July 22, 2013

Jamberry Jamboree: The Wrap Up

You guys. You guys, did you see the majestic pun I made in the title of this post?!?!

TA-DAH!
No but forreal, here's a post to properly summarize my experience with Jamberry. Last time I posted about the shields I said I was going to do a wear test with them on my right hand to see how long they last after application (it states that they'll wear for like 10-14 days). And that would have been really nice had I actually done that but honestly, I don't enjoy applying the wraps on my left hand with all the use of my dominant hand and the idea of having to do FOUR wraps in a row with my left hand onto my right hand with a hot hair dryer sounded awful so I kept putting it off. And now I'm just writing this post instead!

Since trying the Jamberry shields I've also tried some of the Sally Hansen polish strips, so I have a better understanding of how the two types of wraps compare. Let's go over the Pros & Cons of Jamberry now that I'm on the other side of the 'learning curve'!

  • Jamberry can't dry out because they are not made of nail polish, which means you can save them for a long time! Yay!
  • Most of the sample shields I received were awkwardly sized for my nail beds, which means that if I lined them up with the sides of my nail correctly I would get air bubbles and wrinkles. I suppose you could trim down the sides of the shield with some small scissors or an X-acto knife, but that would add more steps and stress to the application process. [If a wrap is made of nail polish, you can use all of the pieces provided and 'size it down' with acetone and a small brush, like typical clean-up] 
  • The learning curve with these means you can count on at least a little wasted product from your $15 investment. I haven't seen a single review in which someone actually got it right the very first time. [If you did find these easy the first time, please let me know in the comments!]  
  • It's hotttt and I'm whiney! There's really nothing fun for me about applying the wraps. I found it was a very high stress "Ohmygoddon'tmessitupppppp" moment complete with profuse sweating from both stress and the hair dryer (you're welcome for the imagery). Yes, you can use a heated rice bag thingy and you can also warm it up in your hands, but I think the best results are from a hair dryer. Plus I always felt like I needed extra hands to hold all the tools :-/ 
  • These aren't as damaging to your nails as some of the other wraps I've seen, because these wraps rely mostly on heat instead of just being really sticky (the heat expands the wrap and then when it cools around your nail, it actually fits to your nail through plastic deformation) BUT I did see a few patches of damage to my nail plate here and there after removing them ((just always be generally cautious about removing things and scraping/scrubbing/pulling hard on your delicate nail bits)) ✓ / 
  • Some of the more complicated patterns and materials are really very cool. But you could achieve similar effects for a lot less than $15 (and for supplies that would be reusable, like stamping plates) / 


In my initial review [read it here] I said that I was a little bothered by the website and the lack of information, etc. ((I tend to be hypercritical of the usability of websites because I'm a ~designer~ and I think about usability a lot)) Someone in the comments on that post kinda told me to suck it up, because that's how the Jamberry business works. Fair enough! But that was the comment that sort of pushed me over the edge from "This product has some pros and cons!" to "No thank you."  Did you ever get roped into attending one of those candle parties (or insert any other similarly inexpensive to create, yet overpriced product "parties")?! I just find that whole situation to be really uncomfortable; each person down the chain of command is taking a cut of the profit because they're "consulting" with you and it's a more personal experience [also then you feel absolutely horrible about saying no]. For me, if you're selling something online you should make the online experience exceptional, not make it confusing and require a person to help you out. And as I said the first time, that's just me. Clearly some people don't mind the Jamberry online + consultant process, and that's totally fine, too! If you've found something you love that works for you, then hooray!!

Peep all of my Jamberry Jamboree posts below:

Long story short: Jamberry is not for me. While I do find some of the more interesting patterns and finishes interesting, I'd much rather put the $15 for a sheet of Jamberry wraps towards nail foils and/or stamping plates that are re-usable (or, you know, NAIL POLISH!)

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19 comments:

  1. Agreed! I don't think I would have the talent to apply those strips to myself with a hairdryer, and I've never been keen on the "consultant" aspect of businesses like Mary Kay, Avon, etc.

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    1. Thanks Mandy!! Glad I'm not the only one :)

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  2. Awww I'm so sorry that you had such a bad experience with this product :( You asked for a comment if someone had an easy time of it the first go and I totally did. I agree that the blow dryer is the best route but also feels like a blow torch on your fingers. The price and website were also big cons for me as well, but I did enjoy playing with the wraps. 'Tis the way of things I guess :)

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    1. Oh, you lucky minx! Glad to hear it worked well for you the first time!! I hope it doesn't sound too much like this was a horrible experience - it was simply OK. I think wraps have their place in the nail world and I'm glad that there are so many interesting nail-related products available. I just wouldn't spend my money on this brand of wrap going forward when I could spend it on something else (especially something that doesn't include blowing a hair dryer at my hand on purpose), you know?

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    2. Lol yep yep! $15 can go along way in polish if you spend it wisely ;)

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  3. I have a few samples of these but you have summed up how I feel about the too!

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    1. Definitely glad to hear I'm not the only one with these feels!! Thanks for reading Kerrie :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this review. It's very difficult to find good nail wraps. So far Sally Hansen has the only decent ones I've tried.

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    1. I really liked the Sally Hansen ones, too! So easy to work with and I love that I can do clean-up on them :)
      Thanks for the comment, Marisa!!

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  5. First of all, I just discovered your site today and I think it's fantastic :) Love the way you do your reviews and the pictures of your nails are great! You have such talent!

    Anyways, I recently jumped on the Jamberry bandwagon so to speak, when a friend of mine who is a consultant gave me a trial sheet. I've never tried any other sort of nail wrap before, so I can't do a comparison, but I totally fell in love with my Jamberrys! It was definitely intimidating at first, and I assumed I was just going to completely screw them up (which is why I never invested in a purchase beforehand), but they went on perfectly the first time! I'm actually really surprised to hear you had trouble with them, because you are so talented at painting your nails, which is not something I can do AT ALL, sadly :( Usually the polish just ends up all over my fingers like I let my five year old cousin do my nails! LOL

    One tip I would have for anyone trying them out would be NOT to use a hair dryer, however. I really can't imagine trying to hold a heat source while doing my nails - I find sitting by a space heater or heat vent that's turned on/open works much better!

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! I think trying a different heat source would be much, much easier (for me)! I think you pointed out something so interesting - you aren't very good at painting your nails, but Jamberry works well for you. And that's AWESOME! I'm so glad it works for you :D

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  6. I put on my first set of Jamberry's last night and I had pretty good luck. No wrinkles and they fit my nails fairly good. I used a hot air gun that I use for embossing and that worked pretty well because I didn't have to hold a hair dryer.

    If they last for 2 weeks I am sold on the product. My polish done at a salon only lasted 4 days.

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    1. I'm so happy that Jamberry works for you! I don't have a hot air gun for embossing, but it sounds like a different heat source than a hair dryer really makes it easier.

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  7. I actually did have a fairly easy time right out of the gate. That could be because I was so excited to try them that I had watched several instructional videos (including the ones on their site) a couple times each, and I also have pretty easy-to-work-with nail beds (fairly standard widths, and not much cuticle to tip curve). I've also had a little prior experience with similar (and in my opinion, inferior) nail polish strips like Sally Hansen, etc.

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  8. I applied mine today while my daughter napped! I found it super easy, but my consultant suggested I watch the video online before trying to apply instead of just reading the info, this helped A LOT. I'm waiting to see how long they last and I'm hoping it's the 2 weeks they talk about because i love having my nails done but it's just not practical to be painting them with a 2 month old at home lol.

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  9. Yep, another one who had no issues, first time! I sat in front of our fire and did them though and it was much easier not having to hold a heat source...I think the Jamberry heaters would actually be really helpful too (perhaps in warmer weather when we don't have the fire going!) I'm a Mum of 2 and I never get out to the salon so I find them a great option for being able to get cool looking nails at home. I definitely couldn't manage nail art myself.

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  10. My daughter got me hooked on Jamberry when she visited in May and it ended up cheaper for me to order what I wanted and become a consultant as well. (we both signed up LOL). So, in order for full disclosure, I am a consultant. Now, I have the thinnest nails and never bother with them. They peel and break and I just file them short. She did the first manicure on me and while I didn't love the design of the nail shields, I thought it was interesting. Then I did the next one and she "inspected" and i did the rest since. I love them. I think they are fun, love the designs and my nails are growing. I get compliments on my hands now which I never did. And I think I love the pedicures you can do even more than the manicures. I don't do the hot process though. I do the cold method because you can pull it back off if you miss-place the nail shield. I also use a cuticle trimmer to cut any excess shield that may have gotten on the cuticle and it works well. I have a very shaky hand which is why I love the jamberry because I can't paint my nails to save my life. So far, I haven't left them on more than 8 days because I want to try a different shield (still new to this), but I am still getting compliments at 8 days. My pedicure looked great after 3 weeks. I could never get that longevity with polish or even gel/shellac. So, for me they work and are fun. There is a learning curve though like you said which is why Jamberry offers samples to try. They aren't meant to fit every finger, but can give you some practice. Use the consultants to ask your questions too. That's why they are there.

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  11. It was easy for me the first time except for my index fingers. I realized afterwards that those fingernails are curvier than others, so it's harder to wrap a 2D wrap onto the 3D space, if that makes sense. The next day I found some youtube videos trouble shooting this problem, and they suggest pulling and stretching. It makes sense and I'll definitely try it next time!

    It definitely isn't as easy as they make it sound, but at the same time anytime with some experience of painting your own nails can manage. With that said if most of your fingernails are curvy, I can see it being very frustrating.

    I use a hairdryer and I just lay it on the counter blowing to the side. This way I don't have to hold it.

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    1. *anyone* with experience, not anytime. ha!

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