My sister picked up these adorable jeweled nail strips from Kiss for me to test and see if they are at all like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips. You all probably know by now that I love the SH Salon Effects, so I was excited to try these out and see how they stacked up. Kiss Nail Dress Strips are not nail polish like the Sally Hansen version, but are basically stickers. The directions are essentially the same for the two versions, though you can simply peel the Kiss strips off to remove instead of having to use nail polish remover like with the SH strips. The Kiss Nail Dress Strips are much cheaper than the SH strips. Sally Hansen’s box of 16 strips retails for around $10 regular price, where as the Kiss Nail Dress Strips come in a box of 28 strips for fingers and toes, and retails for around $7.
Kiss Nail Dress Strips come in 18 different styles, and 10 of them are jeweled like these ones. They do not have style names, just numbers. This multi-colored jewel style is KDS07. I was a little concerned about the jewels, which are plastic bubbles, as far as application is concerned. The strips are long, and you are supposed to fold the excess over the top of your nail and file it away. I worried the jewels that fell on the tip of my nail would make the edge uneven by either sticking up over the edge or filing away and leaving a hole. As it turns out, I was right to be concerned. I just could not get the edge to file down evenly and had to use clippers to cut through the plastic bubble “jewels”. The strips were not very flexible and my nails have a pretty defined dome, so I had a really hard time getting the strips to stay stuck down to the sides of my nails. Perhaps the non-jeweled designs are easier to work with, but those darn jewels were giving me fits.
I found that the adhesive on the stickers was not sticky enough and I had a lot of lifting, even as I was still applying the rest of my nails. Kiss claims that the Nail Dress Strips are supposed to last up to 10 days just like the SH strips, but there is no way that’s true. When I use the SH Salon Effects, they adhere flat to my nail with no bubbles or lifting so nothing can get trapped between the nail and the strip. Kiss Nail Dress Strips would not lie flat to my nail and so I couldn’t wash my hands or use lotion without it getting under the strip and loosening it even more from the nail. I had to remove the strips within an hour of applying them because they kept lifting and peeling off.
If you enlarge the picture, you can see how jagged and uneven the edges are, and how they are starting to lift minutes after application. Kiss Nail Dress Strips felt horrible on, basically like I was wearing thick stickers on my nails. Because the edges weren’t even, they were a little sharp and scratchy in some places. All in all, Kiss Nail Dress Strips were a complete FAIL. Spend the extra few bucks and get the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips. They really are worth it, in my opinion, and really do last a full week to 10 days. Kiss Nail Dress Strips did not work at all, and are a complete waste of money.