My relationship with nail wraps is complicated at best. I was always intrigued by them, but never found one that truly worked for me. After making the switch to cruelty free cosmetics and household products, I came across Jamberry Nail Wraps and received a set to review. My first experience with Jamberry was lukewarm at best. The wraps were thick and made my fingers feel heavy. So, when my pal Stacy told me that she was a Jamberry Consultant and that I should give them another go, I was hesitant. What’s changed since my last Jamberry review? Pull up a chair!
The wraps are much thinner and more pliable than they used to be which was a plus for me. I went into this whole experience with an open mind (and snagged two different designs with my own moolah), so when I felt the new formula I was pumped. I also enjoyed both prints that I purchased. My kids said my nails were “poppin'” as a matter of fact. However, despite the new designs and the new formula, the application process for me is a bit dramatic. Unlike NCLA or even the more well-known (and not animal friendly) Sally Hansens, these babies need heat to cling to your nails. Your choices are a mini-heater (which Jamberry sells) or a hair dryer. I went with the latter and used my hair dryer. This design only lasted about 5 days until the sides began to lift up. I had some bubbles right from the get-go, but that’s more operator failure than the product’s fault.
This vintage design (please ignore my nasty blister on my palm), was a favorite of mine…but again, the application process was a turn-off for me. There are plenty of tips and tricks for smoothing out your cuticles, using other heat sources, and applying different types of pressure, but for me it’s too much. I am open to trying their lacquers, but for me the filing, ironing, and shaping just isn’t my style.
The pros? The designs are way cute and they are cruelty free. The cons? I’m just not into a complicated nail art system and don’t have the patience (both applications took me an hour and they still are not perfect) to manage the upkeep and applications. Jamberry…make something that doesn’t require an extra appliance and you might see me writing another post again!