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New Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips for Fall 2013

By on October 8, 2013
in Fall 2013, Nail Art, Sally Hansen

When it comes to nail appliques, few brands can touch Sally Hansen and their Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in terms of ease of application and wear. Being one of a handful of brands to use actual nail polish, the strips are thin and flexible, which means they conform to the nail and leave no ragged edges.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects for Fall 2013

Sally Hansen Salon Effects - Fall 2013

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For Fall 2013, the Sally Hansen Salon Effects collection has a strong Asian influence. Everything from delicate florals to koi fish to metallic animal prints make an appearance in this collection, including a peacock-inspired pattern that I need to buy backups of, stat!

Formula & Application: Sally Hansen Salon Effects are made with real nail polish and are 5-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor) however because they have a different formula than the regular Sally Hansen nail polish I suggest you read the ingredients in full before purchasing to avoid allergic reactions.  Each Salon Effects package includes 16 strips in varying sizes, a cuticle stick and mini file/buffer.

Application instructions are included with each package and are very easy to understand.  You select the correct size strip for each nail, peel off the protective film, detach the polish strip from the backing, press on to the nail and file off the excess.  What’s great about these strips is that each end has a different shape, one rounded the other squared, so you can find a good fit for your cuticle line.

Application tips:

  • Warm the strips with your hands to make them more pliable.
  • Bend the strip over your free edge and use the file to remove the excess rather than tearing it off.  Tearing can result in an uneven edge.
  • Between sizes?  Size up and use the enclosed cuticle stick to push down around the cuticle, breaking off the excess.
  • Don’t submerge in water right after applying.  I took a shower shortly after applying and the pinkie strip popped right off and my ring finger pulled up some.  I pushed the ring finger back down and it lasted fine but I suggest waiting a couple hours before bathing.
  • Store any excess strips in an airtight baggie. Air exposure will dry out the strips, causing them to harden.
  • Remove with nail polish remover. The glitters are actually easier to remove than traditional glitter nail polish.

Note: I find that the glitter and metallic based designs are more flexible and easier to apply so they’re great for beginners. Patterns with a white background tend to be stiffer. My theory is that it takes more white polish to get the background opaque, resulting in a thicker strip.

This past weekend, I was in a rush and didn’t have time for my usual manicure routine so I turned to Salon Effects to get me through. I love that as soon as they’re applied, I can function like a normal human being.

I’ve been wearing Sally Hansen Full Plume since Saturday morning and it still looks as perfect and shiny as the day I applied it. Is it perfect? No, but no one is getting all up in my nail business like a macro lens. From a normal viewing distance, they look flawless.

Sally Hansen Full Plume Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Full Plume

What sets nail polish strips apart from other appliques is that the stickers are made of a plastic or polymer so they don’t lie flat on nails with an irregular curve. And when you file off the edge, it’s hard to get a smooth finish or avoid lifting. With Salon Effects, those issues are, well, a non-issue.

The only downside to Salon Effects is that you can’t take them off over and over, like you can with stickers, to ensure perfect placement. That’s why I line up the strip with my cuticle first and don’t press down on the nail until I can tell if it will line up. Lifting just a portion at the base of the nail can happen without damaging the strip. Just don’t do it too many times.

Below are up-close photos of the actual Sally Hansen Salon Effects designs in this collection. Ama-zen and On The Prowl are examples of patterns I feel will be easier to apply for newbies to nail appliques.

Sally Hansen Ama-Zen Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Ama-zen

Sally Hansen Don't Be Koi Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Don't Be Koi

Sally Hansen Empress-Ive Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Empress-ive

Sally Hansen Fl-roar-alSalon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Fl-roar-al

Sally Hansen Hide and Peek Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Hide and Peek

Sally Hansen On The Prowl Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen On The Prowl

Sally Hansen Ruffled Feathers Salon Effects nail polish strips

Sally Hansen Ruffled Feathers

Bottom Line: If you love nail art but lack the skills, time or patience to create detailed designs, Sally Hansen Salon Effects are the way to go. They wear well, typically a week or more, come in a slew of hot patterns, and are a heck of lot cheaper than hiring a professional. I would stock up on Full Plume and Ama-zen and I see On The Prowl being a great Girls Night Out look.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects for Fall 2013 are limited edition and available now at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Sally Hansen Salon Effects retail for $9.99/ea. Though keep an eye on sales flyers from your local stores. Sally Hansen tends to be on sale a lot.

Are you a regular nail applique wearer? Or do you just rely on them for special occasions and last minute manicures? Which pattern from the Fall 2013 Salon Effects line is your favorite?

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for Sally Hansen. For more info view my Disclosure Policy

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  1. I’ve never worn appliques, though I have a few. Guess I should wear them first so I can NOT be a beginner and wear those koi!!

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      Hahaha! I was just suggested that the glitters/metallics are easy for newbies but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try a pattern like Koi if you love it.

  2. Elena says:

    Loving Empress-ive! I hardly wear the appliques and still have a couple spring ones in my drawer but I think I need to check these out since good nail artists are hard to come by here.

    • Michelle Mismas says:

      I have a bunch of them stockpiled as well. I need to use them instead of hoarding them for a rainy day.

  3. Grace says:

    I hope I can find these – I love the new patterns! I typically use the strips for pedicures, rather than manicures. The wear time is amazing, and the multicolored patterns are great because there are so many fun coordinating mani colors to choose from.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Ama-Zen and Don’t Be Koi are definitely my favourites–I seriously need to try these!

  5. Preeti Kaur says:

    These come in really handy for a person as clumsy as me :) I like the first one the most!

  6. I never wear appliques but these look great! I love that koi one :)

  7. Helena says:

    I wish the more beautiful patterns weren’t limited edition, since they aren’t reusable. If they’re ever on sale I’ll have to buy a bunch of the koi pattern…

  8. Amy says:

    the Koi one and the blue and white design are my favorite… I don’t usually wear wraps but I’m drooling over one of the Marchesa ones at CVS and I recently bought a set at Hot Topic that has cats in outer space, so… yeah… maybe!

  9. allison says:

    I think the On the Prowl would be perfect.

  10. fantastic review/write-up! love all the details. the koi are super cute. thanks for posting :)

  11. Debra Q says:

    I have them on my nails at all times. I LOVE Sh nail effects. I have on Laced up right now, though I was sporting Flor-al two weeks ago and Plumed before that. I own the whole collection. I do have some vintage Halloween strips that I will wear for Halloween. I get at least 10 days wear from SH.

  12. Linda says:

    I’ve yet to try these or any other types but have wanted to. I like both those you suggested so will maybe grab a set. I have to say I like most of these, though! Thanks for the suggestions!

  13. Robin says:

    Because I’m in my early 60′s, and it’s less appropriate to wear a full set of these at a time, I tend to do 2 on one hand and one on the other. I have small nail beds, so the larger ones will work, no matter what. It’s true that the whites are less bendable, and REALLY important about what you said about after opening and storing in an airtight, but also out of the sun, since they will get dry. Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Emily says:

    I’ve never tried this but NEED to! It looks like a lot of fun!

  15. Brittanie says:

    I love these. I was getting bored with SH’s original line so I’m glad to see some new designs. Nail appliques have literally changed the nail game for me. I’ve never been able to wear normal polish without it chipping, but these nail strips last at least a week on me.

    I did a round-up of many of the brands I’ve tried, and wrote a post with some of my application tips. You covered much of that here too. Thanks!