Which is Better Nail Wraps or Painting Your Nails?

  • By Stephanie
  • May 30, 2016
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Disclaimer:  I received this product for free or highly discounted in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.

I have used nail wraps in the past and really liked them.  I also like to do a French manicure on my nails.  So I thought I would try the Jamberry Nail Wraps on two fingers and then French manicure the rest of my nails and see which I liked better and what lasted longer.

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Before

I started by getting my nails prepped and then painted the white tips on my nails.  I did all of them expect for the two fingers I planned on putting the wraps on.  The tips turned out well and got a new color to cover the white with.  I went for a candy pink.  In order to get a smooth coat I had to put on 2-3 coats per nail.  After that was done you couldn’t even see the white tips under anymore.  I should have not even bothered to paint the tips white and just painted them pink.  I was so into painting my fingernails pink that I painted the nails I was leaving unpolished for the wraps.  After I was done painting the nails I had to remove the polish from the two fingers that were going to get the wraps.

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Applying the Nail Wraps

Directions were included with the nail wraps on how to apply them.

  1. Push back cuticles and clean nails with rubbing alcohol.  When applying wraps over lacquer, apply a fresh coat and allow to dry.
  2. Match nail (finger or toe) to the nail wrap that best fits.
  3. Peel off nail wrap and warm the adhesive with a mini-heater or blow-dryer for 3-5 seconds or until soft and flexible.
  4. When warm, press the wrap onto the nail. Apply firm pressure around edges to adhere the wrap to the nail.  Use rubber cuticle pusher to seal the wrap around the base of the cuticles.
  5. To remove excess, trim the top with scissors and file off remaining wrap using a downward motion.
  6. Apply heat and pressure to the wrap again until it is bonded to the nail.

The directions were pretty self-explanatory so I took the nail wrap I received and cut it in half so I could use it on two nails.  I really wanted to put it on fingers I use the most so that I could see if they could hold up just like nail polish does.  I chose my middle finger on my left hand and my index finger on my right hand.  I did as the directions said and after I applied the wrap, trimmed it down and filed it I was pretty happy with the application.

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Day 1

I was happy with the nail polish and wraps.  The first day there were no issues with the wraps and no chipping on the nail polish.

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Day 2

It always seems to happen that you break a nail as soon as you paint them.  This was no exception and I broke part of my nail on the index finger on my left hand.  I managed to file it down but you could still see some chipped paint.  Nails with some of the paint chipped off drives me insane.  It takes everything I have to not pick at the nails and try to pick the rest of the polish off that nail.  The nail wrap on my right hand has also started to peel on the very tip.  I filed the nail down so there would be no more wrap sticking up off the nail.  I managed to get it as close as possible.  There was still a little of the wrap sticking up but I didn’t want to file my entire nail away.

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Day 3

I haven’t had any more chipping of the nail polish today.  The two nail wraps were starting to show more wear on them.  On my left hand the wrap started peeling up on the side of my nail and the tip.  On my right hand the wrap started peeling again.  This was almost as bad as chipping paint on nails.  I was constantly rubbing my thumbs against the edge of my nails because I could feel the wrap sticking up.

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Day 4

The wraps were really starting to drive me bonkers.  They were peeling more and there was not much I could do to fix them.  I finally had my nails start to chip and found the first on my right hand middle finger.  The itch to pick at that chipped nail polish was right there but I refrained.

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Day 5

We were outside hanging out and before I knew it I had picked the nail polish completely off of one finger and half off another.  There is no way I can live with some of my fingers having no polish on them whatsoever, so it was the end of the experiment.  Taking off the wraps was relatively easy, but I was thankful to have the instructions.

Removing the Nail Wraps.

Break the seal by getting under the edge of the wrap with your opposite thumb nail.  Then, soak the nail wrap in nail polish remover for 20-30 seconds and gently peel the wrap from side to side.   Soaking will break down the adhesive bond and allow them to easily slide off the nail bed.

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After

When it came to taking off the wraps I soaked them in nail polish remover for about 10-15 seconds and peeled them off.  I was worried it would peel layers of nail off with it, but there were no issues and you can see in the after picture that my nails look healthy and normal.

Overall, I am not really sure about these wraps.  They didn’t seem to hold up any better than the ones I can purchase at the store.  If I found a pattern or design that I really liked I would be inclined to purchase them again.  The Jamberry nail wraps can be purchased through a consultant.  I was given this sample from Rachael who is a Jamberry consultant.  The wraps vary in price from $15-$18.  Each set of wraps comes with 18 nail stickers.  Each sticker can be used for 2-3 applications depending on the size of your nails.  Click here if you are interested in learning more about Jamberry Nail Wraps. #RachaelsJamberry

I was chosen to review the Jamberry Nail Wraps through Tomoson.com.  Basically how it works is you select items you would like to review and if they chose you, the product is purchased through Amazon.com.  If you have a Prime Account with Amazon shipping is free and a coupon code is provided from the company making the product free or highly discounted.  In exchange they are looking for an honest review on their product.

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