All pictures are under artificial light
Essie Marshmallow and OPI Fly
My sample card of nail shields
Jamberry Nail Shields – full size pack
Today I am reviewing some nail shields by Jamberry Nails (A very fitting company for Berry Polished to be working with don’t you think?)! Here is my disclaimer: **These products were sent to me by a Jamberry Nails consultant for review, I did not purchase these myself. However, this is my own opinion and experiences with the products.** Now that we got that out of the way, nail shields are basically stickers with awesome patterns on them that adhere to your entire nail and give the appearance of polish. They come in all kinds of styles, patterns and colors – so there is definitely something for everyone. The shields I am wearing in this post were chosen for me, and they were super cute, but after browsing their collections I definitely saw some others I would have loved to rock! When you purchase a sheet, you get 18 stickers that come in 9 different sizes (my sample only came with 4 of the sizes). And each sticker will cover two nails (presumably the same finger on each hand) so you can cover all 10 fingers with just 5 stickers. And the entire sheet will allow you to cover 36 nails for just $15.00!
Since I had 4 stickers, I decided to apply them to all of my fingers except for my thumbs. I actually liked the bright blue and hot pink colors together, and went for a sort of color-blocked look. In order to get the stickers ready for application, you need to heat them up – so I brought out my hair dryer. After about 30 seconds of heating I placed them right on my naked nail and rubbed them on to make sure they were down flat. The nice thing about the application is that they are forgiving if you didn’t get it on straight the first time, because you can quickly lift them back up and re-position. After placing all the shields I cut them down to right about the length of my nail and then filed the rest. For the most part I didn’t have trouble with the application – only my pointer fingers gave me a little bit of bunching on the sides, which you can see in the pictures above. Unfortunately the samples I received were a little too small for my nails in terms of width – which you can also see in the pictures above – but it wasn’t too noticeable. And then I was done! It was nice not to have to do any clean up, or to have any drying time I didn’t want to leave my thumbs naked, so I did some experimenting with striping tape, hole protectors, OPI’s Fly and Essie’s Marshmallow (even bloggers need to practice haha). And to remove them I just peeled them off (you can heat them up a bit to help loosen them if you need to) – there was a bit of residue left on my nail, but it came right off with nail polish remover, and did not damage my nail at all.
I wore the shields for about 4 days, and did have some issues with lifting at the corners. The consultant who sent me the shields said this was because they were too small for me and therefore didn’t get a good seal – so I can’t say for sure how long they would last with a proper fit. But I am the type of person who gets very tempted to pick at things like that, so it was driving me a little crazy with those lifted edges, and I am not sure how well I would do with sticker nails even if they did fit correctly, haha. But I think these are great if you want a fancy design and either don’t have the time or the confidence in your nail art skills to create it. In terms of time, it took me about the same amount of time to apply them as it would take for me to paint my nails a solid color. And you don’t even have to use them on all of your nails, they would make great accent nails! I did get a lot of compliments about how cute they were, and everyone was surprised when I told them they were decals. So even though I don’t think I will be buying more for myself, I would say they are worth giving a try Let me know how you like them if you already use them, or end up buying some.
For pictures of all the designs Jamberry Nails has to offer you can go to http://www.jamberrynails.net/home/products.aspx. To purchase the shields you have to order through one of their consultants, which you can find here http://www.jamberrynails.net/home/find.aspx. Thanks again to my consultant for letting me try out these super fun nail shields