selling them; pay for my own addiction essentially, don’t even care about the commission haha. So straight up I am a satisfied customer (only in 2014, I can’t speak to the quality of the old products) who is not currently selling them. I have on my 5th Jamberry set right now, a nice winter theme called Let it Snow. I have been lucky with the resilience my wraps I guess cause they always last me at least a week and sometimes 10 days, and as long as I want on my toes.I have literally had them peel off my toes, I have to remove them. I can say there is a learning curve to get them to last to and past the week mark, and so my first application only lasted 5 days and started peeling off in the bottom corners and at the tip. I did a bit of research and like so many others have said here, I realized I needed to trim the sides a bit so they didn’t touch any skin, use tweezers to heat them so I didn’t transfer any oil and file only straight down to get the excess off. To make them last even longer I reheat them once on and push hard all over, especially around the edges and at the tips. I am hard on the nails, I have a baby and change alot of diapers thus wash my hands alot, this is why I love them, even with a base coat and top coat polish looks aweful after a week on me. Anyways, still to this day the tips go first for me, so after say 3 days the tips sometimes start to peel but I found a brilliant solution, just a little coat of nail glue over the tip and bam, they last another 5 days no problem. That’s my .2 πŸ™‚ Yes it sounds like a process, but to me it’s no longer (30 minutes) then a manicure, it’s cheaper and I get more choice in designs, so I am in love with them.

  1. After buying a pack of nail wraps online when a friend of mine told me how great they were, I tried putting one of these on my thumbnail and was so aggravated that I peeled it off and applied regular nail polish. While waiting for my nail polish to dry, I looked up a how-to video for Jamberry and was surprised at how specific the video instructions were compared to the package instructions. Nowhere on the package did it say to peel off a nail wrap AND cut it in half. Or file the excess in a downward motion with your finger at A 90-DEGREE ANGLE to the file. Make it a little easier on us, Jamberry! If the only experience one has with the application process is what you’re reading on the package, then make sure the application instructions are thorough.

    • Susana Hensel on December 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I went to take off my wraps that were on my toes and they are brown under the nail. Looked online and it’s nail fungus. I contacted JAMBERRY to get a refund and they refuse because it’s after the 30 day period. Well of course it is. You say I can leave these on my toes for 4 weeks and then tell me I can’t return them after 30 days?? Never again will I recommend these or have a party. WORST customer service experience ever? I applied these correctly. How can a company making so much money, be so terrible. Ugh. Never again. I am glad I did not become a consultant.

    • Kellie on November 26, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I REALLY wanted these to work. I can’t get polish to stick to my nails for anything. I cleaned them with acetone nail polish remover, lightly scuffed the tops of my nails with a nail file, Wiped them again with the polish remover. It took about an hour to apply them (a long process in my mind). First shower I took about 5 hours later, they were peeling off. I was frantically pushing them back down. Took so long I didn’t even need to dry off…I dried off naturally. But I skipped the lotion as I was fearful they would peel. Not sure I like these. Especially for the cost. Oh well…back to naked nails.

    • Guess who? on November 20, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I wanted to like them. I really did. But – I can’t stand them. I like my nails to be immaculate, and I couldn’t seem to apply these without wrinkles and/or lifting. I tried the scotch tape method. I tried the Baggie method. Neither of these “solutions” seemed to prevent the flaws.

    I removed them in less than 24 hours and the very first nail I removed (following the instructions) was damaged. I then turned on the blow dryer and kept it on my fingers while I took off the rest. Five of my nails show visible signs of damage. I will not use these again, nor would I recommend the, for anyone who cares about the condition of your nails.

    • Basic Instructions on November 10, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Wow… SO many comments here saying that people had bad experiences. Watch some youtube videos, and follow the instructions – LOTS of heat and pressure – don’t LET them buckle or bubble, if they’re doing that, MORE heat and pressure. I’m sorry, but I actually wanted to laugh at the pictures above – I just don’t see how you could get them on that poorly without TRYING to apply them poorly, or just completely ignoring the instructions. They’re just so easy to get right.

    • Roady on November 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I loved the patterns and was excited to try them. I hate waiting for polish to dry, so I thought these would be a great alternative. They took ages to put on. They look pretty good and have stayed on around the edges, but the tips have been a real pain. I was trimming bits of overhang off for days. Finally, I tried to reseal with the hair dryer and an emory board. That helped for a day or two. But the tips are just rough and catch on everything. I landed here hoping to find a solution for next time, since I bought four sets. So far, so good on my toes.

    • Drango on November 2, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I would love you to try again. I almost signed up to sell and just now tried the sample on my daughter. All but one have peeled within hours. The only thing my rep and I can think of is she may have super fine cuticles we didn’t see…. So it didn’t adhere properly. I want to like this product and sell it, but I can’t be doing demos at a party and have them peel that night!! πŸ™

    • Nail Polish Preferred on October 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    My problem was not at all with application of the product. I put them onto my toenails and they stuck quite well. They lasted about a month on feet that were hitting the ocean and beach quite often. So, I LOVED them! Until I removed them. The rep who sold them instructed us to take them off by just soaking the nails in hot water and then peeling them back. And that process worked great. Except that the next day when I was looking at my big toenails, each one had these weird ridges about midway down. I have NEVER had issues with my toenails and they are normally the most healthy looking nails. But it seems the nail coverings ruined the actual nails. As those nails have been growing out, they became brittle at the top. It’s been almost seven months, and all the ruined part of those toenails is just about grown out. I don’t think I will use the nail coverings anymore. They’re just too harsh on the nails. I’m lucky the cracking they caused in my nails didn’t result in some worse fungal infection. I’m sticking with polish from here on out.

    • Beauty Queen on October 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I was really considering buying these but had a feeling this might happen. Thanks for the review and saving me money and time! πŸ™‚

    • MaHarmony on October 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I’m a nurse, so having cute nails isn’t easy and the only option is shellac. I love shellac, but it’s expensive. Then, a friend of mine hosted an online party a few weeks ago and I thought Jamberry could be an answer to my prayers. I wanted these to work. Really, really wanted these to work, but they didn’t. The first application peeled right off in the shower – the consultant later told me that one has to wait 6 hours before prolonged contact with water. The second time went a better, but the “sparkle” ones began to lift at the tips and the “metallic” ones were wrinkled along the edges. I tried the flat iron trick with no luck. In the shower they were pulling on my hair where they had lifted, so I peeled them off (with no problem or damage). THIRD time I used all metallic, took my time, did the “baggie” trick and they looked amazing – smooth, no wrinkles – absolute perfection. I was so excited. I did these at night, before going to bed. Woke up the next morning and they were rippled/wrinkled along the edges. I just went with it, and by the end of the second day they were peeling so I took them off. I can’t figure out why these work for some and not for others. The consultant suggested I buy a metal spoon cuticle pusher and I used that on the second and third applications. She also suggested I may have very oily nails, which would lead me to yet another trip to Sally Beauty to buy another product, but I’m done. They did work quite well on my toes, but there isn’t a “water seal” (there are ripples) and now I’m concerned about the fungus I’ve read about. Anyway, this was my experience. Back to shellac for this girl.

      • beth on January 9, 2015 at 2:43 am

      I’ve heard that the metallic wraps are having issues. Maybe you just need a different type of wrap?

    • Laura on October 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    A friend of mine started selling Jamberry this summer and I placed an order just to help her out and I am hooked. I work in retail and it kills my nails. No matter how much polish or how much I pay for a professional manicure, my nails break easily and look awful because I use my hands so much at work. With the Jamberry wraps, I find they protect my nails from chipping and breaking, and everyone compliments me on my nails all the time. They are hard to get used to with the application, but once you do, they really are great. You do have to file them a certain way or the ends will rip, but I am going to try the glass file like someone recommended. I will say one thing I have learned just from going to a few parties with my friend, they are not for people who are even slightly OCD because you want them a little smaller to keep them from buckling instead of touching your skin. And sometimes I notice that they don’t look perfect to me, but everyone else tells me how great they look because they don’t see them up close. Mine always last at least 10 days and I am in the pool 3-4 days a week. I find mine stay on better when I use the hairdryer even though it is a big pain. My only real problem is that because they protect my nails so well, sometimes I have more nail at the end of the two weeks than I did at the beginning and they look a little odd. I make no money off of giving this product a good review. I just like them a lot and I find that people think my nails look nice for the first time in my 38 years on earth. I have a friend who buys the stick-on kinds and actually takes hers to her manicurist to put on, and my jamberries look 10 times better than hers. Getting used to the application process and getting better at it is not unlike learning how to apply make up or even learning to paint your nails with your left hand!

    • Just me on September 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Yeah, they do suck. I’m hosting an online party starting Monday and the lady whose party it is sent me some samples to try and I really cannot recommend them, they’re stupid, they don’t even got over the whole nail, it’s stupid to have to use a blow dryer, and what good does that do anyway? Nothing. They’re just stupid and I wonder who in the crap thought up these things. Just my two cents

      • Laura on October 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Since you asked, the good that the blow dryer (or other heat source) does is that it activates the adhesive – that’s what makes them stick! The samples come in a very limited range of sizes, but the actual sheets of wraps that you get have a much wider range, so you would not be able to do all of your nails with the samples, but the whole sheet is good for several applications πŸ™‚

      • Lynn Guss on December 29, 2014 at 10:42 am

      You are thinking that they don’t fit on the entire nail because you only got the sample sizes. Only enough to try on a pinky nail. She should have explained that to you. The actual wraps have 9 widths up to large enough to fit on a big toe nail. The dryer helps it stay on a long time. Just takes one or two times to get it right. Watch the application video and see what I mean. I used the video to help me apply while I did my first sample nail on my pinky nails. http://chriscarlson.jamberrynails.net/about/apply/

    • slightstar on September 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Just tried them (the newer version of the adhesive, in comparison to the older style you tried) a few weeks ago.

    First time around, I blamed user error for the bubbles and bad tips. I rushed through the application process. That’s fine; I can deal with that.

    Second time around, I took my time and followed the directions a lot more carefully. I still ended up with bubbles and bad tips (Even after clipping the wraps and using the rice sock; the hair dryer almost burned my fingers!)…and nail damage to my big toes. I’ve never seen peeling on toenails until I took off the wraps.

    It has been over a month since I’ve put anything on my toes because the peeling is still a problem. I gave Jamberry a try; never again. I’ll stick with plain old nail polish and Shellac manicures from now on.

    • AmyLynn2508 on September 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I’ve been using Jamberry for almost a year now. Numerous friends of mine sell the product and I love to support them, it’s just an added bonus that I LOVE them!! My first application I used a hair dryer and try still lasted 2 weeks. I wipe my nails really good with alcohol wipes first (I even stick a wipe and a cuticle pusher and get all the nooks and crannies) then I buff them down with a buffer block and I’m good to go. I agree that application can take awhile, first few times took me an hour cuz I wanted perfection but now that I have my system down I can easily have them applied in 20 mins. I do use the mini heater now and it definitely helps. Also, the little rubber cuticle pusher they have that comes in the application kit makes a HUGE difference. I know it seems minor but it’s amazing how well it smooths the wrap down. I haven’t been able to find a rubber cuticle pusher aside from the ones they sell. Anyone know where I could find any? Really sucks that some of you ladies had a bad experience as they aren’t cheap unless you’re getting what’s advertised. For myself however, they are definitely worth the money.

    • Dee on September 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I tried them just recently it seems they updated their product because they are much thinner and easy to file. I have been using nail wraps for a while

    • Georgia_Girl on September 1, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Just tried them recently and so far I like them. I watched a couple of videos on application tips and have figured out how to apply them without bubbling. The hair dryer method is cumbersome, but the mini heater isn’t difficult. The designs are so fun. I recommend them to anyone who likes to have fun with nails.

    • Nicole on September 1, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I was so excited to try these only to end up disappointed. I spent $50 on the 4 sheets, spent an hour of my time putting then on and they looked and felt horrible. They had ripples and wouldn’t stick to the tip of my nail, so they lifted immediately. I also spent an hour putting then on my daughter. They lasted about ten minutes on her. I’m going to ask for a refund, but I feel bad since it was a party that I bought them through. I wouldn’t recommend them though.

    • apageor2 on August 31, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I so appreciate you mentioning the above as I no longer think these will benefit my nails. I did want to try something new with beautiful patterns but knowing what can happen with nail damage I think I will pass. I work so I honestly don’t have the time to spend either. I do appreciate your honesty.

      • Aimee on September 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      It’s important to note that the ones she used here are the old product! Jamberry changed the way they make the wraps, so they’re thinner and the adhesive sticks a lot better. I haven’t had any issues with the product application/removal, personally.

      • Laura S on October 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      If the wraps are removed properly, you will not have damaged nails! I remove mine with coconut oil on the end of a rubber cuticle pusher. Just break the seal around the edge and slide gently under the wrap, adding more oil as necessary. Very quick, easy, and not damaging at all! I will say that my first application took over 30 minutes and was not perfect. There’s a bit of a learning curve. If anyone reading this is interested, there’s a “baggie method” that you will find detailed on YouTube that has really helped me with sealing the tips. The final filing that removes the excess from the ends is really important – I also use a glass or ceramic file to get a really smooth finish. Love my Jams!

    • chihuahua on August 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I tried them briefly (got a sample (so only enough for two nails)) It was a little time consuming and I had some a little lifting and bubbling but not alot (also I assume ill get better) they one stayed on for a week and a half the other is still on (still around a week and a half. I can see the ups and downs but so far have worked out well for me although my week was not super active

    • April on August 2, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I hope everyone who didn’t like them returned them within the 30 days for a full refund!!! It took me 4 times trying to really enjoy them, but if I didn’t keep trying I would have returned them for a full refund.

    • Angi on July 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Yup, I got damage on my fingernails & toes even with using the “gentle removal process.” Jamberry Nails are terrible! Aside from the damage they are hard to put on… they bubble, catch on everything, & peel up from the sides. Terrible product and even worse customer service.

      • Angi on July 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      And I also have their laquer… it still took 10 minutes to dry, and chipped all over within 24 hours.

        • Debbie Brown on February 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

        You do have to use their base coats and top coats

    • born2teach4Him on July 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Like you, I am disappointed with the Jamberry nails! It’s much quicker to just polish your nails, and nail polish looks waaay better! These are just little ill-fitting plastic stickers and they look just like a sticker on your nails. I was really hoping I’d found something that would make it easier to keep my nails looking good, but it’s like that old saying…”If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”

    • bamagirl91 on July 4, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I had the same experience! I got my wraps on Monday of this week. I couldn’t wait to try them out! I applied them late Tuesday night,after prepping my nails and doing exactly what it said to do, and had much difficulty making the correct fit and getting the adhesive to stick. I finally got them finished and filed down….well, filed the best I could. There were jagged edges that were getting caught on E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. So,I grabbed the file again, and doing whatever it took to get it smooth. By this time, it took some of the wrap with it, making it have a chipped appearance. By Wednesday afternoon, I had lost one of the wraps. It had completely come off– I tried making it stick again, but it kept shifting, and finally fell off and got lost. When I got home Wednesday, I redid that one finger that was messed up so it would look like I had a finished manicure. However, Today (Thursday), two more wraps completely fell off while I was at work. One that I was aware of, and one I was not ( A coworker pointed it out to me, as the wrap was sitting on the counter). I am very disappointed in my purchase of Jamberrys. I was hoping to love them, and I was even considering selling them. But I can’t sell something that I don’t like! πŸ™

    • Ali on July 2, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I just used these for the first time and I hate them. They look terrible, they took forever to apply and I feel like they are going to be lifting tomorrow. I wanted to love them bc of the cute designs but now I just feel robbed of my $30 for the two sheets I got bc I doubt I’ll give it anther go ahead bc they were more trouble then they are worth. It’s a shame bc the designs are so cute. Guess I’ll stick with my Sally Hansen salon effects.

    • sqrlyshrly1 on June 29, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I have recently discovered and started using Jamberrys. I LOVE them. My 1st application went on fairly smooth. They do take a bit of time to get on nicely, but I imagine with time they will get faster. Jamberrys have been improved, they are thinner and stickier than the originals. They also now come on a clear backing for easier sizing. I love the variety and sheer number of designs. I love polished nails but cannot keep my polish from chipping for more than a day or so if I can even get it on without nicking or smudging it. I also have 8 small parrots and do not like then exposed to the fumes of polish. No fumes from Jamberry wraps.

      • Tamara on January 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm

      no chipping from lacquers either. thank you!

    • Tara Delgado on June 20, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Honestly from the look of it it looks like you chose wraps that were a tad too big for your nail bed. if any part of it touches your cuticle or skin you won’t get a good seal and they will lift/catch on things. And if you trim it as close as you can with the scissors there isn’t much filing to be done. Also, instead of alcohol i use nail primer or Clean Sweep (it’s just a dehydrator) because i have super oily nail beds and they stay on great for me!

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Thank you for your thoughts, and I’m glad they worked great for you! I definitely picked the appropriate wraps, although yes, it looks like my index finger choice was a bit big. Please keep in mind this review is from March 2013, and I purchased the wraps in September of 2012, when they were thicker and an older formula. I am debating whether to try the newer formula! The idea of using a hair dryer in my mani experience really turns me off!

        • Tara Delgado on June 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

        I’m new to the company and to the wraps, but if you’d like i can send you a sample. i hear you about the dryer, i didn’t like that part either. I saw another commenter mentioned a space heater, that would work great too, but the mini heater does make the difference. If you do decide to try them again, i would recommend the heater. And there is the 30 day guarantee. If you’re interested I’d be glad to help!

        • Aimee E on August 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

        I just bought mine.. had the same experience you did.. Both my daughter and I had the same issue.. peeling at the tips. We had some puckering at the base and just figured that was our inexperience.. but no matter what I tried, the tips just peeled up.. and one design peeled from itself! It was terrible. I’m going to say, if you didn’t like them the first time.. you won’t like them now… I Really wanted to like these too. I love all the designs, and the options. But between the VERY labor intensive and time consuming process.. I’ll stick with my regular manicure.

          • Reboot on September 4, 2014 at 8:55 am

          For me, its helped to trim the nail with clippers instead of using a file. A lot of people also file in both directions instead of one, and that may create lift. Definitely make sure your cuticles are not in the way- my daughters will pop off if we get that in there, but now that we know, its not an issue.

        • jenny hartzog on August 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

        Would you like to try a brand new sample? They will be released September 1st. If you would like to try again. I will be glad to send you a sample and a free gift from me to help your experience better with the application. I fell in love with Jamberry wraps, I’m a house wife, Master Cosmetologist, and I work on trucks. I am extremely hard on my nails. My sample I tried lasted for 12 days before it started coming off. I love them. Thanks, have a good day. πŸ™‚

    • Hated Jamberry on June 13, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I tried Jamberry and hated them. So many of my friends are selling them and I really wanted to like them. I had issues with the ends lifting, no matter what I did. And the nail damage they gave me is finally almost gone. I’d never use them again.

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:12 am

      I’m glad your nail damage is almost gone! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • mrsdgw on June 6, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I have purchased these recently. I have to say that I love mine. They stay on my fingers a minimum of 10 days, 16 max. I still have the set on my toes that I applied three weeks ago, and they are showing no signs of lifting. It may seem like a bother using the hair dryer, but it’s better than having wet nail, and then having the phone ring. At least you can stop during the process if something comes up. Also, I am a lab technician, so I’m constantly washing my hands, they still stay on. These last for me MUCH longer than polish. Polishing is a much more time consuming experience for me, then I end up bumping the wet nails, and they end up chipping from all of the hand washing. All in all, I’m loving my Jamberry experience!.

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I’m glad they work for you! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

    • Beckyb on May 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Ok, so I also didn’t remove the Jamberry nails as suggested. They were lifting up so i just peeled them off. All was well until about a week later when I noticed my natural nail starting to peel. They never used to do that before the Jamberry nails and I am convinced it has to do with how I removed them. Though, there was still the sticky adhesive on my nail, I assumed my nails would be fine. However, all but 4 of my nails have peeled and broke off. I used to have such nice nails. They better be back to normal after they grow out!

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

      My nails went back to normal, so hopefully yours will bounce back great! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

      • Jaclyn parsons on September 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      the same thing happened to me! But I really love these things so I will probably keep using them. But next time I will take them off the way they suggest and maybe give them a rest in between with a nail strengthener?

    • Dawn Webb on April 28, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I know this is an old thread, but I use Jamberry and have curled nails and mine look nothing like these. For one, they changed the material they use so the new material works a lot better! And secondly, you should probably use the “baggie” method of heating. It seals the tips on a lot better for those of us with curved nails!! I’d give them another try if I were you πŸ™‚ I just recently started wearing them but am hooked!! http://youtu.be/uwKAIqshSuA

    • MckChangingMyName on April 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    USED to sell these. I have VERY curved nails and I couldn’t keep them from wrinkling and lifting if my life depended on it. Plus, I’m currently dealing with toenail fungus. I’ve NEVER had it before and I’m convinced it’s from the jamberry’s. πŸ™
    Thanks for an honest review!

      • Brakefree2b on May 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      Hi have recently had a party and a couple of my family members put on there new Jams and a couple weeks later they took them off and they both had fungus under three or four nails… Have you heard anyone else talk about dealing with fungus??? I just found your comment and I can’t find anything about it.

        • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

        I’m very sorry to hear about this fungus issue. I may be reviewing these again; I’ll check in with my company contact about this and if I do a new review, I’ll mention it.

        • Aimee on September 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

        If Jamberry wraps aren’t put on smoothly, the wrap can’t make a watertight seal. So if you work out in them and they aren’t sealed, then there is a risk of moisture getting under the wrap. Proper application is key!

        • Anonymous on January 12, 2016 at 11:52 pm

        I used Jamberry and absolutely loved them but I got fungus on my toe nails from them. It’s been 6 months and they are still struggling to get back to normal . I contacted the company and got no reply . I would absolutely never use these again.

      • Julie Carlisle on September 29, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      I have been using Jamberrys for about 4 months ONLY on my toes. I have totally loved them. I have the mini heater and watched many videos on the Jamberry website and on YouTube before I started applying them. At first I would have a wrinkle or two but got to where I could apply them easily, quickly and without wrinkles. I was SO totally satisfied….loved them and have much $$$ invested in many wraps because so many of my friends have had parties. Saturday when I removed the wraps from my toes prior to my pedicure appointment I saw that I had fungus on both of my big toes. I was totally SHOCKED! I had these wraps on for 4 weeks and they were still firmly adhered….not the least bit loose around the edges. I have always followed their application and removal process to a T so there was not a problem there, I am sure. I now have an appointment with the dermatologist. I am so sad because I totally love the Jams but really believe they are responsible for the fungus I have now. I will return my most recent purchase and eBay the others. Everyone’s chemical makeup is different, so maybe they just don’t work for me. From an application standpoint, with the mini heater, I can totally vouch for them lasting on the toes for the length of time they say they will last. I just can’t chance having this fungus. So sad in Dallas!

        • Seola on July 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        If you ever check on this review for a reply, the reason why fungus happens is that the adhesive lifts in places that will hold dirt, debris, bacteria and water on top of your nails. It can create miniscule channels because it doesn’t adhere directly to your nail. You will see this in people who do their own fake nails a lot with just superglue or whatever. Acrylic nail applications adhere directly to the nail so they don’t “open” in the center. Polish wraps from places like Sally Hansen are on the nail itself so it can’t trap anything and the material is porous so it allows tiny molecules of air in and lets moisture back out. It traps all that junk on top of your porous nail. Depending on the debris/bacteria it can actually EAT the top layers of your nails. I think what people are seeing with the peeling of nails is actually partially eaten nails that finally pulled away.

    • Shauna on January 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    So I just tried these nail wraps and love them! I dd some research and found
    out that Jamberry changed the wraps recently. Much thinner now. They went on easily
    without any bumps. I am on day 10 and they still look great. TRY THEM AGAIN!!! I think
    You will want to write a new review.

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

      I may be trying them again soon. this review is still getting so much traffic a year and a half later, I feel like it deserves an update. But I’m not promising anything! πŸ™‚

        • Erin on March 3, 2015 at 2:11 pm

        I would definitely try them again. They are much thinner material and have a clear sheet backing so it’s easier to pick the size for each nail. Also, before I got my mini heater, I used my clothes iron on no steam and used a hand towel (basically the “baggie” method) was way easier than the hair dryer! Hope you try them again and like them better this time! I love mine!

    • Cloe on October 5, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    The first time I tried this product I had the same result and was disappointed and unimpressed.
    But the next time I had my friend who’s an esthetician apply them as she uses a similar product called sheekee.
    She shaped my nails, pushed and cut my cuticles back then buffed the shine off of the surfaced of my nails then used acetone to dehydrate them.
    She applied heat with a halogen lamp and applied the wrap to my nail. Instead of just sticking them on and cutting them she heated it until it was soft and stretched the end of the wraps downward over the tips of my nails (very handy little trick it seems) then
    used a plastic cuticle pusher to push the bubbles out. Then she filed the wrap downward off the tip of the natural nail (this is very important) and sealed the ends with clear coat. She finished by putting them back under the lamp for a minute or so to ensure they were properly bonded and we were done! Took less than 15 minutes.
    They lasted 12 days! no word of a lie, and looked perfect the whole time and I removed them by soaking them in acetone for 5 minutes.
    I had her do them on my toes 3 months ago and they’re still on, just a little grown out.

      • Jane on March 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      I wish I had a friend who is an esthetician. I bought 4 sheets and am completely disinterested in trying to apply them again, as my experience was a lot like the Beauty Judy’s.

        • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

        It’s so tough to go all in – buy multiple sheets! – and find out you aren’t into it. I finally tossed the other three sheets I had πŸ™

          • Margaux Miles on September 16, 2014 at 5:24 pm

          That’s too bad. Those older designs go for some pretty good money on eBay.

        • Mary on January 24, 2015 at 6:30 pm

        I just tried my first set and had the same issues as Judy. I have 4 sheets and I spent a good hour and a half on my nails. They never “dry” its more like some weird sticker that just sits there. I took a shower and one just peeled right off with no help from me at all. lasted about 3 hours… I peeled the rest off because I was too tired to fix it.

          • TB on January 22, 2016 at 7:56 pm

          heat is the trick. And, best to apply after a shower so they can bond to your nails

            • BeautyJudy on January 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm

            Hi Tamara, this is an old post. Three years old. I’m actually a Jamberry consultant now. You should read my most recent blog post, Jamberry is my jam.

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thank you for detailing that process. I like the idea of using a lamp like that vs. a hair dryer. Making them malleable seems to be key. I may be trying these again.

        • jamievuong on July 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

        You can also heat them with a curling iron, flat iron, or regular iron. Just hold the wrap with tweezers next to the heat source until it softens. Just be sure the wrap doesn’t touch the surface!

        • Jana on January 13, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        Using the new mini heater is a similar experience to using the light she’s mentioned. For the first few applications, it’s important to take your time to find what works for you. It’s like the first time you polished your nails, was it perfect? Probably not. It takes some practice but definitely worth it. Beauty and Jams on youtube has the best application video – watch her traditional method. I love them and have been wearing them for a year now. They’re low maintenance, not no maintenance and definitely last better than polish, and I was a dedicated polish princess.

      • Debbie Brown on February 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Clear coat on the ends…hmmm

    • Lovertojamberrynails on September 28, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    First of all I can tell you right now just by looking at your crappy pictures!! You didn’t apply them correctly!! If you slow down, take your time an actually pay attention to what you are doing the wrap works and looks a whole lot better!! So maybe you should stop bashing and try it again!!

    • Denise72 on September 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Just used the product and had the same experience you had. I took them off within 2 hours because they were already peeling at the corners. Love the patterns, but not the product.

      • Loverofjamberrynails on September 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Maybe you should slow down and trim the sides!! If the wrap is at all touching skin it will lift!!! So if you slow down and take ur time u will get better looking nails!!

      • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Patterns really are so cute! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Louis245 on July 17, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    If you have had or presently have nail fungus you will be conscious of how embarrassing it can be and that it

    is able to infect both finger and toe nails. This condition is caused by the fungi getting under your nail bed

    by way of a small cut or slit in the skin close to your nail. Thus results in the nail becoming discolored,

    thickening, developing crumbling edges, the surface of it becomes rough and lacking shine and after that it

    begins to loosen from the nail bed.

    • Erin on July 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    One thing I noticed is that you did not file the tips with a downward stroke of the nail file. This will help seal the tips. Also, did you use 100% acetone? Conditioners can keep the product from adhering properly. I wear mine a minimum of two weeks with little to no problems.

      • BeautyJudy on July 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Hi Erin! I am very curious – how can you tell which way I may have filed my nails?! I definitely did not use any oil before applying and cleaned the surface of my nail prior to starting the process. I think at this point it is worth it to note that the forumla of these shields has changed and I used the older ones.

        • Erela on September 23, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        Because they tear when you file side to side. I have found a glass file helpful to finish the tips at the very end, and I also do a quick reheat and press after that. Thank you for taking the time to write this review! πŸ™‚

    • Disagree.... on May 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    My first time applying these looked the same, and I too was able to just PEEL them off. After watching the official application video and the official tips and tricks videos on YouTube, I’m on the third application, and they’re SO MUCH BETTER! I’m on day 5 of these and they’re STUCK on GOOD! Heat and pressure are the key to getting these to stay. Also look for the YouTube video of the “Baggie Method” of applying…

      • BeautyJudy on May 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you Disagree. I have heard the formula of the appliquΓ©s has changed since I purchase these last fall, and I have not tried the new formula. I’m just not interested enough, and I’m still turned off by having to bring my hair dryer into the process! But I am glad that they work for you, they do make amazing designs so I know your nails must look fab with them!!!

        • Amanda on July 9, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        I would be happy to send you a free sample of the new design if you want to try again. I hated them and had the same issues as you with the older style. I tried the new style last week and I’m in love and within a week signed up to sell. I’m on day 10. Let me know

          • BeautyJudy on July 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

          I’m just not interested in trying something that requires me to whip out my hair dryer when there are options for nail wraps/stickers that are just peel and stick. I’m so sorry! These just aren’t for me, but they are really, really cute and fun designs!! Best of luck in your new sales venture, Amanda!! πŸ™‚

            • happy on November 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

            I used a rice bag to apply mine. I really like them, and I liked that I didn’t have to use my hair dryer! I did have to reheat it a few times but that didn’t bother me. Also just to note, I am not a consultant haha πŸ™‚ Just a satisfied customer πŸ™‚

            • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

            Another great tip for taking the hair dryer out of application! Thank you!

            • Tricia on August 16, 2014 at 1:24 am

            I put my FIRST ones on 17 days ago. I have no bubbles or puckers – no issues at all. My nails are far from flat. I’m to the point that I will end up soaking them in water (you can soak in water or oil to remove) just because of nail growth. I followed the directions exactly, took my time, didn’t have help, and they looked great. I did a mixed manicure, so not all nails had Jams on them. I’m stretching mine out, plus it’s just more on trend. I used my blow dryer before application and after, and I didn’t touch the wrap with my fingers. However, I have a very good blow dryer that cost $75. It can blow really cold or really hot – much bigger temp range than a $25 model. That could make a difference.

            IMHO, for a beauty blogger’s review to be helpful, she needs to review current products. Since this isn’t a review of the current Jamberry line, at least edit it to state that important information PRIOR the beginning of the review would be appreciated. I was looking for some info on the current wraps I thought I might find here.

            • BeautyJudy on August 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

            This review was done in March 2013. I think that alone says it’s older and an archive review.

            • merline on August 16, 2014 at 7:26 pm

            So many of these comments are so hypercritical of the review, and so clearly written by people who sell this product. They have made it clear to me that this company is bad news.

            • Julie Staley on August 24, 2014 at 11:22 am

            Well, I don’t work for the company, and I’ve seen pictures of people’s applications that have bubbling, so I believe that certainly can happen. However, I’m on my second application and I’m really happy with them. I have long nails and used a blow dryer. I cut the shields in half, but after that, I did not trim them, but just filed them off at the top. I had one crinkle on one application yesterday, but just blew the hair dryer on it and lifted it back up and smoothed it out. They’re near perfect. The first application lasted almost 2 weeks, and would have gone the entire 14 day, but I wanted a change. I despise having to wait for polish to dry, and always end up smudging it, so this is fantastic for me. Also, my polish never lasts me longer than a week, if that, because I’m very hard on my nails. This is the perfect solution for me. Try them again.

            • Sara on August 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm

            I had the same great experience with my Jamberry nail wraps, but after three applications-each lasting 2+ weeks on my fingernails-I now have quite a bit of damage on my once healthy nails. I don’t think this is a problem with Jamberry nails in particular, but rather an issue with keeping any wrap on your nail bed for an extended period of time. I did not apply another set of Jamberry nails and now I am waiting for my nails to heal and return to their normal state. I would recommend not wearing the nail vinyls repeatedly for long periods of time. I plan to rotate between natural nails and Jamberry nails since I ordered 8 sheets of nail wraps that I think are very nice. Just be careful when using any beauty product and watch for signs that your body is not tolerating it well. (BTW, I ordered my Jamberry nails through my daughter who hosted an online party for a friend who is a new Jamberry consultant. I usually only buff my nails and apply moisturizer, so this was a trial purchase. I would order them again if rotating between natural and Jamberry nails fixes my issue.)

            • Linda Schreiner Martinez on May 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

            What kind of nail damage did you have?

            • Erika Messer on August 24, 2014 at 6:55 pm

            These are pics of my first three Jamicures. The first one was done before I joined as a Consultant of the company – and I was impressed BEFORE I joined. Every company has issues – please don’t judge the people who are saying they had good experiences with the wraps as “clearly written by someone who sell this product”. This is not true – and I haven’t had a bad experience with my Jams, I hated doing nail polish in fact I had stopped using it because it was so tedious and messy. This is much easier for me and it actually takes me LESS time to put my Jams on than it did to go through the entire process of base coat, dry, polish, dry, fix any problems with polish, reapply, dry, top coat, dry and 30 minutes after the top coat they still were not totally dry – taking up at least 2 hours of my night every time I wanted to put on polish. And yes, I tried all the easy ways to dry the polish quickly, tried the quick drying polish – none of it worked. I have NEVER had a professional manicure in my life. I have not had the same troubles as some here where the Jams bubbled – the apply easily once I heat them up, sometimes it is difficult to get them in the right place because my nails are not straight, so I reheat and reapply. Then press and press. By filing downwards it takes care of all the lifting at the tips. When I am finished applying all of the wraps I let my fingers sit in front of the mini heater for a few seconds each and then use the rubber cuticle pusher to press some more. I think some people just may not be able to use Jamberry wraps. But please stop saying the company is just bad news because I know a lot of people who have had nothing but good experiences with it. That is just YOUR opinion. Telling people your opinion is fine, but you don’t have to drag the company through the mud and say they are bad news just because of your experiences. If all of us did that there would be NO companies out there at all because every company has issues and problems and unhappy customers.

            • Linda Schreiner Martinez on May 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm

            I am a Jamberry user, not s seller of the product. I love the wraps, and they last 14+ days on me. It took me a little time to get used to applying them, but practice makes perfect. I have a terrible time with polish, and always seem to smear it, so these are a lifesaver for me. I don’t baby my nails, and do everything without gloves, and they look great. I got the Jamberry heater, which works great. You can buy one pkg for $15 and get 2-3 applications out of it, so it’s cost efficient. If you want to get a perfect fit, you can make an outline of your nail with tape, and trim the wrap around the tape before application. I’m a fan, and I think a new review on the latest wraps would be a smart thing. The only downside I have is the lack of solid color varieties in the wraps.

            • Ash on March 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

            Nail stickers such as OPI or Sally hansen are completely different products than Jamberry. They are toxic and they are stickers, not nail shields. They dry out in the packaging if not used right away and last roughly 4 days and peel and chip. You can’t even compare the two products.

            Its obvious that your application is a bit shotty (First time, totally get it because it takes practice). I have extremely curved nails and can wear mine for up to two weeks no problem. you can see that you did not file off all of the access on the tip of the nail (possibly didn’t use just a down ward motion since there is a lot of lifting) You also didn’t use enough heat and pressure because you have a lot of bubbles and ridges at the tips. I highly recommend you try the product again as this review is biased and uninformative based on the fact the your application wasn’t done correctly.

            • BeautyJudy on March 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

            I followed directions and my first experience was not pleasant. These don’t work for everyone – I know people who hate them and people who love them. I have heard they changed the formula for the wraps since I tried these but I am not interested in trying these again. Also, the other wraps you mention are not toxic to my knowledge. The reason why Sally Hansen dries is because it is made of nail polish.

            • Suzi on August 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm

            If a company has to produce that many tips and tricks for application, if they have to come up with numerous different methods, if you have to waste so much product trying to learn how to apply it properly, then the company should do better research and development if they’d like to stick around.

            Your average user is not going to be a repeat customer if the application process is too complicated. The company makes and sells an inferior product that is complicated to use and then teaches the consultants to blame the customer for faulty application in an attempt to absolve the company from making that difficult to use product.

            The method of application is too tedious for anyone to just pick up and do correctly the first time. I actually had two separate consultants apply them for me and they still never sealed around the tips. One lasted for about 2 days, the other lasted for 3. Then there’s the cost and time. They cost $45 (do they even allow anyone to just buy one sheet?) take 1 hour to apply and don’t last very long. I can paint my nails in 30 minutes, they last 10 days, and one bottle of polish costs $10 and will last through multiple applications. I can apply Sally Hansen Salon effects in 15 minutes and they last for 2 weeks and cost $10. It costs $35 to go get a manicure which takes 30 minutes, lasts 2 weeks, and you get a hand massage with a lovely smelling lotion.

            • Ellie on August 22, 2014 at 4:53 am

            I think the biggest takeaway I got out of that was that your nail polish stays on for 10 DAYS?? What on earth do you use?

            • Erika Messer on August 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

            I have done 3 of my own Jamicures and I also am now an Independent Consultant for the company – I have short nails and they tend to break easily – I have found that the wraps do protect them better than polish. But as for your comment on finding different ways to apply you have to remember that EVERYONE has different nails. Some have extremely oily nails, some very curved, some like mine that are brittle. And I believe that even Sally Hansen Salon effects would give problems to some people. Nothing is perfect, and it is a trial and error – I suck at putting polish on and always get it everywhere. These have been wonderful for me because I can put them on and go, not having to worry about dry time or anything else. I am really sorry that so many have had a negative experience, but I know that the company has worked SO hard to improve the product and fix any problems they had previously. I hope that you will try again with the new improved wraps and see how they go, making sure to watch the videos and see which process would work best for you. A lot of people believe in the Black tea method which I have not yet tried. Good luck πŸ™‚

            • anonymous on December 22, 2014 at 12:31 am

            They have so many tips for application because every person’s nails are different. I don’t sell these, but the first couple times I tried them wasn’t a success. The 3rd time, my sister had a party and to be nice, I bought them. I was gonna give them to her but ones I saw the design when I got it in the mail I decided to give it one more go. I Googled “jamberries on curved nails” and lo and behold, all I had to do was cut a couple tiny slits in each one and it shapes to my nails perfectly. And I’m able to do both my hands in about 20 mins. Jamberry isn’t for everybody, but just because it doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean you should call it an inferior product. I have tried tons of nail polish brands and they never last me more than a day, and my nails practically laughed at me when I’ve tried the cheaper nail “stickers”

            • Seola on July 10, 2015 at 6:02 pm

            I know this is an old post, but I have to laugh at “they are toxic”. What do you think repeatedly stripping your nails of natural oils with acetone (which also, if you aren’t careful can really damage your cuticles and skin around your nails) and applying adhesive that doesn’t come off your nails unless you heat it does to them?

            • Jane on March 27, 2014 at 11:09 pm

            I used a space heater to apply mine. I’m still not satisfied with the outcome, but it was far less cumbersome than using a hair dryer. I understand that you’ve given up on them, but maybe someone else will benefit from the idea of using a space heater.

            • BeautyJudy on June 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

            I love this tip. Thanks for sharing!

            • Aimee on September 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

            People have had success applying with rice socks(literally dry rice in an old sock or pouch, heated in the microwave), personal heaters, and I’ve even met someone who used their toaster once! I’ve had the rice bag method work very well for me. It’s inexpensive to make one yourself, and you just throw it in the microwave for a couple minutes to heat up!

  2. That was EXACTLY what happened to me!!!!!!! And I tried them again… and again… and again… byt the third time, I realized it wasn’t that I was applying them wrong. They just suck. The patterns and designs are amazing, I agree. I wouldn’t even mind the hassle of putting them on with the heat and all if they stayed on and actually worked. The edges catch on everything, they buckle, ripple and just don’t stay smooth! So frustrating… I think maybe if you have very flat nails that Jamberry nail shields might work, but if you have deeply rounded nails like mine, good luck!!!!!!!!!! I wouldn’t recommend them.

      • BeautyJudy on April 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      That’s an interesting point, about having flat nails maybe they’ll work. They are just not for me and my curvy nails lol. Glad I’m not the only one The Fashionable Housewife!

      • Loverofjamberrynails on September 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

      They don’t suck you just don’t know how to put them on correctly!!! If u watch the trick videos maybe u can actually learn something!!!

      • krazyinpdx on May 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Bummer you ladies had a bad experience, I can’t say that I have. I have found that curvy nails work with Jamberry if you heat them prior to applying (cold method does not work for me) and then as they are warm I stretch the vinyl over the sides, then use the baggie on the tip. I too have curvy nails and got bubbles and ripples first few applications, so I had to use a warm spoon to smooth down. I use a clothes iron or a straight iron, because I can leave sit there just on, and not tun it on and off constantly like the hairdryer method. Just my two cents, thanks ladies!

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