As many of you know I am a huge fan of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects line. Genius product, wears wonderfully, easy to apply. Can’t say enough good things. When I learned Sally Hansen was coming out with a version of their nail polish strips just in gel, instead of regular polish, form I was pretty excited.
These Wine Not Insta-Gel Strips were included in my Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips Starter kit though they can also be purchased separately ($15.99 MSRP). Color wise, the Wine Not strips are a classic deep red with shimmer. The color is lovely although fairly basic.
Included with the 16 strips is a nail file and cuticle stick. The application instructions for the Gel Strips are the same as the Salon Effects. I did an entire post on applying polish strips so I’m not going to rehash that here. If you’re interested in that please check out this post.
Applying these strips was a challenge. The strips are thick making them seem more like nail stickers than gel strips. My guess is this is due to the gel base coat that has been worked into these strips.
Due to the thickness of these strips it was difficult to get the strips flat on the nail. Unfortunately, even after adding the top coat and curing the strips under the LED lamp, the places where the strips did not lay flat peeled off very easily. I didn’t get 2 days out of these strips, never the less 2 weeks!
In the future I will definitely be sticking with the original Salon Effects. I can always add a gel top coat and cure that manicure to extend the wear even more!
There are a couple more swatches below the jump!
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