May 20, 2013

Jamberry Jamboree: Sour Cherry Pie

Hey y'all! Happy Monday! I am really excited to start a little Monday mini series featuring JAMBERRY! Shea, a consultant from one of the Facebook nail groups I frequent, was kind enough to send me a little trial sheet of Jamberry Nails. Occasionally the metallic and incredibly detailed wraps tempt me, but I'm sort of a nail wrap (from any brand) skeptic because of the price point. Here's my first try with a Jamberry shield! The first design I tried is called Sour Cherry Pie (hence the title of the post). This post is a little long because my goal is to review the product at the beginning and the end of the series, i.e. my first and last try, to document how I feel about them as I learn how to use them more. Let's get started!
*Products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Sour Cherry Pie pattern shield wrap

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Sour Cherry Pie pattern shield wrap

This is the first style of wrap that I have tried, from any brand (I have some Sally Hansen ones about the house that are probably dried up by now, sadface). From what I've read these are unique in that they are a little sticky when you pull them off of the sheet, then you set them with direct heat from a blow dryer. The concept is very simple - size it up to the finger nail that works best, peel it off and warm it up, line it up on your nail and press firmly, then trim the excess wrap close to your nail length, and buff the excess away. For my first time I pretty much mucked it up at the cuticle end, as well as some pockets here and there on some other edges (see hilarious oversized arrowy photo below).

As a first impression I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of detail in the design of the Sour Cherry Pie pattern - there are three different shades of red for the cherry bunches and there are teensy dots all over the background that look very cool and retro to me (you can see the dots well in the first photo). I paired it with some mix and match nails using CND Perfectly Bare (peachy nude), Essence You Belong to Me (older, dc'd blue-mint color), and Pure Ice Crimson (red, and a pick for this month's Tri-Polish Challenge!). I was not impressed with the application, but the good news is that the shoddy application is 100% my fault and has nothing to do with the directions or the product. I knew there was a learning curve which is why I was so thankful to try these out before making a purchase and I am very confident that I can do a better job next time!

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Sour Cherry Pie pattern shield wrap
(areas where it lifted)

From my experience, Jamberry Nails would be ideal for:
  • people traveling (no need to take polish with you, shouldn't chip, etc.)
  • important life events that will keep you busy and away from polish (like a big party or something? I'm imagining a busy Mom planning their child's high school graduation party and relatives are staying in their house, etc.)
  • growing your nails out; these shields are meant to offer a lot of protection and should stay on up to two weeks {if you apply them better than I did}
  • similarly, growing out a particular nail that has a break while the others are fine
  • if your body chemistry and/or job/hobby/life tasks makes your polish chip off quickly, these stay on well regardless of all o' that!
  • someone that really likes nail art, but doesn't like to do it OR is looking for intricate designs you don't want to DIY (like striping tape, ugh, personal least fave) OR want the look of nail art with the assurance that it should last 10-14 days
  • people that don't have an abundance of free time {I don't think that the solids would be faster than painting a single color + fast dry top coat (for me anyway), but I do think this would save time overall on the more complicated patterns}

My PROS
  • These wraps can't dry out like ones made of nail polish (i.e. the Sally Hansen ones), so you should be able to use them for a much longer time
  • If your nails are short-medium length, you should be able to get two wraps out of each piece i.e. 36 wraps per sheet for $15 = 3 total manicures! That's like 2 extra manicures for only $5 more than the SH ones
  • Uniquely un-nail polish designs - like very reflective metallic designs - which you can't achieve any other way
  • Nail Art Studio where you can upload your own designs, including photographs of your SO, pets, etc.! [Super cool, but has added fees]
  • These are supposed to last like a month on your toes = awesome
  • Removal is very easy and quick; no foiling or glue bases required for the glitter-esque shields
  • Similarly, no acetone when removing so it should be a little better for your cuticles

My CONS
  • Learning curve = wasted product 
  • Price point is sort of high (I mean no, it's not high compared to similar products from other brands, but I do think $15 is a lot for 36 pieces of the exact same design)
  • Very personal con - I wish there were mix & match skittle sets for the typical price, without having to make my own sheet for $18.75 + $6 set up fee. The Jamberry Junior sets already come with a row of accent pattern shields, and I would love if they did that for adult sized ones, too - like a set of different black and white stripe graphics
  • Not really sure how the shields impact the health of your nail plate? Polishing your nails actually helps because your nails get added strength and the natural oils are trapped (in a good way) - so I'm assuming these have those same added benefits! But I'm not sure about how the shield surface impacts your ability to moisturize

I do have some minor gripes about the website, and I think that stems from the price point of the wraps; if I'm paying $15 + s&h for an online product w/o seeing it in real life first, I want the website to be encouraging and helpful. The shopping site does not list how many shields come per $15 sheet; I had to find that information by Googlin' on my own time and I feel like that would be so easy to fix in the product descriptions. Another thing is that all of the design product images are digital renderings, which is basically the standard for most products, but does make it really hard to understand the real colors and finish of the different shields. I would LOVE it if they could just snap some photos of the designs on a sheet, or even let customers add photos as an easy way to show what the shields actually look like IRL. Obviously I'm used to Googlin' polish swatches so it's no big deal and not at all out of the norm, plus Shea has a really great Facebook page with "in action" shots, it's just something that I think would be really supplement the shopping experience

Overall, it might be glaringly obvious that I am not the target audience for this product! I don't think it fits into my current budget (because I am an incredibly broke recent college graduate), and I don't have problems with my polish chipping (even when working at a cafe with my hands in water/coffee/microwaves all the time). BUT what appeals to me are the really intricate designs and extraordinary finishes you can get with wraps - I'm talking truly metallic looking nails (these have a cool metallic gold stripe or these solid gold ones), designs made of different holographic squares (these look AMAZING), or the really detailed designs with lots of tiny colored parts (these would be very challenging to replicate, even with stamping). If I had more room in my budget, I would definitely look into investing in a couple different patterns, especially because they do not dry out.

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*Products in this post were provided for my honest review.

27 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun nail sticker design but these never really work for me.

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    1. Yes, so fun! I love the retro feel :D Have you tried this brand, or just nail wraps in general?

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  2. I wanted to like Jamberry so much because I think their designs are really pretty and creative, but I can never get them to stick. They don't lay flat for me and, for the price point, Sally Hansen just works better. I like the mani you've done with the cherry here...super cute!

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    1. Aww, thank you so much!! Hopefully I can figure these out in time, I have a really fab mustache one to try soon :D Thanks so much for stopping by & commenting <3

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  3. They aren't for me personally but this was a fantastic review. Very thorough.

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    1. Thanks so much; really means a lot :D

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  4. I really like the Sally Hansen ones, but I think Jamberry has much better and prettier designs.

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    1. Jamberry does have a TON of different designs. Thanks for the comment!!

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  5. great review, i love the cherries! defintiely would love to try it by hand before buying the sticker :)

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment Carissa!

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    2. Carissa would you like me to send you a sample?

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  6. the site is not very detailed because that's what your independent consultant is for. even when you buy on the site they direct you to a consultant. most of which if you ask can get you a picture of the in real life shield and also answer any other questions you have.

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    1. Hey! Thanks! My independent consultant that supplied me with the trial sheet was (and remains to be) very helpful and friendly. I'm just not a fan of the whole system, I guess!

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  7. Jamberry's website features instagram pictures on real people for you to see what they look like irl :)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Ashley. I didn't see that feature when I wrote this post (or perhaps they didn't have it yet!)

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  8. Great post! I would like to add that on the website, most of the designs have instagram photos at the bottom of the page showing the wraps on actual people, you're able to take a pic of your manicure and hashtag it with the design name and it's added to the jamberry site. Also, there are many pics on facebook. As for paying $15 +s/h for something you haven't tried, I would suggest asking a consultant for a free sample or two (like you got from Shea). Any consultant would be more than happy to share samples! In fact, I would ! :)
    message me and see pics on my facebook page--> facebook.com/royalwraps2013 or email me at robynfranzen13@gmail.com to request a sample or ask any questions!

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    1. I don't believe I saw the Instagram feature when I originally wrote this post; perhaps it was added since then! Thanks for the info Robyn.

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  9. They do have wraps that have different designs now...you said a con was they were all one design....but they have ones that have all different designs in them :)

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    1. Also i messed my first sample up really bad but i tried a different technique (cold application + baggie) when i got my order and it worked GREAT! lol i am super in love with them and actually just signed up...personally i am obsessed with nail stuff and have wayyyy too much nail polish (over 100) and now i think i might get rid of most of it, because i am in love. even with Seche vite i would get chips or damage within 1 day of doing an awesome nail design and with these i am on day 5 of a full set and the worst thing that's happened is a bit of wear at the edges and a bit of rippling...and btw even with the rippling unlike the sally hansen which ive also tried, the jams stay on until you take them off! i learned this with my sample, bc i even accidentally lifted a corner when i was playing with it and i put it back down and they still stayed on until i removed them days later...js from a nail obessed person!! but back to my original point the selling point for me is chemical free!! i am really into the organic/natural movement and am totally psyched that these are non toxic and formaldehyde/chemical free! :)

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    2. I just briefly looked and I'm still not seeing a combo pack on the site *shrug* Oh well! I am personally very pleased with my massive collection of nail polish and painting my nails. I'm glad you've found something you're so passionate about! It's so nice that there are so many options for nails :D

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    3. Hey Emma,

      There are a few wraps that have "there's more" wraps which have those accents you are looking for. The May Sister Style Exclusive, Bloomin Splendor, Techincolor Tips, Tea Time. Patriot, and Skyline. It actually shows some of them in the instagram slides but if you ask your consultant friend she can probably get you a copy of those. (I'd be happy to as well)!

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  10. I know this is an old post, but hey, I just found. My nails are like putty. They bend if air touches them. I am a SAHM and my hands get washed at least ten to twenty times a day, because of cooking, laundry, and dishes and all the other things in between like potty training. A nail wrap even saved me from my sharp Henkels knife. The vinyl is pretty amazing. Yes, there's a learning curve, but I'm 35 and still can't paint my right hand for heaven's sake. Nail polish literally bends and breaks as soon as I put laundry in my washer.

    All that to say, way less than $15 a month for gorgeous nails is pretty crazy good for those of us who cannot keep polish on to save our lives. Oh and not to mention that even if I paint my nails in the deepest deadest part of night, one of my kids WILL wake up and need something, INVARIABLY. Not a problem with Jamberry.

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    1. I can totally relate. I am a mom with a toddeler who is pool obsessed these last taking her in the pool everyday, my nail polish won't even last a week. I haven't tried the Sally Hansen's wraps. But I love the Jamberry wraps. I only need 5 min and there is no drying time

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