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:
- Sour Cherry Pie (retro cherry pattern)
- Mo Mo (fancy mustaches, **favorite pattern!**)
- Red Eclipse (simple racing stripes)
- Retro Emerald (Watermarble Green)
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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