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Mar 27 2013

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 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!

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!

  • chihuahua

    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

    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

    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

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

  • born2teach4Him

    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

    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! :(

  • Ali

    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

    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.

  • Tara Delgado

    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

      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

        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

        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.

  • Hated Jamberry

    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

      I’m glad your nail damage is almost gone! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • mrsdgw

    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

      I’m glad they work for you! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Beckyb

    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

      My nails went back to normal, so hopefully yours will bounce back great! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  • Dawn Webb

    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 :-) I just recently started wearing them but am hooked!! http://youtu.be/uwKAIqshSuA

  • MckChangingMyName

    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. :(
    Thanks for an honest review!

    • Brakefree2b

      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

        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.

  • Shauna

    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

      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! :)

  • Cloe

    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

      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

        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 :(

    • BeautyJudy

      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

        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!

  • Lovertojamberrynails

    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

    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

      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

      Patterns really are so cute! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Louis245

    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

    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

      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.

  • Disagree….

    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

      Thank you Disagree. I have heard the formula of the appliqués 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

        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

          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!! :)

          • happy

            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 :) Just a satisfied customer :)

          • BeautyJudy

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

          • Tricia

            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

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

          • merline

            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

            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

            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.)

          • Erika Messer

            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.

          • Ash

            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

            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

            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

            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

            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 :)

          • Jane

            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

            I love this tip. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.thefashionablehousewife.com The Fashionable Housewife

    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

      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

      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

      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!