Wardrobe Wish List: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I have a firm belief that it’s impossible to look polished without nail polish. It’s the final accessory to an outfit that not only completes a look, but makes you look utterly put together. It’s so important that it of course slips my mind until the last minute all the time.

Nail polish and I have never been friends. I’m the girl who doesn’t realize she’s wearing dark blue nails until five minutes before she has to leave for an interview. I didn’t paint my nails for years because I knew, despite strict instructions on how to do a perfect at-home mani, that I did not have the patience to wait for them to dry, or the ability to stop checking if they are dry every five seconds only to smudge them with my grubby paws. I’ve left streaks of polish all over my apartment and have only had a wonderful set of nails when I’ve shelled out the cash at a salon because I’m inept at painting my own. And there is nothing less satisfying than paying for a great look, only to find it chipped the next morning.

Sally Hansen heard my plight, and finally came out with a product I’ve been holding my breath over for years (which was dangerous, to say the least). They’re called Salon Effects Polish Strips, which are so much better than the nail stickers I had prayed (with my chipping nails pointing towards the heavens) for all these years.

Simply put, they’re amazing. For less than 10 dollars, you can pick up this nail kit with a variety of shapes to fit your nails that last up to 10 days. They come in 24 different shades and they. are. awesome. There are muted, plain shades if you need professional digits, plus glitters, animal prints, and some fantastic fashion prints like my favorite, lace.

And if all that doesn’t get you excited, I have a feeling this little video will make you squeal. (At least it did for me.)

I really could not have asked for more. The application is easy (stick and file), the price is ridiculously good in comparison to those no-chip manicures that promise to last as long (that cost around 50 bucks), and it only takes nail polish remover to get rid of these when you’re ready for a change!

I can see it already, my glittery nails holding a drink, my lacey nails matching my outfit, my professional tips not stressing me out over smudges or chips before an interview. I just have to find them first. These aren’t even posted on the Sally Hansen website yet, but you can already get your needy nailed hands on them in Target, Walmart and Walgreens (if they’re not already sold out!).

Let’s all raise a glass to these Sally Hansen Salon Effects, day after day for 10 days. (Editor’s Note: Sounds like a bender to me, ladies….) The only difference to your regular college routine will be that this time, that glass will be held with perfectly manicured nails.

See what else Julia’s jonesing for right here.




  1. Lauren - University of Michigan says:

    I wonder if these are really THAT easy to put on. I mean, the video makes it look so simple but has anyone actually tried these?

    1. Meg says:

      Yes, they really are that easy to put on. You just have to make sure they're warm. Some people I know had trouble with them since it's so cold where I live, but I told them to heat it up with a hair dryer and they're just as in love as I am now.

      Whenever I tried them I decided to put the 10 day claim to the test, but stopped after 14 days because I got sick of waiting for them to chip (and the outgrowth was bugging me). I put a quick dry top coat on every 3-4 days though so that probably helped a bit, but if it did help it was totally worth it because it was only like an extra 2 min of maintenance twice a week. I'm seriously never going back to regular nail polish ever again I'm so in love with these.

    2. kari says:

      I agree!!!! never going back to real nail polish ever againnnn!!! and your right some top coat will help them last over 10 dayss!

  2. laurenrstewart says:

    I loooove these! Such a great idea. Great post too.


  3. Mich says:

    Where did you purchase them!? I'd love to try them but I can't find them in any store!

    1. kari says:

      ive seen them at walgreens and jewel.

  4. beth says:

    Where do you go that the no-chip (Gelish) manicures cost $50? At my normal salon, a Gelish manicure is only $17…

    By the way Gelish is awesome… I'm on day 6 and they still look wet-shiny and there aren't any chips… amazing for someone like me who is HELL on a manicure.

  5. Jillian says:

    It took me about 15 minutes to apply to all of my fingers… and I've had them on for 8 days now with zero peeling/lifting. This includes where I broke a nail – the sticker split at the crack but did not peel from the surrounding area!

  6. guest says:

    I LOVE these!!!!!!!! I used these 3 weeks ago for my husbands company party. The stickers are pretty long, I actually was able to use one sticker for 2 nails on some of them. I simply put them on as advised and the extra part that hung off end of nail I easily tore and turned it around and used it another nail. So I will actually get to do my nails twice with one box rather than once. I am still wearing them now (3 weeks later) and it only looks like I need a fill as if I had acrylic nails also the paint is worn on the tips of my nails.(I do a lot of typing though) I only wish they will make these for your Toes!!!! That would be awesome!!!!

  7. tiffy says:

    where can i get them online or store

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