Sally Hansen Salon Effects – Laced Up

I first saw the Sally Hansen Salon Effects at Target several weeks ago – at the time they were 8.50 – but I’ve seen them for as much as 9.99 and 10.50. I almost got two but decided it would be better to test one and see how it went. I didn’t try them for ages, mostly because it seemed like something I would very easily mess up – I was SO wrong. The instructions were perfect – it comes with a cuticle stick and mini nail file. I will admit I was so excited when I first put them on that I left off one step and didn’t wrap the tips on my left hand which happens to be the hand you see on a semi-regular basis – so please keep that in mind when you see days 3 and 4.

I know there have been several reviews, videos, and pictures of this line (and especially Laced Up) – so I skipped the proper review technique of taking a picture of the container, it’s contents, and taking pictures of each step – that’s more Alli’s style than mine anyway.

This is already a long review so if you want more pictures and more rambling and my final thoughts on this product see below πŸ™‚

Okay – SO after I applied it I seriously could not believe how good it looked – it looked sooo professional and fun and different – I’m not big into nail art, I suck at water marbling, and half moon manis frustrate me – so this was something very different for me. I got tons and tons of compliments – which I often do with my nails – but from people who don’t usually notice them and even total strangers.

Here’s Day 3:

You can start seeing a little tip wear here – but I really want to emphasize that I had zero wear showing on my right hand – it’s super important to follow that “wrap the tips” step. Additionally – since the base of this design is nude – the wear that was there really wasn’t noticeable at all, except for me…. and my camera.

Finally we have Day 4…

No real difference from D3 to D4 – and I also wanted to be sure to say that I did everything as usual – I cleaned, I exfoliated, I cooked, did laundry…

Now maybe you want to know why I didn’t continue past day 4…. Well it’s because I finally found Black Shatter and I just couldn’t wait to try it πŸ™‚

Summary: Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects are amazing – I cannot wait to try another – so cute, so easy (10-15 min per hand tops – and I’m slow at everything) – you could probably go through all the steps in 30minutes or less once you get it down. I wanted to be sure to do it right. I probably wouldn’t try the standard neon colors – not special enough – but I will definitely be buying more of the patterned ones and probably a glitter or two. Go get ’em!

Have you tried any? What do you think? Which one should I try next? Ahhhhh! Love.


  1. I would like to try these…BUT, it sounds like too much work. πŸ™‚ I guess I’m just too “old school” and not willing to branch out into cool things.

  2. I’m actually glad you didn’t wrap one hand, I have TINY nail beds so I keep my nails pretty short– almost too short to wrap with regular nail color. I might give these a try after reading your post.

    1. Woops, I forgot to ask my question: how thick are the decals? I’m wondering if they’ll drive me crazy or not. πŸ™‚

      1. I keep my nails pretty short too – just kind of pull them over the ends and then file and you’ll be good :)Really, if I can do this anyone can πŸ™‚

        Also – not thick at all – unnoticeable as far as thickness once they’re on – just like nail polish.

        Which one do you think you’ll try? I can’t wait to try another one πŸ™‚

  3. I finished mine with a clear coat over the top and around the edges. They stayed on for 2 weeks. They were actually fine after 2 weeks, I just wanted a new color! πŸ™‚

    1. I wish I had the patience to wear something for 2 weeks! That’s fantastic! I have a few more waiting to try out and I can’t wait to try some of the new designs!

  4. I loved these! I live on a farm and therefore, I have a lot of chores that I have to use my hands for. I keep my nails ridiculously short, but I still want them to look pretty. I usually have to redo my nails every 3-4 days because of chipping. I used the Laced Up ones, too, and as you said because of the pattern and the nude color underneath, the chipping and wear was hardly noticeable. My only problem wasn’t something against the product, more a word to the wise. The instructions say to use warm hands for max stretch, but also don’t get your hands cold right after doing them, they start to lift off. Easily fixed with super hot water in my case, but I still had a moment of panic πŸ™‚

      1. They’re still going strong. Have a look at my Facebook page Wonderlust Nails Taunton for pics. They are the ones with the Aztec design and I also mixed them up a little bit with different colour gel polish on alternate fingers and also added some pearls. I love them x

  5. They work great! Did the french mani before I went on hlidays for 3 weeks knowing I could not get my nails done and I was shocked they lasted the whole time.

  6. easy, easy, easy i am one that i cant sit still for more than 5 minutes and these are great not only do they go on super fast but they are dry so no waiting time either !

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