Ever since I successfully managed to stop biting my nails a couple of years ago, I’ve liked to take good care of them and make them look great with fancy nail art and nice patterns. I was recently sent the Art Class set of Jamberry nail wraps from consultant Laila Samson. These retail for £15 for a set of 18 nail wraps which can be used for two to three applications, dependent on the size of wraps you need for your nails. Jamberry claim the wraps are durable and lasting while being hassle-free.
They come with full application details and the process itself was pretty simple. The wraps are heat-activated vinyl stickers and the application process is as follows:
- Clean nails and push cuticles back.
- Cut wraps in half.
- Heat gently.
- Apply to nail with curved end of wrap at cuticle.
- Apply pressure while heating to seal to the nail.
- Trim and file excess.
The process itself wasn’t difficult at all, but rather time consuming – it took me about 45 minutes from start to finish to apply, which is longer than I usually spend painting my nails. However, they have over 300 designs on the website, all of which are absolutely gorgeous.
Unfortunately, this is where I started having problems. I originally planned to do a progress review – take a photo to see how they were holding up after the first day, then again after 7 days.
Jamberry claim the wraps will last up to two weeks. Having followed the application process completely, I left them for about an hour then jumped in the shower to wash my hair and five of them peeled off straight away! Weirdly, I found the shorter my nails, the more they stuck on as the wraps seemed to wrinkle and curve more on my longer nails – the ones that were still left on after my shower looked like they weren’t coming off any time soon, whereas the others were stuck down. They also recommend using wraps slightly thinner than the width of your nail to prevent peeling – I actually found the complete opposite, the ones that were a bit thinner than my nails peeled more.
In the photo below you can see how on the shorter nails, the wraps laid nice and flat but on my longer index finger and thumb, they creased a lot towards the tip of the nail.
I can’t do a 7 day progress report as I had originally planned because by the second day of wearing them, all of them had peeled off completely! To give credit where it’s due, I do love all the patterns and think if you have time to apply them they’d be great for an evening do where you want some really nice nail art and can’t afford a salon visit, but the longevity isn’t the best at all and it seems they start peeling as soon as you get them wet.
If you’d like more information or to purchase, you can join Laila’s Jamberry group, but sadly I think I’d rather stick to painting my nails in future.
*Disclaimer: product was sent for review but all opinions are my own.