Essie Sleek Stick Over the Moon

Essie Sleek Stick Over the MoonSigh. I am so sad about this whole Essie Sleek Stick situation.

At the beginning of the year Essie finally threw their hat into the nail strip/sticker/applique ring. I spotted the display at CVS and will admit, the designs are very Essie. Classic yet interesting. Not over the top but still eye catching.

I was kind of disappointed that Essie didn’t follow suit and do real nail polish strips like OPI and China Glaze. But none the less I wanted to give them a try.

Over the Moon is a great design. The base color is a dusty mauve(ish) taupe creme. A nice neutral color that leans a bit warm. It isn’t terrible with my skintone but not the most flattering either. Different sized silver polka dots fade from the cuticle to the tip. I absolutely love this design. That being said….it wouldn’t be THAT difficult to recreate.

The problem is the application and wear of these strips. They are a bit thick and no matter how hard I tried they would not lay completely flat on the nail (reminded me alot of the Julep appliques…). The resulting manicure wasn’t AWFUL (I even kind of liked it….). And from a distance they looked pretty good (as you can see in these pictures . But from Essie and for $10.25 a set I expect more.

To attempt to make them wear better I did add a gel top coat and cure the manicure with an LED lamp. That did help and halt the lifting of the strips but after wearing these for 4 days I was over it.

Below the jump there is alot of additional information and additional swatches including application and removal instructions, packaging details and my manicure on day 4.

If you’ve tried Essie’s Sleek Sticks I’d love to know if your experience was similar (or better…or worse…) than mine!



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Day 4
Day 4


  1. Tried the beige ones with lace — didn’t love it. Also couldn’t get all of them to lay flat, and the sizes just weren’t great for my nails which are really domed (not their fault I guess), The result was that they’re really messy-looking around the cuticles. I filed them down at the ends nicely but 2 days later about half of them are peeling from the tip end. I loved how they looked but will definitely not be buying again 🙁

  2. I’ve tried the Essie Sleek Strips twice now in Over the Moon and Oh My Gold. I totally agree that the Over the Moon strips were too thick and chunky to hold up well. I did like the Oh My Gold a little bit more since they have a transparency that lets you paint your nail a complimentary or contrasting color before applying the sleek strips. One trick that I used was after applying the strip and firmly pressing onto the nail, take nail clippers and trim away the excess strip. Then tightly fold the remaining portion up over nail edge and push it under the nail (like the Sally Hansan Strips). Then I put aside the file from the kit and instead use one of my less coarse nail files to start filing the excess away in a gentle up and down motion (not side to side). Once I have a good bit filed with my own file, I switch to the one one provided to get the excess off. Before putting a top coat on, I go back to the finer grit file on the nail tip. I feel like this creates a smoother edge so the strip isn’t as jagged as using just the file they give you, is less likely tear, and the edge of the strip won’t lift as easily. It takes more time and patience, but will add 2 days to the wearing time. With that said, I still expect more from Essie and wish that the quality was better, especially since the designs are so sweet. I still have my fingers crossed that the innovative Creative Director at Ciate, designs a nail strip product. I think that Ciate is leading the charge when it comes to unique, beautiful, and quality nail polish/finishes. So perhaps you’d get designs that look as stellar, if not better than the Essie Sleek Strips – but also might last longer. Of course they’d cost more and probably wouldn’t be available at a local drugstore or chain like Target.

    1. I actually found these at the dollar store so I decided to give them a try. For a buck they’re cool but I definitely wouldn’t pay $10 for them..: or even $5 lol. I expect better from essie. But I’m glad I got to try them for a dollar. I got the zebra ones and I love the design. They look cute from a distance but up close they look a little messy and are peeling up a little

  3. I bought this exact strip set and had the same issues, I also noticed that the strip seemed to shrink, I was bummed because I loved the designs and colors. Your blog is my new favorite thing. Thank you.

  4. I Love them! Easy to apply and lasted great. I file my nails and then I clean my nails really good with a makeup wipe, let dry and then apply.

What do you think?