June 3, 2013

Jamberry Jamboree: Red Eclipse

Oh Jamberry nail shields, you fickle little things, you! This week I'm trying out the pattern Red Eclipse. If you've been keeping up with the series, my first attempt was okay with Sour Cherry Pie (here), and my second attempt with Mo Mo was GREAT (here). This third try is probably worse than my first try, so I'm feeling a little meh about the shields at this point. I guess my nail beds are just really thin and awkward, so the shield folded over and was a little bumpy in the middle of my nail at the tip. See what I mean below!
*Products in this post were provided for my honest review.

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Red Eclipse pattern shield wrap

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Red Eclipse pattern shield wrap

Manicurity | Jamberry Nails Red Eclipse pattern shield wrap


Since my sample sheet has a variety of patterns and sizes, I'm not sure how the shield sizes I got relate to a real sheet of Jamberry Nails i.e. I don't know that if I purchased a sheet with 9 different sizes if there would be enough pieces to fit my apparently teensy nail beds :-/ This Red Eclipse pattern was the largest shield size on my trial card, but I didn't have any large enough for my thumb, either. Idk you guize. This one was just a little too large for both of the nails I tried it on, so when I applied it starting from the bottom there was eventually a little pocket of folded wrap at the tip. I know that there are other methods, like rubbing the wraps in your hands a lot, or using a microwavable heating pad (like a rice or bean bag), etc. but mostly I'm just finding the shields in general to be sort of less than useful due to the time it takes to apply and the likelihood that I probably will eff it up. The more simple designs like this eclipse one would be easy to freehand and would take less time using a quick dry top coat *shrug*

For my long-winded review and first try with Jamberry Sour Cherry Pie, check out the post here.
For my crazy adorable (and Tumblr popular) second try with Mo Mo, check out the post here.

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9 comments:

  1. Yeah, these nail stickers are totally a hit or miss. There fun to wear with their designs every once in a while as a accent in my opinion.

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    1. I agree Lisa! They just don't wear very long for me and I tend to want to pick them off much faster than I want to change my polish >.<

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  2. I know this post is old, but I just wanted to chime in and say the wraps take some finagling. The first few times I used them I had similar results and didn't get what the fuss was about, but the more I used them I got the hang of them and figured out some techniques to get them to work better. I make sure they're hot enough, then I apply at the base of the nail and stretch it a bit toward the top center. Then I press down starting from center and with a rubber cuticle stick smooth it out to the edges. Then do the reheat and press again. A friend said it helps hers too if she waits about a minute then puts a little ice pack or something cold on them to sort of cool them and seal them to the nail. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it because I was similarly frustrated but grew to really love them. :)

    - Fellow Nail Geek

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    1. Thanks for the tips Leslie Ann! If I ever try Jamberry shields again I will definitely try out your suggestions :) I feel like my nails are too small for the majority of the Jamberry sizes, tho, and it doesn't really feel like there's much I can do about the wraps being larger than my nails >.<

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    2. If you really feel like your nails are to small, there are the junior sizes too. My sister has tiny hands and can wear them. I can't. Let me know if you are interested in the trying the junior jams.

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  3. There are a lot of quick tips and tricks that can help with Jamberry Nail Wrap application. If the wrap is too wide, you can use a piece of tape and trace your nail bed, put it on the back of the wrap and cut it to fit your nail. Also, to help with the buckling and folding over, you can place a baggie over your nail and stretch it tight and smooth out the nail wrap first and then heat it with the baggie over the nail. This keeps it super snug and applies an even amount of pressure while it's being heated. These are a couple tips I've used recently that seem to work really well.

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    1. I agree! Each person has a different nail shape. It take patients to figure out the one that works for you.

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  4. I agree with Cassie. You need to play around with the different application methods. Each persons nails are different so they each deserve a different application method. It take time but as soon as you get the hang of them… they are easy and fun to wear. You just need to be patient.

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  5. I agree with Cassie. You need to play around with the different application methods. Each persons nails are different so they each deserve a different application method. It take time but as soon as you get the hang of them… they are easy and fun to wear. You just need to be patient.

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