SO, first: Yes, these nail stickers are an MLM. But I heard about Color Street in one of my FB groups (a bunch of women swore they were the best for at-home manicures), and after resisting the urge for a while (it sounded really cool) I finally just went to the website and bought some.
I have no affiliation with the company, I don’t know anyone who does, and although we’ve got our affiliate link disclaimer on this post, it’s only for the sales links at the bottom. Because it’s an MLM, I wasn’t inclined to write about the experience at all, but… it’s a really cool product! So in the interest of sharing, here’s my Color Street Nails review.
As I’ve written before, I stink at applying nail polish — and I’ve never been a fan of getting manicures. I’m lucky to have healthy nails, but I keep them really short, and between typing and just general daily life, I can never seem to make polish last very long, so I usually wear no polish — naked nails. I haven’t been interested in gel polishes because I’ve heard they wreck your nails and you have to keep getting gel polish. So for the occasional, twice-a-year manicure, I either do a sloppy job myself, or make the time to go and get a professional manicure.
So when I heard people talking about these nail stickers, I was intrigued — unlike the old-fashioned press-on nails (where something hard adheres to your nail) these are just plain stickers that you then file down to fit your nail exactly. I was PARTICULARLY intrigued by the idea that the “polish” could be removed with simple nail polish remover. Then I realized that they were an MLM, and because I generally try not to support those businesses, I didn’t order. (Here’s an interesting article from The Atlantic on the anti-MLM trend.)
For some reason this interest kicked around my head for about six months, and I kept coming back to it. I finally decided to bite the bullet and order some from the website for about $10 per set; I got four sets because, why not.
The pressing questions I had: Could I apply them easily? How did they look? Did they last longer than a day? And — most importantly to me — how huge of a pain were they to remove, and did they wreck my nails in the process?
Honestly? They’re great. I easily applied a purple ombré glitter in about ten minutes (I had a virtual alumni thing for Northwestern, so purple was fitting), and filed them down in no time at all. I did not push my cuticles back because, well, I hate that, but I may next time. The only moment of confusion in applying them was because they came with 16 stickers instead of 10, but I figured a few were touch-ups perhaps, so I dutifully saved those in a little Ziploc baggie.
My nails lasted two days before disaster struck, which is about par for the course for me with any manicure I’ve ever had — the sticker on my left middle finger ripped off after a shower. (Weirdly, touching my hair and washing my hair were the biggest threats to the nails — the hair would threaten to get under the sticker by the cuticle. The top of the nail, where I’d filed the sticker, was completely adhered.)
Psst: I probably wouldn’t wear ombré glitter nails to work — at least not to a new office — but you do you. Here’s our last discussion on work-appropriate nails.
I tried to do a touchup with the leftovers, but they were almost entirely dried out, so I just used a blow dryer to help me replace the sticker, and it held for the rest of the week I had them on. (I’m also That Person who can’t stand chipped nail polish, so I remove it as soon as it starts to look a little wrecked.)
I lasted a full seven days before I removed the stickers. After reviewing some YouTube videos, I decided to do the new-to-me method of a Ziploc bag/warm water. (You pour some nail polish remover in a Ziploc bag, then put the bag in a mug of warm water, and rub your fingers together — no cotton balls or aluminum foil required.) I held my breath. Was this going to be an hour-long process?
Amazingly, it was pretty painless to remove the polish, and 10 minutes later my fingernails were their usual healthy pink — no worse for wear at all.
So: at this point I’m pretty excited about this product for the two times a year I want a color or pattern on my nails. The next time I put them on I may do one or a few of the following: a) use a blow dryer to help the sticker fully adhere, especially at the base of my nails, b) use a cuticle pusher stick to either 1) push my cuticles back and/or 2) help the sticker fully adhere at the base of my nails.
I’ve searched comments and haven’t seen any threads on point — what are your thoughts? If you’re a fan of the occasional at-home manicure, do you have a preferred product or method?
(The blogger at Pulling Curls looks like she has a multi-part series comparing different products!)
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