A skeptic’s review of Jamberry Nails.

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I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of Jamberry Nails before September 7th. You know what I DO know? Shellac ruined my nails permanently, and ever since that craze, I’ve been turned off of all things nail-related. Give me some basecoat, polish and topcoat and I’m calling it good.

With that said – nail polish DOES suck – doesn’t it? You’ve got a couple good days, and then it’s chipped to high-hell no matter what expensive topcoat you use. Am I right or am I right? I think I just resolved myself to a life of dull nail polish, and then Jamberry came along.

Let me start out by saying I am CRAZY laid back when it comes to my beauty routine. Don’t tell Erin, but sometimes I wear my makeup 2 days in a row (if the lashes don’t look wonky, then why not?).

Another beauty confession: When I get my hair done, I tell the poor girl I will be wearing my hair in a ponytail most days….so the highlights need to look good up. Seriously, I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my beauty routine.

Back to my nails. A year ago, I went out and bought one of those shellac do-it-at-home kits. I loved it for a while….but that was until my thumbnail split, and it’s my forever reminder to never do that again. Sold the kit on eBay and swore of shellac permanently.

Then Sarah Anderson with Jamberry reached out and asked if I’d be willing to try Jamberry. I am not going to lie, I was VERY skeptical. I Googled Jamberry and read many reviews. Some were fantastic – some not so much. So I reached out to Sarah and told her my main concern was getting the dang things off. She shared with me this easy-to-remove tutorial, and I was put at ease.

So I gathered my materials.

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Basecoat, polish (for the other non-accent fingers), topcoat, acetone, cotton swabs, nail file, nail scissors, Q-Tips Precision Tips and a blowdryer. I looked at the clock – it’s 5:00. GO TIME!

I cleaned my nails with the acetone, then filed them down to the perfect size. I applied basecoat, and then trimmed my Jamberry sample in two. One for each ring finger.

I peeled the Jamberry sticker off, and then held it under the dryer for about 10 seconds. Then – something miraculous happened! I stuck the sticker on – and it just FIT! First try! No bubbles, no wonky-ness. It just FIT! I used my finger to press it down firmly. I trimmed up the excess sticker with my trimmers, then I held it under the dryer for another 20 seconds or so to make sure the seal held.

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It held.

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I thought – that’s way too easy. Things like this are just NOT that easy! So I moved over to my right hand, and did the same thing. Peeled off the sticker, and held it under the dryer for 10 seconds. Stuck it on my right ring finger – and voila!! Perfect again! It really went on so easily and smoothly, my skepticism was falling away. These things may be brilliant.

Looked at my clock…. it’s now 5:10. That took 10 minutes. TEN MINUTES!? That’s nothing – AND it was my first time! Next time I’ll have that cut in half for sure!

So then I moved on to paint my other 8 nails and that’s where my trouble started. Why is it I can’t just paint my nails? I have to paint all the freaking skin around the nails as well. I painted my nails, and then spent a solid ten minutes cleaning up the polish off the skin. But this is the end result. Pretty amazing, no? I’m really in love with these little buggers, and that is NOT how I expected this to go!

PS: Do not judge the polish on my fingers. Can’t be helped.

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Jamberry Nails are so easy – it’s not even funny. I’m thinking I need to buy a sheet for every girl in my family and stick it in their stockings this Christmas. How fun would it be to receive something like this in your stocking?

I visited the website, and the choices are ENDLESS. Like, this could become a problem for me. There are more styles to choose from than I could EVER imagine. Check out their store – it is WORTH looking into!

I am dying to pair this design with this design. How hot would that be? Although this has me written all over it.

Anyhoo – point is – there are THOUSANDS of options. The possibilities are endless! I think I’m sold on Jamberry Nails. What a fun, safe, alternative to that horrific shellac stuff. I will be buying some of these sheets for SURE.

This post WAS NOT SPONSORED. I was not paid to write this post. This is my genuine opinion, unbiased. If you are interested in checking out Jamberry Nailsplease visit this link – and go nuts!

You won’t be sorry – I promise!!

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I officially can’t decide which wraps I want to buy first, so I’m thinking of going with the Stylebox.

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January 29th, 2015 at 5:30 pm

I’m sorry but it sounds like they are paying you to say this or you are a rep now. These things suck. You promise I wont regret it??? well I do and the company wont refund me. They have wrinkles and puckers and start peeling off the same day they are put on.

February 19th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

When these are applied correctly, they are AMAZING! If you clean the nails, push back the cuticles, apply the wraps on a nail that is slightly larger than the wrap, and avoid submersing them in water for at least 4 hours, you won’t have any issues. If you are getting wrinkles, puckers, and peeling, they aren’t being applied correctly.

March 26th, 2015 at 12:31 pm

I’ve had mine on for 2 weeks and they look great! Maybe people aren’t doing it right. I love them!

April 12th, 2015 at 6:04 am

I think Jamberry Nail Wraps are great. If you learn how to apply them properly, and allow yourself the time to get the hang of it, they don’t peel off, and they stay on for several days. This is a DIY concept. Learning to do anything new is going to have a learning curve. Polish chips on me the day I apply it, so anything that lasts longer than a day is great in my book. Also, if you simply peel or rip your Jamberry Nail Wraps off, they could take the top layer of your nail off as well. If you rip ANY adhesive off, it’s going to take what it’s stuck to with it. Learning the proper removal technique, and doing it carefully, will alleviate any issues you may have with potential nail damage when removing Jamberry Nail Wraps. No, I am not a consultant, yet…

April 16th, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I’ve attempted Jamberry nails twice. The first time they almost immediately started coming off. The next time (yesterday) I spent more time and was really careful. All seemed well until today (a full 24 hours later) I’m loading the dishwasher and one just comes COMPLETELY off! I did them exactly how they’re suppose to be done. I specifically asked the consultant if they were easy to apply and how long they would last. I was told that it was super easy and they lasted two weeks. Um, no. Im a working mom of four children. If I can’t even do a simple task like load the dishwasher without one falling off, they are not for me.

April 27th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

I do like the different designs but when not give the proper instructions how to apply them that just sucks. My first try only lasted a week ….I go again and they don’t file properly. One person says use light strokes another says harder Who is right

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August 6th, 2015 at 7:48 am

I AM a consultant, and I became one BECAUSE they are so awesome! 9 times out of 10, if one of my customers is having a hard time with application or keeping them on, it is user error. Once they are shown how to do it correctly, they are fine! If you have wrinkles and puckers (as one commenter put it) you are doing it wrong. Sorry, but that’s just the truth! Thank you for your awesome review- I’ve used it on my facebook page!

October 12th, 2015 at 8:52 am

i went to my firt jamberry party about a year ago and thought these really aren’t for me…. my friend bacame a consultant and to help her out i did a home party in september. OMG the sample i put one lasted 2 weeks…. then i applied my 1st full jamberry mani, i follwed the instructions and sealed them with the new trushine gel polish, there were still some wrinkles and nobody is going to get it right the 1st time! But i was ready for a change so last week i applied my 2nd full jamicure and this time i took more time and made sure i smoothed everything out perfectly! the 2nd time these have gone on a lot smmother. it just takes practice :)

October 14th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

I too was VERY skeptical when I tried Jamberry. My sample went on so well and I just had to get a sheet! Now – one year later – I have over 25 designs and my nails are stronger and longer than ever! I’ll be a Jamberry customer for life :)

December 24th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

I’m a nail technician who is highly trained and cnd trained as well. I was considering getting involved with jam berry however after reading the above I don’t think I will. You claim “shellac” ruined your nails.
1. Was it CND shellac as this is the only shellac on the market
2. Was the service performed by a licensed tecnichian
3. Did they in any way buff the top of your natural nail
6. Was the removal of the product done in the correct was.

I am sure with Jamberry the first person to not CORRECTLY apply and remove Jamberry nails will then start saying the Jamberry ruined my nails.

Be very careful who and what product you slander.

January 10th, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Actually she was pretty clear that it was an at-home shellac kit, not a technician. And I have heard other people make the same statement.

I am a Jamberry consultant, and the truth is if the wraps are not removed correctly they can damage your nails. It is a strong, heat activated adhesive that seals to your buffed nail. But even when removed incorrectly the damage they cause is minimal compared to the damage caused by incorrectly applying / removing other nail products, including shellac, gels, and acrylics.

January 28th, 2016 at 12:56 am

Few things to keep in mind for those having issues.
1) cleaning nails and pushing back cuticles…it is very important these wraps do not touch skin and your nails are free of oils. double clean your nails if needed
2) puckering..it is important to assure they are sized properly. if no one taught you the scotch tape method, look it up on youtube..its a simple way to size. also I have found some finishes work better on certain people. I can not use metallic or matte they show every flaw and wrinkle. Glossy and sparkly work best on my nails.

3) products not sticking my be due to Ph balances off in your body. medications and hormones can change levels drastically in nails, hair and skin. try cleaning nails with plain old apple cider vinegar. this will balance the Ph balance and hopefully help wraps stick.

February 15th, 2016 at 1:11 pm

The colors and patterns are endless and great. But, I’ve just been working on these nails for an hour and every one of them wrinkled! I watched all the videos and did it just like I was told and it still happened. I’m disappointed. :(

February 16th, 2016 at 3:42 pm

I find that these nails are amazing..When people apply them correctly. If you do not have patience to apply these nails the right way than to be honest these nails are not for you. But when you follow the application process these nails work fairly well. I will admit they are not without fault and sometimes they pucker and peel a little too early but for the most part they work very well.

March 23rd, 2016 at 1:08 pm

I feel like a lot of ladies who don’t regularly do their nails are trying this product…

Coming from a female who paints her nails (almost) on a daily basis because I hate the chipped look…. I got a sample three days ago.

I did no special cuticle pushing or alcohol rub (mind you I keep them pretty clean regardless because I like them painted) I will admit, the first nail has a bit of a gap and I had to reheat due to a little bit of bubbling… but I tested out 4 nails (two pinkies and two middles) and so far they are great. Things take practice. If some of you ladies bought nail polish for the first time I am sure you would have the same kind of comments… # hours.. messy.. smudged.. yadda yadda

March 30th, 2016 at 6:36 pm

Instead of shaking your polish up and down, roll it between your hands to eradicate and prevent air bubbles. If you paint air bubbles onto your nails, they’ll chip faster. I also use the Lady Soma Skin & Nail cream about once a day, and my nails do not chip at all.

June 15th, 2016 at 1:06 am

I’m with Thanh on this. The reason I use aliases is to not distribute my main address to third parties and keep It more secure. Now all of a sudden they can all be used as login and therefor that secure element is lost. While I understand how it can be an improvement for a lot of people, I feel that it is a step backwards myself and I hope it becomes a priority to either undo this or give users a choice.